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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Coming Soon: Draft Amendment to Ocean Management Plan
Pursuant to the Oceans Act, in January 2013 the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) initiated a review and update of the 2009 Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan. CZM has led this effort on behalf of EEA and has been working with the Ocean Advisory Commission and Ocean Science Advisory Council on the plan review and update file size 2MB. In the review phase, a comprehensive assessment was conducted, reporting on progress in achieving the requirements and commitments established by the Oceans Act and the 2009 plan. The results of this assessment were released in the document, Review of the Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan, January 2014 file size 2MB. The plan update phase got underway in June 2013, with the release of a scope for the ocean plan update and the convening of six technical work groups to review scientific data and information and identify and characterize important trends in ocean resources and uses. The work groups address: habitat, fisheries, sediment resources, recreational and cultural services, transportation and navigation, and energy and infrastructure. In March 2014, CZM held two public workshops to share information and solicit input and feedback from stakeholders on the findings and recommendations of the work groups. Public meetings with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) on offshore wind and transmission, and workshops convened by the Coastal Erosion Commission in May and June 2014 also served as forums for dialogue and feedback. A draft amendment to the ocean plan is anticipated to be released for public review and comment at the end of September. Regional public meetings are being planned for October and a meeting announcement will be sent out to the CZ-Mail mailing list. Additional information and the draft amendment will also be available on the Massachusetts Ocean Plan website.
MassBays and CZM Awarded $149,000 to Study Tide Gates
In August, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) awarded a $149,000 grant to CZM and the Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Program (MassBays) to document the location and condition of tide gates within the 47 coastal embayments of Massachusetts and Cape Cod Bays. Tide gates that are not properly managed, or abandoned, can adversely affect both coastal ecosystems and neighboring infrastructure. Efforts to improve the situation are hindered by lack of up-to-date information about how many tide gates exist and their location, condition, and operating regime (if any). Funding from this NOAA competitive grant program will be used to create a tide gate inventory that will provide the basis for determining potential and existing impacts on salt marsh systems and initiate, inform, and prioritize management for both ecological benefit and hazard mitigation. MassBays and CZM are set to begin the project in October, which will include a website that highlights the effort.
Help Make Your Favorite Beach Shine through COASTSWEEP 2014
COASTSWEEP, the statewide beach cleanup sponsored by CZM, celebrates its 27th year this September. Thousands of volunteers throughout Massachusetts turn out each year to collect marine debris, such as trash, fishing line, and any other human-made items, and record what they find. COASTSWEEP is part of the International Coastal Cleanup organized by Ocean Conservancy in Washington, DC. The information recorded by participants all over the world is used to identify sources of debris and develop initiatives to reduce the problem. COASTSWEEP cleanups will be scheduled throughout September and October, and CZM is looking for volunteers for these cleanups, as well as coordinators to organize additional cleanups at local beaches and other coastal sites. As a cleanup coordinator, not only will you know that your favorite coastal spot is covered by COASTSWEEP, you’ll get a t-shirt as a thank you for taking the lead. To find out more, see the COASTSWEEP website, especially the Get Involved page and the 2014 Cleanup List, or check out COASTSWEEP on Facebook or Twitter. For more about marine debris and how to prevent it, see the CZ-Tip - Help Clean up Massachusetts Shores at COASTSWEEP.
Green Crab Study Fieldwork Wraps Up
This summer, CZM looked into the impacts of invasive green crab Carcinus maenas burrowing activity in Massachusetts salt marshes. (See the Mass Great Outdoors Blog post, Not from around Here: Green Crabs, for details on this study.) Green crabs prey on native organisms and can create a complex network of deep, permanent burrows in the banks of salt marsh creeks, potentially altering natural chemical processes, hastening erosion, and disrupting the ecological balance. While green crabs have been present in Massachusetts for over 100 years, this aspect of their biology has not been looked at in depth. CZM found burrows throughout Massachusetts, but no significant indications that they are impacting the salt marsh. More data is likely needed to characterize the effects. CZM will continue to study this issue to get a clearer understanding of this invasive species impact on salt marshes and other coastal habitats in Massachusetts. Visit the CZM Aquatic Invasive Species Program website for more information about marine invasive species, their impacts, and what you can do to help.
