December 2013

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CZM Announces Coastal Pollutant Remediation Grants to Communities

On December 9, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) 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.

CZM Releases Sea Level Rise Guidance

CZM has released Sea Level Rise: Understanding and Applying Trends and Future Scenarios for Analysis and Planning pdf format of Sea Level Rise Guidance
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.

Great Marsh Sea Level Rise Symposium

On November 14, the Great Marsh Coalition held the Great Marsh Symposium 2013: The Value of Natural Systems in Protecting Great Marsh Communities at the Great House at The Trustees of Reservations Crane Estate in Ipswich. This full-day event invited coastal decision makers and interested local citizens from the region to discuss the value of natural systems in mitigating sea level rise impacts in the Great Marsh, the largest continuous stretch of salt marsh in New England. This second annual sea level rise event filled the venue to capacity, attracting more than 130 participants from the Great Marsh area and surrounding communities. Fine weather on the day of the event allowed participants to take a tour of the Great Marsh from the roof of the Great House, with spectacular views of the entire region. For more information, including the 2013 symposium presentations, see the Great Marsh Coalition website.

Thank You COASTSWEEP Volunteers!

CZM sends out heartfelt thanks to the thousands of volunteers who turned out for the 26th COASTSWEEP, the annual statewide coastal cleanup sponsored by CZM since 1987. Cleanups are held throughout September and October and results are still flowing in, so stay tuned to CZ-Mail for the final numbers in January. For more on COASTSWEEP, see EEA's Great Outdoors blog posts, COASTSWEEP: Protecting Marine Life One Piece of Trash at a Time and A Last Gasp of Summer—Perfect for a COASTSWEEP Cleanup at Constitution Beach. While this year's cleanups are finished, you can stay tuned to marine debris issues year round on COASTSWEEP's Facebook page or by following the Twitter feed.

CZ-Tip - When the Weather Outside Is Frightful, Here's Where to Track the Storm

Last year, the Massachusetts coast was hit by some serious northeasters (often spelled "nor'easters"): the June Northeaster, the November Northeaster (on the heels of Hurricane Sandy), and the December North American Blizzard, also known as Winter Storm Freyr. Northeasters are named for their predominant winds, which come from the northeast. Although they can occur all year long, October through April is prime northeaster season, when cold arctic air from the north combines with warm, moist air from the south and forms strong areas of low pressure. The resulting storms can pack a real punch to the shoreline, with battering waves, storm surges, and winds that sometimes reach hurricane force. And don't forget the precipitation—rain, sleet, freezing rain, snow, or sometimes all of it together! For information on how to track these storms and stay safe this winter, see CZ-Tip - Tracking Northeasters and Staying Safe in the Storm.

Grants/Funding/Proposal Opportunities

Urban Waters Small Grants—Deadline Extended - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking applications for 2013/2014 Urban Waters Small Grants to fund research, investigations, experiments, training, surveys, studies, and demonstrations that will advance the restoration of urban waters by improving water quality through activities that also support community revitalization and other local priorities. Up to $1.6 million in funding is available for projects in 18 eligible geographic areas, including the Mystic River Watershed in Massachusetts. Grant awards will range from approximately $40,000 to $60,000. For more information, including the Request for Proposals, see the EPA website. The submission deadline is December 16.

Marine Debris Outreach and Education Funding - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Marine Debris Program is seeking applications for a Marine Debris Prevention through Outreach and Education funding opportunity. This new program will fund projects to prevent marine debris in the marine and coastal environments through the implementation of dedicated education and outreach activities. Applications are due by December 20.

Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resiliency Grants - The U.S. Department of Interior is seeking applications for the Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resiliency Competitive Grant Program. Grants from $100,000 to $5 million will be awarded for projects that assess, restore, enhance, or create wetlands, beaches, and other natural systems to better protect communities as well as fish and wildlife species and habitats from the impacts of future storms and naturally occurring events. More than $100 million in grants is available to the region affected by Hurricane Sandy, including Massachusetts and all states officially declared a natural disaster as a result of the storm event. Proposals are due by January 31, 2014.

