Welcome to CZ-Mail, the monthly electronic newsletter from the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM). Each issue provides information on major CZM initiatives, available tools and publications, upcoming workshops and events, grants, contracting opportunities, job openings, coastal legislation, and other news of interest to people working on coastal issues. Additional information about CZM's programs, publications, and other coastal topics can be found on the CZM website. To subscribe to CZ-Mail, send a blank email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, please feel free to share CZ-Mail with colleagues and friends—and if you have any suggestions for future editions, or would like make a change to your CZ-Mail subscription, please email your request to CZ-Mail@state.ma.us.
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Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan Formally Incorporated into the Massachusetts Coastal Program
On September 23, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Office of Coastal and Ocean Management approved a routine program change to the Massachusetts Coastal Management Program. The approval went into effect when it was noticed in the October 4 Environmental Monitor, and included the incorporation of the Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan as an official component of the federally approved Coastal Management Program. In addition, through this change, the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management Policy Guide - October 2011 (Policy Guide) is formally adopted as the official statement of the Massachusetts coastal program policies and legal authorities. The Policy Guide also includes specific guidance on the federal consistency review process, as well as updates to the program policies, the coastal zone boundary, and the underlying legal authorities. For details, see the Routine Program Change web page.
CZM Receives Wetlands Program Development Grant Awards from EPA
In September, CZM was awarded a two-year Wetlands Program Development Grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which will allow CZM to continue work with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) to assess the biological condition of salt marshes in Massachusetts and to continue development of a Wetlands Monitoring and Assessment Program for the Commonwealth. As part of this multi-year project, CZM and MassDEP have been collecting data on salt marsh plants, macroinvertebrates, and salt marsh complexity in partnership with researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass Amherst) and Salem Sound Coastwatch. A landscape-level, GIS model developed by the UMass researchers is being developed to predict the ecological integrity of salt marshes based on surrounding land use. Data from 185 sites is needed to verify and validate the model. This EPA grant will fund another year of field work and will allow the agencies to reach the data goal. The protocols used in this study were built on tools developed through more than 15 years of salt marsh assessment work at CZM. This grant also includes funds to revisit in 2013 salt marsh restoration sites first monitored and assessed by CZM staff more than ten years ago, allowing researchers to measure the success of the salt marsh recovery. Lastly, the grant will fund initial efforts to develop tools to assess potential impacts from sea level rise and develop management strategies. For more information on this project, please contact CZM Coastal GIS and Habitat Analyst Marc Carullo at email@example.com or Water Quality and Habitat Manager Jan Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CZM Working with Partners on Scituate Flood Monitoring Project
A collaborative effort between CZM, the town of Scituate, and the National Weather Service (NWS) will set the stage for much better documentation of storm events and improved forecasts. Various spots along the Massachusetts coastline have a reputation for frequent damage from storms and coastal flooding. Scituate has a number of such "hot spots." To produce a more comprehensive and objective database of coastal inundation (flooding) and erosion events, ten such frequent flooding locations in Scituate were identified to establish reference markers that would help quantify inundation episodes. Tide staff gages were installed at these sites and carefully referenced to a known elevation. During future coastal storm events, local/state employees or volunteers will now be able to document observed water levels, and, in some circumstances, even upload pictures of high water marks. The Reference Marker Project is part of a larger Inundation and Visualization pilot project that seeks to improve forecasts and dissemination of coastal flood information and warnings. Other project partners include the NOAA North Atlantic Regional Team, Northeastern Regional Association of Coastal Ocean Observing Systems (NERACOOS), NOAA Coastal Service Center, UMass Dartmouth, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the NWS Taunton Office, Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), U.S. Geological Survey, and the town of Saco, Maine. For more project information and a full list of project partners see the NERACOOS and NWS websites.
2010 Marine Invasive Species Data Now Available in MORIS
Data layers representing the distribution of 13 priority marine invaders are now available to view through the Massachusetts Ocean Resource Information System (MORIS). The new layers were created by partners and citizen scientists of CZM's Marine Invader Monitoring and Information Collaborative (MIMIC) using observations at 59 monitoring sites during 2010. To view the new data layers, go to the MORIS website. Once you read the information on that page and launch MORIS, the data layers can be found in the "Biology" folder in the "Marine Invasive Species" subfolder under "2010 Monitoring." Data collected from 2009 and 2008 are also available, and observations from 2011 are expected to be available early next year. For more information about marine invasive species and monitoring efforts, please see the Aquatic Invasive Species Program website.
