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.
COASTSWEEP 2013—Still Sweeping Through Coastal Towns
On September 4, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Richard Sullivan announced the start of the 26th annual COASTSWEEP, the state’s volunteer beach cleanup organized by CZM as part of Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup. Volunteers have already turned out in large numbers throughout Massachusetts to collect marine debris, such as trash, fishing line, and other human-made items, and record what they found. But COASTSWEEP isn’t over yet! There is still plenty of time to volunteer at one of the numerous scheduled cleanups or to organize a cleanup of your own at a local beach or coastal site. All the supplies (bags, gloves, data cards, pencils, etc.) are provided free of charge, and cleanups can be scheduled at your convenience through the end of October. To find out more, see the COASTSWEEP website, especially the Get Involved page and the 2013 Cleanup List, or check out COASTSWEEP on Facebook or Twitter. Also, see COASTSWEEP: Protecting Marine Life One Piece of Trash at a Time from the Mass Great Outdoors Blog.
Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program Awards Grants to Coastal Communities
On September 9, EEA Secretary Rick Sullivan announced the award of $83,460 in environmental grants to four South Coast communities. The grants, which are funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and administered by CZM through the Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program (BBNEP), will help the towns protect and restore water quality and living resources in Buzzards Bay and its surrounding watershed through land conservation and infrastructure projects. This year’s funds—granted to projects designed to conserve open space and rare species habitat and reduce pollution discharge to shellfish beds—will be provided to the following towns:
- Town of Rochester - $20,000 to develop a field survey and plan to protect the 48-acre property and habitat along Dexter Mill Brook.
- Town of Wareham - $20,000 to develop and permit engineering plans to treat contaminated runoff discharging to the Wareham River estuary, which is polluted and closed to shellfishing.
- Towns of Fairhaven and Mattapoisett - $21,730 each to support a larger collaborative initiative to permanently protect 398 acres around Nasketucket Bay, including the addition of 18 acres of waterfront property to the Nasketucket Bay State Reservation and linking to the existing bike path.
For more details on this year's grants, see the EEA press release.
New Storm Smart and Climate Ready Website for Buzzards Bay
The Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program has launched Storm Smart Planning and Climate Ready Assessments for Buzzards Bay, a website established to consolidate information, data, and assessments undertaken by the BBNEP and others about the potential impacts of storms, shifting shorelines, rising sea levels, and changes in climate and precipitation on Buzzards Bay and its watershed. Through links to technical information on floodplain expansion, migrating salt marshes, king tides, and other topics, the website also offers potential strategies to adapt to climate change issues. The following BBNEP resources are available through the website:
- Interactive floodplain maps that show the differences between new federal Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs), older FIRMs, and BBNEP baseline maps.
- Floodplain expansion maps that provide projections of how the floodplain may expand with sea level rise under 1-, 2-, and 4-foot scenarios, along with reports for each town quantifying the value of structures within those flood zones.
- Interactive tidal elevation maps that show real-world elevations of mean high water.
- Study of salt marsh expansion with sea level rise that will map the effect of migrating salt marshes under 1-, 2-, and 4-foot increases in sea level.
- New Bedford Harbor climate ready estuary and storm smart planning study that will assess the vulnerabilities of the area’s stormwater, sewer, and other infrastructure.
The website also offers links to the CZM’s StormSmart Coasts website, relevant documents and publications, weather-related websites, and hot topics for being storm smart and climate ready in Buzzards Bay.
Ocean Planning Documentary
Ocean Frontiers II: A New England Story for Sustaining the Sea, the second of an award-winning film series produced by Green Fire Productions, highlights the historic and emerging ocean uses of New England waters and introduces viewers to folks working on the Northeast regional ocean planning initiative. Co-hosted by CZM, Ocean Frontiers II will premiere October 29 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the New England Aquarium's Simons IMAX Theatre followed by a moderated discussion where ocean experts and the filmmaker will be available to answer questions. The showing is free and open to the public. Registration is requested. Watch the trailer for a preview of the film.
