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.
Shoreline Change Report Now Available
Developed collaboratively by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and CZM and released in 2013, the Massachusetts Shoreline Change Mapping and Analysis Project, 2013 Update provides information on rates and trends of shoreline change from 1844 through 2009. New coast-wide shoreline data were developed for approximately 1,121 miles of shoreline using color aerial orthoimagery from 2008 and 2009 and topographic Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) data from 2007. This new shoreline data were integrated with existing historical shoreline data to compute long- and short-term rates of shoreline change and to analyze trends. The information on rates and trends can be used to improve the understanding of the underlying causes and potential effects of coastal erosion on coastal populations and infrastructure and can support informed coastal management decisions. The report was done in conjunction with CZM’s Massachusetts Shoreline Change Project. For more information on shoreline change, contact Julia Knisel at email@example.com.
CZM to Conduct Fifth Invasive Species Rapid Assessment Survey
In August, CZM and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sea Grant Program will search for marine invasive species through a Rapid Assessment Survey (RAS)—a visual search within a fixed area or time frame that focuses on the identification of organisms within arm’s reach. Assisted by a team of scientists who are experts in the identification and detection of non-native species, the group will spend an intensive week searching under floating docks and piers from Casco Bay, Maine to Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island. It is estimated that more than 300 non-native invertebrates and algae have become established in the marine coastal waters of North America during the last 200 years. Surveillance of high-risk coastal habitats to detect new introductions and monitor established invaders is crucial to build scientific knowledge for the development of effective prevention practices and control methods. The RAS is one method currently used to monitor and detect non-native marine species. Funding for the survey is provided by Casco Bay Estuary Partnership, Piscataqua Region Estuary Partnership, Massachusetts Bays and Buzzards Bay National Estuary Programs, and the Rhode Island Bays, Rivers, and Watershed Coordination Team. For more information on the methods, sampling sites, and data from a similar survey performed in 2010, see the Report on the 2010 Rapid Assessment Survey of Marine Species at New England Floating Docks and Rocky Shores file size 9MB . A report for the 2013 survey will be developed this fall. For more information on aquatic invasive species, see CZM’s Aquatic Invasive Species Program web page .
Final CZM Regulations Promulgated
As of August 2, with the publication in the Massachusetts Register, two regulatory changes proposed earlier this year by CZM have been promulgated and are now effective. The two sets of regulations are:
- 301 CMR 28.00 - new rules governing the administration and implementation of the Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan. On behalf of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) and as required by the Ocean Act of 2008, CZM proposed regulations to administer the 2009 Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan. The regulations were developed with input and guidance from an advisory group consisting of a broad cross-section of stakeholders and were reviewed and endorsed by the Ocean Advisory Commission. The final regulations establish the procedures and requirements necessary to interpret, implement, and administer the Ocean Management Plan. The review of projects subject to 301 CMR 28 is done primarily through the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Office (MEPA) and other existing permitting processes of the Commonwealth.
- 301 CMR 20.00 - an update of regulations regarding the administration of the state's federally approved Coastal Program. Federal regulations at 15 CFR §930 governing Federal Consistency Review were modified, and these changes required updates and revisions to Massachusetts regulations. CZM determined that significant parts of existing regulations at 301 CMR 21 were duplicative of the new federal rules. The few necessary state provisions of 301 CMR 21 governing Federal Consistency Review in Massachusetts were therefore merged into the rules governing administration of the state's Coastal Program (301 CMR 20). This change allowed for the elimination of 301 CMR 21, reducing redundancy and improving regulatory efficiency.
For the full text of these and all CZM regulations, see the CZM Regulations web page.
CZM to Hold COASTSWEEP 2013
COASTSWEEP, the state-wide annual beach cleanup sponsored by CZM, will kick off its 26th 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.