CZ-Tip - Turn to the Coast for Holiday Cooking Inspiration
Whether you live to eat or eat to live, 'tis the season to give thanks for the bounty of local seafood and locally grown produce. Impress your friends and family this year with great recipes using Massachusetts seafood and other local ingredients. Put on your "Kiss the Chef" apron and get inspired with this CZ-Tip: Recipes from Coastal New England. When it comes to reducing your carbon footprint, thinking globally and acting locally in the Commonwealth is wicked delicious!
River Restoration Grants - The American Rivers/NOAA Community-Based Restoration Program Partnership is seeking proposals to fund stream barrier removal projects that help restore riverine ecosystems, enhance public safety and community resilience, and have clear and identifiable benefits to diadromous fish populations. For details see the American Rivers website. Proposals are due by December 9.
Reminders - These opportunities listed in the last CZ-Mail are still available:
- FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grants - MEMA and the Department of Conservation and Recreation are inviting communities, state agencies, and tribal governments and territories to submit applications for the Federal Emergency Management Agency 2012 Hazard Mitigation Assistance Program. These competitive grants assist applicants with hazard mitigation planning and the implementation of hazard mitigation projects to reduce or eliminate the loss of life and property due to natural hazards. For more information, see the MEMA website or contact Scott MacLeod at email@example.com. Full applications are due by November 4.
- New England Municipal Coastal Resilience Initiative - The Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment and the Northeast Regional Ocean Council are seeking proposals from coastal communities in New England for innovative efforts to address the impacts of a changing climate. The goal is to award $10,000 to $30,000 to at least one community from each coastal New England state. These projects will serve as pilots for other coastal cities and towns looking to adapt to changing conditions. For more information, see the Request for Proposals (PDF, 164 KB). Full proposals are due by November 10.
FEMA Coastal Construction Manual Updated - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released the fourth edition of the Coastal Construction Manual: Principles and Practices of Planning, Siting, Designing, Constructing, and Maintaining Residential Buildings in Coastal Areas. The two-volume manual provides a comprehensive approach to planning, siting, designing, constructing, and maintaining coastal homes. Volume I contains information about hazard identification, siting decisions, regulatory requirements, economic implications, and risk management. Volume II includes in-depth descriptions of design, construction, and maintenance practices that can increase the durability of homes in harsh coastal environments and reduce economic losses associated with coastal disasters.
Status and Trends of Wetlands in the United States - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released Status and Trends of Wetlands in the Conterminous United States 2004 to 2009, a report that provides a comprehensive and scientifically sound effort to track wetlands resources on a national scale. Overall national wetland losses are slowing due to increased emphasis on wetland conservation, protection, and restoration, but the report documents substantial losses in coastal wetlands when compared to other habitat types. In the five years covered by the study, coastal wetlands experienced a decline of 110,000 acres—a 2.4 percent drop.
Microbial Pathogens and Biotoxins in the Gulf of Maine - The Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment has released Microbial Pathogens and Biotoxins, a theme paper that is part of the State of the Gulf of Maine Report—a modular, living document that presents an on-going evaluation of priority issues in the Gulf of Maine. The paper presents the issue and describes trends, impacts, and responses to pathogens and toxins in the Gulf of Maine.
Aquatic Habitats Fact Sheet - The Gulf of Maine Council's EcoSystem Indicator Partnership (ESIP) has released an Aquatic Habitats Fact Sheet (PDF, 5.3 MB), the third of seven indicator-specific fact sheets. The fact sheet summarizes data from the Gulf of Maine for three key indicators—eelgrass, salt marsh, and tidal restrictions—along with a snap shot of the indicator data. The data is also available through the ESIP Indicator Reporting Tool, where it can be mapped with other indicator data or graphed to show trends.
Healthy Watersheds Initiative National Framework and Action Plan - EPA has released the Healthy Watersheds Initiative National Framework and Action Plan 2011, which aims to provide a clear and consistent framework for action, both internally among EPA programs and externally for EPA partners. Through this plan, EPA will work with states and other partners to identify healthy watersheds at the state scale and develop and implement comprehensive, state healthy watersheds strategies that set priorities for protection and inform priorities for restoration.
Green Infrastructure Report - The Clean Water America Alliance has released Barriers and Gateways to Green Infrastructure (PDF, 2.8 MB), a report that summarizes the results of a survey conducted by the Alliance of utilities, academics, and government officials regarding barriers to green infrastructure. The purpose of this report is to inform EPA policy choices on upcoming stormwater regulations and broader green infrastructure strategies involving other key federal agencies.
