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.
Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan: Review and Revisions
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. The last phase of the review process will be to seek input from stakeholders through public comment on the draft plan review document and through dialogue at four public meetings in June to be held in conjunction with the Northeast regional ocean planning initiative. The public meetings will also serve as an initial venue to present the scope of proposed revisions to the plan. 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. The Massachusetts meeting schedule is:
- Boston - Thursday, June 6, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the US Environmental Protection Agency Region 1 Building, Memorial Hall (First Floor), 5 Post Office Square, Boston.
- New Bedford - Monday, June 17, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the New Bedford Library, Main Meeting Room, 613 Pleasant Street, New Bedford.
- Gloucester - Tuesday, June 18, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Endicott College's Gloucester Campus, Main Meeting Room, 33 Commercial Street, Gloucester.
- Barnstable - Wednesday, June 19, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Barnstable County Complex, Harborview Conference Room, 3195 Main Street, Barnstable.
CZM Releases New Seaweed Management Publications
In response to numerous reports of high levels of seaweed on many Massachusetts beaches last summer, CZM has released two new seaweed publications. Managing Seaweed Accumulations on Recreational Beaches file size 2MB was developed to help local officials and beach managers effectively address seaweed accumulations on recreational beaches while protecting coastal resources. This document focuses on how seaweed is a natural and important part of the marine ecosystem, but management challenges can arise when accumulations occur on recreational beaches. Non-Native Seaweed in Massachusetts file size 1MB is a fact sheet that summarizes current information on invasive seaweed species in Massachusetts, their ecology, and potential impacts to the marine ecosystem and economy. For general information on marine invasive species, please visit the Aquatic Invasive Species Program website. For more information on managing seaweed on recreational beaches, please contact your CZM regional office.
CZM's New Website Is Scheduled to Launch on June 26
The CZM website is undergoing some major renovations so it can be re-launched in the Mass.Gov portal format. The launch date is scheduled for June 26. In addition to a dramatically different look, the new site will feature improved navigation/organization and stronger links to other state agencies and departments, particularly those within EEA. When the new site goes live, many of the current navigation pathways will be reworked and all URLs will change. Please be patient as we work through any challenges with the transfer. Also, please let us know if there are any links from your website to CZM so that we can help prevent broken links. If you have any questions, can't find something, or wish to report a broken link, please contact CZM's webmaster.
Buzzards Bay Seafloor Mapping Report
CZM and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) have recently published the eighth in a series of seafloor mapping reports. High-Resolution Geophysical Data from the Inner Continental Shelf: Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts contains geographic information system (GIS) data and technical explanations of data collection and processing of the Massachusetts inner continental shelf in Buzzards Bay. The report was prepared as part of the 10-year, cooperative mapping program between CZM and USGS. Other reports in the series include: Nahant to Gloucester (2005), Boston Harbor (2006), Cape Ann to Salisbury Beach (2009), Duxbury to Hull (2009), Northern Cod Bay (2010), and Vineyard Sound (2012). Sampling survey data—including bottom sediment analysis, biology data, and photographs—of Buzzards Bay and Vineyard Sound will be released in late 2013 or early 2014 and a new mapping survey is slated to begin later this spring. Since 2003, this cooperative program has mapped the geology of approximately 2,166 square kilometers (845 square miles) of the Commonwealth's coastal ocean. Existing seafloor mapping data brings the total area mapped to over 3,000 square kilometers (1,160 square miles). For more information, see CZM's Seafloor Mapping Program website and the USGS project website, or contact Dan Sampson at email@example.com.
Atlantic Hurricane Season Begins
June 1 marks the start of hurricane season, and forecasters are already predicting an above-average year for the Atlantic. On April 10, the updated annual prediction from the Colorado State University forecast team called for 18 named storms forming in the Atlantic between June 1 and November 30. Nine of these storms are expected to turn into hurricanes with four predicted to be major hurricanes (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 NOAA National Hurricane Center website. For the new definitions of watches and warnings for hurricanes and tropical storms, which became effective June 1, see the National Weather Service's 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.
Buzzards Bay Municipal Grant Funding - The Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program (BBNEP) is seeking proposals from eligible Buzzards Bay watershed communities for projects that help meet the BBNEP's goals to protect and restore wetlands, wildlife habitat, and water quality, and to safeguard open spaces in Buzzards Bay and its surrounding watershed. A total of $121,600 of federal funds is available. See the BBNEP funding web page for more information about the program and past awards, as well as links to view or download the Request for Responses. Proposals are due by June 27.