CZM Staff and People
Coastal Resiliency Specialist - CZM is pleased to welcome Patricia Bowie as the new Coastal Resiliency Specialist. Tricia will join the StormSmart Coasts staff and others to provide local technical assistance on adaptation and resiliency planning, which includes the coordination of the Coastal Community Resilience and Green Infrastructure grant programs. In her previous position working with the Rising Community Reconstruction Program of New York’s coastal management program, Tricia provided valuable guidance and assistance to communities severely damaged by Sandy, Irene, and Lee in their development of plans for safe, innovative, and resilient redevelopment. In addition, Tricia has worked with NOAA and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to map coastal areas at risk to flooding, storm surge, erosion, and sea level rise, as well as with state agencies and local stakeholders to identify vulnerabilities and develop climate resilient strategies. Welcome aboard Tricia!
Round 2 of Climate Resilience Grants Coming this Month - CZM anticipates the release of two Requests for Responses (RFR) in early September: the Coastal Community Resilience Grant Program and the Green Infrastructure for Coastal Resilience Grant Program. These grant programs provide funding and technical resources on a wide range of community-based efforts to increase resilience to coastal storms, inundation, erosion, and sea-level rise. The Coastal Community Resilience Grants Program offers competitive awards to coastal cities and towns to increase public education and awareness; assess vulnerability and risk; identify and implement management measures, standards, or policies; and implement redesign options to accommodate changing conditions. The Green Infrastructure for Coastal Resilience Grants Program provides competitive grants to coastal cities and towns and non-profit organizations to implement living shoreline techniques, including beach and dune building, enhancement, or restoration; bio-engineering approaches with native vegetation; natural oyster or mussel reef creation, enhancement, or restoration; and fringing salt marsh creation or restoration. Technical assistance on potential proposals is available from CZM up until the RFRs are issued. After their release, CZM staff can only respond to general questions. For more information, contact Patricia Bowie, CZM’s Coastal Resiliency Specialist, at email@example.com.
Sea Level Rise and Stormwater BMP Evaluation - CZM is seeking applications to provide consultant services to conduct an evaluation of sea level rise and climate impacts on stormwater Best Management Practices (BMP) in the coastal zone. The final deliverable will provide recommendations for improvements to BMP design and operation and maintenance protocols and will enhance state and municipal efforts to better protect coastal resources and support adaptation strategies and suitable policy changes. Up to $75,000 is available through this RFR, which is sponsored by CZM and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection’s Nonpoint Source Pollution Program. For more information, to view the RFR, and download required forms, see the COMMBUYS website. Proposals are due by October 7.
Reminder - This opportunity, listed in the last CZ-Mail, is still available:
- Coastal Pollution Remediation Grants - CZM is seeking proposals for the Coastal Pollutant Remediation (CPR) Grant program. For Fiscal Year (FY) 2015, the CPR program will provide up to $400,000 to municipalities located in the Massachusetts Coastal Watershed to assess and remediate stormwater pollution from paved surfaces and to design and construct commercial boat waste pumpout facilities. As much as $125,000 may be requested and a 25 percent match of the total project cost is required. Projects may not exceed one year in duration and must be completed by June 30 of each year. For more information, to view the RFR, and download required forms, see the COMMBUYS website. Proposals are due by October 7.
Designing With Water Report - The Boston Harbor Association has released the second volume in the Preparing for the Rising Tide series, Designing with Water: Creative Solutions from around the Globe, which focuses on designing with water and flood management concepts. This report provides 12 case studies that describe how cities around the world are making new investments and using design strategies to decrease potential flood damage to buildings, communities, and infrastructure without losing the vibrancy and livability of the communities.
Right Whale News Index - The North Atlantic Right Whale Consortium (NARWC) has posted an index of Right Whale News issues from 2004-2014 on the NARWC website. Published since 1994, Right Whale News is a quarterly newsletter providing information related to the conservation and recovery of the North Atlantic right whale and its habitats. The newsletter includes forums to express viewpoints, book reviews, links to publications, and information on people and events. Participation includes scientists, shipping interests, fishermen, policy makers, managers, educators, students, non-governmental advocates, and concerned citizens. Indices of issues prior to 2004 are coming soon.
