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COASTSWEEP 25—Still Time to Organize or Join a Cleanup!
COASTSWEEP, the state-wide beach cleanup sponsored by CZM and the Urban Harbors Institute at UMass Boston, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Volunteers throughout Massachusetts turn out in large numbers every fall for this event, which is part of an international campaign organized by 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. There is still time to organize 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 through the end of the month. Or, you can join one of the upcoming cleanups. 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. To learn more about COASTSWEEP and CZM, listen to CZM's Robin Lacey on WUMB's Commonwealth Journal.
Gulf of Maine Grants Awarded to South Shore Communities
The Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment (GOMC) and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Marine Fisheries Service have selected seven new projects in the Gulf of Maine to receive $336,800 in funding from the GOMC-NOAA Community-Based Habitat Restoration Partnership. Two Massachusetts projects were selected for funding. The Town Brook Dam Removal project in Plymouth received $100,000 to improve water quality, remove contaminated sediment, and provide unimpeded passage for alewife, blueback herring, American eel, and resident freshwater species. The Hunters Pond Dam Removal Feasibility and Design Study in Scituate received $40,000 to study and develop preliminary engineering designs for the restoration of Bound Brook through the removal of the deteriorating Hunters Pond dam. The dam removal will re-establish sea-run species like blueback herring, alewife, American eel, and other fish to their historic upstream spawning habitat. For additional details on these and other funded projects, see the GOMC website.
Underwater Archaeology in Massachusetts
October is Massachusetts Archaeology Month. In celebration, the Massachusetts Board of Underwater Archaeological Resources (BUAR) is participating in the Archaeological Institute of America's Archaeology Fair at the Boston Museum of Science. On October 19, the fair is directed to school groups, and on October 20, it is directed to families and the general public. BUAR activities will include participation in a mock "dig" of a shipwreck and exhibits. For more events, see Archaeology Month website.
MORIS Mapping Tip: Share and Bookmark Your Maps
The Massachusetts Ocean Resource Information System, or MORIS, is a web-based coastal mapping tool where users can interactively view various data layers, create and share maps, and download the data for use in a Geographic Information System (GIS). Sharing and bookmarking maps is easy with MORIS. Let's say you have put together a map of boating access sites, marinas, and mooring fields in your town and you want to send the map to your colleagues. To do this, click the "Make a permalink" tool (the yellow star icon located on the right side of the top toolbar). Right-click the blue "permalink" in the pop-up window and use your browser menu options to copy the link. This link can then be shared with others in an email to launch a map with the same active data layers, map extent, and basemap. You may also save this link as a bookmark in your browser so you can view the same map later.
CZ-Tip: Explore Some Spooky Sea Stories this October
As you enjoy your favorite ghost stories this Halloween season, be sure to check out some of the bizarre tales and often unsolved mysteries that "haunt" the Commonwealth's coast. With more than 1,500 miles of coastline, a seafaring history that dates back to the time of the earliest human inhabitants, and important coastal sites from the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, it's no wonder that the Bay State is home to a rich history of maritime myths and folklore. For details on some famous shipwrecks, ghost ships, haunted lighthouses and forts, and even sea serpents, see CZ-Tip - Delve into the Mysteries of Maritime Massachusetts.
CZM Staff & People
New Graduate Intern to Research Beach Nourishment - In September, CZM welcomed Catherine Leland as an intern. Catherine is in her second year of graduate work at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and will be working with CZM through the spring 2013 semester. She will be researching the impacts of marine sediment extraction for beach nourishment and identifying potential sediment source options for a few beach nourishment project scenarios. Her experience includes eight years of public policy work in California. Catherine is excited to have the opportunity to apply her coursework and make a valuable contribution to CZM. Welcome aboard!
Habitat Restoration Funding - The Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries (MarineFisheries), through the Massachusetts In-Lieu Fee (ILF) Program, is requesting proposals for habitat restoration projects. Qualifying projects will serve as mitigation for coastal aquatic habitat losses resulting from the cumulative impacts of multiple, small-scale coastal alteration projects that were permitted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers under the Massachusetts General Permit. Approximately $170,000 is available to fund proposals that are expected to demonstrate an ability to effectively remediate the loss of aquatic functions and values of coastal aquatic habitats. Successful proposals will clearly demonstrate that the project will result in on-the-ground functional habitat restoration and improvement. Applicants are encouraged to contact the ILF Program Coordinator to discuss any project prior to developing applications. Information sessions on this grant program will be held on October 3 in New Bedford and on October 5 in Gloucester. For details and to view the Request for Responses (RFR), visit the Comm-PASS website and search for solicitation number "DMF ILF01." Proposals are due by October 31.
FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grants - The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) are inviting communities, state agencies, and tribal governments and territories to submit applications for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) 2013 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. DCR and MEMA will provide technical assistance to potential applicants upon request. For complete grant details, see the 2013 Hazard Mitigation Assistance Program Guidance. Full applications are due by December 5.
Reminders - These opportunities listed in the last CZ-Mail are still available:
- Mass Bays Research and Planning Grants - The Massachusetts Bays Program (MBP) is seeking applications for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 Research and Planning Grant Program. Up to $100,000 is 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. To view the RFR, visit the Comm-PASS website and search for solicitation number "ENV 13 CZM 03." Proposals are due by October 5.
- Environmental Trust Grants - The Massachusetts Environmental Trust is seeking proposals for its FY 2014 General Grants, which provide funding to support programs, research, and other activities that promote the responsible stewardship of the Commonwealth's water resources. Eligible applicants are nonprofit organizations, schools, institutions for higher education, and cities and towns. To view the RFR, see the Comm-PASS website and search for document number "EEA 13 MET 01." Letters of Inquiry are due by October 12.
- Landscape Partnership Program - The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Division of Conservation Services is seeking applications for the FY 2013 Landscape Partnership Program, which will offer competitive grants to municipalities, nonprofit organizations, and EEA agencies to help fund partnership projects that permanently protect a minimum of 500 acres of land and develop natural resources protection zoning or open space residential design in municipalities. This program seeks to preserve large, unfragmented, high value conservation landscapes (including working forests and farms), expand state-municipal-private partnerships, increase leveraging of state dollars, enhance stewardship of conservation land, and provide public access opportunities. To view the RFR, visit the Comm-PASS website and search for solicitation number "ENV 13 DCS 04." Proposals are due by October 22.
- Marine Debris Removal Grants - The NOAA Marine Debris Program is seeking proposals for locally driven, community-based marine debris prevention and removal projects that benefit coastal habitat, waterways, and wildlife, including migratory fish. Applications are due by November 1.
- Massachusetts Recreational Trails Grants - 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.
Runoff, Erosion, and Sediment Control Field Guide - The Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions (MACC) has released the northeast's first Runoff, Erosion and Sediment Control Field Guide, a 65-page, waterproof, pocket guide for those involved in planning, executing, and monitoring construction projects. Sediment washing into rivers, streams, lakes, ponds, and wetlands is one of the biggest water quality problems in Massachusetts. The guide provides best management practices that can be used to control runoff and erosion and prevent sedimentation at construction sites.
Hazard-Resilient Coastal & Waterfront Smart Growth Report - NOAA and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have released Achieving Hazard-Resilient Coastal & Waterfront Smart Growth, a report developed in consultation with the national Smart Growth Network that builds on the network's 10 smart growth principles to create coastal and waterfront-specific strategies for development. The guide includes an overview of the unique development challenges and opportunities along the water and provides specific approaches to development that include a description of the issues, tools and techniques, and case studies.
Climate Change Guide for Land Conservation - NOAA's Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM) has released the Voluntary Step-by-Step Guide for Considering Potential Climate Change Effects on Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Projects (PDF, 1.1 MB), which provides information on how to incorporate climate change considerations into coastal land conservation projects The guide focuses on implementation of OCRM's Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program, but the methodology described has broad application for conservation planning and land acquisition in a changing climate.
Legal Solutions to Coastal Climate Change Adaptation - The Summer 2012 issue of the National Sea Grant Law Center's Sea Grant Law and Policy Journal features seven articles from the Legal Solutions to Coastal Climate Change Adaptation in Connecticut conference held in February 2012. The conference aimed to enhance understanding and promote discussions of cutting-edge policy and legal approaches to climate change adaptation in coastal areas.