Federal Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program Funding - In June, NOAA's Federal Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program (CELCP) is expected to release a notice of availability for funding for Fiscal Year (FY) 2014. Shortly following this notice, CZM will post the state's Request for Responses (RFR) soliciting potential projects for this funding opportunity. CZM will review applications and select which project(s) the state will include in its nomination package to NOAA for consideration in the national CELCP ranking. NOAA will then release the national ranking of priority projects and fund selected projects. The CELCP funding level for federal FY2014 is projected to be approximately $3 million available nationwide. Individual projects will likely be able to request up to $1 million in CELCP funding, and will require at least a 50% non-federal match. The anticipated timeline for this funding opportunity is subject to change, but is projected to be as follows: RFR project applications due to CZM in late August, state nominations due to NOAA late September, NOAA's release of national ranking of priority projects in late winter 2014, and funding of projects in the fall of 2014. For more information on project eligibility, application guidelines, and a schedule as it becomes available, visit Applying for a CELCP Grant web page.
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. In June, DCR and MEMA will continue to hold several briefings for potential applicants to explain applicant eligibility requirements, the types of projects that are eligible, and the non-federal cost-share. 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. Full applications are due by August 30.
- National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking proposals for the National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program to fund the protection and restoration of coastal wetlands. Projects can include acquisition of coastal lands or waters or restoration, enhancement, or management of coastal wetland ecosystems. For details, see the 2014 Grant Notice. Applications are due by June 28.
- 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.
Handbook for Homeowners to Prepare for Coastal Hazards - A new publication, Massachusetts Homeowner's Handbook to Prepare for Coastal Hazards, has recently been released to provide information to homeowners on how to stay safe and minimize damages during coastal storms. This handbook provides information on hurricanes and northeasters and practical measures and cost-effective steps that can be implemented to lower individual risk and increase the resilience of coastal communities. The handbook was developed collaboratively by CZM, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Barnstable County, and the Woods Hole and MIT Sea Grant programs. Free hard copies will be distributed to coastal town halls throughout Massachusetts and a limited number of handbooks can be ordered by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
International Coastal Cleanup Data - The Ocean Conservancy has recently released the results of the 2012 International Coastal Cleanup, the largest annual volunteer effort for the ocean. According to the data, the total amount of trash picked up along the coastlines during the event surpassed the 10 million pound mark and was the second highest amount ever reported in the Cleanup's 27-year history. The new numbers offer a glimpse of the quantities of trash that are within and along the oceans throughout the country and world.
New Hazard Mitigation Planning Publications - New mitigation planning publications for local, state, and federal officials have been made available for downloading on FEMA's Library website. The Local Mitigation Planning Handbook provides information to local governments for developing, updating, and implementing local mitigation plans and includes practical approaches, tools, worksheets, and examples for how communities can engage in effective planning to reduce risk from natural hazards and disasters. The Local Mitigation Plan Review Guide is official guidance for federal and state officials responsible for reviewing local mitigation plans. Integrating Hazard Mitigation into Local Planning highlights case studies, tools, and practical guidance on how to incorporate risk reduction strategies into existing local plans, policies, codes, and programs. The fourth publication, Mitigation Ideas, provides a range of potential mitigation actions for reducing risk to natural hazards and disasters, such as drought, erosion, flood, sea level rise, severe winter weather, tornado, tsunami, and wildfire.
Coastal Population Report - NOAA's State of the Coast recently released The National Coastal Population Report, presenting basic U.S. demographic status and trends data from 1970 to 2020 for both coastal shoreline counties and coastal watershed counties. According to the report, if population trends continue, the already crowded coast will see populations grow from 123 million people to nearly 134 million people by 2020, putting more of the population at increased risk from extreme coastal storms.
Latest Regional Climate Outlook - NOAA has released the Eastern Region Quarterly Climate Impacts and Outlook report, which includes a retrospective on the 2012-13 winter, and a look forward for the region from the National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center.
Adaptation to Climate Change Report - A report released in April entitled, The State of Adaptation in the United States, surveys activities that help communities prepare for climate change and identifies potential regulatory measures, management strategies, and information sharing that communities can pursue. For more information and to download the report, visit the Georgetown Climate Center's State of Adaptation in the United States: An Overview.
Massachusetts Bays Window - The latest issue of the Massachusetts Bays Window, the eNewsletter of the Massachusetts Bays Program, highlights projects and activities occurring throughout the five Mass Bays regions, including current research and planning grant opportunities, the success of coastal pollutant remediation in Kingston Bay, recently released reports on conservation moorings and the rapid assessment of marine species, and other news.