Low Impact Development Resource Manual - The University of New Hampshire's Stormwater Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Antioch University New England have released Forging the Link: Linking the Economic Benefits of Low Impact Development and Community Decisions, a resource manual and compilation of fact sheets that illustrates the advantages of Low Impact Development (LID) in the economic terms of how municipal land-use decisions are commonly made. Key findings suggest that: LID protects water quality, aquatic habitat, and watershed health; has demonstrated cost savings for developers and municipalities; and helps protect communities from threats of increased flooding.
Deadliest, Costliest, and Most Intense Tropical Cyclones - NOAA's National Hurricane Center has released The Deadliest, Costliest, and Most Intense United States Tropical Cyclones from 1851 to 2010 (and Other Frequently Requested Hurricane Facts), a technical memorandum that provides details for the last 160 years of tropical storms in the United States. The report also presents estimates of the monetary loss that historical hurricanes would have caused on the current property-at-risk in the same location.
Marine and Coastal Spatial Planning Recommendations - The Federal Advisory Committee on Marine Protected Areas has released Recommendations for the Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning Process (PDF, 330 KB), a white paper that provides advice to ensure conservation and integration of the national system of marine protected areas within the federal coastal and marine spatial planning initiative.
Journal of Technological Forecasting and Social Change—Call for Papers - The Journal of Technological Forecasting and Social Change is accepting papers for a special issue on Planning and Foresight Methodologies in Emergency Preparedness and Management. Papers on mitigation, risk assessment, resiliency of organizations, training, detection, preparation, response, recovery, and evaluation are welcome, but those examining integrated planning and foresight across different functions are especially needed. See the Call for Papers, which are due by December 1.
National Preparedness Goal - The Department of Homeland Security has release the country's first-ever National Preparedness Goal. The goal is the first deliverable required under Presidential Policy Directive (PPD) 8: National Preparedness. It sets the vision for nationwide preparedness and identifies the core capabilities and capability targets necessary to achieve preparedness across five mission areas: prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery. For details, see the PPD 8 web page under "latest updates."
Coastal Services Magazine - The September/October 2011 issue of Coastal Services, a NOAA Coastal Services Center magazine, features articles about a getting climate smart in American Samoa, climate change adaptation and hazards mitigation in Delaware, rolling easements and sea level rise, and other news and notes.
Coastal Management Newsletter - The October 2011 edition of NOAA's Coastal Program Division's Coastal Management News features articles about the addition of the Massachusetts Ocean Plan into the Massachusetts Coastal Program, sea cave safety in Wisconsin, access to the Delaware River Estuary, and more.
Massachusetts Bays Window - The Fall 2011 issue of the Massachusetts Bays Window, the eNewsletter of the Massachusetts Bays Program, highlights regional outreach and habitat restoration efforts—including stream restoration on the South Shore, marine invasive species monitoring, the Salem Sound to Boston Kayak Guide, eelgrass restoration, Phragmites research in the Great Marsh, and more.
Gulf of Maine Times - The September 2011 edition of the Gulf of Maine Times features articles on climate change solutions, seafloor mapping, and other Gulf of Maine news.
Coastal Society Bulletin - The Fall 2011 Coastal Society Bulletin (PDF, 849 KB) focuses on the critical role of coasts in mitigating climate change and provides other Coastal Society news and updates.
Sound Waves - The September/October 2011 issue of Sound Waves, the monthly newsletter from U.S. Geological Survey, features articles on mapping of mid-Atlantic canyons to assess tsunami risks, a new system for measuring coastal topography and bathymetry, and other coastal and marine research news.
Marine Ecosystems and Management Information Service - The October/November 2011 edition of Marine Ecosystems and Management (MEAM), the bimonthly information service on marine ecosystem-based management (EBM) from the University of Washington School of Marine Affairs, features articles on stakeholder involvement, EBM in the Bahamas, and other notes and news.
Right Whale News - The September 2011 issue of Right Whale News (PDF, 164 KB) is now available online. This quarterly newsletter is distributed electronically to participants in conservation and recovery of the North Atlantic right whale and its habitats.