First Lease Sale for Renewable Energy on the Outer Continental Shelf
On July 31, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) held the first-ever auction for offshore renewable wind energy, offering 164,750 acres for commercial wind energy leasing in two separate lease areas of the designated Wind Energy Area offshore Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The provisional winner of the lease sale is Deepwater Wind New England, LLC. The lease sale followed BOEM’s Environmental Assessment, which considered environmental and socioeconomic impacts from issuing renewable energy leases and for conducting site characterization and assessment activities in the designated offshore area, and the issuance of a Finding of No Significant Impact in June. Deepwater Wind will now have five years to conduct site assessment activities—including geophysical and biological surveys and investigations of wind resources and ocean conditions—and to develop and submit a Construction and Operations Plan to BOEM, which will be subject to further environmental and technical review. When built, these areas have the potential to support 3,395 megawatts of wind generation—enough energy to power more than one million homes. CZM continues to work with EEA as representatives on BOEM’s Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Task Force, as conveners of fisheries and habitat work groups, and to engage communities and stakeholders in the federal leasing process. BOEM is expected to announce additional auctions for Wind Energy Areas offshore Massachusetts, Maryland, and New Jersey later this year and in 2014. For additional information on the lease sale, see the BOEM Press Release.
CZ-Tip: Beach-Friendly Beach Going
With more than 1,500 miles of Massachusetts shoreline, there's so much to explore and enjoy. To help you find the best beaches, ensure a safe and fun visit, and protect and improve the environment along the way, the CZ-Tip - 10 Ways to Enjoy and Protect Massachusetts Beaches gives links to important information for beachgoers—from online maps to wildlife protection strategies to important safety tips and more.
CZM Staff and People
CZM and the Mass Bays Program (MBP) welcomed several new interns to help with various projects this summer and fall:
- Chris Wells was brought on as the CZM Marine Invasive Species Intern. Chris recently completed his Master’s Degree at the University of New Hampshire, where his research examined marine invasive species at a marina in Salem, Massachusetts. This summer, Chris will help plan and conduct the 2013 Rapid Assessment Survey, a regional survey for the detection of marine invasive species. Following the survey, Chris will help compile the data that was collected from Maine to Rhode Island and assist with the development of the 2013 report.
- Jeff Ellis came aboard as the COASTSWEEP Marketing and Social Media Intern to help make the 26th anniversary of the Massachusetts COASTSWEEP cleanup bigger and better than ever. Jeff is currently working towards his dual Master’s Degree in Marine Biology and Coastal Zone Management from Nova Southeastern University. His research focuses on the effects of the recent cold spell on mangrove-utilizing reef fish in Biscayne National Park in Florida. During his time at CZM, Jeff will be helping to increase public awareness of the beach cleanups, and working with volunteers and sponsors to make COASTSWEEP 2013 a success.
- Ryan Pugliares joins CZM as a photography and media intern for COASTSWEEP. Ryan is currently studying Community Development and Jazz Performance at the University of Vermont in Burlington. He was born and raised on the North Shore and has always appreciated the natural beauty of coastal Massachusetts. He will be combining his love of music and the coastline this summer at the Trustees of the Reservation Thursday Picnic Concert series. Look for him at the COASTSWEEP table!
- Briana Cervantes joined the Mass Bays Program (MBP) as an intern to provide support for the revision of the MBP's Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP). Briana, a student at Suffolk University, attended four regional network meetings, compiling comments and input from local stakeholders. Using the information from the network meetings, Briana will help develop a list of proposed priority management issues for the CCMP update. Briana will also assist with the MBP's outreach efforts by developing content for the website and e-newsletter. Hailing originally from Nevada, Briana is excited to be in the cooler, ocean-centric northeast.
Dam, Levee and Coastal Infrastructure Repair and Removal Program - EEA is seeking applications for grants and loans for the repair and removal of dams, levees, seawalls, and other forms of inland and coastal flood control. Applicants may be offered funding through a combination grant and loan with the grant portion designated for final design, permitting, and bid package preparation, and the loan portion for construction and implementation. EEA will hold the following four bidders conferences to present program details and answer bidder questions:
- August 5 at 1:30 p.m., EEA, 100 Cambridge St., Second Floor Conference Room A, Boston.
