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.
CZM Announces Funding to Address Coastal Storms, Erosion, and Sea Level Rise Impacts
On May 13, on behalf of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA), CZM announced the availability of funding through two grant programs that support local efforts to address the effects of coastal storms, flooding, erosion, and sea level rise. The Coastal Community Resilience Grant Program will provide up to $1.5 million in grants and technical resources to coastal communities to advance innovative local efforts addressing climate change and sea level rise impacts. The funds will finance initiatives to increase awareness of these issues, assess vulnerability and risk, and implement measures to respond, recover, and adapt to coastal impacts. The Green Infrastructure for Coastal Resilience Grant Program will provide up to $1.5 million in funding and technical resources to coastal communities and eligible nonprofit organizations for natural approaches addressing coastal erosion and flooding problems. Grants can be used for planning, feasibility assessment, design, permitting documents, construction, and monitoring of green infrastructure projects that use natural approaches instead of hard structures such as seawalls and groins. For more information, see the EEA press release.
Chatham South Coastal Harbor Management Plan Renewal Approved
On May 12, EEA Secretary Matthew Beaton approved the renewal of the Chatham South Coastal Harbor Management Plan. CZM provided technical assistance throughout the municipal harbor planning process. The update includes wastewater management improvements, private dock and pier restrictions, and recommendations for alternative moorings to protect sensitive bottom habitat and water quality. Originally developed in 1994, this renewed harbor plan will be valid for seven years. For more information, see the EEA Decision .
Sign Up for COASTSWEEP 2015
COASTSWEEP, the annual state-wide beach cleanup sponsored by CZM, will kick off its 28th year in September. Volunteers throughout Massachusetts turn out in large numbers each year for this event, which is part of an international campaign organized by the Ocean Conservancy in Washington, DC. Participants all over the world collect marine debris and record what they find. This information is then used to help reduce future marine debris problems. Cleanups will be scheduled throughout September and October. To get involved, see the COASTSWEEP website or check out COASTSWEEP on Facebook or Twitter.
CZ-Tip - Dive into the History of Massachusetts Coastal Sites
Halibut Point State Reservation in Rockport was formerly used as a quarry site, a military installation, and a private park. Thriving seaside communities on Horseneck Beach and Gooseberry Islands in Westport were wiped out by hurricanes in 1938 and 1954. Parker River National Wildlife Refuge on Plum Island was protected because it was (and still is) part of the great highway of bird migration. Apropos of its name, Long Wharf was built in Boston in 1711 as the longest wharf in North America. The Paragon Carousel is all that remains of the major amusement park that once existed along Nantasket Beach in Hull. If these historical facts peak your interest, check out CZ-Tip: Seven Public Places Steeped in History in Coastal Massachusetts to find out more.
Atlantic Hurricane Season Begins
June 1 marks the start of hurricane season, and forecasters have predicted a below-average year for the Atlantic. On April 9, the updated annual prediction from the Colorado State University forecast team called for seven named storms forming in the Atlantic between June 1 and November 30. Three of these storms are expected to turn into hurricanes with only one predicted to be a major hurricane (i.e., Saffir/Simpson category 3, 4, or 5 with sustained winds of 111 mph or greater). For all the latest hurricane information, see the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Hurricane Center website. For the definitions of watches and warnings for hurricanes and tropical storms, see the National Weather Service (NWS) Warning and Product Changes Associated with Post-Tropical Cyclones web page. To prepare your property and family for these dangerous storms and to reduce your risks, see the CZM Hurricane Preparedness Kit and CZM's 2002 Coastlines magazine file size 4MB. For the best tracking information for storms heading toward Massachusetts, along with information on potential flooding and disaster recovery, see CZ-Tip - The Complete Guide to Online Hurricane Tracking for Massachusetts.
CZM Staff and People
GIS Intern - CZM is pleased to welcome Bryn Gingrich as a summer intern. Bryn will be updating , an online mapping tool of coastal sites in Massachusetts open to the public for swimming, walking, hiking, boating, fishing, and other outdoor activities. Bryn is entering her senior year at Smith College pursuing a bachelor's degree in environmental science and anthropology. Welcome aboard!
