CZM’s New Website Has Been Launched
The CZM website was re-launched in the Mass.gov portal format on June 27. In addition to a dramatically different look, the new site features improved navigation/organization and stronger links to other state agencies, particularly those within EEA. Many of the previous navigation pathways were reworked and most URLs were changed. Please see the new Site Map to help find pages and thanks for your patience as we work through any challenges with the transfer. 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.
In January, on behalf of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA), CZM initiated a process to review the Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan according to the requirements of the 2008 Oceans Act. A draft review document that reports on progress made to date and opportunities for enhancement has been developed and reviewed by the Ocean Advisory Commission and Ocean Science Advisory Council. As an important part of the review, SeaPlan (formerly the Massachusetts Ocean Partnership) recently completed an independent, third party effort that sought input and views from the state's two ocean plan advisory bodies and synthesized this feedback in a report that will be included in the plan review document. The last phase of the review process sought input from stakeholders through public comment on the draft plan review document and through dialogue at four public meetings in June to be held in conjunction with the Northeast regional ocean planning initiative. See EEA’s Massachusetts Ocean Plan web page for details and updates.
CZM has released Sea Level Rise: Understanding and Applying Trends and Future Scenarios for Analysis and Planning file size 3MB , a new guidance document to help coastal communities and others plan for and address potential sea level rise effects on residential and commercial development, infrastructure and critical facilities, and natural resources and ecosystems. The document includes background information on local and global sea level rise trends, summarizes the best available sea level rise projections, and provides general guidance in the selection and application of sea level rise scenarios for coastal vulnerability assessments, planning, and decision making for areas that may be at present or future risk from the effects of sea level rise. The document is intended to be updated as new science and information becomes available.
On December 9, Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Rick Sullivan announced $399,120 in funding through CZM’s Coastal Pollution Remediation (CPR) Grant Program for projects to protect coastal waters in Massachusetts. The CPR grant recipients are the communities of Barnstable, Bourne, Falmouth, Hingham, Kingston, and Plymouth. Projects include local efforts to design and implement controls for runoff pollution from roadways and parking areas and to install pumpout facilities for boat sewage from commercial vessels. The grants are being matched by $154,583 from municipal sources, further extending the power of the grant program. The projects funded through this year’s CPR awards are:
- Barnstable - $113,700 to construct a boat sewage pumpout facility in Hyannis Harbor for commercial vessels and support compliance with the South Cape and Islands No Discharge Area (NDA).
- Bourne - $60,000 to construct a stormwater treatment system to address runoff pollution to Fisherman’s Cove in the Buzzards Bay watershed.
- Falmouth - $9,603 to replace the heavily used pumpout station in the inner area of Falmouth Harbor and support compliance with the South Cape and Islands NDA.
- Hingham - $21,958 to study and complete preliminary designs for a stormwater treatment system to address contaminated runoff to Walton’s Cove.
- Kingston - $116,627 to develop final design plans and install stormwater treatment systems at key discharge locations and improve water quality and open shellfish beds within the Jones River Estuary.
- Plymouth - $12,232 to purchase and install a pump at the Plymouth Harbor shoreside pumpout facility, prevent boat sewage discharges into Plymouth Harbor, part of the Plymouth, Kingston and Duxbury NDA.
For more information on this year’s grants, see EEA's CPR Grants Press Release.
Part of CZM’s StormSmart Coasts website, the new Assessing Vulnerability of Coastal Properties web page (released in June 2013) provides resources to identify areas of the Massachusetts coast most vulnerable to erosion and flooding, including shoreline change data, Flood Insurance Rate Maps, hurricane surge inundation maps, and maps depicting coastal inundation with sea level rise.
Potential extents of high tides with sea level rise are now included in the Massachusetts Ocean Resource Information System (MORIS). NOAA coastal inundation data were added to MORIS to allow users to interactively view mean higher high water plus one foot increments of sea level rise (up to six feet) with other information such as aerial photographs, assessor maps, public facilities and infrastructure locations, and natural resource areas. With MORIS, users can quickly create and share vulnerability maps. To access this new tool, launch MORIS through the StormSmart Coasts - Visualizing Sea Level Rise web page.
There are currently no employment opportunities at CZM. Please check back later or see the Commonwealth Employment Opportunities website for additional state opportunities.
There are currently no CZM solicitations available at this time. Please check back later or see Comm-PASS - The Commonwealth's Procurement Access & Solicitation System for other state opportunities.
Current CZ-Mail - December 2013
Project Review/Public Comment
Please note: All official CZM requests for public comment are published in the Public Notices section of the Environmental Monitor, the bi-weekly publication from the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) office.
Currently, there are no major comment opportunities to highlight here.