Marine Recreational Boating Survey and Study
The results of the 2012 Northeast Recreational Boater Survey, a socio-economic and spatial characterization of recreational boating in coastal and ocean waters of the Northeast was recently released by SeaPlan. Last year, SeaPlan partnered with CZM, the Northeast Regional Ocean Council, and other industry, government, and non-governmental organizations to conduct the survey. More than 12,000 boaters from Maine to New York participated and provided information about monthly boating trips, boating expenditures over the year, and opinions on a variety of boating issues. The technical report from the survey presents regional and state maps of boating routes and locations of activities, such as recreational fishing and wildlife viewing. The report also includes economic data and analyses revealing that the approximate 907,000 marine recreational boating trips in 2012 generated nearly $3.5 billion to the Northeast economy and supported the equivalent of about 27,000 year-round jobs. The Northeast Recreational Boater Survey website provides summaries of all survey results, preliminary maps, and a list of project partners. The full report, state-specific fact sheets, and other related products will soon be made available. The mapped data are also now available for viewing or downloading on the Northeast Ocean Data Portal’s Data Viewer (expand the “ocean uses” section in the “data layers” column and scroll down to the first three datasets under recreation).
Funding Now Available for Federal Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program (CELCP) has released a notice of availability for funding for Fiscal Year (FY) 2014. CZM has posted the state’s Request for Responses (RFR) soliciting potential projects for this funding opportunity on the Comm-PASS website. 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 anticipated to be $3 million nationwide. Individual projects can request up to $1 million in CELCP funding and require non-federal matching funds on a 1:1 basis. The timeline for this funding opportunity is as follows: RFR project applications are due to CZM by November 5, state nominations are due to NOAA by November 15, and NOAA will release the national ranking of priority projects in late winter or spring 2014. NOAA anticipates that projects funded under this year’s CELCP will have a grant start date between June 1, 2014, and October 1, 2014, and will be expected to be completed within 18 months of the grant start date. For more information on CELCP, project eligibility, and application guidelines, see CZM’s CELCP web page. To access the RFR, visit the Comm-PASS website and search for document number "ENV 14 CZM 03.”
CZ-Tip - Fill Your Fall Nights with Follies, Frivolity, Fright, and Fishing—Coastal Style
Just because the calendar says fall, doesn’t mean it’s time to head inland. Welcome October and its cool crisp nights by exploring the Massachusetts shore. From haunted happenings to camping aboard a battleship, there’s plenty to experience along the coast after dark—if you dare! See CZ-Tip - Explore Maritime Massachusetts on an Autumn Night for more.
CZM Staff and People
Publications - Victor Mastone, Director of the Board of Underwater Archaeological Resources (BUAR), has co-authored two recent publications:
- “Shifting Sand: A Model for Facilitating Public Assistance in Coastal Archaeology,” was published as chapter 6 in Between the Devil and the Deep: Meeting Challenges in the Public Interpretation of Maritime Cultural Heritage (Della A. Scott-Ireton, Editor). This chapter, co-written with Justin J. Bensley, highlights the Shoreline Heritage Identification Partnerships Strategy program (SHIPS) developed by BUAR to capitalize on the casual reporting of shoreline discoveries. Visit the Springer website for details on the publication.
- The September 2013 issue of The New England Quarterly features “The Revolutionary War Battle America Forgot: Chelsea Creek, 27-28 May 1775.” This article, co-written with Craig J. Brown and Christopher V. Maio, describes the capture and destruction of the schooner HMS Diana and the battle that proved to be a significant event in the siege of Boston.
Scientific Achievement Award - Jan Smith, Marc Carullo, and Bruce Carlisle of CZM were recently recognized for their work on a joint research effort between CZM and EPA’s Atlantic Ecology Lab to develop rapid assessment methods for assessing the condition of New England salt marshes. Each year since 1980, the EPA Science Advisory Board Agency conducts a competition to recognize outstanding scientific and technological work published by EPA staff and their co-authors. The 2012 Scientific and Technical Achievement Awards recognized the work of the CZM team and EPA lead author, Cathy Wigand, for notably excellent research that has timely consequences and contributes to important scientific and technological achievements within the field of study. A paper detailing the work and findings of the research effort was published in the journal, Environmental Monitoring and Assessment (2011, Vol. 182: pp 31-46).