Coastal Community Resilience Grant Program - CZM is seeking proposals for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Coastal Community Resilience Grant Program. Up to $1.5 million ($350,000 maximum award per project) will be awarded to coastal cities and towns to advance innovative local efforts addressing climate change and sea level rise impacts. The funds will finance initiatives to increase awareness of these issues, assess vulnerability and risk, and implement measures to respond, recover, and adapt to coastal impacts. For more information, to view the RFR, and download required forms, see the COMMBUYS website. Proposals are due to CZM by June 12.
Green Infrastructure for Coastal Resilience Grant Program - CZM is seeking proposals for the FY 2016 Green Infrastructure for Coastal Resilience Grant Program. Up to $1.5 million ($750,000 maximum award per project) will be awarded to coastal cities and towns and non-profit organizations for natural approaches addressing coastal erosion and flooding problems. Grants can be used for planning, feasibility assessment, design, permitting documents, construction, and monitoring of green infrastructure projects that use natural approaches instead of hard structures such as seawalls and groins. For more information, to view the RFR, and download required forms, see the COMMBUYS website. Proposals are due to CZM by June 12.
FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grants - The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) are inviting communities, state agencies, and tribal governments and territories to submit applications for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). This post-disaster mitigation grant funding is now available statewide as a result of the federal disaster declaration for the January 2015 Severe Winter Storm. The 2015 Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) Grant Program and the Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Program funding are also now available. These grants assist applicants with hazard mitigation planning and the implementation of hazard mitigation projects to reduce or eliminate the loss of life and property due to natural hazards. To explain applicant eligibility requirements, the types of projects that are eligible, and the non-federal cost-share, DCR and MEMA will hold several briefings in June for potential applicants. They will also offer technical assistance meetings to provide applicants an opportunity to discuss their specific project proposal and ask questions of the State Hazard Mitigation Team. CZM strongly encourages all potential applicants to attend one of these sessions. For complete grant details, see the MEMA website. Applications for HMGP projects ready for implementation and applications for PDM and FMA grants are due by August 3. Applications for HMGP projects that need additional refinement can be submitted until November 23.
Coastal Ecosystem Resiliency Grants - The National Marine Fisheries Service is seeking applications for the Coastal Ecosystem Resiliency Grants Program. This program funds projects that develop healthy and sustainable coastal ecosystems through habitat restoration and conservation. Applications are due by July 2.
Regional Coastal Resilience Grants - NOAA’s National Ocean Service is seeking applications for the 2015 Regional Coastal Resilience Grant Program to help coastal communities and organizations prepare for and recover from adverse events and adapt to changing environmental, economic, and social conditions. The grants will be awarded to organizations to plan and implement resilience strategies regionally to reduce current and potential future risks. Proposals are due by July 24.
National Maritime Heritage Grants - The National Park Service is seeking applications for approximately $1.7 million in National Maritime Heritage Grants for education or preservation projects. Education projects can request $15,000-$50,000 and preservation projects can request $50,000-$200,000. Applications are due by August 3.
Reminder - These opportunities, listed in the last CZ-Mail, are still available:
- §319 Grants - The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (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. Proposals are due by June 2.
- Parks and Conservation Grants - The EEA Division of Conservation Services is seeking applications for the fiscal year 2015 Parkland Acquisition and Renovations for Communities (PARC), Local Acquisitions for Natural Diversity (LAND), and Conservation Partnership grants. PARC grants help communities acquire parkland, develop new parks, and renovate existing parks. LAND grants provide funds to municipal conservation commissions to purchase conservation land and conservation restrictions. Conservation Partnership grants provide funds to nonprofit organizations for land acquisitions. PARC and LAND grant applications are due by July 15. Conservation Partnership applications are due by July 20.
2015 Boaters’ Guide to Tides and Pumpout Facilities - This wallet-sized pamphlet from the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries Clean Vessel Act (CVA) program contains information on the locations of pumpout facilities along the Massachusetts coastline and a June-September tide chart. Download a free copy from the CVA website. Limited hardcopies are also available. Email your request and mailing address to Cecil French.
Marshes, Reefs, and Beaches Coastal Resilience Study - A new NOAA study, entitled Future of our coasts: The potential for natural and hybrid infrastructure to enhance the resilience of our coastal communities, economies and ecosystems, has found that the resilience of coastal communities to storms, flooding, erosion and other threats can be strengthened when protected by natural infrastructure such as marshes, reefs, and beaches, or with hybrid approaches, such as a “living shoreline,” which is a combination of natural habitat and built infrastructure. The study also highlights top priorities for research, investment, and the application of natural and hybrid approaches.