Regional Data Management and Portal Development Workshop Report - From June 27-28, NOAA's Coastal Services Center convened a group of representatives from national, regional, and state data management systems for a two-day workshop to discuss opportunities for coordination and collaboration among coastal and marine geospatial data systems. Workshop participants identified a number of near-term action items that will preserve momentum and lay the groundwork for future collaboration. See the final report (PDF, 23 MB).
Decentralized Wastewater Papers - EPA's Decentralized Memorandum of Understanding Partnership has developed a series of four papers that highlight the sustainability of decentralized wastewater treatment systems and available options for communities and homeowners.
Watershed Activities Guide - The Project WET Foundation has released the Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide 2.0, which includes water education activities for grades pre-K through high school. Project WET provides water education for teachers worldwide.
Coastal Services Magazine - The September/October 2012 issue of Coastal Services, a NOAA Coastal Services Center magazine, features articles about social media for the government, waterfront smart growth in Michigan, the red tide data in Texas, and other news and notes.
Natural Hazards Observer - The September 2012 issue of the Natural Hazards Observer, the bimonthly periodical of the Natural Hazards Center in Boulder, Colorado, features articles on the many failures of disaster diplomacy, disaster services, climate change, and other natural hazards news and information.
Coastal Management Newsletter - The September 2012 edition of NOAA's Coastal Program Division's Coastal Management News features articles about growing oysters in New Hampshire, Hawaii's climate change adaptation policy, a shipwreck trail in Florida, and more.
Gulf of Maine Times - The September 2012 edition of the Gulf of Maine Times features articles on the annual Gulf of Maine Council (GOMC) awards, the GOMC/NOAA habitat restoration grants, marine planning in the Gulf of Maine, and other Gulf of Maine news.
Stellwagen Bank E-Notes - The Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary has released the September 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 effect of underwater noise on right whale communications, humpback whale tagging, and other sanctuary news and notes. To subscribe, send your email address to email@example.com.
Marine Educators Newsletter - The Fall 2012 issue of NMEA News (PDF, 825 KB), the National Marine Educators Association's (NMEA) newsletter, features articles on marine education awards, the June 2012 NMEA Conference, and other marine education news and notes.
Pipeline - The Summer 2012 issue of Pipeline, the online newsletter about onsite wastewater treatment from the National Environmental Services Center, examines nitrogen in the environment and provides specific suggestions for reducing nitrogen in onsite wastewater systems.
Marine Protected Area Newsletter - The September-October 2012 issue of MPA News features articles on the new ocean planning forum OpenChannels, lessons from California's Marine Protected Area (MPA) system, a new MPA proposal for Antarctica, and other MPA news and notes.
Marine Ecosystems and Management Information Service - The August/September 2012 edition of Marine Ecosystems and Management, the bimonthly information service on marine ecosystem-based management (EBM) from the University of Washington School of Marine Affairs, features articles on regional marine spatial planning, fisheries research, EBM in Hawaii, and other notes and news.
On Tap - The fall/winter issue of On Tap, the National Environmental Services Center's drinking water and wastewater magazine, features articles about environmental justice, how to become more water and energy efficient, and phosphorus and source water monitoring in areas where hydraulic fracturing is used in natural gas extraction.
New Massachusetts Bays Program Website Launched - The Massachusetts Bays Program (MBP) has launched its new website in the Mass.Gov portal format. The new site features a dramatically different look and new navigation with stronger links to other state agencies and departments, particularly those within EEA. Now that the new site is live, many of the old navigation pathways have been reworked and all URLs have changed. So, please check it out at www.massbays.org and be sure to update any links on your site to the MBP site. If you have any questions/comments, can't find something, or wish to report a broken link, please contact Lisa Engler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ocean Planning Short Film Series - America's Ocean Economy: Challenges and Opportunities is the first in a series of online films that explore ocean planning efforts from around the world. The short film provides an overview of economic issues related to ocean planning. Three additional films are scheduled to be released throughout the fall and will focus on ocean planning and offshore renewable energy, fisheries, and the environment.