- August 6 at 9:30 a.m., Scituate Town Hall, Route 3A, Hearing Room, Scituate.
- August 6 at 2:00 p.m., Ipswich Town Hall, Selectmen’s Room, 25 Green Street, Ipswich.
- August 7 at 10:00 a.m., Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, 627 Main Street, Worcester.
Proposals are due by August 29.
New Bedford Harbor Climate Change Assessment - The Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program (BBNEP) is seeking proposals from environmental service or planning firms to conduct a climate change vulnerability assessment and adaptation planning effort for the municipalities surrounding New Bedford Harbor. Of specific concern is how future increases of sea level, precipitation, and frequency or intensity of storms may affect public infrastructure related to water quality and habitat protection. A total of $22,172 of federal funds is available. Proposals are due by September 5.
Coastal Pollution Remediation Grants - CZM is seeking proposals for the Coastal Pollutant Remediation (CPR) Grant program. For Fiscal Year (FY) 2014, 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. Proposals are due to CZM by September 12. For more information about the program, examples of past CPR projects, and success stories, see CZM’s Coastal Pollutant Remediation (CPR) Grant Program web page.
Pre-Disaster and Flood 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) 2013 Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) and Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Grant Programs. These federally-funded grant programs provide significant opportunities for communities to reduce, minimize, or eliminate potential damages to public and private infrastructure from natural hazard events. Eligible activities include storm-water, drainage, and culvert improvements, property acquisition, slope stabilization, infrastructure protection, seismic and wind retrofits, structure elevations, and hazard mitigation planning. To assist potential applicants, MEMA and DCR will host a state-wide conference call on August 7 and a grant program briefing on August 8. For more information or to register for the call or briefing, see the Grant Announcement Memo or the MEMA website. Applications are due by September 27.
Reminders - These opportunities, listed in the last CZ-Mail, are still available:
- FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grants - MEMA and DCR are inviting communities, state agencies, and tribal governments and territories to submit applications for the FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. These competitive 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. For complete grant details, see the MEMA website. Full applications are due by August 30.
- 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. For more information, see the Grants.gov website. Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis until September 30.
40 Years of the CZMA - A special issue of the journal Coastal Management “40 years of the CZMA: Impacts and Innovations” is now available. The issue commemorates the 40th anniversary of the CZMA with six papers that provide insight on how coastal management evolved and continues to grow under the CZMA. For information on how to access the articles, see the Coastal Society’s summary.
New State of the Gulf of Maine Reports - The Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment has recently released two new theme papers as part of the State of the Gulf of Maine Report. Coastal Land Use and Development focuses on land use changes and land development—human settlements, structures, and economic activity—in municipalities bordering the Gulf of Maine, the impacts, and current actions and responses, including integrated coastal management, local land-use planning, and land conservation and habitat restoration. Species at Risk explores the driving forces and pressures on species in the Gulf of Maine, current status and trends, impacts of protecting species at risk, and existing policies and practices for the preservation of biodiversity and endangered species.
Risk & Resilience in Coastal Regions - The Urban Land Institute has released the report Risk & Resilience in Coastal Regions, which summarizes the dialogue of interdisciplinary forums that were held to explore the implications of new coastal environmental risks on real estate practices and markets. The forum, which included participants from the real estate industry, insurance industry, government, and nonprofit organizations, focused on themes, such as future risk scenarios and how markets will price climate risks, and provided discussion on steps to promote resilience to climate change.
What is that Sticking Out of the Sand? - The Woods Hole Sea Grant Program and Cape Cod Cooperative Extension have recently released a new extension bulletin, What is that Sticking out of the Sand?, describing discoveries that have been exposed as a result of coastal storms and erosion. The publication discusses how preserved ancient landscapes, in the form of items such as wood, peat, and fossils, allow for a visualization of the landward migration of coastal systems and provide context to current and future changes.
