Welcome to CZ-Mail, the monthly electronic newsletter from the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM). Each issue provides information on major CZM initiatives, available tools and publications, upcoming workshops and events, grants, contracting opportunities, job openings, coastal legislation, and other news of interest to people working on coastal issues. Additional information about CZM's programs, publications, and other coastal topics can be found on the CZM website. To subscribe to CZ-Mail, send a blank email to email@example.com. Also, please feel free to share CZ-Mail with colleagues and friends—and if you have any suggestions for future editions, or would like make a change to your CZ-Mail subscription, please email your request to CZ-Mail@state.ma.us. For daily updates from CZM, please follow us on Twitter.
Storm Team Assesses Damage from March Northeaster
From March 7-11, the State Coastal Storm Damage Assessment Team (Storm Team) was activated in response to the March Northeaster, and 30 team members were sent out to check the coastline for storm damage. In addition, CZM staff were stationed in the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) State Emergency Operations Center to coordinate Storm Team efforts and report directly to emergency management personnel. Coming on the heels of a series of fall and winter storms, and as a four day event coinciding with astronomically high tides, the storm was especially damaging to the coast. More than 350 damage reports were submitted by Storm Team members. Widespread and severe beach and dune erosion and flooding were reported—particularly from Salisbury to Cape Ann, from Hull to Plymouth, on the north and east facing shores of Cape Cod, on Nantucket, and Martha's Vineyard. Erosion from the storm undermined houses, roads, seawalls, revetments, public parking areas, and utilities. Specific reports included: extensive flooding of coastal neighborhoods, significant overwash of seawalls and other shoreline stabilization structures, damaged pavement on coastal roads and parking areas, exposed utility lines from erosion beneath damaged pavement, and destroyed decks and beach access stairs. Two houses in the Newbury section of Plum Island collapsed onto the beach and had to be removed. Four more houses in Newbury, one in Wellfleet, and two on Nantucket were declared unsafe by building officials and had to be removed. Other homes appear to be significantly damaged or threatened as a result of coastal erosion and flooding in Salisbury, Newbury, Hull, Scituate, Marshfield, Plymouth, Sandwich, Brewster, Wellfleet, Nantucket, and Edgartown. The storm damage reports, which were entered into the StormReporter web-based database, provided MEMA, the National Weather Service, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), and other agencies information needed to make decisions on state and federal storm response and National Weather Service storm advisories. The reports also helped MEMA evaluate state eligibility for federal financial assistance under a presidential disaster declaration.
REMINDER: CZM Proposes Regulation Changes
As detailed in the March edition of CZ Mail, two regulatory changes are being proposed by CZM to (1) promulgate regulations to administer and implement the Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan and (2) modernize rules governing the administration of the state's federally approved Coastal Program. On behalf of EEA and as required by the Ocean Act of 2008, CZM is proposing regulations to administer the 2009 Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan. The proposed implementing regulations were developed with input and guidance from an advisory group consisting of a broad cross-section of stakeholders and interests and were reviewed and endorsed by the Ocean Advisory Commission. CZM is also proposing to revise regulations governing the administration of the state's official Coastal Program. Federal regulations at 15 CFR §930 governing Federal Consistency Review were modified in 2007, and these changes required updates and revisions to state regulations. CZM determined that significant parts of existing regulations at 301 CMR 21 are duplicative of the new federal rules, and that by moving the few necessary state provisions governing Federal Consistency Review in Massachusetts into the rules governing administration of the state's Coastal Program (301 CMR 20), the current regulations at 301 CMR 21 could be eliminated, reducing regulations and improving regulatory efficiency. For more information, including text of the proposed regulations and instructions for submitting written testimony, see the CZM website. Written testimony is due by April 22.
