New Grant Opportunity to Design Retrofits for Stormwater Infrastructure - CZM has released a new, one-time grant opportunity to provide funding to municipalities within the Massachusetts Coastal Watershed to support designs that lead to the construction of retrofits to stormwater infrastructure. Eligible communities should review Assessment of Climate Change Impacts on Stormwater BMPs and Recommended BMP Design Considerations in Coastal Communities for an overview of possible impacts and retrofits. The goal of this grant is to produce designs that will lead to future implementation of retrofits of existing treatment structures to increase effectiveness and resiliency and provide water quality and habitat benefits over the long term. Applications are due by October 28. For complete details, see the Request for Responses (RFR) below under “Grants/Funding/Proposal Opportunities.”
New Fact Sheet Available on Design Improvements for Projects that Repair and Reconstruct Seawalls and Revetments - Recommended design practices for seawalls and revetments have advanced significantly over the last 50 years. Any repair or reconstruction project for seawalls and revetments—whether minor repairs or complete reconstruction—should therefore include design improvements based on the best available techniques to reduce impacts, improve structure longevity, and minimize maintenance costs. This new CZM fact sheet, StormSmart Properties Fact Sheet 7: Repair and Reconstruction of Seawalls and Revetments, discusses the history and impacts of seawalls and revetments and options for improving their performance and reducing impacts.
COASTSWEEP 2016—Still Sweeping Through Coastal Towns - COASTSWEEP is the state’s volunteer beach cleanup that is organized by CZM and is part of Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup. Thousands of volunteers have already turned out throughout Massachusetts this year to collect marine debris, such as trash, fishing line, and other human-made items, and record what they found. At Stage Fort Pak in Gloucester, local officials, campers, interns, and volunteers from the Cape Ann YMCA and Maritime Gloucester joined Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matt Beaton to collect more than 380 cigarette butts from the park’s shoreline. At Carson Beach, 40 volunteers collected more than 175 pounds of trash from a seemingly pristine beach. But COASTSWEEP isn’t over yet! There is still plenty of time to volunteer at a scheduled cleanup or to organize one of your own at a local beach, coastal site, or even an underwater site. All the supplies (bags, gloves, data cards, pencils, etc.) are provided free of charge, and cleanups can be scheduled at your convenience into early November. To find out more, see the COASTSWEEP website, especially the Get Involved page and the 2016 Cleanup List, or check out COASTSWEEP on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. For more on becoming a local cleanup coordinator, see this Mass.gov Blog posting from CZM. Also see the COASTSWEEP Press Release for more on the 2016 cleanups.
Coastal Resilience Grant Awards Announced - On August 17, the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) announced over $1.8 million in funding through CZM’s Coastal Resilience Grant Program to support local efforts to improve responses to and reduce the impacts from coastal storms and climate change, including storm surge, flooding, erosion, and sea level rise. Grants were awarded to Beverly, Boston, Dennis, Harwich, Ipswich, Marshfield, Mattapoisett, New Bedford, Newburyport, Orleans, Plymouth, Quincy, Salem, Scituate, Swampscott, Truro, Wareham, Weymouth, and Winthrop. Funded projects include efforts to assess local vulnerability of public infrastructure to flooding and sea level rise, identify alternatives for beach nourishment and dune restoration projects, evaluate structural and non-structural shoreline protection approaches, study wave effects on sand movement, and develop strategies to adapt to sea level rise. For more information, see the EEA Press Release.
Coastal Pollutant Remediation Grant Awards Announced - On August 31, EEA announced $346,292 in funding through CZM’s Coastal Pollution Remediation (CPR) Grant Program for projects to protect coastal water quality in Massachusetts. The CPR grant recipients are the communities of Medford, Milton, Plymouth, Salem, and Yarmouth. Projects include local efforts to assess, design, and implement infrastructure to intercept and treat contaminated stormwater runoff from roadways and parking areas. These local water quality improvement projects will reduce pollutants, such as nutrients and bacteria, in coastal waters—helping to keep beaches and shellfish harvesting areas open and protecting wildlife habitat. The grants are being matched by $172,624 from municipal sources, further extending the power of the program. For more information, see the EEA Press Release.