Coastal Flood Hazard Mapping Studies Fact Sheet - FEMA has created the Coastal Flood Hazard Mapping Studies Fact Sheet to highlight general information and resources related to the ongoing coastal flood hazard mapping studies, answer common questions, and explain the benefits of the studies. For more information, visit the new Coastal Flood Risk website and for periodic news through email, sign up to the Coastal Flood Risks email list.
COASTGIS 2013 Proceedings - The Proceedings of CoastGIS 2013, the compilation of extended abstracts from presentations at the 11th Symposium for GIS and Computer Mapping for Coastal Zone Management, are now available. The abstracts cover a wide range of topics relevant to the application of spatial technologies to coastal zone management by authors from across the globe.
Wastewater Treatment Guidance - The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released Emerging Technologies for Wastewater Treatment and In-Plant Wet Weather Management, a guide that informs municipal wastewater utility owners and operators, local governments, engineers, and planners about new wastewater treatment and in-plant wet weather management technologies. The document includes technical and cost information to assist users in considering the use of more efficient, sustainable, and cost-effective methods.
The Wrack Line - The summer 2013 issue of The Wrack Line, a quarterly newsletter of the Parker River Wildlife Refuge, features articles on boardwalk rebuilding, kayaking in the refuge salt marshes, a visit to Thacher Island National Wildlife Refuge, purple martins, a photo contest, how to get your child into nature, highlights of people who have made contributions to the refuge, and other news and events.
NROC News - The July edition of NROC News, the monthly newsletter of the Northeast Regional Ocean Council, summarizes the status of the regional ocean planning meetings held over the last two months across New England, describes an initiative for an integrated sentinel monitoring network for climate change in New England waters, links to recent reports and guidance, and provides other updates.
Right Whale News - The June 2013 issue of Right Whale News, a quarterly independent newsletter dedicated to the conservation and recovery of the North Atlantic right whale, features articles on the relationship between right whales and offshore renewable energy development, the marine mammal commission review of priority needs, a calendar of events, and other right whale news and notes.
Sound Waves - The latest issue of Sound Waves, a monthly newsletter from USGS, highlights recent research and field work, including the recent collection of seafloor photographs, bottom video, and sediment samples off Massachusetts as part of the ongoing Massachusetts Seafloor Mapping Cooperative project between USGS, CZM, and NOAA, the new BOBSled underwater camera system that records high-definition video of the seafloor, sea turtles benefiting from protected areas, explorations and findings in a deep water canyon, and other coastal and marine research news.
Newswave - The spring 2013 issue of NEWSWAVE, the quarterly newsletter on ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes activities from the U.S. Department of the Interior, features articles on sea turtles and MPAs, water tests for beach safety, managing arctic ecosystems, regional ocean planning efforts, and other ocean and coastal news.
Natural Hazards Observer - The July 2013 issue of the Natural Hazards Observer, the bimonthly periodical of the Natural Hazards Center in Boulder, Colorado, features articles on the displacement of people by natural hazards, animals threatened by intense weather, the cost of weather-related disasters to the U.S. government, the role of heat extremes in natural hazard deaths, and other natural hazards news and information.
MPA Connections - The July edition of MPA Connections, the newsletter of NOAA's National Marine Protected Areas Center, is a special issue devoted to tribal and indigenous peoples and their relationship with MPAs. Topics include native Hawaiian resource management, resource protection for cultural survival in Alaska’s Pribilof Islands, the Chumash marine stewardship program, characterizing tribal cultural landscapes, and other articles.
Greenscapes Newsletter - The early summer edition of Greenscapes, a newsletter of the North and South Rivers Watershed Association, features articles on lawn watering facts, watering efficiently, irrigation system tune-ups, green infrastructure, rain gardens, calendar events, and other landscape information.
