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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Last Major No Discharge Area Approved—Virtually All State Waters Now No Discharge
On July 20, at a celebration at Aselton Park in Hyannis, Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affair (EEA) Richard K. Sullivan Jr. was joined by US Senator John Kerry, EPA Regional Administrator Curt Spalding, state Senator Dan Wolf, state Representative Randy Hunt and other officials to announce that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved the state's proposal to designate the South Cape Cod and Islands No Discharge Area (NDA). This designation prohibits the discharge of any treated or untreated boat waste in an 807-square-mile area of state waters south of Cape Cod and surrounding Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard. With the approval of the Mt. Hope Bay NDA last month, virtually the entire state is now designated as an NDA. "Our environment and economies depend on safe and productive coastline," said Secretary Sullivan. "With this designation, nearly all of our coastal waters are protected from boat pollution, providing clean resources for tourism and recreational activities like swimming and fishing and habitat for marine life." The South Cape Cod and Islands NDA designation caps more than five years of extensive work by CZM and area communities to ensure that the necessary waste pumpout facilities are available. These 14 communities are Chilmark, West Tisbury, Tisbury, Oak Bluffs, Edgartown, Gosnold, Falmouth, Mashpee, Barnstable, Yarmouth, Dennis, Harwich, Chatham, and Nantucket. There are now 29 boat sewage pumpout facilities available in accessible locations throughout the area, making compliance with the no discharge requirements convenient for boaters. Several of these communities have at one time received reimbursement for 75 percent of the cost of purchasing and operating their pumpout facilities via the Commonwealth's Clean Vessel Act Program, administered by the Division of Marine Fisheries (MarineFisheries). For details, see the EEA Press Release. Also, check out flickr photos from the Aselton Park event. For more on NDA activities along the coast, see CZM's NDA website.
White House CEQ Chair Nancy Hosts National Ocean Policy Roundtable in Boston
On July 26, the President's Chair of the US Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), Nancy Sutley was in Boston to host a roundtable on the National Ocean Policy and the work of the National Ocean Council (NOC). Joined by NOC Director Deerin Babb-Brott, CEQ Chair Sutley engaged with local invited representatives in a discussion about ocean and coastal issues in New England. CZM Director and Northeast Regional Council state co-chair, Bruce Carlisle, and EEA Assistant Secretary for Federal Affairs Bill White welcomed the opportunity to applaud the Obama Administration for its leadership on the issuance of the National Ocean Policy and the development of implementation plans and to engage in dialogue on ocean planning, fishing, and offshore wind.
EEA Hosts BOEM for Offshore Wind Public and Stakeholder Meetings
On July 17, EEA hosted officials from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) in New Bedford for a series of meetings on the Wind Energy Area offshore Massachusetts and Rhode Island. At meetings of the Massachusetts Offshore Wind Habitat and Fishing Working Groups and a public information meeting, BOEM Director Tommy Beaudreau provided updates and answered questions on the Environmental Assessment (EA) published on July 3 and on the environmental and leasing processes underway. Described further below, BOEM is accepting comments on the EA until August 2.
CZM to Survey the Seafloor aboard the Bold
From August 21-27, CZM staff will conduct a seven-day oceanographic survey aboard the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Ocean Survey Vessel Bold-collecting samples of seafloor sediments and organisms and taking underwater still photos of the seafloor and its marine life. The cruise will take place on the coastal waters off the Massachusetts North Shore, from Boston to Salisbury. The results will assist with the ground truthing of seafloor habitat maps created by CZM using a combination of surficial geology, bathymetry, and backscatter data, continuing the work that began during CZM's June 2010 and September 2011 research cruises aboard the Bold. The survey also supports the efforts of the larger seafloor mapping partnership between CZM and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) across all Massachusetts marine waters and CZM's other seafloor habitat mapping efforts. The updated habitat maps will help CZM refine the resource maps used in the 2009 Massachusetts Management Ocean Plan and will assist CZM and other agencies in their siting and permitting of ocean uses.