Ocean Health Index - The Ocean Health Index is the first comprehensive, annual assessment of the benefits that a healthy ocean provides through 10 goals emphasizing the human-ocean relationship. These goals include food provision, artisanal fishing opportunities, natural products, carbon storage, coastal protection, coastal livelihoods and economies, tourism and recreation, sense of place, clean waters, and biodiversity. The analysis is a collaborative effort made through contributions from more than 65 scientists/ocean experts and organization partnerships.
SeaSketch - SeaSketch is a platform for collaborative ocean GeoDesign. With SeaSketch, anyone with a web browser and internet connection may design management plans for marine protected areas, transportation zones, renewable energy sites, and more.
FEMA Revamps Website - The FEMA website has been updated to make it more user-friendly, up-to-date, and easier to navigate. Many links have changed, so FEMA cautions that old links and bookmarks may no longer work.
Seafloor Explorer - The Seafloor Explorer is a new interactive website that invites the public to help identify objects in images of the seafloor. The new site was developed through a unique collaboration between oceanographers studying seafloor habitats, web programmers, and social scientists.
Discover Water - Discover Water, the website for kids and teachers from Project WET, provides information on the role of water in people's lives. Kids can learn about the blue planet, the water cycle, oceans, fresh water, watersheds, and other water topics.
Aquatic Ecosystem Simulation Model - EPA's Office of Science and Technology has released an enhanced version of the aquatic ecosystem simulation model AQUATOX—a PC-based ecosystem model that predicts the fate of nutrients and organic chemicals in water bodies, as well as their direct and indirect effects on the resident organisms.
Coastal Restoration Workshops - In October, the MarineFisheries will be hosting two stakeholder workshops as part of a project entitled Identifying and Prioritizing Restoration Opportunities for Coastal Aquatic Habitats in the Mass Bays Region, funded by the Massachusetts Bays Program. The goal of this project is to identify gaps in habitat restoration priorities either spatially or by habitat type and to develop a ranking methodology for restoration projects. The first workshop is on October 2 in the MarineFisheries Annisquam River Marine Field Station conference room, 30 Emerson Avenue, Gloucester. The second workshop is on October 18 at Plymouth Town Hall, Mayflower Room, 11 Lincoln Street, Plymouth. Both sessions are from 1:00-4:30 p.m. For more information, contact Jillian Weber Carr at Jillian.Weber@state.ma.us or Mark Rousseau at Mark.Rousseau@state.ma.us.
Oyster Documentary Screening - On October 5 at 5:30 p.m., the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History will host a screening of Shellshocked: Saving Oysters to Save Ourselves, an award-winning documentary on oyster restoration efforts in New York Harbor. Seating is limited and reservations are required. For more information, call (508) 896-3867.
Archaeology Laboratory Open House - On October 6, the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History will present Archaeology Laboratory Open House & Artifact Identification. Join archaeologist Dr. Fred Dunford for a tour of the Museum's archaeology lab. View artifacts from local excavations (including the latest from the Wing Island Archaeology Project) and learn about the archaeology of the area. Visitors can also bring artifacts from Cape Cod for identification by Dr. Dunford.
Marine Science Center Open House - On October 13, Northeastern University's Marine Science Center in Nahant will host its free annual Open House from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This all-ages event includes guided tidepool and geology walks; marine research exhibits; marine life exhibits; touch tanks; tours of the Vertebrate Studies Center, WWII Bunker, and solar observatory; children's activities; and a COASTSWEEP beach cleanup.
Run for the Rivers - On October 14, the North and South Rivers Watershed Association (NSRWA) will hold the first annual Run for the Rivers - South River 5K to support NSRWA environmental stewardship efforts. The race will begin in the Rexhame Beach parking lot, taking runners across the sand and into Humarock. The course continues along the paved roads beside the South River and returns to Rexhame Beach for the finish.
Erosion and Sediment Control Workshop - On October 17 from 6:30-8:30 p.m., the Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions (MACC) will hold an Erosion and Sediment Control Workshop in Topsfield. This two-hour workshop will outline effective methods of erosion prevention and sediment control, including available best management practice (BMP) applications and jurisdiction. This session will also explore specific BMPs for erosion and sediment control, management of construction runoff, dewatering solutions, and erosion and sediment control regulations. For more information and to register, call MACC at (617) 489-3930.