StormSmart Connect New England - The National StormSmart Coasts Network has formed groups on StormSmart Connect for New England and its five coastal states. StormSmart Connect is an interactive forum, designed to help coastal decision makers connect and collaborate online. StormSmart Coasts was first developed in Massachusetts by CZM to help coastal communities address challenges arising from storms, floods, sea level rise, and climate change. These efforts served as inspiration for the national network, which currently includes seven state-specific websites with more to come. This new "connect" feature allows users or group members to interact and share information, links, and documents. New groups have formed to facilitate activities of organizations or create a forum for discussion on topics like planning for sea-level rise. Check out the Group Directory page to see recent posts from New England or other state groups and/or become a group member to be part of the discussion.
NOS Online Hurricane Tools - The National Ocean Service maintains a wide range of online tools to monitor hurricanes and deliver relevant data before, during, and after a storm. These tools are presented on the new NOS Online Hurricane Tools web page.
Oceanic and Atmospheric Research Draft Strategic Plan - NOAA's Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) is seeking comments on its draft Strategic Plan FY12-18, which incorporates OAR's mission and vision and characterizes its goals and objectives over the next six years. These goals and objectives will provide guidance and strategic direction for program and laboratory planning. Submit comments by November 11 to OAR.Plan@noaa.gov.
U.S. Global Change Research Program Strategic Plan - The U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) is seeking comments on the 2012-2021 Strategic Plan. Every 10 years, in accordance with the Global Change Research Act of 1990, the USGCRP must produce a 10-year National Global Change Research Plan. Submit comments by November 29.
Reminders - The following comment opportunity posted in the last CZ-Mail is still open:
Invasive Species Talk - On November 3, the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve in Wells, Maine, will host a talk by CZM's Adrienne Pappal entitled Marine Invader Monitoring and Information Collaborative: Citizen Science for Early Detection and Monitoring of Invasive Species. Adrienne will discuss the marine invasive species that are found in the region's waters, any potential impacts, and efforts to manage them. Data and information is from the Marine Invader Monitoring and Information Collaborative (MIMIC), a citizen science collaborative for monitoring and early detection of marine invasive species.
MORIS Training Workshop - On November 3 from 10 a.m. to noon, CZM will hold a free Massachusetts Ocean Resource Information System (MORIS) Training Workshop to showcase the new and improved MORIS, a web-based coastal mapping tool that provides detailed geographic data used for ocean planning, coastal development, public safety, tourism, transportation planning, and marine environmental protection. Users can interactively view various data layers, create and share maps, and download the data for use in a Geographic Information System (GIS). While designed for coastal management professionals, MORIS can be used by anyone interested in these data and maps. This new version of MORIS also offers enhanced speed, new features, and a user-friendly interface. This free workshop will be held at the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary facility in Scituate. To register, contact Jason Burtner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Erosion Control Conference - From December 1-3, the International Erosion Control Association's Northeast Chapter will hold its Annual Conference and Trade Exposition in Natick. The 2011 conference—The Changing Climate in Sediment and Water Management—will include several erosion and sediment control and stormwater management technical sessions, certification review classes and exams, legislative updates from Massachusetts and other states, and a trade show. The first day of this three-day conference will include an entire breakout session dedicated to coastal erosion, planning, and land-use management and protection. CZM staff will give presentations at this session on CZM's Coastal Landscaping Project and Identification and Mapping of Floodplains. For more information, including a complete program, see the Northeast Chapter website.
Toxins and Contaminants Research Seminar - On November 3 from 2:00-4:30 p.m., the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sea Grant College Program will hold a Toxins and Contaminants Research Seminar. Please RSVP to Gayle Sherman at email@example.com.
Research at the Reserve - In November, the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (WBNERR) will host a Research at the Reserve: Coffee House Series at reserve headquarters in Falmouth. On November 3, the talk will be about tagging eastern brook trout in the reserve. On November 10, the talk will be on the response of coasts to sea level rise. The November 17 talk will feature a discussion on coastal systems and nitrous oxide emissions. All session will begin at 7:00 p.m. For more information and to register, see the WBNERR events calendar.
Strategies for Engaging in Broader Impact Programs Workshop - On November 4, the Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence and the New England Ocean Science Education Collaborative will host the free workshop, Strategies for Engaging in Broader Impact Programs, at the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. The workshop will showcase a spectrum of broader impact programs for scientists to partner with formal and informal education programs, as well as highlight best practices in partnering with these institutions based on survey data and research. The target audience is New England area scientists, graduate students, and educational leaders. For more information and to register, contact Kim Frashure at firstname.lastname@example.org.