COASTSWEEP, the state-wide beach cleanup sponsored by CZM and the Urban Harbors Institute at UMass Boston, will celebrate its 25th anniversary in September and October. Volunteers throughout Massachusetts turn out in large numbers each year for this event, which is part of an international campaign organized by The Ocean Conservancy in Washington, DC. Participants all over the world collect trash and other marine debris and record what they find, and this information is used to help reduce future marine debris problems. For the 25th anniversary, the goal is to clean up every coastal beach in Massachusetts. Interested in organizing a cleanup? It's easy! All the cleanup supplies (bags, gloves, data cards, pencils, etc.) are provided free of charge, and cleanups can be scheduled at your convenience throughout September and October. To get involved, see the COASTSWEEP website. Also, become a friend of COASTSWEEP by "liking" us on Facebook or follow COASTSWEEP and marine debris issues on Twitter.
Report Boating Trips to Help Inform Ocean Planning
SeaPlan has partnered with CZM, the Northeast Regional Ocean Council (NROC), boating industry, UMass, and other state coastal management programs to conduct a 2012 Northeast Recreational Boater Survey as part of its efforts to advance ocean planning throughout the region. If you did not get an invitation letter for this survey, but you would like to participate, all saltwater boaters are invited to go online and map their boating routes in the Northeast. The information gathered from this open online mapping program will supplement the data being collected through the more rigorous 2012 assessment, a monthly, online survey of thousands of randomly selected boaters from New York to Maine. Information from both efforts will document the importance of recreational boating to the Northeast and will ensure boating activity receives appropriate consideration in ocean planning. Participants can report on as many boating trips as they like, and are encouraged to provide optional information on fishing, swimming, and other boating activities. To map your routes, go to the To Participate page, and follow the instructions under #2.
MORIS Mapping Tip: The Power of the Data Behind the Map
At first glance, MORIS may appear to be simply map-making tool. While map making is a crucial component of MORIS, and maps by themselves can convey great amounts of information, there is more going on behind the scenes that you may wish to explore. Using MORIS's dredged areas data as an example, a user may easily make a map showing the actual footprint of each dredging project. The resulting map does not tell the whole story—leaving unanswered questions such as when the dredging last occurred and the name and URL of associated technical reports. To access this information, use the "Identify" tool to select the features you want to learn more about, and then click on the layer name in the results window to see the attributes. You can sort them alphanumerically, hide columns that aren't of interest, change the order they appear in, or select a subset of the features to see them highlighted on the map itself. If you get stuck, check the illustrated help by clicking the blue question mark in the top toolbar. Use your data to the fullest!
CZ-Tip: Keep the Coast Clean While Boating
Depending on how your boat handles what happens in the head, a simple flush can cause a significant impact. Boat sewage (whether it is treated or not) can contain bacteria, viruses, nutrients, and chemicals that can harm water quality and public health. Luckily, there are convenient methods for boaters to properly dispose of this waste, which is not only the right thing to do—it's the law. Restrictions are now in place on discharging boat sewage in virtually all Massachusetts coastal waters. To learn more, see CZ-Tip - Boating Basics/No Discharge of Boat Sewage.
CZM Staff and People
CZM's Tidelands/Public Trust Policies Coordinator Dennis Ducsik Retires - In July, 27-year veteran Dennis Ducsik retired after serving as CZM's Tidelands/Public Trust Policies Coordinator since 1985. Among his many outstanding contributions, Dennis played a key role in the development of the state's Waterways Regulations (also known as Chapter 91), which protect public, water-dependent rights in Commonwealth tidelands, and in the state's Designated Port Area program, which promotes and protects marine industrial activities in the state's major working ports. Dennis has also been a strong public access advocate and launched CZM's Coast Guide project to help people get to and enjoy coastal access points in Massachusetts. Although no longer working full-time, Dennis will be providing assistance to the Waterways Regulation Program at the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) as a part-time advisor.
Coastal Pollutant Remediation Grant Program - CZM is seeking proposals for the Coastal Pollutant Remediation (CPR) grant program. For Fiscal Year (FY) 2013, the CPR program will provide up to $400,000 to municipalities located in the Massachusetts Coastal Watershed to assess and remediate stormwater pollution from paved and unpaved surfaces and to design, install, or upgrade boat pumpout facilities. As much as $125,000 may be requested, and a 25 percent match of the total project cost is required. To view the Request for Responses (RFR), visit the Comm-PASS website and search for solicitation number "ENV 13 CZM 02." Proposals are due by September 13.