Reducing Coastal Risks - The National Academies Press has released Reducing Coastal Risks on the East and Gulf Coasts, a report that reviews the coastal risk-reduction strategies and levels of protection that have been used along the East and Gulf Coasts of the United States to reduce the impacts of coastal flooding associated with storm surges. This report evaluates the effectiveness in terms of economic return, protection of life safety, and minimization of environmental effects.
2014 National Climate Assessment Teaching Guides - NOAA, the National Climate Assessment Education Affinity Group, and members of the CLEAN Network have developed a series of guides for educators that focus on the regional chapters of the 2014 National Climate Assessment Report. The guides feature resources, lesson plans, videos, and visualizations for each region—including the Northeast Region—that are aimed at helping educators and students gain a deeper understanding of climate science and the implications of climate variability and climate change.
Marine Debris Science Reports - The NOAA Marine Debris Program and the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science have published two reports that assess the current state of science on the marine debris impacts from ingestion and entanglement. The reports are the result of a rigorous research synthesis that highlights debris impacts to marine wildlife, including whales, seals, turtles, and birds. For details, see the NOAA website.
Marine Debris Economics Report - The NOAA Marine Debris Program, in coordination with Industrial Economics Inc., has released Assessing the Economic Benefits of Reductions in Marine Debris: A Pilot Study of Beach Recreation in Orange County, California, a report that assesses how marine debris influences decisions to go to the beach and what it may cost. The study found that Southern California residents lose millions of dollars each year avoiding littered, local beaches in favor of choosing cleaner beaches that are farther away and may cost more to reach.
MassBays Newsletter - The summer 2014 issue of the MassBays Newsletter, a quarterly update of the Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Program, features information on a new tide gate assessment and inventory project with CZM, the award of Sandy Relief funds to improve resiliency of the Great Marsh, innovative ways to learn about the Great Marsh using smart phones, and upcoming events and offerings throughout the five Mass Bays regions.
ESIP Newsletter - The July 2014 issue of the EcoSystem Indicator Partnership (ESIP) newsletter has been released as the inaugural annual newsletter of ESIP. The ESIP, a committee of the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment (GOMC), formed to help assess the health of the Gulf of Maine through the use of indicators in theme areas, such as aquatic habitats, climate change, contaminants, and coastal development. This first issue discusses past and future activities, the status of ESIP factsheets, updates on the online monitoring map, and important ESIP partnerships and projects. For details, see the ESIP website.
Marine Protected Area Newsletter - The July-August 2014 issue of MPA News features articles on innovative ideas in marine protected area (MPA) enforcement, endowments to support MPAs, and other MPA news and notes.
WHOI Newsletter - The August 2014 issue of the WHOI newsletter, a Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI) monthly e-newsletter, features articles on the WHOI SharkCam, dispersants from Deepwater Horizon spill, and other ocean science news, research, and events at WHOI.
MIT Sea Grant Newsletter - The August 2014 newsletter of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sea Grant College Program features articles on carbon storage in eelgrass, the 2014 Blue Lobster Bowl, staff updates at MIT Sea Grant, and other MIT Sea Grant updates and marine-related news.
The Sandbar - The July 2014 issue of The Sandbar, a quarterly publication reporting on legal issues affecting the U.S. oceans and coasts by the National Sea Grant College Program, features articles on the expansion of Clean Water Act jurisdiction, the removal of a home built on coastal park property, and other ocean- and coastal-related legal issues.
Web-Based and Mobile-User Resources
MassBays Grants Program Map - Since 2011, the Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Program (MassBays) has awarded more than $450,000 for 26 projects under the Research and Planning Grant program. Now you can click on an interactive Google map from the grant program web page for easy access to results and final reports for all the projects.
MEMA Hurricane Evacuation Zones - The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) has launched a new Know Your Zone hurricane awareness campaign to encourage residents and visitors to find out whether they live or work in a hurricane evacuation zone. Over the past year, MEMA, in collaboration with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, FEMA, and the Commonwealth’s coastal communities, has developed hurricane evacuation zones for each coastal community in the state. Most coastal communities now have two hurricane evacuation zones (Zones A and B), while Boston and Cambridge have three zones (Zones A, B and C). Hurricane evacuation zones are the areas most at risk of incurring dangerous coastal flooding from the storm surge associated with an approaching tropical storm or hurricane. The website offers a searchable map or PDF maps for each coastal community to inform users of whether they live or work in an evacuation zone. See More Information about Hurricane Inundation and Evacuation Maps for additional details and instructions.