Ecological Landscaping Association Newsletter - The latest issue of the Ecological Landscaping Association Newsletter features articles on managing Phragmites, controlling invasive species in a changing climate, prescribed fires in New England, ecological design, rehab for lawns and soils, blight updates from the UMass plant diagnostic lab, upcoming events, and other news.
NE CSC e-Newsletter - The latest issue of the NE CSC Newsletter, an email publication of the Northeast Climate Science Center, features news, webinars, upcoming events, educational resources, and funding opportunities related to the climate and climate change.
LGEAN Update - The recent issue of the Local Government Environmental Assistance Network (LGEAN) Email Update, a biweekly newsletter published by the International City/County Management Association, features EPA updates, funding opportunities, local and national news, and other environmental articles and information of interest to local governments.
The SandBar - The July 2013 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 halting of fracking operations by the California Court, the White House National Oceans Plan, the New York trash facility, the lack of stormwater runoff permit requirements for logging operations, littoral events, and other ocean- and coastal-related legal issues.
WHOI Newsletter - The July issue of the WHOI newsletter, a Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute monthly e-newsletter, features articles on the voyage of the Deepsea Challenger submersible to the Mariana Trench, microbes detected on marine plastic debris, a robotic probe launcher that transforms ocean data collection, and other ocean science news, research, and events at WHOI.
iWR e-Newsletter - The July issue of the Interstate Water Report (iWR), a quarterly email newsletter of the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC), features articles on state and EPA discussions about storm responses to recent storms, reducing nitrogen in Long Island Sound, meeting the water needs in the coming decades, stormwater treatments, planting native vegetation, and other NEIWPCC news. To access the stories online, visit the NEIWPCC web site or sign up to receive iWR through email.
Global Change Research Program Newsletter - The July issue of the U.S. Global Change Research Program and National Climate Assessment (NCA) Newsletter features articles on online mapping tools for sea level rise, President Obama’s comprehensive Climate Action Plan, a sea level rise planning tool that supports recovery and adaptation in areas affected by Superstorm Sandy, NCA News, and other Global Change Research Program news.
Mass Great Outdoors Blog - Two recent posts of the Mass Great Outdoors Blog features ocean and coastal related topics. Shark Safety Tips highlights the sharks that migrate to our waters during the summer and provides tips for staying safe, such as avoiding swimming at dusk or dawn, in very deep waters, or in areas of seal congregation. Try Boating in Massachusetts this Summer features the Department of Fish and Game’s 275 boat launch sites and provides advice on how to access these locations, including a search tool capable of sorting their sites by location, ramp type, and fish type.
Hurricane Inundation Maps - The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers has completed updates to the Hurricane Inundation Maps for coastal communities in Massachusetts, as part of an update to the New England Hurricane Evacuation Study. The new maps were created using a Sea, Lake and Overland Surges from Hurricanes (SLOSH) model with 2010-2011 LIDAR data to estimate potential storm surge for Category 1-4 hurricanes. MEMA has posted PDFs and KMZ files (for Google Earth) on their website. The hurricane inundation maps can help inform coastal residents, emergency managers, and public safety officials of the risk of potential inundation to help them better plan, prepare, and evacuate.
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:
Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan - The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is seeking public comment on the Taking of Marine Mammals Incidental to Commercial Fishing Operations; Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan Regulations. This proposed rule revises the management measures for reducing the incidental mortality and serious injury to the North Atlantic right whale, humpback whale, and fin whale in commercial trap/pot and gillnet fisheries to meet the goals of the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) and the Endangered Species Act (ESA). To submit comments, visit the Federal eRulemaking Portal and search for “NOAA-NMFS-2013-0095.” Comments are due on or before September 16. NMFS is also holding public hearing sessions in August and September as an opportunity for the public to provide feedback on proposed conservation measures intended to reduce the risk of serious injury and mortality of large whales due to entanglements in vertical lines. Additional information can be found on the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan web page.