South Shore Seafloor Mapping Report Published
CZM and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) have published the sixth in a series of seafloor mapping reports. High-Resolution Geophysical Data from the Inner Continental Shelf: Vineyard Sound, Massachusetts contains geographic information system (GIS) data and technical explanations of data collection and processing of the Massachusetts inner continental shelf between Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard. The report was prepared as part of the 10-year, cooperative mapping program between CZM and USGS. Other reports in the series include: Nahant to Gloucester (2005), Boston Harbor (2006), Cape Ann to Salisbury Beach (2009), Duxbury to Hull (2009), and Northern Cod Bay (2010). Data from Buzzards Bay will be released in 2013 and processing is underway on seafloor data already collected in Buzzards Bay. Since 2003, this cooperative program has mapped the geology of approximately 2,166 square kilometers (845 square miles) of the Commonwealth's coastal ocean. Existing seafloor mapping data brings the total area mapped to over 3,000 square kilometers (1,160 square miles). For more information, see CZM's Seafloor Mapping Program website and the USGS project website, or contact Dan Sampson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finding the Details on the Data Layers—Using Metadata in MORIS
Have you ever wondered who developed the "Modeled Wind Speed at 30 meters" data layer available in MORIS (the Massachusetts Ocean Resource Information System web-based coastal mapping too), and just how they did it? When the "Mooring Fields" data layer was published and if it's being maintained? The answers are always just a click away. CZM and project partners provide complete text documentation for each MORIS data layer in what are called metadata records. These standardized, detailed records can be accessed within MORIS by right-clicking on a data layer name in one of two places: the "Available Data Layers" panel or the "Active Data Layers" panel—both on the right side of the MORIS window. Select "View metadata" from the right-click menu that appears. The record for your data layer of interest will open in a new window. Additionally, metadata records are included with each GIS shapefile data download in XML and/or HTML formats, which can be read by most text viewers and web browsers.
CZ-Tip - Identifying Native and Non-Native Plants in Your Coastal Garden
With a snowy and windy winter behind you and the plant buds just beginning to burst, you may be eager to get outside and take stock of the plants on your coastal property. What is that hardy tree that withstood the heavy heapings of snow, ice, and wind? What is that shrub that survived the salt spray? What is that vine growing so aggressively in the corner? As a coastal property owner, you likely have many interesting species of native coastal plants growing in your yard—those that are hardy enough to withstand extreme conditions, such as wind, waves, overwash, salt-spray, and drought. Unfortunately, however, many species of non-native invasive plants may be surviving and thriving just as well, if not better. These invasive plants arrived through some type of human introduction, either intentionally or accidentally, and are now out-competing the native plants that have been here since pre-Colonial times. To help you identify and differentiate between the natives and the invasives, this tip will provide specific descriptions and photographs of a handful of plants commonly found on the coast, as well as links for more information on identifying and eradicating the nuisance species. Check out CZ-Tip - Coastal Plant Identification: Common Native and Invasive Species Found on the Massachusetts Coast for details on native plants for coastal gardens.
Conservation Partners Grants - The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) are seeking proposals for the Conservation Partners Program. This program provide grants to support field biologists and other habitat professionals (botanists, ecologists, foresters, etc.) that work with NRCS field offices to provide technical assistance to farmers, ranchers, foresters, and other private landowners to optimize conservation on private lands. Funds may also be used for outreach, monitoring, evaluation, and capacity building. Pre-proposals are due by April 23.
Land and Water Conservation Fund Grants - The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Division of Conservation Services is seeking proposals for Land and Water Conservation Fund Grants, which provide matching funds to states and local governments for the acquisition and development of public outdoor recreation areas and facilities. Applications are due by April 24.
§319 Grants - MassDEP is seeking proposals for the §319 Nonpoint Source Pollution Competitive Grants Program to fund comprehensive projects that address nonpoint sources of pollution affecting water quality. For more information about past §319 projects, see MassDEP's website. On April 14 from 10 a.m. to noon, MassDEP will hold a public information session at the MassDEP offices in Worcester. Potential applicants can ask questions about any aspect of proposal development, competitive strategy, or program requirements. Proposals are due by May 31.
Reminders - These opportunities, listed in the last CZ-Mail, are still available:
- Sounds Conservancy Grants - The Sounds Conservancy Grants Program is dedicated to supporting the conservation and restoration of the sounds of Long Island, Fishers Island, Block Island, Rhode Island, Martha's Vineyard, and Nantucket and their adjacent coastlines in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, and Rhode Island. The program encourages and supports projects that lead to improved marine and coastal resource management with funding up to $2,500 available to university, college, and high school students, private individuals, and nonprofit organizations. Applications must be postmarked by May 1.