Regional Ocean Planning Public Engagement Services -The Northeast Regional Ocean Council (NROC) is seeking proposals for contractor assistance to provide logistics, facilitation, and event planning for regional ocean planning stakeholder engagement activities in New England. NROC is issuing this proposal in conjunction with the Northeast Regional Planning Body, which is the formal entity responsible for developing a regional ocean plan for New England. Work conducted under this contract will directly support these regional ocean planning activities. See the Request for Proposals for more information, including the scope of work and submission guidelines. Proposals are due by October 7.
Fund Development Contractor Services - The Gulf of Maine Association, which supports the activities of the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment, seeks a Fund Development Contractor to write proposals for both public and private sources for immediate and long-term needs and to pursue long-term foundation and government funding strategies. For more details, see the Request for Proposals. Applications are due on October 16.
Municipal Coastal Resilience Initiative - NROC is seeking proposals from coastal communities in New England to improve resilience to coastal storms and effects of sea level rise. Specifically, NROC seeks to fund activities that meet the requirements of the FEMA Community Rating System to improve participation in the flood insurance rate reduction program and prevent coastal storm damages. The estimated total award amount is $80,000, with a range of $5,000 to $20,000 per project. Questions about the request for proposals may be submitted to email@example.com by October 21. Proposals are due November 8. See the Request for Proposals for details.
2014 Massachusetts Recreational Trails Program Grants - The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) is currently seeking applications for the Recreational Trails Program (RTP), which awards funds for a variety of trail protection, construction, and stewardship projects throughout Massachusetts. RTP grants are reimbursement-type grants and require a 20% project match. See the Recreational Trails Program website for details about the grant program, project selection criteria, submittal requirements, and application materials. Three workshops will be held to provide information on the program and the application process (October 9 in Pittsfield, October 16 in Turner Falls, and October 23 in Stoneham). For more information on the workshops or the grant program, contact Amanda Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org or 413-586-8706 extension 19. Applications are due by February 1.
Reminders - These opportunities, listed in the last CZ-Mail, are still available:
- Massachusetts Environmental Trust General Grants - The Massachusetts Environmental Trust (MET) has released the FY2015 Request for Responses (RFR) for their General Grants Program, which supports nonprofit organizations and municipalities in efforts to restore, protect, and improve water and water-related resources of the Commonwealth. Letters of inquiry are due on October 11 for projects that will begin in July 2014. To access the RFR, visit the Comm-PASS website and search for document number "EEA 14 MET 01." For past projects, see METâ€™s slideshow file size 14MB .
- Marine Debris Funding Opportunity - The NOAA Marine Debris Program, in cooperation with the NOAA Restoration Center, has released a new open-funding opportunity that provides financial and technical assistance to grass-roots, community-based activities that improve living marine resource habitats through the removal of marine debris. Projects will need to report the total amount of debris removed, total area or extent cleaned or restored, types of debris encountered, and volunteer hours involved. The estimated total award amount is $2 million, with a maximum of $250,000 and a minimum of $15,000 per project. The deadline to apply is November 1. See the Grants.gov page for the full announcement.
Massachusetts Shoreline Change Data - The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has recently released the Massachusetts Shoreline Change Project: A GIS Compilation of Vector Shorelines and Associated Shoreline Change Data for the 2013 Update, a companion report to the Massachusetts Shoreline Change Mapping and Analysis Project, 2013 Update, co-authored by CZM. The recent release includes a description of the methods used to compile the data and calculate the rate-of-change statistics, and provides a GIS data catalog of all shoreline data, measurement locations, and rates. Together, these publications provide and analyze new coast-wide shoreline data 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. The new shoreline data were integrated with existing historical shoreline data to provide information on the rates and trends of shoreline change from 1844 through 2009. The reports were done in conjunction with CZM’s Massachusetts Shoreline Change Project. Shorelines and transects with rates of shoreline change derived from these studies are available on MORIS, the Massachusetts Ocean Resource Information System.
