Welcome to CZ-Mail, the monthly electronic newsletter from the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM). Each issue provides information on major CZM initiatives, available tools and publications, upcoming workshops and events, grants, contracting opportunities, job openings, coastal legislation, and other news of interest to people working on coastal issues. Additional information about CZM's programs, publications, and other coastal topics can be found on the CZM website. To subscribe to CZ-Mail, send a blank email to email@example.com. Also, please feel free to share CZ-Mail with colleagues and friends—and if you have any suggestions for future editions, or would like make a change to your CZ-Mail subscription, please email your request to CZ-Mail@state.ma.us. For daily updates from CZM, please follow us on Twitter.
CZM Launches New Portalized Website
The CZM website has officially been re-launched in the Mass.Gov portal format. It features new content, improved navigation/organization, and stronger links to other state agencies and departments, particularly those within the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA). The site now offers a publication page for each program, new content for the seafloor mapping and coastal habitat programs, Coast Guide Online (see below), and much more. Many of the current navigation pathways have been reworked and all URLs have changed. If you have any questions, can't find something, or wish to report a broken link, please contact CZM's webmaster, Robin Lacey, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coast Guide Online
CZM’s new, interactive, online mapping tool, Coast Guide Online, can be used to find (and find out about) coastal areas that are open to the public. It includes hundreds of sites along the Massachusetts coast—from sandy beaches to secluded coves, rocky shores, and boat ramps—owned by government agencies and major nonprofits. These sites have been mapped in Google Earth, an easy-to-use and powerful online mapping tool, where each public location is tagged with a name, owner, web link, and picture (if available). Users may use additional Google Earth offerings, such as user photos, trails, and places of interest, to create a customized map. As of now, all federal, state, and county coastal public access sites have been mapped; town and land conservation organizations will be added as soon as possible.
Extension of Public Comment Period—Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan: Review and Revisions
The public comment period for the Draft Review of the Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan and the Draft Scope for Updates Proposed for the 2009 Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan has been extended to July 19. The Oceans Act of 2008 requires the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) to review and update the Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan at least once every five years. In January, EEA’s Office of Coastal Zone Management initiated the review and update process. A draft review document that reports on progress made to date and opportunities for enhancement has been developed and reviewed by the Ocean Advisory Commission and Ocean Science Advisory Council. In June, input was received from various stakeholders at four public meetings held in conjunction with the Northeast regional ocean planning initiative. The last phase of the review process is to continue to seek public comments on the draft plan review document. To view or download the Draft Review of the Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan and/or the Draft Scope for Updates Proposed to the 2009 Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan, please see EEA's Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan website or contact Patrice Bordonaro, CZM, at 617‐626‐1211 or Patrice.Bordonaro@state.ma.us.
2012 Marine Invasive Species Data Now Available in MORIS
Data layers representing the distribution of priority marine invaders are now available to view through the Massachusetts Ocean Resource Information System (MORIS). The 2012 data layers were created from observations at 55 monitoring sites by partners and Marine Invader Monitoring and Information Collaborative (MIMIC) volunteers. To view the new data layers, go to the MORIS website, launch MORIS, and open the "Biology" folder, the "Marine Invasive Species" folder, and the "2012 Monitoring" folder. Data collected from 2008-2011 are also available. For more information about marine invasive species or to participate in monitoring efforts, see the Aquatic Invasive Species Program website.
CZM’s StormReporter Highlighted in Gulf of Maine Times
The new edition of the Gulf of Maine Times has highlighted StormReporter as a valuable tool for municipal adaptation planning, hazard mitigation, and emergency preparedness. CZM developed StormReporter in partnership with the National Weather Service (NWS), the national StormSmart Coasts Network, and the Northeastern Regional Association of Coastal Ocean Observing Systems (NERACOOS) to standardize data collection for the Massachusetts Rapid Response Coastal Storm Damage Assessment Team (Storm Team). Storm Team—a network of state, federal, and local agency personnel—covers the coast of Massachusetts during and after storms to collect and relay information on storm damage. The StormReporter web tool at stormreporter.stormsmart.org allows Storm Team members and volunteers to record observations and upload pictures in near-real time during coastal storm events, enabling the rapid delivery, sharing, and archiving of coastal storm damage data. This information is used to help inform NWS storm advisories and emergency management decisions in Massachusetts, including deployment of state and federal emergency resources. Coastal storm damage data will also assist with long-term coastal management. StormReporter now includes a map interface and an online user guide. Android and iPhone applications for Massachusetts have also been developed and will soon be available for download.