Neptune LNG, LLC Five Year Suspension - The U.S. Maritime Administration has approved Neptune LNG LLC's (Neptune) request for a temporary five-year suspension of its Deepwater Port license. Neptune, which operates an LNG import facility in Massachusetts Bay approximately 22 miles northeast of Boston and 7 miles southeast of Gloucester, stated that gas market conditions in the Northeast region had caused the port to be inactive over the past several years, and the port will likely remain inactive for the foreseeable future. During the suspension period, Neptune must maintain compliance with the terms, conditions and requirements of the deepwater port license amendment. For additional information, visit the Federal Register notice or the Neptune LNG, L.L.C. Liquefied Natural Gas Deepwater Port License Application docket folder summary.
Ocean Literacy Educator - Salem Sound Coastwatch (SSCW), a non-profit coastal watershed protection organization, is seeking a full-time Ocean Literacy Educator. The Educator will help develop sustainable education programs for the public, students, teachers, and volunteers to help increase their knowledge and understanding of the local watershed, environmental and coastal watershed science, ocean and climate literacy, and environmental issues. To apply, send a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Postgraduate Research Opportunity - A postgraduate Research Project Training Opportunity is currently available at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory, Atlantic Ecology Division in Narragansett, Rhode Island. The project will investigate relationships between coastal acidification, nutrient enrichment, and larval shellfish. The participant will receive a monthly stipend and funding may be made available to reimburse travel expenses to present the results of his/her research at scientific conferences. For additional information and application materials, see the application page or e-mail email@example.com.
Regional Director, Cape Cod and the Islands- Mass Audubon is currently seeking a full-time Regional Director of Cape Cod and the Islands located at the Mass Audubon headquarters in Lincoln. The Regional Director is responsible for ensuring that programs and sites within the region are well managed, fiscally responsible, and strategically positioned to carry out Mass Audubon's mission. The Director provides leadership and assistance to unit managers, fosters a strong sense of teamwork, and participates in the development and implementation of major Mass Audubon operating policy, budgets, and programs. This senior leadership position includes a complete compensation and benefits package.
Marketing/Development Assistant - Mass Audubon is also seeking a marketing and development assistant for Drumlin Farm and the residential camp, Wildwood, located in Lincoln. The Assistant will provide support for a major capital campaign at Drumlin Farm, including the production and distribution of statewide and site-specific fundraising and marketing materials, including promotional posters, flyers, and brochures, as well as other marketing and fundraising communication products, such as the website, e-communications, articles, press releases, advertising, event planning and production, and reporting.
Chatham Nature Talks - The Chatham Conservation Commission, the Chatham Conservation Foundation, Inc., and Friends of Trees, Inc. will continue to hold a summer speaker series on topics related to the natural resources of Cape Cod. Topics will include identifying trees by their bark on August 3, sea turtles on August 10, the state of bird species in Massachusetts on August 17, and coastal river otters on August 24. For more information, see their Nature Talks poster.
Coastal Community Resilience Training - On August 5 and 6, the National Disaster Training Awareness Center will host a four-hour Coastal Community Resilience Course in Woods Hole to assist in raising awareness of the hazards faced by coastal communities, the potential social, economic, and environmental impacts of these hazards, approaches to prevent or mitigate hazard impacts, and tools to increase resilience. For registration assistance, contact Greg Berman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Three Bays Preservation Events - Each Wednesday in August, Three Bays Preservation will host "Bayside Explorers,” a free outing with ecologists and marine scientists along the shores of Cotuit, North, and West Bays. For more information or to make a reservation email email@example.com. On August 18, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., join the group for a 90 minute Eco-Adventure Cruise on the three bays to explore the aquatic ecosystems. For more information on these and other activities, see the Three Bays Events Calendar.