Mass Bays Research and Planning Grants RFR Coming Soon - The Massachusetts Bays Program (MBP) expects to release an RFR soon for the FY 2013 Research and Planning Grant Program. Up to $100,000 will be available for estuarine protection and restoration initiatives located within the 50 coastal communities in the MBP planning area. Eligible projects include applied research, planning, or capacity building initiatives that assist MBP in implementing priority action items identified in its 2009-2012 Strategic Plan (PDF, 130 KB). These include protecting and enhancing coastal habitat, reducing and preventing stormwater pollution, protecting and enhancing shellfish resources, managing local land use and growth, managing municipal wastewater, managing marine invasive species, monitoring marine and estuarine waters, and adapting for projected impacts of climate change. Eligible applicants include cities, towns, and other public entities, academic institutions, and nonprofit organizations. Up to $20,000 may be requested and a 25 percent match (cash or in-kind) of the total project cost is required. MBP will host information sessions to provide applicants an opportunity to ask questions. MBP encourages all potential applicants to attend one of these sessions. For details, stay tuned to CZM's Jobs & Grants web page.
Massachusetts Recreational Trails Grants - The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) is seeking applications for 2013 Massachusetts Recreational Trails Program Grants, which provide from $2,000 to $50,000 for a variety of trail protection, construction, and stewardship projects throughout Massachusetts. DCR is also accepting applications for Statewide Trails Education Grants, which provide funding for statewide trail education initiatives. Applications for both programs are due by February 1, 2013.
Reminders - This opportunity listed in the last CZ-Mail is still available:
- NOAA Special Project and Program Funding - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is seeking proposals for its annual Broad Agency Announcement to fund special projects and programs associated with the NOAA's strategic plan and mission goals. This announcement is a mechanism to encourage research, technical projects, or sponsorships (conferences, newsletters) that are not normally funded through competitive discretionary programs. For more information, see the Grants.gov website. Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis until September 30.
Report on Water Quality at Vacation Beaches - The National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has released its 22nd annual beach water quality report, which provides a compilation of water quality data on U.S. beaches. Testing the Waters: A Guide to Water Quality at Vacation Beaches identifies the best and worst beaches for protecting beachgoers from contaminated water. Pollution at the nation's ocean, lake, and bay beaches resulted in more than 23,000 closing or swimming advisory days in 2011—a 3 percent decrease from 2010. In this 2012 report, NRDC's recommended long-term approach is to adopt solutions that address the sources of beach water pollution, particularly strategies for reducing contamination carried by stormwater runoff.
Simulated Images for Coastal Communications - NOAA's Coastal Services Center (CSC) has released Using Photorealistic Visualizations, a 20-page guide that describes how simulated images, or visualizations, are often much more effective than charts and graphs in conveying the impacts of coastal change and development. Such visualizations can inform the decision-making process and spur stakeholders to develop strategies that mitigate the potential negative impacts of current land use decisions.
Coastal Inundation Mapping Primer - CSC has also updated its Mapping Coastal Inundation Primer (PDF, 590 KB), a 28-page guide that provides some basic information about mapping coastal inundation and examples of short-term storm surge events and longer-term, climate-induced sea level rise. Updates include adding vertical data to the process and providing more discussion about vertical/tidal datums and building digital elevation models.
Ocean and Great Lakes Economy - CSC has released the NOAA Report on the Ocean and Great Lakes Economy of the United States, a report that examines the critically important economic contributions of the oceans and Great Lakes. The report presents data from CSC's Economics: National Ocean Watch dataset and includes a variety of visual representations of the data at the national, regional, and state levels.
Return of the Tides - The Friends of Herring River have produced Return of the Tides: The Herring River Restoration Project, a video developed to educate the public about the value of a healthy salt marsh estuary and the expected benefits or restoring the historic tidal flow of the Herring River Estuary in Wellfleet. For thousands of years, this estuary was highly productive and provided feeding and nursery habitat for commercially important fish and shellfish, cycled nutrients and sediment to improve water quality, produced salt hay for animal fodder, and buffered storm surges. Throughout the 1800s and early 1900s, road and railroad dikes were built across the river's floodplain, bisecting the salt marshes and dramatically altering natural tidal patterns. Efforts to restore the natural tidal flow to this estuary are now underway. For more details on the Herring River restoration, see the Friends of Herring River website.