CZM Kicks Off the 2013 Season of Wetlands Monitoring and Assessment
This summer, CZM will once again lead a team of researchers from CZM, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, and Salem Sound Coastwatch to collect wetland data at sites across coastal Massachusetts. During the 2012 monitoring season, researchers collected data on vascular plants, macroinvertebrates, and habitat complexity at 45 sites, which completed the goal of collecting data at 175 sites to verify and calibrate the CAPS (Conservation Assessment and Prioritization System) computer model—a landscape-level, GIS model developed by researchers at UMass Amherst to predict ecological integrity. This year, CZM will examine the long-term trajectory of recovery at sites where tidal flow was restored more than 10 years ago. The pre- and post-restoration data previously collected at these sites will be used as a basis for comparison with the 2013 data. For more information about the CAPS model, visit www.umasscaps.org and for general wetland information, see CZM’s Coastal Wetland Monitoring and Assessment web page.
First Renewable Energy Lease Sale Offshore Rhode Island and Massachusetts
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced that a lease sale (i.e., auction) will be held this July for a Wind Energy Area (WEA) offshore Rhode Island and Massachusetts. The auction represents the first competitive lease sale for renewable energy on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). The WEA covers approximately 164,750 acres and is located about 9.2 nautical miles south of the Rhode Island coastline. BOEM will auction the area as two leases—the North Lease Area (97,500 acres) and the South Lease Area (67,250 acres). BOEM also made available a revised environmental assessment (EA) that considered potential environmental and socioeconomic impacts from issuing renewable energy leases. The revised EA resulted in the issuance of a “Finding of No Significant Impact.” Project-specific plans to develop offshore wind energy will be subject to subsequent environmental and public review prior to a decision to proceed with development. On July 24, BOEM will hold a mock auction for eligible bidders (those that responded to the call for nominations and met the legal, technical, and financial qualifications to hold an OCS renewable energy commercial lease). A nonmonetary phase of the auction will begin on July 29, while a monetary phase of the auction will be held online at 10:30 a.m. on July 31. For more information, see the BOEM Press Release or the BOEM website.
2013 Gulf of Maine Awards
On June 13, on behalf of the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment, CZM Director Bruce Carlisle honored four Massachusetts individuals at the council’s 2013 Awards Ceremony for their exceptional work to protect and enhance environmental quality in the Gulf of Maine. Geoff Walker from Newbury received the prestigious Longard Volunteer Award for his active conservation work to ensure access to a healthy and well-managed Great Marsh ecosystem. Jeremy Bell, Resource Specialist with the Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game’s Division of Ecological Restoration, received a Visionary Award for his outstanding leadership on complex coastal restoration projects resulting in acres of restored habitats in New England. Chris Miller, Director of the Town of Brewster’s Department of Natural Resources, also received a Visionary Award for his dedication, commitment, and innovation leading to the restoration of salt marshes and improvements to fish passage. The Distinguished Service Award was presented to CZM’s Coastal Shoreline and Floodplain Manager, Julia Knisel, for her years of active participation with and service on behalf of the council, where she has helped Gulf of Maine communities increase awareness of and resilience to the impacts of a changing climate. For additional details on these awards and their recipients, see EEA's Press Release.
Board of Underwater Archaeological Resources Director Receives Bauer Award
In June, CZM’s Victor Mastone was awarded the 2013 K. Jack Bauer Award—one of the highest accolades granted by the North American Society for Oceanic History (NASOH). The Bauer Award honors “those who have given distinguished service to NASOH and have made life-time contributions to the field of maritime history.” Vic was recognized for his outstanding work on the preservation and conference committees and his overall integrity, focus, good judgment, and dedication to preserving the cultural heritage, not only of Massachusetts, but of the nation. Congratulations to Vic for his hard work and achievements.