Oceans Survey - The World Future Council has recently released Oceans Survey: Safeguarding Our Oceans and Coasts through Exemplary Policies and Laws, a report that evaluates marine and coastal policies worldwide. The report provides examples of solutions that are currently being implemented to protect and sustain the oceans and coasts, including policies and laws addressing marine protected areas, sustainable fisheries management, integrated coastal zone management, and species and biodiversity conservation.
Report on Ocean Warming and Implications for the Insurance Industry - The Geneva Association has released Warming of the Oceans and Implications for the (Re)insurance Industry, a report that provides an overview of the detected changes in the oceans, their impact on extreme events and hazard probabilities, and the changes in risk management strategies for (re)insurance companies. The report describes ways insurance companies can address the effects of sea level rise, intensified hydrological cycles, and large-scale variations in the climate system, while complying with regulatory requirements and improving their ratings.
Offshore Mariculture Development Technical Paper - The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has released a Fisheries and Aquaculture Technical Paper entitled, A Global Assessment of Potential for Offshore Mariculture Development from a Spatial Perspective. This paper describes how offshore mariculture development in coastal communities can offer significant opportunities for sustainable food production, especially in regions where the availability of land, near shore space, and freshwater are limited.
Stream Daylighting Report - American Rivers has recently released Daylighting Streams: Breathing Life into Urban Streams and Communities, a report that identifies and analyzes the benefits of uncovering and restoring streams, including water quality improvements, flood mitigation, and community and economic revitalization.
Conservation Law Foundation E-News - The September issue of the Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) E-Newsletter features articles on the federal court decision addressing nitrogen pollution in Cape Cod bays, the closure of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant, and other news, events, advocacy, and information from CLF.
Disaster Research - The September 2013 issue of Disaster Research, a biweekly newsletter of the University of Colorado at Boulder, features articles on California wildfires, Fukushima water contamination, and other natural hazard-related articles, links, events, and news.
Ecological Landscaping Association Newsletter - The August 2013 edition of the Ecological Landscaping Association Newsletter features articles on edible and landscape-worthy native plants of New England, how native plants define our sense of place, monarch butterflies, highlights of New England Wild Flower Society’s Go Botany! website, and other news and upcoming events related to ecological landscaping.
41°N - The Summer/Fall 2013 issue of 41°N, an online publication of Rhode Island Sea Grant and the University of Rhode Island Coastal Institute, features articles on coastal erosion, how climate change impacts septic systems in vulnerable coastal areas, and other coastal topics.
Gulf of Maine Times - The August 2013 edition of the Gulf of Maine Times, the monthly e-newsletter of the Gulf of Maine Council, features articles on how climate change is changing the Gulf of Maine fisheries and the Royal Bank of Canada Blue Water Project that is helping to protect and preserve water in the region.
Marine Ecosystems and Management Information Service - The August-September 2013 edition of Marine Ecosystems and Management, the bimonthly information service on ocean planning and ecosystem-based management from the University of Washington School of Marine Affairs, features articles on citizen science in coastal and marine management, integrated land-and-sea management, and other notes and news.
Natural Hazards Observer - The September 2013 issue of the Natural Hazards Observer, the bimonthly periodical of the Natural Hazards Center in Boulder, Colorado, features articles on how social capital sustains recovery after disasters, the need for mitigation and adaptation, and other natural hazards news and information.
NROC News - The September 2013 edition of NROC News, the monthly newsletter of the Northeast Regional Ocean Council (NROC), provides information on the municipal resilience grants program, the Northeast Regional Planning Body meeting comment summaries and initial planning products, position announcements, upcoming meetings and conferences, and other updates from NROC, its member agencies, and partners.
Sound Waves - The latest issue of Sound Waves, a monthly newsletter from USGS, features articles on a seismic-imaging research cruise, a summary of the USGS publication that predicts hurricane-induced coastal change, and other coastal and marine research news.
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) Newsletter - The latest issue of News from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution features articles on sperm whale research, the first atlas of marine plankton, a link to a video of the amazing retrieval of a deep-sea instrument, and other ocean science news, research, and events at WHOI.