Green Infrastructure Fact Sheets for NPDES Programs - EPA has released a series of six factsheets on incorporating green infrastructure measures into National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) wet weather programs. The series builds on existing EPA authority, guidance, and agreements to describe how EPA and state permitting and enforcement professionals can work with permittees to include green infrastructure measures as part of control programs. The six fact sheets and four supplements address stormwater permits, total maximum daily loads, combined sewer overflow long-term control plans, and enforcement actions.
Nutrient Pollution Outreach Materials - EPA has developed new educational materials on nutrient pollution. The Community Outreach Toolkit is designed to assist watershed groups, nonprofits, states, and federal partners with messaging and outreach to the media about nutrient pollution. A nutrient pollution YouTube video aims to raise awareness about nutrient problems. There is also a postcard/poster that shows a before and after photo of Lake Erie to illustrate the impacts of nutrient pollution. These and more are available on the EPA website.
Climate Change Booklet - The National Research Council has released Climate Change: Evidence, Impacts, and Choices, a new booklet and video designed to help the public gain a better understanding of what is known about climate change. The new resources are based on a number of independent reports from the National Research Council that represent the consensus of experts who have reviewed hundreds of studies describing many years of accumulating evidence.
Eutrophication in the Gulf of Maine - The Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment has released Eutrophication, 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 eutrophication in the Gulf of Maine.
Global Environmental Outlook - The United Nations Environment Programme has released the fifth Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-5), a report that provides evaluations for 90 of the most pressing environmental goals, including stabilizing greenhouse gas emissions, promoting food security, and protecting ecosystems and biodiversity.
Ocean and Coastal Videos - The United Nations Environment Programme's Regional Office for North America has partnered with cartoonist Jim Toomey to create a series of six two-minute videos intended to raise awareness of the importance of oceans and the coastal environment. The first video, Blue Carbon, has been released, and over the new several months, five other ocean-related videos will be released on the natural capital of our oceans, nutrient runoff, ocean acidification, marine debris, and climate change.
Watershed Science Bulletin—Call for Articles - The Watershed Science Bulletin (WSB) is the peer-reviewed journal of the Association of Watershed and Stormwater Professionals (AWSP) that features practical, science-based solutions to important watershed and stormwater management issues. AWSP is currently soliciting short (5,000 words or less) articles for the Spring 2013 issue, which will focus on green infrastructure and its impact on environmental, social, and economic aspects of watershed and community health. Articles are due by October 5.
MassDEP eNewsletter - The Summer 2012 issue of EnviroMatters from MassDEP features articles on MassDEP's Clean Energy Results Program, sustainable water management, and other recent MassDEP efforts, achievements, news, and updates.
The Wrack Line - The July 2012 issue of The Wrack Line, the eNewsletter of Mass Audubon's Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, features articles on blue mussels in Chatham and other outer Cape Cod news.
Natural Hazards Observer - The July 2012 issue of the Natural Hazards Observer, the bimonthly periodical of the Natural Hazards Center in Boulder, Colorado, features fighting wildfires, climate and weather, volcanoes, and other natural hazards news and information.
Right Whale News - The June 2012 issue of Right Whale News (PDF, 935 KB), the quarterly newsletter on conservation and recovery of the North Atlantic right whale and its habitats, features articles on 2012 right whale births, U.S. Naval exercises, right whale entanglements, and other right whale news.
EPA Nonpoint News - The May 2012 issue of EPA's Nonpoint Source News-Notes is a special issue on controlling nutrient pollution through state authorities using regulatory and non-regulatory approaches.
Stellwagen Bank E-Notes - The Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary has released the July edition of Stellwagen Bank E-Notes (PDF, 573 KB), a newsletter that provides the latest information about sanctuary research, education, and resource conservation. This issue includes articles on the sanctuary's 20th anniversary celebration, a humpback whale display at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, and other sanctuary news and notes. To subscribe, send your email address to email@example.com.
Runoff Rundown - The summer 2012 issue of Runoff Rundown, the quarterly electronic newsletter of the Center for Watershed Protection, features articles on reducing watershed pollution, green infrastructure, and other watershed protection news.
The Sandbar - The July 2012 issue of The Sandbar, a quarterly publication reporting on legal issues affecting the U.S. oceans and coasts by the National Sea Grant College Program, features articles on the endangered Atlantic sturgeon, rolling easements in Texas, and other ocean- and coastal-related legal issues.
Marine Protected Area Newsletter - The July-August 2012 issue of MPA News features articles on world marine protected area (MPA) coverage, threats to the Great Barrier Reef, a new global MPA database, and other MPA news and notes.