- NOAA Special Project and Program Funding - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is seeking proposals for its annual Broad Agency Announcement to fund special projects and programs associated with NOAA's strategic plan and mission goals. This announcement is a mechanism to encourage research, technical projects, or sponsorships (conferences, newsletters) that are not normally funded through competitive discretionary programs. Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis until September 30.
Ecological Classification Standard Framework - NatureServe has published Coastal/Marine Systems of North America: Framework for an Ecological Classification Standard, a framework for organizing knowledge about coasts and oceans and living systems. The framework is designed to develop a consistent and universally recognized inventory of all habitats of the North American coasts and oceans.
Why Value the Oceans? - The United Nations Environment Program and the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University has released Why Value the Oceans?, a discussion paper that asks a series of key questions on the value of ecosystem services provided by ocean and coastal biomes.
Coastal Hazard Wheel - The Journal of Coastal Conservation has published Generic Framework for Meso-Scale Assessment of Climate Change Hazards in Coastal Environments, an article that presents a new graphical tool for coastal hazard assessment called the Coastal Hazard Wheel. The tool is designed to allow coastal planners and developers to easily assess the hazard profile of a given coastal stretch under changing climatic conditions. It is applicable at local, regional, and national scale and provides a simple screening system to support public and private management decisions in coastal areas.
Climate Change Weather Study - The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has published Quasiresonant Amplification of Planetary Waves and Recent Northern Hemisphere Weather Extremes, a study that describes how extreme weather events can be tied to atmospheric wave patterns. The study finds that climate change impacts airflow patterns in the northern hemisphere leading to extreme weather conditions.
Coastal Services Magazine - The March/April 2013 issue of Coastal Services, a NOAA Coastal Services Center magazine, features articles about disaster response planning in the Gulf of Mexico, public access in Philadelphia, and other coastal news and notes.
Natural Hazards Observer - The March 2013 issue of the Natural Hazards Observer, the bimonthly periodical of the Natural Hazards Center in Boulder, Colorado, features articles on global urban resilience, hurricane communications, and other natural hazards news and information.
Ebb and Flow - The March 2013 issue of Ebb and Flow file size 1MB , the eNewsletter of the Department of Fish and Game's Division of Ecological Restoration, highlights the use of LIDAR for coastal wetland restoration projects and provides updates on river and coastal restoration projects. It also includes sections on grants, resources, and events.
Gulf of Maine Times - The February 2013 edition of the Gulf of Maine Times features articles on climate change, an innovative floodplain ordinance in Saco, Maine, and other Gulf of Maine news.
Stellwagen Bank E-Notes - The Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary has released the January-March edition of Stellwagen Bank E-Notes, a newsletter that provides the latest information about sanctuary research, education, and resource conservation. This issue includes articles on the annual Christmas bird count, sanctuary report cards on compliance with right whale rules, and other sanctuary news and notes.
Right Whale News - The February 2013 issue of Right Whale News, the quarterly newsletter on conservation and recovery of the North Atlantic right whale and its habitats, features articles on mid-season sightings in the southeast United States, right whale obstacles and issues, and other right whale news.
Marine Protected Area Newsletter - The March-April 2013 issue of MPA News features articles on advances in marine protected area (MPA) enforcement and compliance, new software tools, and other MPA news and notes.
Spring Cleaning - This Mass.gov blog post provides environmentally friendly tips for spring cleaning in your home and yard, including links to CZM's CZ-Tip - Get Your Home Squeaky Green-Clean! and CZ-Tip - Spring Planting on the Coast.
Climate Change Website - The National Academies has updated Climate Change at the National Academies, a website that provides National Academies climate change news, videos, webinars, and books.
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. Available opportunities for public comment from other agencies and organizations are provided below:
Watershed Modeling Report - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking comments on Watershed Modeling to Assess the Sensitivity of Streamflow, Nutrient, and Sediment Loads to Potential Climate Change and Urban Development in 20 U.S. Watersheds, a draft report that characterizes the sensitivity of streamflow, nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorus), and sediment loading in 20 large watersheds of the nation to a range of mid-21st century climate change and urban development scenarios. This draft report provides a summary of the simulation results. Submit comments through regulations.gov by April 15.