Five Star Restoration Grants - The Five Star Restoration Program is seeking applications for financial assistance to support community-based wetland, riparian, and coastal habitat restoration projects that integrate meaningful education and produce measurable results. For details, see the Five Star Restoration Program website. Applications are due by February 5.

Reminders - These opportunities, listed in the last CZ-Mail, are still available:

  • BoatUS Grassroots Grants - The BoatUS Foundation is seeking applications for the 2014 Grassroots Grants. Up to $10,000 is available to local volunteer organizations to promote education on safe and clean boating. Applications are due by January 15, 2014.
  • 2014 Massachusetts Recreational Trails Program Grants - The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) is currently seeking applications for the Recreational Trails Program, which provide from $2,000 to $50,000 for a variety of trail protection, construction, and stewardship projects throughout Massachusetts. DCR is also accepting applications for Statewide Trails Education Grants, which provide funding for statewide trail education initiatives. For more information on these grant programs, contact Amanda Lewis at Applications are due by February 1, 2014.


Coastal Retreat Report - The Columbia Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia University School of Law has released Managed Coastal Retreat: A Legal Handbook on Shifting Development away from Vulnerable Areas, a report that discusses how state and local governments should learn how to exploit legal strategies to discourage or prevent development along risky coastlines rather than investing in expensive fortification measures.

Climate Change Impacts on U.S. Oceans and Marine Resources - Experts from NOAA and other federal, academic, and nongovernmental organizations have released Oceans and Marine Resources in a Changing Climate, a technical report that provides a comprehensive look at the current understanding of the effects of climate change on the oceans and marine ecosystems under jurisdiction of the United States over the next 25 to 100 years. The report reviews how climate variability is affecting the physical, chemical, and biological conditions of ocean ecosystems, and how these changes are already having impacts on fisheries and other valuable ocean products and services.

Global State of the Oceans Report - The International Programme on the State of the Ocean has released Implementing the Global State of the Oceans Report, which presents information on how humankind is changing the capacity of the global ocean to support life and human societies.

Importance of Water to the Economy - EPA has released Importance of Water to the U.S. Economy, a report on the importance of water to the national economic welfare that provides information for public and private decision-makers to better manage this resource.

Economic Benefits of Low Impact Development and Green Infrastructure - EPA has released Case Studies Analyzing the Economic Benefits of Low Impact Development and Green Infrastructure, a technical report to help utilities, state, other municipal agencies, and other stormwater professionals understand the potential benefits of low impact development and green infrastructure programs. The report highlights 13 case studies of selected public entities throughout the United States that have conducted economic evaluations of these programs.

Daylighting Streams - American Rivers has released Daylighting Streams: Breathing Life into Urban Streams and Communities, a report that describes the importance of small streams and the benefits of stream daylighting—physically uncovering and restoring buried urban waterways—which include water quality improvements, flood mitigation, and community and economic revitalization.

Commercial Fisheries in Gulf of Maine Report - The Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment has released a new addition to the State of the Gulf of Maine Report—a modular, living document that presents an on-going evaluation of priority issues in the Gulf of Maine. The new paper, Commercial Fisheries, discusses the long history of this industry in the Gulf of Maine, beginning with the cod and haddock fishery in pre-colonial times through 2009, when commercial fisheries in the Gulf of Maine landed 505 thousand metric tons of seafood valued at $114.5 million.

Massachusetts Bays Newsletter - The fall 2013 issue of the Massachusetts Bays Newsletter, a quarterly update of the Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Program, highlights lessons learned from the Great Marsh Symposium on Sea Level Rise, a record year for herring at Stony Brook on Cape Cod, a report looking at historic uses of the Great Marsh and other projects, activities, news, and events occurring throughout the five Mass Bays regions.