Greenscapes Newsletter - The early Spring edition of Greenscapes, a newsletter of the North and South Rivers Watershed Association, features articles on repairing winter damage, pruning, getting your yard in shape, fertilizing without phosphorus, new weed control, the benefits of fescues, the detriments of tree volcanoes, and other landscape information.
Ecological Landscaping Association Newsletter - The latest issue of the Ecological Landscaping Association Newsletter features articles about composting, downy mildew on impatiens, the prevalence of ticks, the airing of "living walls" on NBC's Today Show, and other landscaping news and events.
Coastal Services Magazine - The May/June 2013 issue of Coastal Services, a NOAA Coastal Services Center magazine, features articles about how GIS helped save lives in Hurricane Sandy, a new storm surge and sea level rise visualization tool for managers in the Florida Keys, joint marine planning efforts by the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, and other coastal news and notes.
NPS News-Notes - The latest issue of Nonpoint Source News-Notes, an Environmental Protection Agency newsletter, explores new and innovative programs, tools, and resources that are available to help manage polluted runoff.
Marine Protected Area Newsletter - The May/June 2013 issue of MPA News features articles on what it means to be an Ocean Wilderness, the South African designation of a jointly enforced MPA, the Gilbert Bay MPA oil spill case, news and blogs from OpenChannels.org, and other MPA news and notes.
Web-Based and Mobile-User Resources
Emergency Alerts for Mobile Users - The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency now offers two primary methods of receiving emergency information on cell phones, Ping4alerts! and Wireless Emergency Alerts. These notification tools will provide timely and important information about emergencies and hazards in the area and the best way to respond to ensure safety. National Weather Service's severe weather alerts, including hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding, and severe ice storms, are also included in these notifications.
New Coastal Flood Risk Web Pages - FEMA has posted new Coastal Flood Risk web pages to provide information about current and ongoing FEMA coastal flood mapping projects and the coastal flood risk study process, guidance on rebuilding after a coastal storm, and many other coastal flood risk resources, such as a frequently asked questions section, fact sheets, technical and non-technical guidance documents, videos, and web links. To receive updates and notices through email or text, sign up on their coastal email list page.
One World One Ocean - One World One Ocean aims to raise awareness about the effects of pollution, over-fishing, urban runoff, reef destruction, plastic trash, climate change, and other impacts on the world's oceans by using film, television, new media, and education initiatives.
World Ocean Radio - World Ocean Radio, a project of the World Ocean Observatory, is a weekly series of five-minute audio essays on a broad spectrum of ocean issues from science and education to advocacy and exemplary projects.
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:
Proposed Waterways License for Salem Harbor Electric Generation Facility - The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) is seeking comments on the proposed Waterways license application and variance request filed by Footprint Power Salem Harbor Development LP to construct and maintain a gas-fired electric generation facility in the Salem Harbor Designated Port Area. MassDEP will conduct a public hearing on Wednesday, June 12, at 7:00 PM at the Bentley Elementary School, 25 Memorial Drive, Salem. Submit written comments by July 8 to Alex Strysky, MassDEP Waterways Regulation Program, One Winter Street, 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02108, or send by email to email@example.com.
Reminders - These comment opportunities, posted in the last CZ-Mail, are still available:
- Proposed Flood Hazard Determinations: Berkley, Dighton, Fall River, Freetown, Rehoboth, Seekonk, Somerset, and Swansea - FEMA is seeking comments on the proposed Base Flood Elevations (BFEs) for the following coastal communities: Berkley, Dighton, Fall River, Freetown, Rehoboth, Seekonk, Somerset, and Swansea. The BFEs are the basis for the floodplain management measures that a community must adopt to participate in the National Flood Insurance Program. The preliminary FIRMs for the proposed BFEs are available at each community's town hall. Submit comments, identified by Docket No. FEMA-B-1296, by June 4 to Luis Rodriguez at Luis.Rodriguez3@fema.dhs.gov.
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.
Reminders - These positions posted in the last CZ-Mail, are still available:
- 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.
Rivers Month Calendar - June is Rivers Month. This 2013 Rivers and Wetlands Month Calendar file size 1MB , prepared by the Massachusetts Division of Ecological Restoration, lists related events in, on, and along the rivers and wetlands of Massachusetts. These events extend through July 4.
Cape Cod Maritime History Symposium - On June 1, the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History will host the 17th Annual Cape Cod Maritime History Symposium, with topics to include the resources of Bass River and Wychmere Harbor, the maintenance and operation of a U.S. Coast Guard vessel, and the significance of marine mammals to Cape Cod's history and culture.