Proposed Flood Hazard Determinations: Berkley, Dighton, Fall River, Freetown, Rehoboth, Seekonk, Somerset, and Swansea - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is seeking comments on the proposed Base Flood Elevations (BFEs) for the following coastal communities: Berkley, Dighton, Fall River, Freetown, Rehoboth, Seekonk, Somerset, and Swansea. The BFEs are the basis for the floodplain management measures that a community must adopt to participate in the National Flood Insurance Program. The preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) for the proposed BFEs are available at each community's town hall. Submit comments, identified by Docket No. FEMA-B-1296, by June 4 to Luis Rodriguez at Luis.Rodriguez3@fema.dhs.gov.
Reminders - These comment opportunities, posted in the last CZ-Mail, are still available:
- Draft Climate Change Adaptation Plan - EPA is seeking public comment on the Draft EPA Climate Change Adaptation Plan. The EPA Adaptation Plan is being developed in response to a key recommendation made by the Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force in October 2010 that every federal agency develop and implement a climate-change adaptation plan to address the challenges climate change poses to its mission, operations, and programs. For more information, including commenting instructions, see the regulations.gov website. Comments are due by April 9.
- Draft Third National Climate Assessment Report - The National Climate Assessment Development and Advisory Committee, the federal advisory committee for the National Climate Assessment, is seeking comments on the draft of the Third National Climate Assessment Report. Comments are due by April 12.
- Proposed Flood Elevation Determinations: New Bedford, Fairhaven, Quincy, and Milton - FEMA is seeking comments on the proposed BFEs for the following coastal communities: New Bedford, Fairhaven, Quincy, and Milton. The preliminary FIRMs for the proposed BFEs are available at each community's town hall. Submit comments, identified by Docket No. FEMA-B-1283, by April 29 to Luis Rodriguez at Luis.Rodriguez3@fema.dhs.gov.
Marine Wildlife Research Interns - The New England Coastal Wildlife Alliance is seeking qualified high school, college, and graduate students from New England to assist with various projects and activities through our Marine Wildlife Research Program. Internship positions are non-paid, with interns working alongside knowledgeable staff conducting a variety of educational programs, research projects, and conservation activities.
Water Watch Lecture Series - On April 3, the North and South Rivers Watershed Association will conclude its Water Watch Lecture Series at the Inly School in Scituate with Richard Louv, author of The Last Child in the Woods and The Nature Principle. Lectures are free and open to the public.
Cape Wildlife Lectures - On April 3, the Cape Wildlife Center will conclude its annual Spring Lecture Series in Barnstable with Lynn Miller, the Center's Director of wildlife rehabilitation. She will discuss her research on the impact of oil spills and contaminants on birds, especially northern gannets.
Water Resources Symposium - On April 5, Tufts University's Water: Systems, Science, and Society Program (WSSS) and the Massachusetts Water Resources Research Center will hold the fourth annual WSSS Interdisciplinary Water Symposium at Tufts University in Medford. The theme for the 2013 symposium is Feeding Ourselves Thirsty: The Future of Water and Food Production. Students, academics, and professionals in the greater Boston area and across the nation from the public, private, and non-governmental sectors will explore many considerations and techniques used in valuing water throughout the world.
Eco-Toilets and Wastewater Workshop - On April 5, the Waquoit Bay Reserve Coastal Training Program, the town of Falmouth, Cape Cod Commission, and Waquoit Bay Reserve Foundation will present the full-day workshop Using Eco-Toilets to Manage Our Wastewater: The Falmouth Initiative in East Falmouth. The town of Falmouth is currently engaged in a unique project to test the use of eco-toilets as a means of meeting total maximum daily load (TMDL) requirements for reducing nitrogen loading. This workshop will provide an opportunity to learn about the Falmouth project and ways it could be applied to different towns.
Northeast Fish and Wildlife Conference - From April 7-9, the 69th annual Northeast Fish and Wildlife Conference will be held in Saratoga Springs, New York. The theme of the 2013 conference is Fish and Wildlife Means Business. This annual event will attract more than 500 natural resources professionals in the fields of wildlife biology, fisheries and fisheries management, information and education, and law enforcement. The event provides opportunities for education, discussion, and exchange of ideas. Highlights include more than 50 workshop sessions, keynote speakers, poster displays, and social networking events.