State of Wellfleet Harbor Conference - On November 5, the ninth annual State of Wellfleet Harbor Conference will be held at Wellfleet Elementary School. Speakers are scheduled to talk about the Mayo Creek and Herring River restorations, insights into common eider mortality, details on red tide in the region, contaminants of concern in private wells, scientific value of marine sanctuaries, and results of breeding-bird censuses on Cape Cod.
Cape Cod National Seashore Advisory Commission Meeting - The Cape Cod National Seashore Advisory Commission will meet at 1:00 p.m. on November 14 in the meeting room at Cape Cod National Seashore Headquarters, Marconi Station, Wellfleet. The meeting is open to the public and interested parties may make oral/written presentations to the commission.
Sea Turtles for Teachers Workshop - On November 19 from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Mass Audubon's Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary will hold a Sea Turtles for Teachers Workshop for teachers of grade K-6. Attendees will learn how you to leverage the natural appeal of sea turtles to enhance science, math, reading, and social studies curricula. Multiple lesson plans will be presented, across all disciplines, which can easily be integrated into Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks across a range of grade levels. To register, contact Amy Fleischer at email@example.com.
Watershed Trolley Tour - On November 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., WBNERR will hold the Raindrop Journey: Bog to Bay Watershed Tour. Starting at the WBNERR Visitor Center, this trolley tour will follow a raindrop's journey through the Waquoit Bay Watershed, exploring cranberry bogs, John's Pond, the Quashnet and Moonakis Rivers, and then back to Waquoit Bay.
Floodproofing Conference - From November 28-December 1, the Association of State Floodplain Managers will hold the National Floodproofing Conference V in Sacramento, California. The conference will highlight the various floodproofing methods, products, techniques, programs, and funding sources. Also, exhibitors will showcase the state-of-the-art in materials, services, equipment, accessories, and techniques.
StormCon—Call for Papers - The 11th StormCon, the world's largest conference on stormwater pollution prevention, will be held from August 19-23, 2012, in Denver, Colorado. Abstracts for the following conference tracks are welcome: best management practice case studies; green infrastructure; stormwater program management; water-quality monitoring; and advanced research topics. See the Call for Papers, which are due by December 6.
Nonpoint Source Pollution Conference—Call for Abstracts - On May 15-16, 2012, the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission will hold the 23rd Annual Nonpoint Source Pollution Conference in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. For more information, see the Call for Abstracts, which are due by December 16.
Wednesday Walks - On Wednesdays in November and December, the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History will hold a series of walks with naturalist Connie Boyce. For details about each walk, see the museum calendar.
Reminders - The following calendar items posted in the last CZ-Mail are still to come:
- Coastal Society Conference—Call for Abstracts - The Coastal Society's 23rd Biennial International Conference, Our Coasts, Our Heritage: Ecosystem Services for the Common Good, will be held on June 3-6, 2012 in Miami, Florida. For more information on abstract submission, see the Call for Abstracts, which are due by November 4.
- Nantucket Biodiversity Initiative Conference - On November 5, the Nantucket Biodiversity Initiative will hold its fourth Biennial Nantucket Biodiversity Research Conference at the Coffin School in Nantucket. The purpose of the conference is to increase knowledge of understudied taxonomic groups and the overall biodiversity of Nantucket, Tuckernuck, Muskeget, and surrounding waters.
- Estuarine and Coastal Modeling Conference - From November 7-9, the 12th International Conference on Estuarine and Coastal Modeling, Using Modeling to Solve Engineering and Environmental Assessment Problems, will be held in St. Augustine, Florida.
- Digital Coast Webinars - On December 7 from 2-3 p.m., as part of its Digital Coast Webinar Series, NOAA's Coastal Services Center will present Marshes on the Move: Understanding and Using Model Results that Show Future Sea Level Rise Impacts on Coastal Wetlands.
Other Items of Interest
Teacher at Sea Program - The NOAA Teacher at Sea Program is accepting applications for the 2012 field season. The program provides a unique learning and teaching environment for teachers, kindergarten through college, aboard NOAA research and survey ships to work under the direction of NOAA scientists and crew. Applications are due by November 30.
Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators - The White House Council on Environmental Quality and EPA are seeking applications for the Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators, which recognizes outstanding K-12 teachers who employ innovative approaches to environmental education and use the environment as a context for learning for their students. Two teachers from each EPA region will be selected to receive the award. Recipients will receive a commemorative plaque and an award of $2,000, to be used to further their professional development in environmental education. In addition, the local education agency employing each teacher will receive an award of $2,000 to further the recipient's environmental educational activities and programs. Applications are due by December 30.