Coastal Development in the Gulf of Maine - The Gulf of Maine Council's EcoSystem Indicator Partnership (ESIP) has released Coastal Development in the Gulf of Maine, a fact sheet that summarizes data from the Gulf of Maine for three key indicators: population, impervious surfaces, and point sources of contamination. The fact sheet introduces the concept of indicators as a means for tracking change and demonstrates the value of indicators as a tool to better understand the wide-ranging effects being seen in the Gulf of Maine region/Bay of Fundy. To download this fact sheet and other ESIP documents, see the ESIP website.
Benefits of Stream Barrier Removal Projects - The Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game's Division of Ecological Restoration (DER) has released Economic and Community Benefits from Stream Barrier Removal Projects in Massachusetts, a new economic impact report that presents the findings of a study that analyzed the costs of six stream barrier removal projects. The study found that, on average, the six dam-removal and culvert-upgrade projects cost significantly less over a 30-year period than the expense of repairing and maintaining existing structures. This is the third report on a series of studies evaluating the economic impacts of ecological restoration. For more details, see the DER summary of all three reports.
Integrated Green Stormwater Infrastructure Guide - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released Community Based Public-Private Partnerships (CBP3s) and Alternative Market-Based Tools for Integrated Green Stormwater Infrastructure: A Guide for Local Governments. This guide presents tools to help communities address water quality challenges through faster, cheaper, and greener methods and introduces the Community-Based Public-Private Partnership approach as a flexible, performance-based platform for implementing affordable, integrated green stormwater infrastructure to meet a variety of regulatory and community needs.
How to Reform Disaster Policy Report - SmarterSafer, a national organization that promotes better catastrophe policies, has released Bracing for the Storm: How to Reform U.S. Disaster Policy to Prepare for a Riskier Future, a report that takes a look at how current disasters in the United States are handled and provides recommendations for creating a more sustainable model. Recommendations include encouraging more mitigation and planning, fortifying infrastructure, reforming flood insurance, ensuring equity in disaster preparedness and response, and improving coordination among federal, state, and local response agencies.
Report on Native Plants of New England - The New England Wild Flower Society has released State of New England’s Native Plants, a report that presents a comprehensive assessment of New England plant communities. According to the report, 22 percent of all native plant species in the region are extinct, rare, or disappearing.
Oceans 2015 Initiative Reports - Two new reports summarize the key findings of the Fifth Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Assessment Report and discuss newer literature in an effort to assess the impacts of ocean warming, acidification, deoxygenation, and sea level rise. See The Oceans 2015 Initiative, Part I: An updated synthesis of the observed and projected impacts of climate change on physical and biological processes in the oceans and The Oceans 2015 Initiative, Part II: An updated understanding of the observed and projected impacts of ocean warming and acidification on marine and coastal socioeconomic activities/sectors.
MassBays Newsletter - The spring 2015 issue of the MassBays Newsletter, the quarterly update from the Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Program (MassBays), highlights new resources on the MassBays website, work to restore and enhance the Great Marsh, and sends out kudos to citizen monitors on the Cape who will receive honors from the Gulf of Maine Council later this month.
Prevailing Winds - The spring 2015 issue of Prevailing Winds, the newsletter of the NWS office in Taunton, features articles on the winter of 2015, how NWS forecasts are prepared, and other eastern Massachusetts weather information.
WHOI Newsletter - The May 2015 issue of the WHOI newsletter, a Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI) monthly e-newsletter, features articles on hidden currents in the Gulf of Mexico, diversity in the ocean, and other ocean science news, research, and events at WHOI.
Stellwagen Bank E-Notes - The Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary has released the May 2015 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 an unusual sponge siting, a new dive mooring at historical shipwreck, and other sanctuary stories, news, and notes.
Natural Hazards Observer - The May 2015 issue of the Natural Hazards Observer, the bimonthly periodical of the Natural Hazards Center in Boulder, Colorado, features articles on the earthquake in Nepal, disaster communication, and other natural hazards news and information.
Sound Waves - The January/February 2015 issue of Sound Waves, the newsletter from U.S. Geological Survey, features articles on the recovery of sea otters in California, assessing coastal resilience to storms using data from Hurricane Sandy, and other coastal and marine research news.