Stormwater, Water Conservation, and Road-Stream Crossings Conference - On April 11, the Ipswich River Watershed Association and the Parker-Ipswich-Essex Rivers Restoration Partnership will present Roads, Runoff and Water Management: A Free Conference in the Areas of Stormwater Management, Water Conservation and Road-Stream Crossings in Topsfield. This conference will explore the current science and emerging regulatory requirements of water conservation, stormwater management, and road-stream crossings (bridges and culverts) and provide cost-effective tools to respond to the new regulations. This conference is geared toward municipal staff and boards in the Parker/Ipswich/Essex River watersheds. Lunch is included and registration is required.
Cambridge Science Festival - From April 12-21, the Cambridge Science Festival will be held throughout Cambridge. On April 13, two festival events will focus on oceans. Oceans at MIT presents a new website that provides weekly reporting on the far-reaching ocean research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Is the Ocean Becoming More Acidic? will focus on how ocean chemistry is changing with a hands-on activity that shows how a more acidic ocean impacts organisms like corals and shells. Both events will be held at the MIT Museum.
National Planning Conference - From April 13-17, the American Planning Association will hold the National Planning Conference in Chicago, Illinois. This conference provides professional development for those involved in community planning. Coastal topics include sea level rise, climate mitigation and adaptation planning, digital hazard planning, disaster resiliency planning, post-disaster recovery planning, resources for protecting coastal counties, and how to plan for drought.
Watershed Arithmetic Webcast - On April 17, the Center for Watershed Protection (CWQ) will present Watershed Arithmetic - Crediting & Counting Your Watershed Practices towards TMDL Goals, a webinar that will explore two approaches to meet TMDL requirements from the Chesapeake Bay and New England. The presentations will showcase newly developed tools to report structural and non-structural pollutant load reductions that help local government and watershed groups meet permit requirements. For more information on this and other CWQ webinars, see the CWQ website.
Coastal Impacts of Climate Change - On April 18, the Waquoit Bay Reserve will hold Rising Tides, Rising Challenges: Lessons Learned from Sandy - Educating Young People about Coastal Impacts of Climate Change, a professional development session for middle and high school science and math teachers. Hurricane Sandy will be used as a way to study coastal processes and the impacts of climate change, especially sea level rise. The day will include hands-on and online activities for the classroom, as well as some outdoor field work.
Environmental, Energy & Engineering Career Day - On April 19, the Environmental Business Council (EBC) will hold the Annual Environmental, Energy & Engineering Career Day in Boston. EBC's Career Day is a great opportunity for environmental professionals, recent graduates, and students to learn about career opportunities in New England. The event will feature regional leaders in environmental and energy engineering, consulting, law, and policy, as well as government agencies and nonprofits.
Massachusetts Park Serve Day - On April 20, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation's (DCR) seventh annual Park Serve Day will be held at state parks and beaches throughout the Commonwealth. This statewide day of volunteer service helps to get Massachusetts parks and beaches ready for summer. Since 2007, thousands of volunteers have participated in dozens of projects, including picking up litter along ocean beaches, clearing debris from hiking trails, painting benches, and planting trees and flowers at picnic areas. To sign up for an event, see the Park Serve Day website.
Charles River Cleanup - On April 20 from 9:00 a.m. to noon, the 14th Annual Charles River Cleanup will be held as part of American Rivers' National River Cleanup. The cleanup, which coincides with DCR's Park Serve Day, will bring out thousands of volunteers to help to beautify the Charles River and its tributaries. Volunteers will pick up trash and clean the riverbanks at more than 100 sites from Bellingham to Boston.
Sea Level Change Talk and Cleanup - On April 21, the Essex County Greenbelt Association will present an Earth Day Celebration at Batchelder's Landing in Rowley. Anne Giblin, Ph.D. will share her research on sea level change in Plum Island Sound followed by a cleanup of the Batchelder's Landing and Rowley salt marshes.
Environmental Business Council Award Nominations - On June 12, the EBC will hold the 23rd annual Meeting and Awards Celebration in Boston. Each year, EBC recognizes companies, organizations, and individuals for outstanding environmental/energy accomplishments in the promotion of a sustainable, clean environment through this awards celebration.