Land Conservation Conference—Call for Proposals - On March 23, 2013, The Trustees of Reservations, the Putnam Conservation Institute, and the Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition will hold the 23rd Massachusetts Land Conservation Conference in Worcester. This annual, day-long event provides land trust board members, staff, volunteers, and municipal commission members with information, skills, and connections for effective land conservation. See the Request for Proposals, which are due by October 19.
Floodplain Management Conference—Call for Presenters - From June 9-14, 2013, the Association of State Floodplain Managers will hold its 37th Annual National Conference, Remembering the Past - Insuring the Future, in Hartford, Connecticut. Presentation are invited that address the many issues and problems associated with managing flood risk, reducing flood damages, making communities more sustainable, and protecting floodplains and fragile natural resources. See the Call for Presenters, which are due by October 31.
Ocean Literacy Summit - From November 1-2, the New England Ocean Science Education Collaborative will hold the 4th biennial Ocean Literacy Summit at the University at Rhode Island's Narragansett Bay Campus. The summit draws in up to 200 professionals who work in science, ocean science education, advocacy, nonprofit, and government organizations around New England. The 2012 keynote address will be given by Dr. Robert Ballard.
MEPA & NEPA Seminar - On November 7, Law Seminars International will hold a seminar on MEPA & NEPA that will focus on strategies for permitting under the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). This seminar will cover the most relevant compliance issues facing Massachusetts developers, practitioners, and environmental professionals. The program will also provide an in-depth discussion of MEPA's policy priorities, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection's (MassDEP) final action plan for regulatory reform, and MEPA/NEPA case law.
Great Marsh Sea Level Rise Symposium - On November 8, the Great Marsh Coalition will hold the Great Marsh Symposium: Helping Communities Prepare for Sea Level Rise at the Great House at The Trustees of Reservations' Crane Estate in Ipswich. This full-day workshop is for local officials and the public to discuss strategies that address issues of particular importance to the region and to learn about and identify potential impacts of sea level rise on the Great Marsh—the largest continuous stretch of salt marsh in New England, extending from Cape Ann to New Hampshire. An optional "tour" of the Great Marsh from the roof of the Great House will immediately follow the workshop. Pre-registration is required as space is limited. The workshop is free to local and state officials, with a $10 registration fee for the general public. Coffee and lunch will be provided. For more information, see the Great Marsh website.
MACC Fall Conference - On November 10, the Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions will hold the 2012 Fall Conference, Roads and Water: Maintenance and Protection, in Worcester. Geared for conservation commissioners and agents, community preservation committees, planning boards, open space and land stewardship committees, land trusts, and interested citizens, the 2012 conference will focus on road maintenance issues throughout Massachusetts.
Water Resources Conference - From November 12-15, the American Water Resources Association will host the 2012 Annual Water Resources Conference in Jacksonville, Florida. Conference sessions cover a wide range of water resources topics, including climate change, information management and tools, forest hydrology, water and energy, water quality, agricultural hydrology, and others.
North Atlantic Right Whale Consortium Annual Meeting - From November 13-14, the North Atlantic Right Whale Consortium Annual Meeting will be held at the New Bedford Whaling Museum. The meeting will share and discuss research, new techniques, management strategies, and other facets of right whale conservation.
Marine Law Symposium - On November 14-15, the Roger Williams School of Law in Bristol, Rhode Island, will hold the two-day marine law symposium, SHIFTING SEAS: The Law's Response to Changing Ocean Conditions. The symposium will examine the laws and policies that are implicated as climate change impacts coastal and ocean environments.
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.
Water Education Conference—Call for Presentations - From August 7-9, 2013, the Project WET Foundation and Metropolitan State University of Denver will host the 2013 Water Education: Developing 21st Century Solutions Conference in Denver, Colorado. The Project WET USA conference team requests proposals for presentations from educators, policymakers, businesses, municipalities, program designers, implementers, and practitioners. Proposals should focus on school districts in partnership with local organizations to provide a community-based approach to water education and all others interested in water education. For details, see the Call for Presentations.
Barnstable Land Trust Walks and Talks - Through autumn, the Barnstable Land Trust will hold numerous events as part of its Walks & Talks nature series. For details, see the Barnstable Land Trust website.