CZ-Tip - Simple Steps to Clean Boating in Massachusetts
Boats are like cars—using and maintaining them can have an impact on the environment. Fuel spills, oil leaks, detergents, and boat sewage discharges all can pollute the water. Boating in sensitive and shallow areas can also harm delicate habitats if not done with care. With minimal effort and expense you can help keep our coastal waters clean and healthy—a key ingredient for great boating. See the CZ-Tip Simple Steps to Clean Boating in Massachusetts for specific steps for handling fuel and oil, sewage and graywater, boat cleaning and maintenance, boating in sensitive areas, and marine debris, along with links to additional information.
100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge - This summer, the Rockefeller Foundation is inviting cities from around the world to apply for the 100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge, an opportunity to receive technical expertise and financial resources to create and execute resilience strategies on a city-wide scale. In August, city governments or major institutions within a city may submit applications that will be evaluated based on criteria for building greater resilience to catastrophes in a way that meets the needs of the poor and vulnerable. Winning cities will be announced in three rounds over the next three years. Each winning city will receive: 1) membership in the 100 Resilient Cities Network providing support and the sharing of knowledge; 2) support to hire a Chief Resilience Officer to oversee the development of a city-wide resilience strategy; and 3) support to create a resilience plan, along with tools and resources for implementation. To see recent press on this grant opportunity, see Rockefeller Pledges $100-Million to Help 100 Cities Cope with Crises.
Reminders - These opportunities, listed in the last CZ-Mail, are still available:
- Parks and Conservation Land Grants - The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Division of Conservation Services (DCS) is seeking applications for the fiscal year 2014 Parkland Acquisition and Renovations for Communities (PARC), Local Acquisitions for Natural Diversity (LAND), and Conservation Partnership grants. PARC grants help communities to acquire parkland, develop new parks, and renovate existing parks. LAND grants provide funds to municipal conservation commissions for the purchase of conservation land and conservation restrictions. Conservation Partnership grants provide funds to nonprofit organizations for land acquisitions. PARC and LAND grants applications are due by July 17, and Conservation Partnership applications are due by July 22.
- 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. 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.
Toxic Chemical Contaminants Reports - The Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment has recently released two new additions to the State of the Gulf of Maine Report: Toxic Chemical Contaminants and Toxic Chemical Contaminants: Review. This theme paper and the longer companion document describe the prevalence and implications of key contaminants in the Gulf of Maine and include the driving forces behind them, status and trends, impacts, and actions and responses, including existing legislation, policies, and monitoring activities that address these contaminants.
Guide to Managing Ocean Resources through Spatial Planning - Rhode Island Sea Grant has recently released The Rhode Island Ocean Special Area Management Plan: Managing Ocean Resources through Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning, a guide that describes the adopted Rhode Island Ocean Special Area Management Plan (SAMP) and the process and strategies for its development. This practitioner’s guide offers lessons learned throughout the process, which included the development of a research agenda, identification of experts, involvement of stakeholders, implementation of the plan, and assessment of the outcomes. For more information about the Plan, visit the Rhode Island Sea Grant’s Ocean SAMP web page.
Marine Beach Sanitary Survey - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a Marine Beach Sanitary Survey to provide a technically sound and consistent approach for managers of marine beaches to identify pollution sources and share information. The survey helps managers synthesize all contributing beach and watershed information––including water quality data, pollutant source data, and land use data––to improve water quality for swimming. To download a copy of the survey and a user manual, see the EPA’s Beach Sanitary Surveys web page.
Guide for Developing Effective Watershed Plans - EPA has recently released A Quick Guide to Developing Watershed Plans to Restore and Protect Our Waters for states, territories, tribes, local governments, watershed organizations, and the public. The Quick Guide is a streamlined version of the 2008 EPA Handbook for Developing Watershed Plans to Restore and Protect our Waters (the Handbook). The QuickGuide provides an overview of the watershed planning topics in the Handbook and highlights new information that can be used for more effective decision-making and improved management of water resources.