New England Ocean Odyssey - The Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) has launched New England Ocean Odyssey, a website that will provide a journey beneath New England's waves. CLF has joined forces with renowned National Geographic photographer and Massachusetts resident Brian Skerry to bring the mysteries of New England's ocean to light. Over the next five years, Brian will be exploring the special places in New England's ocean, near the coast and far offshore, in undersea places rarely visited by human beings. The New England Ocean Odyssey will compile an exclusive collection of photographs and stories to enjoy, discuss, and share. Users can sign up to receive a monthly e-newsletter, insight from leading experts on ocean wildlife and conservation, and invitations to share photos and stories.
Storm Surge and Coastal Inundation - NOAA's new Storm Surge and Coastal Inundation website is designed to help prepare coastal communities and residents for storm surge threats to people and property. It consolidates storm surge information and related services from across NOAA offices and features an overview of storm surge and information about storm surge impact, preparedness, forecasts and warnings, models and observations, research and development, NOAA's expertise, event history, and products and resources.
Critical Facilities Flood Exposure Tool - The NOAA Coastal Services Center's Critical Facilities Flood Exposure Tool, originally developed for Mississippi and Alabama, is now available for coastal areas nationwide. The tool provides a quick, initial assessment of a community's critical facilities and roads in the one-percent annual-chance flood zone established by FEMA (100-year flood zone).
Extreme Water-Level Information - NOAA's Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS) has launched Extreme Water Levels, a web-based, exceedance probability, statistics product for determining extreme water levels for most water-level stations on the East, Gulf, Pacific, and Alaskan Coasts with at least 30 years of data. Exceedance probability is the likelihood that water levels will exceed a given elevation based on historic values. When used in conjunction with real-time station data, exceedance probability statistics can be used to evaluate current conditions and determine when a rare event has occurred. This information may also be instrumental in planning for the possibility of dangerously high or low water events on a local level.
Historical Shoreline Surveys - NOAA's National Ocean Service has launched the NOAA Historical Shoreline Survey Viewer, a web tool that provides access to historical shoreline surveys conducted by NOAA and its predecessor organizations. About 7,800 surveys—the earliest dating back to 1841—are available for viewing in Google Earth. In addition to overlaying a scanned image of the survey in Google Earth, the viewer provides links to download the original scan and metadata, the resulting extracted vector shoreline, and a descriptive report compiled by the survey team.
Northeast Ocean Data Portal Updates - The Northeast Ocean Data Portal has been updated with a new version of the Northeast Ocean Data Viewer and a new set of downloadable geospatial databases on fishing effort, commercial vessel traffic, and other ocean uses. The Northeast Ocean Data Portal provides data, tools, and information to support ocean planning in the northeastern United States. Among the enhancements to the viewer are faster loading of data layers and the addition of bathymetry data.
Pilot New England Indicators Discussion Forum - The Gulf of Maine Council in collaboration with many regional organizations has launched the Northeast and Maritimes Community of Practice Forum, a pilot project that enables the region's indicator and monitoring program staff to interact, learn together, and build working relationships. There are currently six questions related to "Data Information and Management" and "Communication" posted on the forum to generate conversation.
Atlas of Marine Protected Areas - The Marine Conservation Institute's new MPAtlas, allows users to explore information on global marine protected areas (MPAs). This atlas provides information on more than 8,000 MPAs globally, drawing on datasets from the World Database on Protected Areas, National MPA Center, and other country- and regional-level data authorities, as well as research conducted by the Marine Conservation Institute.
Salem Sound Kayaking Guide - Salem Sound Coastwatch has updated its online Salem to Boston Kayaking Guide, which provides access points and suggestions for paddling destinations for non-motorized watercraft within the estuaries and bays of the North Shore from Manchester south to East Boston. The guide provides suggested paddling trails and detailed information on 35 access sites in 11 communities on the North Shore.
Endangered Species - The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service Endangered Species Program has launched a new, interactive Endangered Species website with information about endangered species in every state. It includes stories of species making strides toward recovery, audio interviews, and podcasts with biologists about on-the-ground endangered species conservation.