Wednesday Walks - On Wednesdays through October, the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History will hold a series of walks with naturalist Connie Boyce. For details, see the museum calendar.
Fall Walks in Harwich - The Harwich Conservation Trust has posted its schedule of fall 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:
- Water Quality Standards 101 - On October 4 from 1-3 p.m., EPA's Water Quality Standards Academy will hold the webinar Water Quality Standards 101. Participants will learn how to use Water Quality Standards to protect water resources.
- Beachcombing Conference - From October 4-7, the 4th annual International Beachcombing Conference (IBC) will be held in Lewes, Delaware. The only beachcombing conference of its kind, the three-day conference includes lectures, slide shows, films, field trips, art workshops, and a sea glass and arts bazaar that features beachcombing books, English sea glass, Asian fishing floats, and shell and sea glass jewelry.
- 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.
- Watershed and Stormwater Conference - From October 8-10, the Center for Watershed Protection will hold the Watershed and Stormwater Conference 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland. The conference will present the latest and emerging developments in watershed management through interactive educational sessions; provide a forum of engagement, networking, and discussion among practitioners, regulators, scientists, educators, and advocates; and celebrate 20 years of the Center's service and the launch of the Association of Watershed and Stormwater Professionals.
- RARGOM Science Meeting - On October 9, the Regional Association for Research on the Gulf of Maine (RARGOM) will hold the 2012 Annual Science Meeting in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Gulf of Maine physical and biological oceanographers will be asked whether the Gulf of Maine will yield more or less seafood in the future.
- National Coastal Conference - From October 9-12, the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association 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.
- Environmental Education Conference - From October 10-13, the North American Association for Environmental Education will hold the 41st Annual Conference, Gaining Perspective: Seeing EE through Different Lenses, in Oakland, California. Join more than 1,000 attendees for symposia, workshops, field trips, and networking opportunities.
- Coastal and Estuarine Habitat Restoration - From October 20-25, the 6th National Conference on Coastal and Estuarine Habitat Restoration, Restoring Ecosystems, Strengthening Communities, will be held in Tampa, Florida. The five-day conference will explore the state-of-the-art in all aspects and scales of restoration and will be comprised of field sessions, plenary sessions, expert presentations, special evening events, workshops, a poster hall, and a restoration exposition.
- Hurricane Engineering Conference - From October 24-26, the Advances in Hurricane Engineering Conference, Learning from Our Past, will be held in Miami, Florida. The conference will discuss how design practices are evolving to meet the building and infrastructure challenges presented by powerful hurricanes.
- Marine Renewable Energy Technical Conference - From October 30-31, the New England Marine Renewable Energy Center of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth will hold the 4th Annual Marine Renewable Energy Technical Conference in Warwick, Rhode Island. This two-day conference will feature technical presentations on research relating to wave, tide, ocean and river current, and offshore wind technologies; environmental monitoring; policy and regulations; industry lessons learned; and more.
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/comments, can't find something, or wish to report a broken link, please contact CZM's webmaster, Robin Lacey, at email@example.com.
Gear Grab - The Gulf of Maine Lobster Foundation is leading the charge to recover and dispose of derelict fishing gear, otherwise known as "ghost gear," with a three-pronged collaborative initiative entitled Gear Grab. For details, including a short video about the effort, see the Gear Grab website.
Marine Debris Art Contest - NOAA's Marine Debris Program is seeking entries for the annual Keep the Sea Free of Debris Art Contest. The contest is for students in grades K-8 who are encouraged to show how marine debris impacts them and what they are doing about it. The winning artwork will be showcased in the next NOAA Marine Debris Calendar. The entry deadline is October 26.
Teacher at Sea Program - The NOAA Teacher at Sea Program is accepting applications for the 2013 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 October 31.
Marine Conservation Internship - The Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) is now accepting applications for the spring 2013 Marine Conservation Internship, which provides in-depth experience in marine conservation and nonprofit organizations. The program is geared to college juniors, seniors, recent graduates, and graduate students. REEF interns gain experience in community outreach, education programs, and field work including lionfish handling/collection and reef fish identification. The internship is unpaid, but a housing stipend is sometimes available. Applications for internships starting in January of 2013 are due by November 1.
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.