Marine Ecosystems and Management Information Service - The April-May 2015 edition of Marine Ecosystems and Management, the bimonthly information service on marine ecosystem-based management (EBM) from the University of Washington School of Marine Affairs, features articles on progress on EBM, marine spatial planning, and other notes and news.
Web-Based and Mobile-User Resources
Community Resources - EPA has launched a new Community Resources website to help local officials and community members find information on improving the environment, public health, and quality of life. The site links to information from three existing community-oriented resources: The Local Government Environmental Assistance Network, which provides information on environmental compliance and stewardship, the National Resource Network, which offers practical solutions to help communities pursue economic development and growth, and the EPA Community Health site to help users learn about and improve local environmental health conditions.
Local Government Climate Adaptation - EPA has launched Local Government Climate Adaptation Training, a 30-minute online training module to help local government officials take actions to increase community resilience to a changing climate. It illustrates how a changing climate may affect a variety of environmental and public health services, describes how different communities are already adapting to climate-related challenges, and links to a number of federal and state resources that can help communities assess their unique climate-related risks and opportunities to become more resilient to climate change.
Hurricane Preparation for Boaters - The BoatUS Foundation and the United States Power Squadrons have developed Hurricane Preparation for Boaters. Boaters taking the course will be able to create a hurricane plan for their boat, with specific solutions for boats stored in the water or on high ground at the boatyard, or even on a trailer in your own backyard. Users will learn to evaluate the storm protection provided by a marina or storage area and determine if, when, and how a boat should move before a hurricane. It also explains steps that should be taken before a hurricane makes landfall and how to secure a boat for hurricane conditions, including diagrams for tying lines.
Ecological Restoration Specialist - The Department of Fish and Game’s Division of Ecological Restoration is seeking qualified applicants for an Ecological Restoration Specialist. This position will manage selected river restoration projects with a focus on dam removal, oversee a dam removal practicum experience for undergraduate students, coordinate pre- and post-removal monitoring, and lead the development of photo, film, and written products documenting each dam removal project. Applications are due by June 9.
Herring River Executive Director - Friends of the Herring River are seeking applicants for Executive Director to lead efforts to protect and restore the 1,000 acre Herring River Estuary in Wellfleet and Truro on Cape Cod. The primary responsibilities of the Executive Director are to manage the Friends of Herring River organization and implement the plan for design, permitting, fundraising, construction, and monitoring of the $50 million restoration project over the next decade. For details, see the Friends of Herring River website. Applications are due by June 30.
Rivers Month Calendar - June is Rivers Month. This online calendar prepared by the Massachusetts Division of Ecological Restoration, lists related events in, on, and along the rivers of Massachusetts. These events extend through July 5.
Aquarium Lecture Series - On June 4, the New England Aquarium will conclude the 2015 Aquarium Lecture Series with the Ocean Stewardship Spotlight Lecture, Notes from the Field: Conditions and Trends in Massachusetts Bay and Cape Cod Bay, by Pam DiBona, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Program, and Samantha Woods, Executive Director of the North and South Rivers Watershed Association.
Birdwatching for Beginners - Through June, the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History will hold Birdwatching for Beginners with Gretchen Moran Towers, who will present basic skills designed to enable bird identification through sight and sound. Each session is followed by an outdoor venture to view birds in their natural habitat. The next session is on June 4.
Under the Waves - On June 7, WHOI will host Under the Waves: WHOI Science in Local Waters, a free public event that will feature WHOI scientists, engineers, and staff along with some of the equipment they use to uncover the mysteries within regional waters. The event will include a discovery tent with a shark cam, make your own jellyfish station, whale buoy, squid, river herring, oysters, offshore canyons, and more.
Communications Workshops - In June, the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve’s (WBNERR) Coastal Training Program will hold two environmental communications workshops. On June 11, the Communicate with Water Words that Work workshop will be held in New Bedford. Attendees will learn the everyday language that is most effective when communicating environmental messages about rivers, ponds, lakes, and oceans. On June 12, the More than a Message workshop will be held in Hyannis. Attendees will learn about big concepts and practical tips needed to plan and carry out communications work.
Marina Cleanup Day - In June, Ocean Conservancy’s Good Mate Green Boating program is inviting boaters, marinas, boat houses, and yacht clubs to participate in and/or organize a marina cleanup on or around National Marina Day on June 13. For more information or to get involved see the Ocean Conservancy website.