Wind Energy Lease Environmental Assessment - The U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is seeking public comment on an environmental assessment that analyzes potential environmental effects associated with renewable energy leasing and data gathering in the wind energy area off the coast of Rhode Island and Massachusetts. For more information, see the BOEM website (scroll down to the Rhode Island and Massachusetts section). Submit comments through regulations.gov by August 2.
Strategic Plan for Federal Research and Monitoring of Ocean - The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is seeking comments on the Draft Strategic Plan for Federal Research and Monitoring of Ocean Acidification, which presents a vision for how to move federal agencies toward a better understanding of the process of ocean acidification, its effects on marine ecosystems, and the steps that could be taken to adapt marine resource management. Submit comments by September 10 to NMFS.ST.OAStrategy@noaa.gov.
Coastal States Organization Executive Director - The Coastal States Organization (CSO) is seeking applications for Executive Director (PDF, 37 KB). CSO is a small, nonprofit, non-partisan organization founded in 1970 that represents the interests of the Governors of the nation's 35 coastal states and territories on legislative, regulatory, policy, and program matters related to the conservation, development, and management of coastal and ocean resources. The Executive Director is responsible for advancing CSO's mission by advocating for the shared state interests. This position also assures the sound fiscal management of CSO and manages a small office of professional staff and contractors. Submit applications by August 13 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Great Park Pursuit - This summer, as part of the No Child Left Inside-Children in Nature initiative, DCR is challenging children and their families to reconnect with nature and help promote a healthy lifestyle through active outdoor recreation in our state parks. Running through September 15, the Great Park Pursuit (GPP) offers teams the opportunity to design their own "Park Pursuit." DCR parks across the Commonwealth will host programs all summer and teams will be challenged to visit six programs in different themed categories, collecting special program stickers at each event to chronicle their summer adventures on a GPP team game card. Teams can also track their adventures with stories, photos, and itineraries on a personalized family homepage. To register, get game rules, and learn more, see the Great Park Pursuit website.
Waquoit Bay Watershed Block Party - On August 7 at 3:00 p.m., join the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve for the annual Watershed Block Party—an event to raise awareness about estuaries and watersheds. Activities include netting in the bay, mini-science experiments, games, face painting, arts and crafts for kids, and live music.
All-Hazards Summit - On August 9, an All Hazards/Stakeholders Summit will be held in Boston. Whether it's a catastrophic accident, severe blizzard, or act of terror, Boston cannot predict when or how disasters will strike. Effective disaster preparedness and emergency management requires expanded collaboration and response capabilities with all stakeholders. This event is targeted toward those responsible for the safety and well-being of the public.
Invasive Species Talk - On August 12, the Boston Harbor Island Alliance will present an invasives species talk and workshop by CZM's Adrienne Pappal. The program, which is free and open to the public, will be held on Spectacle Island at 2:15 p.m. (regular ferry fees apply). For more information see the Harbor Alliance website.
Great River Race - On August 18, the North and South Rivers Watershed Association (NSRWA) will hold the 22nd Great River Race, a fun event for the entire family, which supports the work of the NSRWA.
Flood Management Conference - From September 4-7, the Flood Management Association with hold its 2012 Annual Conference in Sacramento, California. Join floodplain management experts and policy makers to address the changing federal stormwater and environmental standards.
Cape Cod National Seashore Advisory Commission Meeting - On September 10, the Cape Cod National Seashore Advisory Commission will meet at 1:00 p.m. 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.
Northeast Aquaculture Conference and Exposition—Call for Papers - From December 12-15, the Northeast Aquaculture Conference and Exposition (NACE) will be held in Groton, Connecticut. The 2012 conference will be a special joint meeting between NACE, Milford Aquaculture Seminar, and the International Conference on Shellfish Restoration. See the Call for Papers (PDF, 607 KB), which are due by September 10.
Coastal 5K - On September 16, Salem Sound Coastwatch will hold the 3rd Annual Coastal 5K: Run for the Beach! to support its Adopt a Beach program. The 5K road race will start at Lynch Park in Beverly and will feature a gentle course with rolling terrain and ocean views. Bring the family and friends to enjoy live entertainment, environmental activities, and eco-friendly giveaways before and after the race.
National Working Waterfronts and Waterways Symposium—Call for Proposals - From March 25-28, 2013, the National Working Waterfronts & Waterways Symposium will be held in Tacoma, Washington. Increasing population in coastal areas generates increasing conflicts over access to and uses of waterfronts. Across the United States, waterfront communities both large and small are seeking creative solutions to address evolving challenges. Attendees will include local, regional, tribal, and national decision-makers; members of the port, commercial fishing, marine, and tourism industries; developers and property owners; business owners; community planners; and waterfront advocates. See the Call for Proposals, which are due by October 5.
