• 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

    2014 Draft Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan Public Hearings - On September 24, 2014, the Draft Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan, September 2014 (2014 draft ocean plan) was released for public review, hearings, and a 60-day public comment period. The 2014 draft ocean plan is the first formal amendment of the 2009 ocean plan. EEA is required by the Oceans Act to review the ocean plan every five years. For more information, including the 2014 draft ocean plan, plan review and update process, technical work group reports, and the 2009 ocean plan, see the Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan website.

    Five regional public hearings will be held to receive comment and input on the 2014 draft ocean plan:

    • North Shore - October 8, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at the Ipswich Public Library, Collins Room, 25 N. Main Street, Ipswich, MA 01938.
    • Cape Cod - October 14, 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. at the Heritage House Hotel, Chauncy’s Room, 259 Main Street, Hyannis, MA 02601.
    • South Coast - October 20, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, Memorial Theater, 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, MA 02740.
    • Islands - October 22, 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. at the Katharine Cornell Theater, 54 Spring Street, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568.
    • Boston Harbor and South Shore - October 27, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at the Executive Office for Energy and Environmental Affairs, 100 Cambridge Street, 2nd Floor Rooms C-D, Boston, MA 02114.

    Sign Up for COASTSWEEP 2014 - COASTSWEEP, the state-wide annual beach cleanup sponsored by CZM, will kick off its 27th year in September. 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 marine debris and record what they find. This information is then used to help reduce future marine debris problems. Cleanups will be scheduled throughout September and October. To get involved, see the COASTSWEEP website or check out COASTSWEEP on Facebook or Twitter.

    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.