Coastal Current Observations - The NOAA National Ocean Service website now provides mariners with near real-time coastal ocean surface current observations and tidal current predictions in coastal waters using high frequency radar. For details, see the NOAA website.
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.
Reminder - These public comment opportunities, listed in the last CZ-Mail, are still open:
- New England General Permit - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), New England District, is seeking comments on the proposed New England General Permit, which will authorize certain activities that require USACE permits. This permit would approve activities in waters of the U.S. within the boundaries of and/or off the coasts of the six New England State that have no more than minimal adverse effects on the aquatic environment. Once implemented, this new permits will supersede existing permits for each individual New England state. For more information, see the USACE website. Comments are due by September 15.
- Proposed Flood Hazard Determinations: Acushnet, Berkley, Dighton, Freetown, Marion, and, Seekonk - FEMA is seeking comments on the proposed flood hazard determinations, which may include additions or modifications to the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) and supporting Flood Insurance Study (FIS) reports for communities in Bristol County (Acushnet, Berkley, Dighton, Freetown, Marion, and, Seekonk). The FIRMs and FISs are the basis for the floodplain management measures that a community must adopt to participate in the National Flood Insurance Program. The preliminary FIRMs and the FIS for the proposed Base Flood Elevations are available on the FEMA website and at each community's city/town hall. Submit comments, identified by Docket No. FEMA-B-1415, by October 7 to Luis Rodriguez at Luis.Rodriguez3@fema.dhs.gov.
Land Stewardship Director for Buzzards Bay Coalition - The Buzzards Bay Coalition seeks an accomplished professional to serve as Land Stewardship Director. This position is responsible for the planning, management, and implementation of all land management and stewardship associated with the conservation lands owned by the organization and the growing number of conservation restrictions it holds. See the full job announcement for additional information.
September is National Preparedness Month - Each September is National Preparedness Month, which is dedicated to educating and empowering Americans to be prepared in the event of natural or man-made disasters. On September 30, the America’s PrepareAthon will be held, which will provide an opportunity for individuals, organizations, and communities to prepare for specific hazards through drills, group discussions, and exercises. For more information and to get involved, go to www.Ready.gov/September.
Family Field Walks - On weekdays through September 5, the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History will hold a series of 90-minute Family Field Walks. Museum naturalists will explain the various plants, animals, and other ecological features along the John Wing Trail.
Shellfish Restoration Conference—Call for Abstracts - From December 10-13, the 16th International Conference on Shellfish Restoration will be held in Charleston, South Carolina. The 2014 conference will feature workshops, panel discussions, case studies, and presentations. Organizers are seeking abstracts for an interactive session and/or an oral or poster presentation on shellfish research, management, restoration, or outreach. Session abstracts are due September 12 and oral and poster abstracts are due September 29.
Coastal Issues in New England Conference - From September 17-18, the Northeast Shore and Beach Preservation Association (NSBPA) in cooperation with the Northeast Chapter of the International Erosion Control Association will hold the 2014 NSBPA Conference on New England Coastal Issues in Taunton. The conference will include presentations on CZM’s StormSmart Coasts Program, Rhode Island shoreline management planning, green/nature-based shore protection projects, beach nourishment, identifying offshore sand resources, aging coastal engineering infrastructure, sand-filled envelopes, and other coastal management strategies being implemented in New England. This conference is an excellent opportunity to meet with colleagues to discuss what is working, what is not, and how to meet the challenges ahead.
Sharks of New England Lecture - On September 20, The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History will present Beyond the White Shark, Sharks of New England by Dr. Tom Burns. Dr. Burns has been photographing sharks for more than 20 years, focusing primarily on the sharks of New England, including the Mako shark, Basking shark, Porbeagles, and the rare Hammerhead and Tiger sharks. Beyond the species profiles, Dr. Burns will give the audience background on how he dives, photographs, and interacts with these different species.
Family Day at the Cape Cod Bird Festival - On September 21, the Cape Cod Bird Club will host the annual Cape Cod Bird Festival Family Day at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History in Brewster. Join the event for nature walks, live owl show, bird banding demonstration, habitat exploration, and fun activities for all ages. Pre-registration for the owl show and bird banding are strongly encouraged. Family Day is part of the weekend-long Cape Cod Bird Festival—an annual event that promotes Cape Cod as a fall migratory birding destination.