Cape Cod Field Schools - Through November, Mass Audubon's Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary is offering a variety of 2-, 3-, and 4-day field courses for adults that focus on the unique coastal environment and wildlife of Cape Cod. Cape Cod Field Schools emphasize active, outdoor, "in-the-field" experiences and are taught by professional naturalists and scientists.
Mudflat Mania - Through August, the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History will hold a series of Mudflat Mania walks. Bring a pail, a notebook, and water shoes for a beachside exploration where visitors learn about the fascinating world of animals that live in and on the tidal flats.
Bayside Explorers - Each Wednesday in August, rain or shine, join Three Bays Preservation, Inc., and the "Bayside Explorers" for free outings with naturalists along the shores of the Cotuit, North, and West Bays. Meet at Dowses Beach (East Bay Road) in Osterville. See the Three Bays website for the schedule and to register.
Summer Walks in Harwich - The Harwich Conservation Trust has posted its schedule of summer walks. All walks are free and open to the public. See the Trust's website.
Reminders - The following calendar items posted in the last CZ-Mail are still to come:
- National Coastal Conference—Call for Award Nominations - From October 9-12, the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA) will hold its National Coastal Conference in San Diego, California. The theme of the 2012 conference is "Rising to the Challenge," recognizing the increase in challenges to protect and maintain coastal areas. ASBPA is accepting nominations for the 2012 National Coastal Conference Awards. See the Call for Awards (PDF, 52 KB), which are due by August 10.
- Swim & Fin Race for Salem Sound - On August 18, Salem Sound Coastwatch will hold the 7th Annual Swim & Fin Race for Salem Sound at Forest River Park in Salem. The event will feature open water swim races for all levels. There will be food, music, and giveaways.
- StormCon Conference - The 2012 StormCon, the world's largest conference on stormwater pollution prevention, will be held from August 20-22 in Denver, Colorado. For details, see the StormCon website.
- Antique & Classic Boat Festival - From August 25-26, Hawthorne Cove Marina in Salem will host the 30th annual Antique and Classic Boat Festival, which will include exhibits, artists, crafts, and entertainment.
Other Items of Interest
CZM Website to Join Mass.Gov Portal - The CZM website is undergoing some major renovations so it can be re-launched in the Mass.Gov portal format. In addition to a dramatically different look, the new site will feature improved navigation/organization and stronger links to other state agencies and departments, particularly those within EEA. When the new site goes live, many of the current navigation pathways will be reworked and all URLs will change. Please be patient as we work through any challenges with the transfer. Also, please let us know if there are any links from your website to CZM so that we can help prevent broken links. If you have any questions, can't find something, or wish to report a broken link, please contact CZM's webmaster, Robin Lacey, at email@example.com.
Innovative Stormwater Management Competition - EPA has launched the Campus RainWorks Challenge to encourage student teams on college and university campuses across the country to develop innovative approaches to stormwater management. The competition will help raise awareness of green design and planning approaches and train the next generation of landscape architects, planners, and engineers in green infrastructure principles and design. Registration for the Campus RainWorks Challenge opens September 4, and entries must be submitted by December 14 for consideration. Winning teams will earn a cash prizes and funds for team faculty advisors to conduct research on green infrastructure.
Woods Hole and MIT Sea Grant Survey - The Sea Grant Programs at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are seeking public input to inform strategic planning efforts for 2014-2018. The four major focus areas for the plan are: healthy coasts, oceans and great lakes, safe sustainable fisheries and aquaculture, resilient coastal communities and economies, and environmental literacy and workforce development. To provide input into this planning process, complete this 5-minute online survey by September 15.
Mass Audubon Photo Contest - Mass Audubon is holding its 2012 Picture This: Your Great Outdoors photo contest, open to all participants. New England's largest conservation organization welcomes striking digital images that highlight the beauty and diversity of Massachusetts wildlife, habitats, and people in nature. Judges will select up to 18 winners (a professional, amateur, and youth in each of six categories). One Grand Prize Winner's photo will be featured in Mass Audubon's Connections newsletter. Entries are due by September 30.