OneNOAA Science Seminar - On June 13, the webinar, Big Ocean MPA Network: Addressing the Common Challenges of Large, Remote Marine Protected Areas, will take place from 1:00 to 2:00 pm. Big Ocean is a network of managers and partners of large-scale marine managed areas that aims to improve the effectiveness of management efforts and to serve as a resource for peer learning and support. To find out more about other upcoming OneNOAA seminars or to subscribe to the email list, see the OneNOAA Science Seminars website.
1st Annual Cape Coastal Conference - From June 13-14, the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve will host the State of the Cape: Changing Waters and Shorelines in Hyannis. The theme of this inaugural conference is linking science with local solutions and decision making. Topics to be discussed include water quality, wastewater, pond protection, sea level rise, coastal hazards resilience, and climate change adaptation. There is no cost to attend, but interested persons must register by June 11.
Coastal GIS Conference - From June 18-21, the 11th biennial International Symposium, CoastGIS 2013, will be held in Victoria, British Columbia. The topic, Monitoring and Adapting to Change on the Coast, will include themes related to coastal habitat mapping with web and GIS programs, marine/coastal spatial data infrastructure, tools for an ocean health index, and application of LIDAR data for coastal zone management.
Martha's Vineyard Coastal Systems Conference - On June 20, the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, in coordination with CZM, will hold a conference in Edgartown called Norton Point/Katama Bay/Wasque/Chappaquiddick—Attempting to Understand One of the Most Dynamic Coastal Systems in Massachusetts. Topics covered will include historical changes to the coastal system, impacts to natural resources, management issues, current research, and more. For a copy of the conference agenda and registration information, please contact CZM's Cape Cod & Islands Regional Coordinator, Steve McKenna, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sand and Sea Festival - From June 29-30, the 7th Annual Sand & Sea Festival will be held at Salisbury Beach. Join the festival for great events, music, food, fireworks, and fun.
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.
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. With 290 presentations and up to 1,300 expected attendees, this is projected to be one of the largest LID symposiums to date.
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.
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 spring and summer events, classes, and education activities. For event and schedule information, see Mass Audubon's online calendar.
Walks, Lectures, and Events on Outer Cape Cod - Throughout the summer, the Mass Audubon 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.
Walks and Talks on Cape Cod - Throughout the spring and 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.
Spring/Summer Walks in Harwich - The Harwich Conservation Trust has posted its schedule of spring and summer walks. All walks are free and open to the public. See the Trust's website.
Barnstable Land Trust Walks and Talks - From spring through fall, the Barnstable Land Trust will hold numerous events as part of its Walks & Talks nature series. 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 spring and 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:
- World Oceans Day - World Oceans Day is June 8 and activities celebrating oceans and coasts are held across the world throughout June. The 2013 theme is Together we have the power to protect the ocean. See the World Oceans Day website to view or submit events.
- Floodplain Management Conference - From June 9-14, the Association of State Floodplain Managers will hold its 37th Annual National Conference, Remembering the Past - Insuring the Future, in Hartford, Connecticut. Presentations are invited that address the many issues and problems associated with managing flood risk, reducing flood damages, making communities more sustainable, and protecting floodplains and fragile natural resources.
- Environmental Business Council Awards - On June 12, the Environmental Business Council (EBC) will hold the 23rd 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.
- Rising Seas Summit - From June 18-20, the inaugural Rising Seas Summit, Understanding Sea Level Rise in the Face of Extreme Events and an Uncertain Economy, will be held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Join professionals from national and local government, industry, academic institutions and environmental organization to discuss the interrelationships between sea level rise, climate change, and extreme events.
- AWRA Summer Conferences - In June, the American Water Resources Association (AWRA) will hold two conferences in Hartford, Connecticut, for scientists, practitioners, policy makers, managers, teachers, students, community advocates, and other water resources professionals. From June 24-25, the Summer Specialty Conference on Environmental Flows will be held, followed by Healthy Forests = Healthy Waters from June 27-28.
- Fish Passage Conference - From June 25-27, the International Conference on Engineering and Ecohydrology for Fish Passage will be held at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon. Fish Passage 2013 is a national forum on fish passage issues for researchers and practitioners with sessions in engineering, biology, management, and social issues.
- Hazus Conference—Call for Abstracts - 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. Participants can submit abstracts on innovative Hazus related applications such as the use of Hazus for flood, earthquake, and hurricane studies; international applications of Hazus; and applications of Hazus in high school as well as post secondary education service, teaching, and research. Submit abstracts to Dave Coats at email@example.com by June 25.
- 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.