2014 Rising Seas Summit - From September 24-26, the 2014 Rising Seas Summit, Developing Resources to Inform Decision Making and Planning for Resilience, will be held in New York City. The 2014 summit will feature plenary sessions, meetings, workshops, and discussions that examine best practices for modeling and planning related to the challenges associated with sea level rise, adaptation planning, and disclosing climate risk.
BUAR Public Meeting - On September 25 at 1:30 p.m., the Board of Underwater Archaeological Resources (BUAR) will hold its bi-monthly public meeting in the CZM Large Conference Room in Boston. The preliminary agenda includes discussion/approval of minutes for the March 29 meeting, renewal of five permits, and discussion of permittee, outreach, and research activities. For more information, contact BUAR Director, Victor Mastone, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MACC Fall Conference - On September 27, MACC will hold its Fall Conference, Managing Aquatic Invasive Plants: Getting Your Feet Wet and Coming out Ahead, at Framingham State University in Framingham. Presentations and case studies will introduce strategies for tackling problems and permit requirements for aquatic invasive species work. Participants will learn to identify common invasive aquatic plants, understand regulations and appropriate management techniques, develop and analyze effective long-term management plans, and determine how invasive species projects can be funded.
Boston Harbor Educators Conference - On September 27, Massachusetts Marine Educators will hold the Boston Harbor Educators Conference at the University of Massachusetts Boston. The conference, Securing Our Harbor for Future Generations, will feature four education workshops and a boat trip to Thompson Island. For details, see the conference flyer.
Boston Harbor Island Regatta - On September 27 at 10 a.m., the Boston Harbor Island Association will host the 10th Annual Boston Harbor Islands Regatta on a course around the Boston Harbor Islands national park area. Join one of the largest races in Boston, with more than 100 boats in 10 competitive classes, to help support the Alliance’s initiatives for public programs and access to the islands.
RARGOM Annual Science Meeting - On September 30, the Regional Association for Research on the Gulf of Maine (RARGOM) will hold its Annual Science Meeting, Identifying and Monitoring Ecosystem Drivers in the Gulf of Maine at Boston University in Boston. The 2014 meeting will feature Gulf of Maine scientists discussing the drivers that affect ecosystem goods and services and the data collection systems that are needed to understand and predict outcomes.
Nahant Marine Science Center Open House - On October 4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Northeastern University’s Marine Science Center in Nahant will host its annual Open House for all ages. All are welcome to this free event that includes a tour of the recently renovated building and research labs, a fieldwork obstacle course, touch tanks, and more.
Invasive Plant Symposium - On October 7, the Connecticut Invasive Plant Working Group will present its 7th biennial Symposium, Invasive Plants 2014: Where Are We Now? at the University of Connecticut in Storrs. This full-day symposium features national, regional, and local experts, as well as citizen volunteers sharing practical solutions for managing invasive plants, promoting non-invasive plants, and improving wildlife habitat.
Science Teachers Conference - From October 16-18, the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) will hold a regional conference in Richmond, Virginia. The Conference topics are focused around three strands—watershed science, partnerships and collaboration, and integrating science with other disciplines. NSTA conferences offer the latest in science content, teaching strategy, and research to enhance and expand professional development.
GIS for Emergency Managers - From October 20-23, FEMA will host ArcGIS for Emergency Managers at the National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, Maryland. This free training will teach new users how to use ArcGIS desktop software to support disaster risk management, mitigation, response, and recovery efforts. Participants will use hands-on techniques to get a basic understanding of the software and to develop skills to manage and analyze data. Registration closes on September 21.
Restoration and Coastal Management Summit - From November 1-6, Restore America’s Estuaries and the Coastal Society will hold Summit 2014: Inspiring Action, Creating Resilience—the 7th National Summit on Coastal and Estuarine Restoration and 24th Biennial Meeting of the Coastal Society—in Washington, DC. The 2014 summit will bring together restoration and coastal management communities for an integrated discussion to explore issues, solutions, and lessons learned.