RARGOM Annual Science Meeting—Save the Date and Call for Abstracts - On October 8, the Regional Association for Research on the Gulf of Maine (RARGOM) Annual Science Meeting will take place in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The discussion will focus on the topic of the 2012 Gulf of Maine heat wave, the impacts on the physical conditions, biological processes, animal distributions, and fisheries in the region, and lessons learned from this record-setting year. Submit abstracts to firstname.lastname@example.org by August 21.
Stormwater Advocates Training (SWAT) - This summer, the Massachusetts Watershed Coalition (MWC) is offering Stormwater Advocates Training (SWAT), a combination of workshops and fieldwork, for people who want to help their communities reduce polluted runoff. Expert speakers will present valuable guidance and participants will receive MWC assistance in selecting practices to achieve the most pollutant reduction for the least cost. Remaining SWAT training sessions available are on August 24 and 29 in Northampton. For a detailed description and registration information, see MWC’s SWAT brochure, or email email@example.com.
2014 MACC Environmental Conference—Call for Proposals - The Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions (MACC) is now accepting workshop proposals for their 2014 Annual Environmental Conference being held March 1 in Worcester. This year, MACC requests the incorporation of the topic climate change adaptation into workshops where appropriate. With almost 800 attendees, this daylong event includes workshops, trainings, exhibits, and presentation of MACC’s annual Environmental Service Awards. For details on how to submit a proposal, visit the Call for Workshop Topics and Speakers poster or contact Lindsay Martucci at firstname.lastname@example.org. Proposals are due by August 30.
Law and Policy Journal Symposium—Save the Date - From September 10-11, the Sea Grant Law and Policy Journal 2013 Symposium will take place at the University of Mississippi School of Law in Oxford, MS. The topic, Law and Policy Research, Extension, and Outreach within the Sea Grant Network, will include a forum for professionals to discuss and learn about existing law and policy programs for coastal and ocean resource management. To register, contact Dominiqua Dickey at email@example.com.
CitiesAlive Conference—Save the Date - From October 23-26, the CitiesAlive: 11th Annual Green Roof & Wall Conference will take place in San Francisco. 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.
Walks, Lectures, and Events on Outer Cape Cod - Throughout the summer, the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary will offer a variety of educational programs for children and adults, including naturalist-led bird walks, hands-on activities aboard a boat, and guided tours of seals, shorebirds and other wildlife on Monomoy Island and the Cape Cod National Seashore. For more information, search their calendar of programs, classes, and events.
Wednesday Morning Birding and Other Events on Plum Island - Throughout the summer, the Mass Audubon Joppa Flats Education Center will host the Wednesday Morning Birding series to explore some of Plum Island’s most productive birding hotspots. The Center also hosts numerous other summer events, classes, and education activities. For event and schedule information, see Mass Audubon’s online calendar.
Walks and Talks on Cape Cod - Throughout the summer, the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History will hold a series of walks, lectures, and special events with local naturalists to learn about and explore conservation areas and search for birds, butterflies, and more. For details, see their museum calendar.
Walks in Harwich - The Harwich Conservation Trust has posted its schedule of summer walks. All walks are free and open to the public. See the Trust's website for details.
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 Fall. For details, see the Barnstable Land Trust website.
MACC Education - The MACC offers a variety of specialized education programs for the summer. Visit their workshops page to see an overview of upcoming wetland delineation and soil science courses, shrub identification workshops, and their soil erosion and sediment control training program, and view their online education calendar for a schedule of programs.
Reminders - The following calendar items posted in the last CZ-Mail are still to come:
- 2013 Bayside Talk Series - Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary is hosting a Wednesday evening Bayside Talk Series to discuss topics related to the creatures and resources of the outer Cape. Topics yet to come include dynamic coastlines on August 7, sharks and their relatives on August 14, and birds of prey on August 21. To find out more information about the specific topics and registration details, see the Sanctuary’s calendar of events.