National Flood Insurance Program Newsletter - The October issue of NFIP/CRS Update, the newsletter of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and Community Rating System (CRS), is now available. This issue includes articles on the Silver Jackets program, mitigation planning aids, training opportunities, and other NFIP/CRS news.

Natural Hazards Observer - The November 2013 issue of the Natural Hazards Observer, the bimonthly periodical of the Natural Hazards Center in Boulder, Colorado, features articles on the helping the elderly and disabled during a crisis, the latest in the climate change arena, social media in disasters, and other natural hazards news and information.

Stellwagen Bank E-Notes - The Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary has released the November 2013 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 satellite tags on Gulf of Maine seabirds, humpback whale bottom feeding techniques, and other sanctuary stories, news, and notes.

Sound Waves - The September/October 2013 issue of Sound Waves, the monthly newsletter from the U.S. Geological Survey, features articles on sea otters in California, tsunami resilience, and other coastal and marine research news.

Web-Based Resources

Global Warming Progress Dashboard - EEA has launched a new dashboard for Global Warming Solutions Act initiatives in the Commonwealth. Developed through a grant from the Boston-based Barr Foundation, this new tool has been designed to communicate Massachusetts progress towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions and to help shape future greenhouse gas reduction policies.

Saving Paradise - The Association to Preserve Cape Cod and UnderCurrent Productions have released Saving Paradise: Cape Cod’s Water at Risk, the first of a planned series of short videos on Cape Cod's water resources. The goal of this first film is to explain the personal connection each individual on Cape Cod has to the Cape's ponds, bays, and drinking water, and how nutrient pollution from septic systems, fertilizers, and stormwater runoff directly impacts the quality of life on the Cape.

Worldwide MPA Map - The United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre has released the most recent Official Map of Worldwide Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) generated by using data from the World Database on Protected Areas. The latest official statistics indicate that 2.8% of the global ocean is designated as an MPA.

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. Available opportunities for public comment from other agencies and organizations are provided below.

PDF Nautical Charts - NOAA is seeking comments on a new Portable Document Format (PDF) nautical chart, which provides up-to-date navigation information in an easily viewed electronic format. For the three-month trial period, NOAA is providing approximately 1,000 high-resolution, printable nautical charts—almost the entire NOAA suite of charts—as PDF files. Please provide comments on this new service by January 22, 2014.


Climate Change in New England Lecture - On December 10, Salem Sound Coastwatch (SSCW) and the National Park Service will host Dealing with Coastal Climate Change: How Do We Assess Vulnerability and Plan to Adapt? will be presented by Dr. Paul Kirshen, Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor at the University of New Hampshire. For more information, contact or see the SSCW calendar. The lecture is from 7:30-8:45 p.m. at the National Park Service Regional Visitor Center in Salem.

Climate Change Webinar - On December 12, the National Estuarine Research Reserves (NERRS) will present Assessing Habitat and Community Sensitivity to Climate Change Impacts, a webinar that will provide key findings of a NERRS Climate Sensitivity Study.

Nonpoint Source Pollution Conference—Call for Abstracts - From April 29-30, 2014, the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission will hold the 25th Annual Nonpoint Source Pollution Conference in Newport, Rhode Island. For more information, see the Call for Abstracts, which are due by December 13.

International LIDAR Mapping Forum - From February 17-19, 2014, the 2014 International LIDAR Mapping Forum will be held in Denver, Colorado. This three-day technical conference will feature sessions on ocean mapping, cultural heritage documentation, remote sensing data collection, use of laser scanners, extracting information from data to improve disaster response, and the use of maps post disaster to aid in recovery.

EPA's Climate Ready Water Utilities Webinars - In collaboration with the Water Utility Climate Alliance, EPA's Climate Ready Water Utilities (CRWU) initiative hosts various webinars that explore planning and decision-making strategies to help drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater utilities understand and adapt to the impacts of climate change. For more information about topics and schedules, to register, or to access past webinar recordings, view the “training” tab on the CRWU website.

