The Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) holds a variety of events, workshops, conferences, and public meetings. Links to current events and other event listings are provided below.
CZM Calendar Listings
North Shore Resiliency Workshop - On February 18, CZM will partner with staff from the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, Salem Sound Coastwatch, NOAA Northeast Regional Office, 8 Towns and the Great Marsh, and the Saugus River Watershed Association to present a North Shore Resiliency Workshop at the Peabody Institute Library in Danvers. This workshop is for planners, conservation commissions, public works directors, engineers, municipal officials, and nonprofits who want to learn more about how to engage their communities in successful coastal resiliency planning and implementation. NOAA will be on hand to share their web-based tools, such as the Coastal Flood Exposure Mapper. Kathryn Glenn, CZM’s North Shore Regional Coordinator, will discuss lessons learned from CZM’s Coastal Resilience Grants and designing for successful resiliency projects. Information about potential sources of funding for coastal resiliency efforts will also be covered. This session is free and open to the public.
Coastal Construction Workshops - In March, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and CZM will co-sponsor a pair of one-day workshops on important state codes, regulations, and best practices for building and retrofitting homes and other buildings in coastal areas, to be held in Plymouth on March 9 and Gloucester on March 31. The morning will feature a discussion of best practices for the design of structures to withstand storm impacts such as erosion and flooding, as well as a session to provide guidance for town officials on interpreting the FEMA National Flood Insurance Program Maps and Studies to identify the most vulnerable areas. The afternoon will include sessions on available funding, State Building Code requirements, and reducing vulnerability in Land Subject to Coastal Storm Flowage under the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act. All participants must register through the MEMA Training website for either the Plymouth workshop on March 9 or Gloucester workshop on March 31. (Please note: It is not necessary to enter the last four digits of your Social Security Number as part of the registration process. Enter 9999 or any four digits.)
Grant Writing Workshops - In March and April, the Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Program and MassDEP have teamed up with Bay State Roads to present Proposals for Cleaner Water: A Grant Writing Workshop for municipal and nonprofit staff. The Commonwealth provides multiple opportunities to apply for funds to help with water resource management. These one-day workshops will provide some fundamental rules and best practices for developing competitive proposals to bring new money to local projects. The workshops will be held on March 22 in Taunton, March 30 in Lawrence, and April 7 in Sturbridge. Registration is required.
Additional Coastal-Related Events
CZ-Mail - CZ-Mail is CZM's monthly email update that provides information on major CZM initiatives, available tools and publications, upcoming workshops and events, grants, contracting opportunities, job openings, legislative updates, and other news of interest to people working on coastal issues.
Other Coastal Calendars
Massachusetts Coastal Training Program (CTP) Events Calendar - CTP workshops are offered at a variety of locations. Some focus on environmental issues such as groundwater protection, aquaculture, climate change, and habitat protection, while other workshops focus on processes and skills such as resource mapping, conflict resolution, and updating environmental regulations.
Ipswich River Watershed Association Calendar - The Ipswich River Watershed Association serves as the voice of the river, dedicated to protecting water quality and quantity, fish and wildlife habitat, recreational opportunities, and scenic values of the Ipswich River Watershed.