The Great White Shark or a Case of Mistaken Identity? - This Mass Great Outdoors Blog post provides tips for identifying great white and basking sharks and notes key differences in their dorsal fin shape, gills, coloration, and preferred cuisine. The blog includes a Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries video with footage of both sharks to help distinguish between these species.
Seaweed: The Virtuous Vegetable Video - The University of Connecticut has produced a short video entitled, Seaweed: The Virtuous Vegetable, to highlight the benefits of seaweed as a nutritious superfood and seaweed farms as an innovative and sustainable practice. The accompanying article describes other benefits, including the nutrient-removing properties of seaweed that help improve water quality in coastal waters.
State and Local Climate Adaptation Effort Maps - The Center for Climate and Energy Solutions has released a State and Local Climate Adaptation Map showing the status of state and municipal efforts to adapt to climate change. The map highlights examples of adaptation planning efforts and concrete adaptation actions that address the individual vulnerabilities of particular areas. Where available, the maps include links to reports and plan details, such as the Massachusetts Climate Change Adaptation Report.
Climate Change in New England Lecture - Salem Sound Coastwatch (SSCW) and the National Park Service are sponsoring a 5-part lecture series, Climate Change in New England, about the effects of climate change in the region. The lectures are on Tuesdays from 7:30-8:45 p.m. at the National Park Service Regional Visitor Center in Salem. Remaining topics include offshore wind energy and carbon mitigation on October 8 and the adaptation of coastal urban infrastructure to address climate change on November 15. For more information, contact email@example.com or visit SSCW’s October calendar.
Strategic Framing and Climate Change Communication Workshop - The National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation, in collaboration with Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary and Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, is offering a free workshop, Strategic Framing and Climate Change Communication for Informal Science Educators. The workshops will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Boston Nature Center in Mattapan on October 2 and Cape Cod Community College in Barnstable on October 18. For questions, contact Amy Fleischer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Climate Change Role-Play Workshop - On October 3 from 1:00-3:00 p.m., Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, the Town of Barnstable, the Consensus Building Institute, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology will host a role-play simulation workshop to explore various approaches to decreasing vulnerabilities to climate change threats and gauge community consensus on climate change adaptation strategies. Planning for Climate Change: Testing New Methods for Community Engagement will be held at the Waquoit Bay Reserve Visitor Center. The workshop is free, but registration is required.
Nahant Marine Science Center Open House - On October 5 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Northeastern University’s Marine Science Center in Nahant will be hosting its annual Open House for all ages. Come to this free event to tour the recently renovated building and research labs, complete a fieldwork obstacle course, visit the touch tanks, and more.
Aquarium Lecture Series - The New England Aquarium is hosting a Fall 2013 Aquarium Lecture Series in Boston to provide a forum for scientists, environmental writers, and photographers to present lectures and films on the subject of the blue planet. Upcoming topics include: sea ice, climate, and observational mathematics on October 10, field studies in Antarctica on October 24, ocean stewardship in Boston Harbor on October 26, and the premier of the Ocean Frontiers Documentary on October 29. These free lectures are held at the Simons IMAX Theatre, unless otherwise noted. Registration is requested. To see past lectures, visit the Aquarium’s YouTube page.
New England Mariner and Global Ocean Lecture Series - On the second Sunday of each month through December, Sea Education Association is hosting a Fall Lecture Series with Dr. Mary Malloy featuring topics related to New England mariners and the global ocean. Topics that remain include: the history of the whaling industry on October 13, Pacific art and artifacts on November 10, and sustainability in Polynesian Island cultures and ecosystems on December 8. All lectures will be held at 2:00 p.m. at the James L. Madden Center Lecture Hall in Falmouth.
Flood Insurance Essentials Seminar - On October 22, from 9:00 a.m. to noon, the National Flood Insurance Program will hold a seminar in Dedham to address flood insurance issues. Flood Insurance Essentials, a free seminar tailored for agents, lenders, realtors, floodplain managers, adjusters, surveyors, and local officials, will address topics, such as major coverage areas, elevation certificates, and the Biggert-Waters Reform Act. The course is approved for 3 hours of continuing education credit. For additional information, see the online brochure.