MassDEP eNewsletter - The summer 2013 issue of EnviroMatters from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) features articles on the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), the unveiling of the final Solid Waste Master Plan, the success of MassDEP's regulatory reform initiative, the pledging of state funds to help Cape Cod develop a comprehensive water quality management plan, and other recent MassDEP efforts, achievements, news, and updates.
Marine Ecosystems and Management Information Service - The June-July 2013 edition of Marine Ecosystems and Management (MEAM), the bimonthly information service on ocean planning and ecosystem-based management from the University of Washington School of Marine Affairs, features articles on integrating land-and-sea management, preparing data and maps for a regional marine spatial planning process, and other notes and news.
Ebb & Flow - The June 2013 issue of Ebb & Flow , the eNewsletter of the Department of Fish and Game's Division of Ecological Restoration, features an article on the restoration of Swedish fish habitat, highlights workshops for improving stream crossings, and provides updates on river and coastal restoration projects. It also includes sections on grants, resources, and events.
Ecological Landscaping Association Newsletter - The latest issue of the Ecological Landscaping Association Newsletter features articles about fruit plants in the landscape, the benefits of planting beach plums, starting an ecologically based farm business, neonicotinoids and their impacts on bees, and other landscaping news, reviews, and events.
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.
Urban Water Voices - The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released Urban Waters Voices, a series of 12 video interviews featuring locally led efforts to restore urban waters in communities across the United States. One local video spotlights Bob Zimmerman, Executive Director of the Charles River Watershed Association, describing some of the improvements seen in recent years, as well as challenges still faced by Charles River communities.
Water Blues Green Solutions - Penn State Public Media has recently released an interactive documentary project and website, Water Blues and Green Solutions, that tells stories of particular communities that are addressing the nation’s three primary water issues—flooding, pollution, and scarcity. The initiative combines film, radio, and educational resources to encourage awareness of green infrastructure to tackle water infrastructure challenges. For more information, see their interactive trailer. A full documentary will be released through PBS network stations in January/February 2014.
Digital Coast Data and Services - NOAA’s Digital Coast has released the Digital Coast Data Registry, an online search tool that allows easier access to coastal geospatial data. The registry provides data from many sources accessible in a variety of formats. Users can filter the data by theme, such as benthic, hazards and climate, elevation data, and ocean use, or search by state, territory, offshore region, or service type.
Climate.gov Re-launched - NOAA has redesigned Climate.gov, a one-stop web resource for information about climate change and climate-related tools, resources, and support for people making climate-related decisions. Climate.gov now features a refined interface, enhanced functionality, and new content and tools that make it easier to find, use, and visualize climate data and data products from NOAA and other federal agencies.
Preliminary Flood Hazard Information - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has launched a tool where preliminary flood hazard data can be viewed online in a centralized and easily accessible location. These data, which may include new or revised flood insurance rate maps (FIRMs), flood insurance study reports, and FIRM databases, provide an early look at a community’s projected risk to flood hazards. The preliminary data can be found along with FEMA’s other flood mapping products and tools by visiting the Preliminary Data Search Tool, or through the Map Service Center (MSC) Product Catalog. To see more information about how to use and find your community’s data, see the Preliminary Flood Hazard Data web page.
Online Stormwater General Permits Inventory - EPA’s Office of Wastewater Management has recently added stormwater general permits to their NPDES General Permit Web Inventory—a website that features a national inventory for all NPDES general permits issued by states and the EPA. The web inventory includes 767 non-stormwater and stormwater general permits and is designed with search tools to provide easily-accessible information. Where a general permit is available on a state website, a link is provided so that the specific terms of the general permit can be viewed.
Online Water Toolbox - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has launched watertoolbox.us, a web portal that provides integrated water resources management information for federal agencies, states, interstate organizations, tribes, nongovernmental organizations, and international entities. The portal allows access to and sharing of water resources information for planning and management purposes, and provides direct links to databases, innovative programs and initiatives, models, and tools.