Other Items of Interest
Safe Boating Practices - Officials from the Massachusetts Environmental Police (MEP) continue to urge boaters to follow safe boating practices by wearing lifejackets, taking boating safety courses, operating boats only while sober, and making sure their boats have the required safety equipment onboard. According to the press release, State Environmental Officials Urge Residents to Follow Safe Boating Practices, most boating fatalities in Massachusetts occur as the result of boaters failing to wear a lifejacket or not having the appropriate lifejackets onboard. Last year, there were 68 reported boating accidents in the state, resulting in 17 fatalities. Through July 20, the MEP will offer Boat Massachusetts, a free, state and nationally approved boating safety course for boaters age 12 and older, which concentrates on the equipment and operating guidelines needed to enjoy boating in a safe and responsible way.
The FISHR Initiative - The University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography has recently developed the Fishermen's Inventory of Submerged Heritage Resources (FISHR) Initiative. The goal of the FISHR program is to develop an inventory and GIS database of submerged finds made by fishermen. Since fishermen often pull up interesting relics of the past, such as artifacts from shipwrecks, evidence of ancient human habitation, and animal and plant remains, they have important knowledge to share. The FISHR initiative will allow them to be able to report, preserve, share, and learn about the resources they have found. Fishermen with any questions about the initiative or who are interested in having their find entered into the FISHR database can email either David Robinson at firstname.lastname@example.org or Monique LaFrance at email@example.com or contact them by phone at (401) 874-6182.
Community Resilience Innovation Challenge Award - FEMA has recently announced the selection of recipients to receive funding under the Community Resilience Innovation Challenge program. The award recipients were selected based on their ability to move community preparedness forward and assist local areas in building and revitalizing community-based partnerships to advance the nation's resilience to disasters. One of this year's recipients is the Waquoit Bay Reserve Foundation for their Collaborating for Cape Cods Coastal Resiliency program.
Rachel Carson Contest - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is calling for submissions to the seventh annual Rachel Carson Intergenerational Sense of Wonder Contest. Carson is considered to be the founder of the contemporary environmental movement through her landmark book, Silent Spring. Entries will be accepted in five categories—poetry, essay, dance, photography, songwriting, and mixed media. Submissions are due by June 10.
Ocean Awareness Essay Contest - The From the Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Essay Contest promotes ocean stewardship among high school students and provides cash prizes for winning essays. This year's theme, Sea Animals Big and Small, focuses on current threats to the marine life of the Gulf of Maine. Entries are due by June 15.
SEA Semester at Woods Hole - SEA Semester is still accepting applications for both the SEA Summer Session (college) and SEA High School Summer Seminars. The SEA Summer Session will take place from June 3 to July 28, with a 4-week shore component and a 4-week ocean research cruise from Honolulu to San Francisco. The SEA High School Summer Seminars offers two sessions, July 18 to August 4 or July 29 to August 15, and will involve interdisciplinary classes with 10 days on land and 10 days at sea, circumnavigating Cape Cod on a 134' Atlantic sailing research vessel.
Whale of a Mystery Program - The CityLab Program at Bridgewater State University is again offering its biotechnology summer program for middle school students. This year's Whale of a Mystery program will allow students to conduct scientific research to solve a forensic mystery based on current scientific and legal information about endangered whale and dolphin species. The program is open to students entering grades 6-9 and two separate week-long sessions are offered in July.
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.
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 firsthand diverse New England coastal habitats and marine resources, engaging in hands-on research and inquiry 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.
MITS Summer Institute - The Marine Institute for Teaching Science (MITS) is accepting applications from school teachers to attend its Summer Institute, a professional development opportunity for teachers in upper-elementary through high school that is held in June and July. Summer Institutes are either, one-week, two-week, or hybrid (combined online and on-site) courses that encourage teachers to use inquiry-based, hands-on methods of teaching science, technology, engineering, and math.
Professional Development Summer Institute Courses - Join the New England Aquarium this summer to learn more about the oceans and how to incorporate the topic into a school curriculum. The Aquarium's professional development summer courses equip participants with essential science content and hands-on activities.
Teachers on the Estuary - This summer, the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve will again offer the research and field-based teacher training program, Teachers on the Estuary. This program is designed to improve teacher and student understanding of the environment using local research examples. This year's program will focus on salt marshes and climate change. The program will run from August 12-15, and will include a follow-up session on November 16. For an application, course descriptions, and other details, see Teachers on the Estuary.
Summer Cinema by the Sea - Join Northeastern University Marine Science Center's Summer Cinema by the Sea event on June 18, at 7:00 pm for a screening of Beneath the Waves - Mini Film Festival—a collection of short films from the larger Beneath the Waves Film Festival.