Offshore Wind Development in New England - On April 24, the EBC will present the EBC Renewable Energy Program: An Update on Offshore Wind Development in New England in Waltham. This speaking program will highlight federal and state offshore wind planning efforts with a focus on the timeframe for business development opportunities for various industry sectors in New England. Speakers include CZM's Director, Bruce Carlisle.
Salem Sound Coastwatch Lecture Series - On April 24, Salem Sound Coastwatch will conclude the free monthly Underwater in Salem Sound lectures at Marblehead's Abbot Public Library. Marblehead residents Jay Michaud and Ray Bates will present The Sound of Nickels and Dimes—Earning a Living from the Waters of Salem Sound, with tales of lobstering and diving in Salem Sound.
Marine Science Lectures - On April 26, the Northeastern University Marine Science Center in Nahant will host the Annual Riser Lecture, Bottoms Beneath the Ice: Reflections on 100 Years of Benthic Ecology at McMurdo Sound, Antarctica, by Dr. Paul Dayton from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego.
Marshfield Safety Day - On April 27, the town of Marshfield will hold Marshfield Safety Day at the Marshfield Airport and the Town Pier. The airport events will show how safety plays a role in everyone's lives on land, in the air, or at sea. The Town Pier activities will feature hands-on commercial and recreational boating survival techniques and a display of public safety vessels. For additional information, contact Harbormaster Mike DiMeo at (781) 834-6655 x 175 or Airport Manager David Dinneen at (781) 834-4928.
World Conference on Ecological Restoration—Call for Presentations - The Society for Ecological Restoration is now accepting abstracts for oral and poster presentations at the 5th World Conference on Ecological Restoration, to be held October 6-11 in Madison, Wisconsin. Abstracts are welcomed from restoration practitioners, researchers, and advocates addressing any aspect of ecological restoration, especially those that directly relate to the conference theme, Reflections on the Past, Directions for the Future.
Ceres Conference - From May 1-2, the Ceres Conference 2013, Igniting Innovation, Scaling Sustainability, will be held San Francisco, California. Attendees will connect with fellow leaders creating the innovative solutions that will build a more sustainable global economy. Ceres is a national network of investors, environmental organizations, and other public interest groups working with companies and investors to address sustainability challenges.
Massachusetts Trails Conference - On May 4, DCR will hold the second annual Massachusetts Trails Conference in Devens. This year's conference explores how trail connections help build community. Participants can choose workshops on a variety of topics including rail trail design and development, motorized trail user issues, risk and liability, working with volunteers, and connecting through new technologies.
Ecological Restoration for Coastal Habitats Workshop - From May 7-9, the Waquoit Bay Reserve in Falmouth will host Ecological Restoration for Coastal Habitats, a three-day workshop on the principles and practices of ecological restoration designed to examine the ecological, personal, cultural, and socioeconomic values of restoration. Classroom sessions will be combined with hands-on learning and will include case studies and field trips. Participants will have an opportunity to share experiences and lessons learned, receive technical input on planned restorations, and observe and participate in a prescribed burn at the workshop site.
Nonpoint Source Pollution Conference - From May 14-15, the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission will hold the 24th annual Nonpoint Source Pollution Conference in Burlington, Vermont. This conference is the premier forum in the Northeast for sharing information and improving communication on nonpoint source pollution issues and projects.
Floodplain Management Conference—Call for Abstracts - From September 3-6, the Flood Management Association will hold the 2013 Annual Conference and 2-D Modeling Symposium, Creating a Safer Tomorrow: Building Resilience through Integrated Flood Risk Management, in Anaheim, California. Join floodplain management experts and policy makers to address the changing federal stormwater and environmental standards.
Teachers on the Estuary - This summer, the Waquoit Bay Reserve will again offer the research and field-based teacher training program called Teachers on the Estuary. This program is designed to improve teachers' and students' understanding of the environment using local research examples. This year's program will focus on Salt Marshes and Climate Change. The program will run from August 12-15, plus a follow-up session on November 16.