Superfish - On June 14, the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History will screen the PBS Nature documentary Superfish. For generations, anglers have sought out the biggest, fastest game fish in the sea—the sailfish, swordfish, and the marlin, immortalized by Ernest Hemingway in his classic, The Old Man and the Sea. The film, by marine biologist and award-winning filmmaker Rick Rosenthal, travels to the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans as well as the Caribbean Sea in pursuit of these threatened giants.
The Future of Fish - On June 15, the Nature Conservancy, as part of its Future of Nature speaker series, will present The Future of Fish in Boston. Many fish populations globally are in decline, due to changing ecosystems and fishing pressure. Attendees will hear a discussion on how fishermen and scientists can work together to save these resources.
Summer Cinema by the Sea - This spring and summer, the Northeastern University's Marine Science Center in Nahant will hold a free film series of marine-related documentaries. The June 16 show is The Last Ocean, which documents an ecologist's campaign to protect Antarctica's Ross Seas from commercial fishing. All screenings are open to the public and will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the Murphy Bunker at the Marine Science Center, 430 Nahant Road, Nahant.
Wetlands Restoration Workshop - From June 23-24, Mass Audubon’s Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary will hold a Hands-On Wetland Restoration Workshop for Professionals. This workshop is designed for individuals interested in learning how to use practical, low-cost techniques for restoring naturally appearing and functioning wetlands. Participants will see how wetland projects can be planned on land trust properties, private conserved lands, public land, and even school grounds to benefit plants, animals, and people.
National Marine Educators Conference - From June 29-July 2, the National Marine Educators Association 2015 Conference: Ocean State, Ocean Planet: Exploring Our World of Water, will be held in Newport, Rhode Island. This conference brings together marine educators from around the world to promote awareness and education of the global marine environment
Mudflat Mania - From June 29 through September 3, the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History will hold Mudflat Mania!, twice weekly hikes to Cape Cod Bay to explore the life on and below the Brewster sand flats.
Smart Growth Conference—Call for Session Proposals - From February 11-13, the 15th annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference, Practical Tools and Innovative Strategies for Creating Great Communities, will be held in Portland, Oregon. The three-day conference includes more than 75 breakouts, workshops, and trainings and will feature cutting-edge policies and programs, projects, and best practices, as well as strategies and implementation tools that address the challenges of implementing smart growth development principles. See the Call for Session Proposals, which are due by June 30.
Free Saltwater Fishing Days - July 4 and 5 are Massachusetts’s Free Saltwater Fishing Days. On these two days, no permit is required to fish recreationally in the Commonwealth’s marine waters, out to three miles. Anglers looking for a spot to drop a line from shore or a boat ramp to put in a kayak, canoe, or larger vessel should check out the Office of Fishing and Boating Access Directory of Access Sites. All other days of the year, saltwater anglers over the age of 15 are required to possess a Massachusetts Recreational Saltwater Fishing Permit.
Green Infrastructure Webcasts - The EPA 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 is Paying for Stormwater—The Benefits of a Utility on July 7.
Teachers on the Estuary - This summer, WBNERR will offer the research and field-based teacher training program, 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 and will run from July 13-16, plus a follow-up session in November. For more information, see the WBNERR website.
Maine Beaches Conference - On July 17, the Maine Beaches Conference will be held at Southern Maine Community College in South Portland, Maine. This conference provides opportunities for exchange of the most current information among diverse beach stakeholders and presents the findings from the state’s beach monitoring programs.
MACC Education - The Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions (MACC) offers a variety of specialized education programs for the spring and summer. Visit the MACC workshops page to see an overview of upcoming wetland delineation and soil science courses and shrub identification workshops, along with the soil erosion and sediment control training program. The MACC online education calendar provides a schedule of programs.
Tuesday Tweets - Every other Tuesday through September, 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 birds in their natural habitats.
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 calendar of programs, classes, and activities for Wellfleet Bay and Long Pasture.
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.
Reminders - The following calendar items posted in the last CZ-Mail are still to come:
- Cape Cod Maritime History Symposium - On June 6, the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History will host the 19thannual Cape Cod Maritime History Symposium, with talks entitled Mashpee Indian Whalers, The Sol-e-Mar Disaster Off Martha’s Vineyard, The Art of the Yankee Whale Hunt, and more.