Walks and Talks on Cape Cod - Throughout December, the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History will hold a series of walks, lectures, and special events with local naturalists. Topics to be covered include identifying birds by sight and sound and recognizing mushrooms in the woods, along with the Wednesday Walk series with Connie Boyce. For details, see the museum calendar.

Walks, Lectures, and Events on Outer Cape Cod - Through December, the Mass Audubon Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary will offer a variety of educational programs for children and adults, including naturalist-led bird walks, nature adventures for preschoolers, and scenic cruises on Cape Cod Bay. For more information, search their calendar of programs, classes, and activities.

Ipswich River Wildlife Programs and Activities - Mass Audubon’s Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary provides numerous fall nature walks, talks, and adventures, such as children’s wildlife-themed courses, birding programs, among others. See the program catalog for event and schedule information.

Barnstable Land Trust Walks and Talks - The Barnstable Land Trust will hold numerous events as part of its Walks & Talks nature series from now until late fall. For details, see the Barnstable Land Trust website.

Reminders - The following calendar items posted in the last CZ-Mail are still to come:

  • Coastal Zone Canada Conference—Call for Abstracts - From June 15-19, 2014, the Coastal Zone Canada 2014 Conference will be held in Halifax, Nova Scotia. This conference is the leading interdisciplinary forum held for professionals from across Canada and around the world to meet and discuss all aspects of coastal and ocean management. See the Call for Abstracts, which are due by December 16.
  • International Disaster Conference - From January 7-10, 2014, the International Disaster Conference and Expo will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana. The 2014 conference will examine disaster policies, practices, and mitigation efforts with a focus on private and public sector collaboration. Topics include flood planning, animal decontamination, the psychological perceptions of Hurricane Sandy, disaster cost recovery and management, healthcare emergency management, shelters, modeling disasters, and developing an incidence action plan.

Other Items of Interest

Ocean Frontiers II - Ocean Frontiers II: A New England Story for Sustaining the Sea, the second of an award-winning film series produced by Green Fire Productions, highlights the historic and emerging ocean uses of New England waters and introduces viewers to folks working on the Northeast regional ocean planning initiative. DVDs are now available for free to all who wish to host a screening of the new film. Hosts will receive a free screening toolkit with a step-by-step screening guide and promotional materials. For details, see the Ocean Frontiers website.

Sea Rovers Summer Internship - The Boston Sea Rovers, a volunteer organization dedicated to increasing awareness and appreciation of the marine environment, are accepting applications for the 2014 Sea Rovers Annual Summer Internship. The internship—open to qualified graduating high school seniors and college freshman and sophomores interested in pursuing underwater careers—will provide advanced dive training courses and opportunities to dive and train with a variety of dive professionals in a broad cross section of environments. Opportunities will include hands-on work with professionals, underwater photographers and filmmakers, educational specialists, marine engineers and scientists, equipment manufacturer’s representatives, and dive shop owners. Applications are due by December 13.

Marine Debris Art Contest - NOAA's Marine Debris Program is seeking entries for the annual Keep the Sea Free of Debris Art Contest. The contest is for students in grades K-8 who are encouraged to show how marine debris impacts them and what they are doing about it. The winning artwork will be showcased in the next NOAA Marine Debris Calendar. The entry deadline is December 19.

Marine Art Contest - Massachusetts Marine Educators and Stellwagen Bank Marine Sanctuary are seeking entries from students in grades K-12 for the 2014 Marine Art Contest. Drawings should be based on the theme Amazing Ocean Creatures of Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. Winning entries will become part of a touring exhibition and will be used in the 2014-2015 calendar. Entries are due by May 2, 2014.

Ocean Awareness Student Contest - The From the Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Student Contest promotes ocean stewardship among high school students and provides cash prizes for winning essays, art, and advocacy. 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, 2014.