Spring Walks in Harwich - The Harwich Conservation Trust has posted its schedule of spring walks. All walks are free and open to the public. See the Trust's website.
Wednesday Walks - On Wednesdays through April, the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History will hold a series of walks with naturalist Connie Boyce. For details, see the museum calendar.
Barnstable Land Trust Walks and Talks - Through spring, the Barnstable Land Trust will hold numerous events as part of its Walks & Talks nature series. For details, see the Barnstable Land Trust website.
Reminders - The following calendar items posted in the last CZ-Mail are still to come:
- National Adaptation Forum - From April 2-4, the National Adaptation Forum: Action Today for a Better Tomorrow will be held in Denver, Colorado. This first forum will focus on climate change adaptation and state-of-the art adaptation practices and will offer professional development training, individual presentations, and peer networking.
- Massachusetts Marine Educators Conference - On April 6, the Massachusetts Marine Educators will hold its 37th Annual Meeting and Conference, The Global Ocean, in the Redfield Building at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
- Global Marine Renewable Energy Conference - From April 10-11, the sixth annual Global Marine Renewable Energy Conference will be held in Washington, DC. This conference will explore how to create a more sustainable energy future with a diverse power generation portfolio that includes marine renewable energy technologies.
- Climate Change Adaptation Program - On April 11, the Environmental Business Council will present Adaptation - Planning for Resiliency in Boston. Recent storms have brought long-overdue attention to the planning needs to adjust to sea level rise, warmer temperatures, and climate change. This second of a two-part series of EBC climate change programs on adaptation will focus on mitigation and actions to take to increase resiliency.
- NEERS Spring Meeting - From April 11-13, the New England Estuarine Research Society (NEERS) will hold its Spring 2013 Meeting in Portland, Maine. Meeting presentations will be on a variety of topics related to estuaries and coastal environments.
- Stormwater Management in New England - On April 19, Law Seminars International will present a Stormwater Management in New England seminar in Boston. This one-day, intensive seminar will focus on the legal, policy, and practical issues for stormwater management in New England.
- Climate Ready Water Utilities Webinar Series - Through April, EPA's Climate Ready Water Utilities (CRWU) initiative will hold a series of twice-monthly webinars on CRWU tools and resources for the water sector, which includes drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater utilities. These 45-60 minute webinars will assist the water sector in developing a better understanding of climate change, managing impacts, and creating adaptation strategies.
- Boating Safety Course - Through July 20, the Massachusetts Environmental Police will offer Boat Massachusetts, a free, state and nationally approved boating safety course for boaters age 12 and older, which concentrates on the equipment and operating guidelines needed to enjoy boating in a safe and responsible way.
- Summer Science School - In July and August, the Waquoit Bay Reserve Foundation sponsors a Science School for students entering grades 2-9. Each session is one week and children are permitted to attend one session.
Other Items of Interest
EPA Smart Growth Awards - EPA is seeking applications for the 2013 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement. This award recognizes communities that use the principles of smart growth to create better places. For more information, see the EPA website. Applications are due by April 12.
Nick Winter Memorial Scholarship Fund - The Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) and the ASFPM Foundation will grant a $2,000 scholarship for the 2013-2014 academic year to a full-time college junior or senior or graduate student currently enrolled in a field related to floodplain/stormwater management. For details see, the ASFPM website. Applications are due by April 20.
Marine Art Contest - Massachusetts Marine Educators and Stellwagen Bank Marine Sanctuary are seeking entries from students in grades K-12 for the 2013 Marine Art Contest. The 2013 theme is Amazing Ocean Creatures of Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. Entries are due by April 25.
Ocean Awareness Essay Contest - The From the Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Essay Contest promotes ocean stewardship among high school students and provides cash prizes for winning essays. This year's theme, Sea Animals Big and Small, focuses on current threats to the marine life of the Gulf of Maine. Entries are due by June 15.
Wild Arts and Ecology - This summer, Mass Audubon's Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary in Barnstable will present Wild Arts and Ecology, a morning program where children explore the sanctuary's110 acres with tidal flats, butterfly meadows, ponds and woodlands, and Barnstable Harbor. Participants will enjoy guided kayak trips, marine cruises, lectures, and bird, butterfly, horseshoe crab, tidal flat, and sheep walks.