Three Seas Field Coordinator Position Available - Northeastern University is currently seeking a Three Seas Program Coordinator responsible for the logistics of the Three Seas Program—an opportunity where students spend a year studying marine biology in three different marine environments: New England (Nahant, MA), the Caribbean (Bocas del Toro, Panama) and the Pacific Northwest (San Juan Island, Washington). Responsibilities of the program coordinator include on-ground logistical support for all aspects of the program, including transportation, housing, and the safety of all program participants in the three locations.
Volunteer Opportunities at the Waquoit Bay Reserve - The Waquoit Bay Reserve Foundation is currently offering numerous summer volunteer opportunities at the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, including Visitor Greeters to help welcome the public and assist the interpretive staff with operation of the Visitor Center and family programs; Piping Plover Patrol to help protect this threatened species on South Cape Beach in Mashpee; Photographers to take photos at events; Construction workers to help build a boardwalk; and Event Helpers to solicit donations for auction items. If you are interested in becoming involved, contact Laurie Tompkins, Event and Volunteer Coordinator, at 508-457-0495 x108 or at email@example.com.
Reminders - These positions posted in the last CZ-Mail, are still available:
- Buzzards Bay Coalition - The Buzzards Bay Coalition has posted available summer internship and job opportunities on their Join Our Team web page. Among the positions are two Commonwealth Corps Service Members positions responsible for engaging the community in active and on-going stewardship of the Bay and watershed.
- Marine Wildlife Research Interns - The New England Coastal Wildlife Alliance is seeking qualified high school, college, and graduate students from New England to assist with various projects and activities through their Marine Wildlife Research Program. Internship positions are non-paid, with interns working alongside knowledgeable staff conducting a variety of educational programs, research projects, and conservation activities.
20th Annual Buzzards Bay Swim - On Saturday, July 13, the Buzzards Bay Coalition will host the 2013 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 the work to protect and restore the Bay.
Sand Sculpting Festival - From July 19-21, the 2013 Sand Sculpting Festival will be held at Revere Beach. Join the festival to stroll past giant sand sculptures, listen to free music at the bandstand, and watch Saturday night fireworks.
2013 Great River Race - On July 20, the North and South Rivers Watershed Association is hosting the Great River Race, a fun family event that supports the work of the Association. People of all ages are invited to race their non-motorized vessels, including canoes, kayaks, and rowboats, along a 7-mile stretch of the North River and join in a post-race celebration. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged.
WHALE WEEK! A Celebration of the Sea - From July 29-August 3, the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies is hosting Whale Week!—a week of fun, free, family-friendly events in and around Provincetown. Events include exploration of tidal flats and seal haul-outs, scavenger hunts, a children's theater performance, lectures on the whales of Cape Cod, and the opportunity to enter the Build Your Own Boat Race. For details on activities, contact Jesse Mechling at 508-487-3623 x103 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Low Impact Development Symposium—Online Registration Now Available - 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. Register online before July 15 for the lowest rate.
Annual Swim & Fin—Registration Now Open - 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 at swimandfin.org.
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.
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 will include sea level rise and salt marshes on July 10, shellfish, propagation, and aquaculture on July 24, 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.
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 will include rescuing sea turtles on July 24, whales, sharks, and ocean sunfish on July 31, 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.
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 Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions (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:
- Boston Harborfest 2013 - From July 2-6, Boston will host an Independence Day festival that includes events such as a clambake on Spectacle Island, the annual turn-around cruise by “Old Ironsides,” the Boston Pops Concert and fireworks show, a Chowderfest, Children's Day at City Hall Plaza, street performers, and much more. For additional details and schedule information, visit Boston Discovery Guide’s Harborfest website.
- Maine Beaches Conference - On July 12, the Maine Beaches Conference will be held at the Southern Maine Community College in South Portland. Topics covered will include coastal erosion control, beach profile monitoring, clean water and shellfish, tourism, floodplains, and marine invasive species. For a schedule of presentations and exhibits, see the draft program.
