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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
In January, 2013, on behalf of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA), CZM initiated a process to review the Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan as required by the 2008 Oceans Act. During the first part of this process, a review document that reports on progress made to date and opportunities for enhancement was developed and reviewed by the Ocean Advisory Commission and Ocean Science Advisory Council. Following input from stakeholders through public comment and through dialogue last June, the Review of the Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan document was released in January 2014.
In June 2013, six technical work groups (focusing on habitat, fisheries, sediment resources, recreational and cultural services, transportation and navigation, and energy and infrastructure) were convened to provide expert input and to assist in the compilation and analysis of data and information that will help inform the plan revision process. The findings and recommendations of the work groups will be presented for discussion and feedback at two public workshops to be held on March 10 in Boston and March 11 in Falmouth. For more information on these upcoming workshops, see the Massachusetts Ocean Plan website.
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.
Modeling the Effects of Sea Level Rise on Coastal Wetlands - CZM is seeking proposals to model the effects of global and local sea level rise on coastal wetlands in Massachusetts. This project will lay the groundwork to assess potential barriers to landward migration of salt/brackish marshes and support the advancement of robust adaptation strategies and policy change. The Marine Biological Laboratory/Plum Island Ecosystems Long Term Ecological Research Program is the principal partner on the project, contributing biological and physical data on marsh processes and technical assistance. To view the RFR, visit the Comm-PASS website and search for solicitation number "ENV 14 CZM 08." Proposals are due by March 31.
Green Infrastructure for Coastal Resilience Pilot Grant Program - CZM is seeking proposals for the new Green Infrastructure for Coastal Resilience Pilot Grant Program. Up to $1.3 million ($500,000 per project) will be awarded to coastal cities and towns and non-profit organizations with vulnerable coastal property that is open and accessible to the public. The goal of this program is to advance the understanding and implementation of natural or nonstructural approaches to mitigating coastal erosion and flooding problems. To view the Request for Responses (RFR), visit the Comm-PASS website and search for solicitation number “ENV 14 CZM 07.” Proposals are due to CZM by April 4.
Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Program Regional Service Providers - The Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Program (Mass Bays) is seeking proposals for Regional Service Providers (RSP) to serve four regions of the Mass Bays planning area: Upper North Shore, Lower North Shore (formerly Salem Sound), South Shore, and Cape Cod. RSPs will support the implementation and update of the Mass Bays Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan. One-year grants of approximately $61,000 will be awarded for each region. To view the RFR, visit the Comm-PASS website and search for document number "ENV 14 CZM 09." Proposals are due by April 4.
Current CZ-Mail - March 2014
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.
Gloucester Designated Port Area Boundary Review - As noticed in the Feb. 5 Environmental Monitor and Gloucester Daily Times, CZM is seeking comments on the Boundary Review of the Gloucester Inner Harbor Designated Port Area, Gloucester MA (PDF, 2 MB). The purpose of the boundary review was to determine whether the Designated Port Area (DPA) boundary should remain as it is currently established or whether it should be modified in accordance with criteria governing the suitability of contiguous lands and waters to accommodate water-dependent industrial use. The Commonwealth’s DPA policy seeks to promote water-dependent industries as an important sector of the state’s economy and prevent the loss of areas that have certain key characteristics that make them particularly well suited to water-dependent industrial uses. Under the DPA regulations at 301 CMR 25.00 , CZM is responsible for mapping, interpreting, and periodic review of DPA boundaries. Submit comments on the draft report by March 7 to: Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management, Kathryn Glenn, North Shore Regional Coordinator, 251 Causeway Street, Suite 800, Boston MA 02114-2136.
Massachusetts Ocean Plan Workshops - On March 10 and 11, CZM will host two public workshops to share information and solicit input and feedback from stakeholders on the findings and recommendations of the six technical work groups. Workshop attendees will: (1) find out more about the plan revision process, (2) learn about the findings and recommendations of the technical work groups, focusing on new data, notable trends, and important issues, and (3) provide input to help inform the ocean plan update. For more information on the workshops, see the Massachusetts Ocean Plan website.
BUAR Public Meeting - On March 27 at 1:30 p.m., the Massachusetts Board of Underwater Archaeological Resources (BUAR) will hold its bi-monthly public meeting in the CZM large conference room. The preliminary agenda includes discussion/approval of minutes for the January 30 meeting, renewal of five permits, and discussion of permittee, outreach, and research activities. For more information, contact BUAR Director Victor Mastone at email@example.com.
Also, check out the CZM Coastal Calendar for more CZM-related events.