Tuesday Tweets - Every other Tuesday through December, the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History will hold Tuesday Tweets birdwatching walks with Gretchen Moran Towers. Whether experienced or a beginner, bring binoculars, wear appropriate footwear and come prepared to watch, study, and enjoy feathered friends in their natural habitats.
Walks and Talks on Cape Cod - Through September, the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History will hold a series of walks, lectures, and events with local naturalists. Topics to be covered include birdwatching, sharks, and cranberries, along with the Wednesday Walk series with Connie Boyce. For details, see the museum calendar.
Naturescape Gallery - In September and October, the Naturescape Gallery at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History will feature Nature Illustrator Barbara Harmon. Visit the exhibit to see Barbara’s vivid images, created through a combination of traditional art and digital work in Photoshop or Illustrator.
CitiesAlive Conference - From November 12-15, the CitiesAlive: 12th Annual Green Roof & Wall Conference will take place in Nashville, Tennessee. Join sustainable building professionals and speakers from across the design, development, planning and utility sectors for tours, training and plenary sessions, and a trade show to promote living architecture in support of urban resiliency to natural hazards, including hurricanes, fires, floods, and food shortages.
Cape Cod Field Schools - Through November, Mass Audubon's Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary is offering a variety of 2-, 3-, and 4-day field courses for adults that focus on the unique coastal environment and wildlife of Cape Cod. Cape Cod Field Schools emphasize active, outdoor, "in-the-field" experiences and are taught by professional naturalists and scientists.
Walks, Lectures, and Events on Cape Cod - Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary and Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary in Barnstable offer a variety of educational programs for children and adults, including naturalist-led bird walks and nature adventures for preschoolers. For more information, search the Wellfleet Bay’s calendar of programs, classes, and activities or the Long Pasture’s calendar of programs, classes, and activities.
Ipswich River Wildlife Programs and Activities - Mass Audubon’s Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary provides numerous nature walks, talks, and adventures. See the program catalog for event and schedule information.
Walks in Harwich - The Harwich Conservation Trust has posted its schedule of walks through the fall. All walks are free and open to the public. See the Trust's website for details.
Reminders - The following calendar items posted in the last CZ-Mail are still to come:
- Flood Management Conference - From September 2-5, the Floodplain Management Association will host the 2014 Floodplain Management Annual Conference in Santa Clara, California. The topic, Keeping Our Heads Above Water, will provide a forum for floodplain management experts and policy makers to address local, state, and federal regulatory and policy issues pertaining to flood risk management and planning.
- Green Infrastructure Webcasts - EPA’s Green Infrastructure Program Webcast Series features bimonthly webcasts geared toward public officials and practitioners just beginning to implement green infrastructure, as well as those looking to enhance established programs. The next webcast, Green Infrastructure and Smart Growth, is on September 3.
- Northeast Aquaculture Conference and Exposition—Call for Abstracts - From January 14-16, the Northeast Aquaculture Conference and Exposition will be held in Portland, Maine. Meeting organizers are soliciting special session topics, technology transfer sessions, and workshop ideas. See the Call for Abstracts, which are due by October 1.
Other Items of Interest
Beneath the Waves Film Competition - The Beneath the Waves - Youth Making Ripples Film Competition is an opportunity for K-12 students to use their creative talents and serve as a voice for the oceans. Elementary, middle, and high school students are encouraged to create marine related films (less than 5 minutes). Films that are selected as finalists will premiere at the Beneath the Waves Youth Making Ripples Film Festival and cash prizes are available. Films submissions are due by December 5.
Campus RainWorks Challenge - EPA’s Office of Water is pleased to announce the 3rd annual Campus RainWorks Challenge, a prize contest that challenges college and university students to develop innovative approaches for stormwater management to meet the nation’s growing water infrastructure needs. Student teams, working with a faculty advisor, will submit design boards, a project narrative, and a letter of support for a proposed green infrastructure project for their campus. Winning teams will be awarded cash prizes. Registration opens September 2 and entries must be submitted by December 19.
Mass Audubon Photo Contest - Mass Audubon is holding its 2014 Picture This: Your Great Outdoors photo contest, open to all participants. Striking digital images that highlight the beauty and diversity of Massachusetts wildlife, habitats, and people in nature are welcome. Judges will select up to 12 winners (two in each of six categories). Entries are due by September 30.