- Natural Hazards Research and Applications Workshop - From July 13-16, the Natural Hazards Center will host the annual Natural Hazards Research and Applications Workshop in Bloomfield, Colorado. The three-day workshop is divided into plenary sessions, concurrent sessions, poster sessions, and extracurricular activities and includes topics related to community planning and adaptation to climate change.
- National Conference on Ecological Restoration - From July 29-August 2, the Fifth National Conference on Ecosystem Restoration (NCER) will take place in Chicago, Illinois. This interdisciplinary forum entails five days of presentations in six program tracks, multiple workshops, poster sessions, field trips, and discussions dedicated to both small and large scale ecosystem restoration programs.
- Hazus Conference - From August 5-7, the sixth annual Hazus Conference will be held in Indianapolis, Indiana. Hazus is a nationally applicable, standardized methodology that contains models for estimating potential losses from earthquakes, floods, and hurricanes.
- Water Education Conference - From August 7-9, the Project WET Foundation will hold the 2013 Water Education Conference in Denver, Colorado. The goal of the conference is to increase the knowledge and capacity of participants to effectively provide water education to children, parents, educators, and communities.
- 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
Whale Camp for Kids! - This summer, the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies is offering Whale Camp for Kids!, a three-day summer camp for children ages 8-12. Kids will learn methods for identifying whales and disentangling sea animals, experience the opportunity to step inside a life size North Atlantic right whale, and participate on a whale watch aboard the Dolphin Fleet. Camp programs are being offered July 8-10 and August 5-7. For details on this program, contact Jesse Mechling at 508-487-3623 x103 or email email@example.com.
Marion Summer Program - The Marion Natural History Museum's Summer Program is offering two-week sessions for students in grades 1-7 to explore plants and animals that live in the area's coastal habitats. Themes vary by age group and sessions take place the weeks of July 8-19 and August 5-16.
TIDAL Quest - From July 22-26, the Waquoit Bay Reserve Foundation is offering a program for high school students entering grades 9-12 called Teens Investigating Diversity of Aquatic Life (TIDAL). Students will spend a week with scientists conducting environmental monitoring projects at Washburn Island, South Cape Beach, and Waquoit Bay. For more information and to register, see the TIDAL Quest 2013 poster and registration form.
Waquoit Bay Summer Science School - In July and August, the Waquoit Bay Reserve Foundation sponsors a Science School offering week-long 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.
Summer Exploration Camp - The Summer Exploration Camp at the Ocean Explorium in New Bedford is offering week-long camp sessions for children ages 6-12. The exploration camp integrates learning through the Explorium’s exhibits, exploration of historic New Bedford, and field experience down by the shore. The deadline to sign up for the two August sessions is July 28. Visit the Ocean Explorium’s Summer Exploration Camp for more information or to register online.
Wild Arts and Ecology - This summer, Mass Audubon's Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary in Barnstable will present Wild Arts and Ecology, a morning program where children explore the sanctuary's110 acres with tidal flats, butterfly meadows, ponds and woodlands, and Barnstable Harbor. Participants will enjoy guided kayak trips, marine cruises, lectures, and bird, butterfly, horseshoe crab, tidal flat, and sheep walks.
Coastal Ocean Science Academy - The Northeastern University Marine Science Center in Nahant is 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.
Teachers on the Estuary - The Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is hosting a summer 2013 Teachers on the Estuary (TOTE) workshop from August 1-4 on Prudence Island in Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island. The workshop will focus on supporting the incorporation of estuary and watershed topics into classroom teaching and improving the stewardship of these resources.
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.
Buzzards Bay Coalition Discovery Centers - The two learning centers of the Buzzards Bay Coalition are now open for the summer season. The Buzzards Bay Discovery Center in Woods Hole, which is open through Labor Day, provides interactive exhibits, daily programs about the resources of Buzzards Bay, and a touch tank. The Richard C. Wheeler Bay Learning Center in New Bedford’s Historic District, which remains open all year round, provides a colorful 3-D map of Buzzards Bay, informational panels, water quality tanks, and interactive screens with photos, videos, and online content about the Bay, the watershed, and how to protect it.