Ocean Advisory Commission Meeting - On October 23 from 9:30 a.m. to noon, the Massachusetts Ocean Advisory Commission (OAC), the entity responsible for assisting the Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs in the development of the Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan, will be convening to provide feedback to the Regional Planning Body (RPB) on the Northeast region ocean planning initiative. The RPB is currently revising the regional ocean planning goals, actions, and outcomes based on input from a series of regional public meetings held over the summer and additional written comments. In advance of its next meeting in November, the RPB is seeking input from state-based stakeholder representative groups, such as the OAC. For more information as it becomes available, contact CZM’s information line at (617) 626-1212 or email Prassede Vella at Prassede.Vella@state.ma.us.
Sustainable Landscaping Webinar Series - The Ecological Landscaping Association is offering a free webinar series on sustainable landscaping for professionals. The interactive webinars will be taught by experts from across the country with expertise in specific areas of sustainability. Topics remaining include: organic lawns and turfgrass management on October 30, soil amendments on November 12, and sustainability makes cents on December 11.
Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation Conference - From November 3-7, the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation (CERF) will host its 22nd biennial conference, CERF 2013: Toward Resilient Coasts and Estuaries, Science for Sustainable Solutions, in San Diego, California. The four foundation topics, which are the basis for the invited talks, will include managing nutrients in a changing world, responding to sea level rise, acidification impacts on estuaries, and anthropogenic facilitation of species invasions. Register online before October 3 for a discounted fee.
Annual Water Resources Conference - From November 4-7, the American Water Resources Association is hosting the 48th Annual Water Resources Conference in Portland, Oregon. Join 500 multidisciplinary water resource professionals for exhibits, field trips, workshops, and presentations on science, engineering, policy, management, fisheries, and economics as they relate to current water issues. For a list of speakers and topics to date, see the preliminary program. For discounted registration fees, register by October 15.
MEPA and Environmental Permitting Seminar - On November 7, Law Seminars International will host the 4th Annual MEPA and Environmental Permitting Seminar in Boston to provide information on new requirements and compliance strategies. Join experts to hear recent legislative and case law updates and practical first-hand lessons on topics such as adapting to sea level rise and climate change in Boston and initiating policies for casino permitting in Massachusetts. Continuing education credits are available. To see details, including the agenda and registration information, download the program brochure.
StormCon Conference—Call for Abstracts - StormCon, the North American Surface Water Quality Conference and Exposition, is now seeking abstracts for presentations at their 2014 conference to be held from August 3-7 in Portland, Oregon. Topics for abstracts are requested in the following seven conference tracks: Best Management Practices case studies, green infrastructure, stormwater program management, water quality monitoring, industrial stormwater management, advanced research topics, and coastal protection. See StormCon’s Call for Papers website for more information on the 2014 StormCon conference, the individual tracks, and online submission requirements. Abstracts are due by November 14.
Invasive Plant Species Conference - On November 16, the Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions (MACC) is hosting Invasive Plant Species: Pick Your Battles to Win at Clark University in Worcester. Join this day-long conference for various presentations and case studies, including information on electronic tools for plant identification, permitting and funding invasive species projects, methods for early detection and response, management techniques for wetlands and conservation land, and ways to start grass-roots invasive species control efforts at the local level. To register for the event, visit MACC’s registration page.
EPA's Climate Ready Water Utilities Webinar Series - In collaboration with the Water Utility Climate Alliance, EPA's Climate Ready Water Utilities (CRWU) initiative will host a webinar series this fall. The webinars will explore planning and decision-making strategies to help drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater utilities understand and adapt to the impacts of climate change. For more information about topics and schedules, to register, or to access past webinar recordings, view the “training” tab on the CRWU website.
Walks and Talks on Cape Cod - Throughout the fall, the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History will hold a series of walks, lectures, and special events with local naturalists where you can learn how to identify birds by sight and sound, recognize mushrooms in the woods, hear about the history of dune shacks in the Cape Cod National Seashore, and join the Wednesday Walk series with Connie Boyce. For details, see their museum calendar.