- World Oceans Day - World Oceans Day is June 8 and activities celebrating oceans and coasts are held across the world throughout June. The 2015 theme is Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet. See the World Oceans Day website to view or submit events.
- Spectacle Island 5K - On June 14, the Boston Harbor Island Alliance will hold the fifth annual Spectacle Island Flag Day 5K & Kid’s Fun Run. Enjoy panoramic views of Boston Harbor and the city from this historic island. Race day festivities feature a 5K Race, half-mile Kids Fun Run, picnic lunch for participants, music, and kids activities.
- Climate Change Adaptation Conference - From June 15-17, the American Water Resources Association will hold the 2015 Summer Conference on Climate Change Adaptation in New Orleans, Louisiana.
- Environmental Business Council Awards - On June 18, the Environmental Business Council (EBC) will hold the 25th 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.
- Buzzards Bay Swim - On June 20, the Buzzards Bay Coalition will host the 2015 Buzzards Bay Swim. Join hundreds of swimmers of all ages and ability levels for a 1.2-mile, open-water swim across outer New Bedford Harbor. Funds raised as a swimmer, supporter, or volunteer support work to protect and restore Buzzards Bay.
- Oceanography Conference - From June 22-24, the third International Conference on Oceanography, Ocean Science: Understanding Its Various Processes and Effects, will be held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
- Global Ocean Science Education Workshop - From June 26-27, the Global Ocean Science Education Workshop will be held at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography in Narragansett, Rhode Island. The workshop brings together ocean scientists and ocean educators from across the globe and will provide a forum for discussing research and education issues, including the leveraging of international ocean science research in education initiatives and the establishment of new international collaborations.
- Boating Safety Course - Through June 27, the Massachusetts Environmental Police will offer Boat Massachusetts, a free, state and nationally approved boating safety course for boaters age 12 and older that concentrates on the equipment and operating guidelines needed to enjoy boating in a safe and responsible way. All graduates ages 12-15 will receive a safety certificate required by state law to allow operation of a motorboat without adult supervision. All graduates ages 16-17 will also be allowed to operate a personal watercraft (jet ski, wave runner, etc.).
Other Items of Interest
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, Our Oceans, Our Plastic, focuses on plastic pollution in the oceans. Entries are due by June 15.
MASNA Scholarships - The Marine Aquarium Society of North America (MASNA), a nonprofit organization for marine aquarium societies and individual hobbyists, is seeking applications for two scholarships of $4,000 for one undergraduate and one graduate student majoring in a marine science discipline. Selection will be based upon the student’s academic history, contributions, and demonstrated commitment to the marine aquarium hobby. For details, see the MASNA website. Submissions are due by June 19.
Stellwagen Advisory Council - The Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary is seeking applicants for seven primary seats and six alternate seats on its Sanctuary Advisory Council. For more information and to receive an application kit, see the Sanctuary website or contact Elizabeth.Stokes@noaa.gov. Applications are due by June 30.
Summer Science School - In July and August, the Waquoit Bay Reserve Foundation sponsors a Summer Science School offering week-long, full- and half-day educational experiences for students entering grades 2-9. For details, a program brochure, and registration information, see the Waquoit Bay Reserve Foundation’s Summer Science School web page.
KidSummer - This summer, the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History will offer KidSummer, which provides a range of programs for 3-15 year olds that encourage learning and appreciation of the environment through age-appropriate, STEM-based curriculum and indoor/outdoor activities led by educators/naturalists. Register for weekly sessions (June 29-August 14) through the museum’s FamilyID website.
Coastal Ocean Science Academy - The Northeastern University Marine Science Center in Nahant is accepting applications for the 2015 Coastal Ocean Science Academy, a two-week summer experience held from August 3-14 that is open to students entering grades 9-12. Participants experience firsthand diverse New England coastal habitats and marine resources, engaging in hands-on research and inquiry activities. For 2015, the program will also offer a one-week middle school session from July 20-24.
Mass Audubon Photo Contest - Mass Audubon is holding its 2015 Picture This: Your Great Outdoors photo contest, open to all participants. They welcome striking digital images that highlight the beauty and diversity of Massachusetts wildlife, habitats, people in nature, and Mass Audubon Travel. Entries are due by September 30.