Buzzards Bay Municipal Grants Awarded - On August 3, the Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program (BBNEP) announced more than $210,000 to fund seven projects that will help towns in the Buzzards Bay watershed protect important habitat and drinking water resources and provide passage for migratory fish species. All funded projects will assist these municipalities to meet the goals and objectives of BBNEP’s Buzzards Bay Comprehensive Conservation Management Plan. These grants were awarded to Acushnet, Fairhaven, Marion, Mattapoisett, Rochester, and Wareham. Funded projects include efforts to remove an obstruction to a fish passage, permanently protect several tracts of land that serve as important habitat for rare and protected species, and help protect drinking water sources. BBNEP is administered by CZM and provides funding and technical assistance to municipalities and environmental groups in their ongoing efforts to protect and restore water quality and living resources. For more information, see the EEA Press Release.
Martha’s Vineyard Coastal Conference - On June 6, CZM and Woods Holes Oceanographic Institute (WHOI) Sea Grant held the 2nd Martha's Vineyard Coastal Conference in Edgartown. At this day-long conference, where more than 95 people attended, Robert Thompson, Meteorologist-in-Charge at the Taunton Office of the National Weather Service, presented the key-note address about climate change impacts on weather. Topics of the conference focused on ongoing research on the dynamics of the Katama Bay system, impacts to natural resources, and updates on a variety of coastal projects around Martha's Vineyard, including a flood inundation methodology being developed by the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies, the Squibnocket coastal resilience project in Chilmark, a living shoreline and saltmarsh restoration project in Oak Bluffs, a saltmarsh elevation monitoring project being conducted by the Martha's Vineyard Commission, and the Oak Bluffs Climate Change Adaptation Plan. The following day, CZM, WHOI Sea Grant, and the Trustees of Reservations took participants on a field trip to the Katama barrier beach to view the ongoing changes to this portion of the coast.
Gulf of Maine Council Awards - On June 7, the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment presented its annual awards during a ceremony in Fredericton, New Brunswick, which included awards to three environmental leaders from Massachusetts:
- Glorianna Davenport and Evan Schulman of Tidmarsh Farm received a Visionary Award for their work on the ecological restoration of 250 acres of cranberry bogs and adjacent lands in Plymouth. With support from the Massachusetts Division of Ecological Restoration and partners including the Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Program, this project—which includes a cutting-edge educational and monitoring component (The Living Observatory)—is the largest coastal freshwater wetlands restoration effort to date in the Commonwealth. Although primarily a freshwater wetland restoration effort, the site, which is less than a mile from the coast, will also be suitable for salt marsh migration as sea level rises, making this ecological restoration project a valuable example of strategies for promoting coastal resiliency and climate change adaptation.
- William S. Spitzer, Vice President for Programs, Exhibits, and Planning at the New England Aquarium received a Visionary Award for his mentoring and professional development efforts in the marine education community. At the aquarium, Billy develops mission-driven exhibits and programs and oversees exhibit design, visitor experience, volunteer and education programs, and strategic planning. Since 2005, Billy has also served as Chair and then as Host Institution Liaison of the New England Ocean Science Education Collaborative (NEOSEC), a regional entity that brings together diverse marine education organizations around collective work and learning. As principal investigator of the National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation, Billy is also a leader in climate change education in the Gulf of Maine and beyond. This effort has benefitted numerous local marine education organizations and their staff over the past five years, and brought national attention to New England-based resources and expertise on these critical issues.
For a complete list of winners and more information on the awards, see the Gulf of Maine Council website.
Draft Northeast Ocean Plan - On May 25, the Northeast Regional Planning Body (RPB) released the Draft Northeast Regional Ocean Plan for public review and a 60-day public comment period. The RPB is a group of representatives from six New England states, six federally recognized tribes, nine federal agencies, and the New England Fishery Management Council that was formed to better manage the ocean and coasts in the Northeast. The draft plan is the result of a federal Executive Order issued in 2010 that established a national ocean policy and tasked regional planning bodies with developing regional ocean plans. Several years of scientific study, data analysis, public participation, and collaboration have led to a comprehensive characterization of ocean ecosystems and human uses and the subsequent development of a regional ocean plan for the Northeast. Three public meetings will be held in Massachusetts to introduce the plan and solicit public comments. The meetings will be:
- Gloucester - June 13, 6:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at Maritime Gloucester, 23 Harbor Loop, Gloucester
- Boston - June 14, 2:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs, 100 Cambridge Street, 2nd Floor, Rooms C and D, Boston
- New Bedford - June 15, 6:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at the New Bedford Public Library, 613 Pleasant Street, New Bedford
The RPB invites comments and feedback from those interested in the future of New England’s ocean and its resources. Comments may be provided online or in writing, or by attending one of the public meetings. For more information, including commenting instructions, links to the Northeast Data Portal, and supporting documents, see the Northeast RPB website.