- Pleasant Bay Summer Speaker Series - The Pleasant Bay Alliance—an organization of the towns of Orleans, Chatham, Harwich, and Brewster—is offering a summer speaker series on topics related to the natural resources of Pleasant Bay. Topics yet to come include land stewardship and water resource protection on August 14, and sharks and seals on August 21. For more information, see their Summer Speaker Series posting.
- Low Impact Development Symposium - From August 18-21, the 2013 International Low Impact Development (LID) Symposium will take place in Saint Paul, Minnesota. The symposium will bring together stormwater researchers and practitioners to share their research, policy, and implementation successes. The conference provides 12 tracks and nearly 300 presentations, and includes exhibits and special events.
- Annual Swim & Fin - On August 24, Salem Sound Coastwatch will host the 8th Annual Swim & Fin Race for Salem Sound at Forest River Park in Salem. People of all ages and levels may join the event for open-water swimming races of three different distances: 500 meters, 1 mile, and 5K. Proceeds from this event support Salem Sound Coastwatch's work to protect local beaches, streams, salt marshes, and coastal waters. Register online at racewire.com or download a mail-in registration form.
- Annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival - On August 24 and 25, Brewer Hawthorne Cove Marina in Salem will host the 31st Annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival, where vessels of all sizes and shapes will be on display, including 1900s-60s motor yachts, mahogany speedboats, sloops, yawls, schooners, and a 19th century gold-leaf canoe. This celebration of maritime heritage also includes a craft fair, artists, old-time band music, children's activities, the Blessing of the Fleet, and a boat parade.
- Coastal Protection Symposium - From August 18-22, the StormCon: North American Surface Water Quality Conference and Exposition will be held in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. This conference will include a Coastal Protection symposium focusing on protecting infrastructure in coastal cities from sea level rise and potential shoreline change. Other topics of the conference include green infrastructure, stormwater program management, water-quality monitoring, and erosion control.
- Floodplain Management Conference - From September 3-6, the Flood Management Association will hold the 2013 Annual Conference and 2-D Modeling Symposium in Anaheim, California. The topic, Creating a Safer Tomorrow, 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.
Other Items of Interest
Boaters Reminded to Be Vigilant for Sea Turtles - Officials from the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) are urging boaters to watch out for the endangered leatherback sea turtle—seasonal visitors that forage in our northern waters. Leatherbacks often become entangled in buoy lines associated with fixed fishing gear and are also susceptible to vessel collision. State marine officials are asking boaters to reduce speed upon encounter with a leatherback and immediately report sightings of entangled turtles to the Marine Animal Entanglement Response Hotline (800-900-3622) or to the U.S. Coast Guard. For more information about the sea turtles that frequent Massachusetts ocean waters and what you can do to protect them, see CZ-Tip - Sharing Coastal Waters with Sea Turtles.
Boston Harbor Island Alliance Photo Contest - The Boston Harbor Island Alliance is hosting the annual summer photo contest for images that capture something special about the Boston Harbor islands. Submissions are due by Labor Day and can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. For inspiration and a look at last year's entries, visit the Boston Harbor Island flickr photostream.
New Giant Ocean Tank at the Aquarium - The New England Aquarium has just completed a renovation that has renewed the main building and transformed the iconic Giant Ocean Tank. The new exhibit has thousands more animals, including a Bonnethead Shark, a Blacknose Shark, and Balloonfish. Other new exhibits include the Yawkey Coral Reef Center and Blue Planet Action Center, where interactive touch screens and changing displays highlight the resource management actions that the Aquarium is taking around the world.
Coastal Ocean Science Academy - The Northeastern University Marine Science Center in Nahant is still accepting applications for the 2013 Coastal Ocean Science Academy, a two-week summer experience held from August 12-23 that is open to students entering grades 9-12. Participants experience diverse New England coastal habitats and marine resources, while engaging in hands-on research and activities.
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.