News

New Seafloor Mapping Initiative Report Published - CZM and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) published the new seafloor mapping report, High-resolution geophysical data from the Inner Continental Shelf: South of Martha's Vineyard and north of Nantucket, Massachusetts, which presents geophysical data collected by USGS during a survey in 2013. The report includes bathymetric data (water depth), acoustic backscatter that provides an image of the seafloor, and seismic-reflection profiles that reveal the nature of the sediment layers below the seafloor. The reports were prepared as part of the 13-year, cooperative mapping program between CZM and USGS, which began in 2003 and has mapped more than 2,403 square kilometers (928 square miles) of the Commonwealth’s coastal waters. For more information, see CZM's Seafloor Mapping Program website and the recently updated USGS Geologic Mapping of the Seafloor Offshore of Massachusetts website, or contact CZM’s Dan Sampson at daniel.sampson@state.ma.us.

Thank You COASTSWEEP Volunteers! - CZM offers our heartfelt thanks to the thousands of volunteers who turned out for the 2016 COASTSWEEP, the annual statewide coastal cleanup sponsored by CZM. Cleanups were held from September to mid-November and results are still flowing in. Here’s the data compiled so far: 1,892 volunteers cleaned 85 locations, covered over 135 miles of coastline, and removed 11,675 pounds of trash. The final tally, which will continue to grow as the rest of the cleanups are tabulated, will be reported in the January CZ-Mail.

Offshore Wind Public Information Meetings - On November 14-15, representatives from CZM and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center will host public information meetings in Vineyard Haven and New Bedford to present, answer questions, and discuss recent and upcoming planning and assessment activities related to future offshore wind projects in federal waters off Massachusetts. Topics include an overview of the new energy diversity law and updates on: marine mammal and bird studies, Metocean data collection, geological surveys, and transmission planning. Representatives of the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will be in attendance. For more information on the offshore wind activities for Massachusetts, see the EEA website. The information meetings will be:

  • Monday, November 14, 2016, 5:00-7:00 p.m., at the Katherine Cornell Theater, 54 Spring Street, Vineyard Haven
  • Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 5:00-7:00 p.m., at the New Bedford Public Library, 613 Pleasant Street, New Bedford

Citizen Monitoring Coordinators’ Network - On September 29, the Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Program (MassBays) held a summit for citizen monitoring coordinators to share resources and consider forming a network of coastal monitoring programs to address capacity-building needs. The resulting Citizen Monitoring Coordinators’ Network will connect organizations with scientists who can help them formulate their own questions and approaches to answering those questions; facilitate equipment exchange and joint training for volunteers; provide training on communicating results to local and state decision makers; and help to secure funding to sustain long-term programs and jump-start lapsed ones. Visit the MassBays website for more information and to join the effort.

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.

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.

Jobs

There are currently no employment opportunities at CZM. Please check back later or see the Finding a Job page for additional state opportunities.

Grants and Requests for Responses

There are no CZM solicitations available at this time. Please check back later or see COMMBUYS - the Commonwealth's electronic procurement system for other state opportunities.

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.

South Boston Municipal Harbor Plan Renewal and Amendment - CZM is seeking public comment on supplemental information for the City of Boston’s South Boston Waterfront District Municipal Harbor Plan Renewal and Amendment. For more information, see the Public Notice (PDF, 1.8 MB) published in the November 23 issue of the Environmental Monitor. Submit comments by December 9 to: Office of Coastal Zone Management, 251 Causeway Street, Suite 800, Boston, MA 02114, Attn: Lisa Berry Engler.

Request for Clarification on the South Boston Municipal Harbor Plan - CZM is seeking public comment on the City of Boston’s request for clarification on the Water Dependent Use Zone substitution approved under the Secretary’s 2009 Decision on the South Boston Waterfront Municipal Harbor Plan Amendment (PDF, 590 KB). For more information, see the Public Notice (PDF, 596 KB) published in the November 23 issue of the Environmental Monitor. Submit comments by December 9 to: Office of Coastal Zone Management, 251 Causeway Street, Suite 800, Boston, MA 02114, Attn: Lisa Berry Engler.

Request for Clarification on the Lynn Municipal Harbor Plan - CZM is seeking public comment on the City of Lynn’s request for clarification on the lot coverage and open space substitution approved under the Secretary’s 2010 Decision on the Lynn Municipal Harbor Plan (PDF, 764 KB). For more information, see the Public Notice (PDF, 723 KB) published in the November 23 issue of the Environmental Monitor. Submit comments by December 9 to: Office of Coastal Zone Management, 251 Causeway Street, Suite 800, Boston, MA 02114, Attn: Kathryn Glenn.

Calendar

South Shore Climate Change and Sea Level Rise Symposium - On December 1, CZM, MassBays, Metropolitan Area Planning Council, North and South River Watershed Association, and other partners will hold the South Shore Climate Change and Sea Level Rise Symposium in Norwell. 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. Pre-registration is required by November 28. Discounted registration of $10 is available until November 22 and will increase to $15 after that date. For additional information, please contact Jason.Burtner@state.ma.us.

Cape Coastal Conference - 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.