Little River Restoration Project Completed - On May 23, the City of Gloucester, state and local officials, and conservation advocates celebrated the completion of the Little River restoration and resiliency project, which involved day-lighting portions of buried waterway, replacing an aging concrete channel with a natural stream bed, and restoring sensitive coastal wetlands. These efforts have already dramatically improved ecological conditions, eliminated a public safety hazard, reduced flooding risks, and enhanced climate change resiliency in the small coastal stream that flows from Lily Pond to the Annisquam River. The project was funded through a variety of grant sources, the most significant of which was a $400,000 Coastal Resilience Grant from CZM. Additional funding was provided by the City of Gloucester, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and DFG’s Division of Ecological Restoration (DER). For details on the project and the event, see the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) press release.
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Design of Stormwater Infrastructure Retrofits Grants - CZM is seeking proposals for a one-time grant opportunity to provide funding to municipalities within the Massachusetts Coastal Watershed to support designs that lead to the construction of retrofits to stormwater infrastructure. Eligible communities should review Assessment of Climate Change Impacts on Stormwater BMPs and Recommended BMP Design Considerations in Coastal Communities for an overview of possible impacts and retrofits. The goal of this grant is to produce designs that will lead to future implementation of retrofits of existing treatment structures to increase effectiveness and resiliency and provide water quality and habitat benefits over the long term. Applicants may request up to $15,000 and must provide a 25% match of total project costs. For questions, contact Adrienne Pappal, CZM Coastal Habitat and Water Quality Manager through October 14 at email@example.com or 617-626-1218. To view the RFR and download required forms, see the COMMBUYS website. Proposals are due by October 28.
Also, see COMMBUYS - the Commonwealth's electronic procurement system for other state opportunities.
Current CZ-Mail (CZM's monthly electronic newsletter) - October 2016
CZ-Tip - Delve into the Mysteries of Maritime Massachusetts - October 2016
CZ-Tip: Recycle to Reduce Marine Debris - September 2016
CZ-Tip - Learn What Lurks in a Massachusetts Tide Pool - August 2016
CZ-Tip - Save Water - July 2016
CZ-Tip - Public Transportation by Boat - June 2016
CZ-Tip - Spring Planting on the Coast - May 2016
Seeking Local Cleanup Coordinators for COASTSWEEP 2016 - COASTSWEEP 2016, the annual statewide beach cleanup sponsored by CZM, kicked off last month—so now is the time to sign up to be a local cleanup coordinator to make sure your favorite beach, marsh, dive site, and riverbank is free of trash and other marine debris. 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.
Great Marsh Coalition Sea Level Rise Symposium - On November 17, the Great Marsh Coalition will hold the fifth Great Marsh Sea Level Rise Symposium, Implications for Quality of Life in our Communities, at Woodman’s of Essex. This full-day workshop allows coastal decision makers, business leaders, and stakeholders from the region to discuss the implications of climate change and sea level rise for Great Marsh communities, from economic impacts to consideration of transportation challenges and safety issues. Coffee and lunch will be provided. Pre-registration is required by November 16. Discounted registration of $15 is available until November 4 and will increase to $20 after that date. For more information, contact Kathryn Glenn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
South Shore Climate Change and Sea Level Rise Symposium—Save the Date - On December 1, CZM, Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Program, Metropolitan Area Planning Council, and partners will hold the South Shore Climate Change and Sea Level Rise Symposium at a South Shore location to be determined. This one-day symposium will provide local officials, municipal staff, federal and state agency staff, nonprofit organizations, and consultants with current information on overarching climate change and sea level rise management and policy considerations, case studies on local and regional adaptation and resiliency initiatives, and strategies to promote coordinated and cost-effective resiliency planning and project implementation. Stay tuned to CZM’s Coastal Calendar for location updates. For additional information, please contact Jason.Burtner@state.ma.us.
Cape Coastal Conference—Save the Date - From December 6-7, the 4th annual Cape Coastal Conference, Our Coastal Future: Taking Action for a Prosperous and Healthy Cape Cod, will be held at the Resort and Conference Center at Hyannis. This two-day conference will feature plenary sessions and mini-workshops on a variety of coastal topics.
Also, check out the CZM Coastal Calendar for more CZM-related events.