Walks, Lectures, and Events on Outer Cape Cod - Throughout the fall, the Mass Audubon Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary will offer a variety of educational programs for children and adults, including naturalist-led bird walks, nature adventures for preschoolers, and scenic cruises on pontoon boats through Nauset Marsh. For more information, search their calendar of programs, classes, and events.
Ipswich River Wildlife Programs and Activities - Mass Audubon’s Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary provides numerous fall nature walks, talks, and adventures, such as children’s wildlife-themed courses, birding programs, family campouts, paddles on the Ipswich River, and even the opportunity to camp on Perkins Island. See the program catalog for event and schedule information.
Morning Birding and Other Events on Plum Island - Throughout the fall, the Mass Audubon Joppa Flats Education Center will host a Wednesday and Saturday morning birding series to explore some of Plum Island’s most productive birding hotspots. The center also hosts numerous other fall events, classes, and education activities. For event and schedule information, see the Joppa Flats program catalog.
Walks in Harwich - The Harwich Conservation Trust has posted its schedule of fall 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.
Reminders - The following calendar items posted in the last CZ-Mail are still to come:
- RARGOM Annual Science Meeting - 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, its impacts on the region, and lessons learned from this record-setting year.
- Stream Crossing Workshops - On October 10, 17, and 29, the Massachusetts Rivers Alliance, in conjunction with numerous project partners, will sponsor a workshop on Improved Stream Crossings. Join the state's most knowledgeable experts in the field to hear about practical, up-to-date tools to improve road crossings and increase both public safety and fish/wildlife passage. For more information about the workshop locations, agendas, and speakers, see the Baystate Roads website.
- CitiesAlive Conference - 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.
- 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.
Other Items of Interest
Professional Science Master’s Program - UMass Dartmouth’s School for Marine Science and Technology (SMAST) in New Bedford and Fairhaven is seeking industry input, internships, and interest in their new Coastal and Ocean Administration, Science and Technology Professional Science Master’s (COAST-PSM) program.This two-year, non-thesis program consists of interdisciplinary courses that enable students to integrate scientific information into sound policy and management decisions. Students are required to do an internship in a company or organization that complements their course work during their last semester in the program. This master’s program, designed to be an avenue to either begin or advance one’s career, can be completed in 2-3 years with courses offered early and late in the day to accommodate working students. SMAST is seeking input from companies, government agencies, and nonprofits that may be able to offer internships to COAST-PSM students and provide guidance on course content and skills training that would serve their needs. To provide input or internship ideas, contact Dr. James J. Bisagni at email@example.com. For additional information about the school and programs, including application information, visit the SMAST website.
Climate Science Lessons Plans - EPA has released seven new lesson plans about climate change for educators of middle school students. The lesson plans and related classroom activities, found on EPA’s Lesson Plans for Educators website, are tailored to meet the National Science Learning Standards and the majority can be completed in one class period of 45 to 60 minutes. Topics covered include: the difference between weather and climate, the sources of greenhouse gas emissions, the carbon cycle, linking carbon with climate change, tree ring data, sea level rise, and the impact of climate change on coral reefs.
Teacher at Sea Opportunity - NOAA is currently accepting applications for the 2014 Teachers at Sea field season, where teachers participate in hands-on oceanographic, hydrographic, and fisheries research at sea. Participants will spend approximately 12-14 days living and working with research scientists on one of NOAA’s 17 ships. More information about the program, including eligibility requirements, expectations, and frequently asked questions, is available at the Teacher at Sea Program website. Applications, including letters of recommendation, are due by October 31.
Campus RainWorks Challenge - EPA’s Office of Water is pleased to announce the 2nd annual Campus RainWorks Challenge, a prize contest that challenges college and university students to develop innovative approaches for stormwater management to meet the nation’s growing water infrastructure needs. Student teams, working with a faculty advisor, will submit design briefs and a video describing a proposed green infrastructure project for their campus. Winning teams will be awarded cash prizes and may also be invited to apply for grant funding to help carry out a demonstration project based on their submission. Registration opens September 9 and entries must be submitted by December 13.