September 2013

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 join-env-cz-mail@listserv.state.ma.us. 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.

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CZM Successfully Searches for Marine Invasives during Rapid Assessment Survey

For six days in early August, Jan Smith and Chris Wells of CZM led a team of 25 scientists on a search for marine invasive species on floating docks and piers. The team of scientists, who are experts in the identification and detection of non-native species, originated from several universities, states, and countries, including the University of New Hampshire, Seattle, the Netherlands, and Brazil. A group of graduate students also assisted in the collection, identification, and tabulation of data. This year, the survey was greatly enhanced by two divers who were able to search underneath the docks for shade-loving species to photograph and video them in their natural environment. Several new species were found that will require further identification. A report documenting the methods, sites, and findings of the survey will be developed this fall. This was the fifth Rapid Assessment Survey over the past 14 years aiming to find new invaders, track the range changes in those species that were previously identified, and identify trends as they may affect native species. The 2013 sampling sites ranged from South Freeport in Maine to Point Judith in Rhode Island, and included eight sites in Massachusetts. The monitoring sites in Rhode Island were coordinated in cooperation with the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council and funding for the entire survey was provided by Casco Bay Estuary Partnership, Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership, Massachusetts Bays and Buzzards Bay National Estuary Programs, and the Rhode Island Bays, Rivers, and Watershed Coordination Team. For more information about the 2013 survey, see EEA's Press Release. For results from the 2010 survey, see the Report on the 2010 Rapid Assessment Survey of Marine Species at New England Floating Docks and Rocky Shores . For general information on aquatic invasive species, see CZM’s Aquatic Invasive Species Program web page.

New Tool for Visualizing Sea Level Rise

Coastal areas in Massachusetts were recently added to NOAA’s Digital Coast Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flooding Impacts Viewer, providing online access to six scenarios of future high tides, uncertainty maps, and information on marsh migration, social vulnerability, and flood frequency. Visualizations of flooding at local landmarks will soon be added. These visualization tools can be used to improve understanding of potential impacts from sea level rise and assist planning efforts in coastal communities. CZM will be reviewing the data and incorporating it into the Massachusetts Ocean Resources Information System (MORIS) which will allow users to interactively use the sea level rise scenario data with a multitude of other information such as aerial photographs, assessor maps, public facilities and infrastructure, natural resources, and other data including Google base maps. With MORIS, users can quickly create and share maps and download the actual data for use in a Geographic Information System (GIS).

Help Make Your Favorite Beach Shine through COASTSWEEP 2013

COASTSWEEP, the statewide beach cleanup sponsored by CZM, celebrates its 26th year this September. Thousands of volunteers throughout Massachusetts turn out each year to collect marine debris, such as trash, fishing line, and any other human-made items, and record what they find. COASTSWEEP is part of the International Coastal Cleanup organized by Ocean Conservancy in Washington, DC. The information recorded by participants all over the world is used to identify sources of debris and develop initiatives to reduce the problem. COASTSWEEP cleanups will be scheduled throughout September and October, and CZM is looking for volunteers for these cleanups, as well as coordinators to organize additional cleanups at local beaches and other coastal sites. As a cleanup coordinator, not only will you know that your favorite coastal spot is covered by COASTSWEEP, you’ll get a t-shirt as a thank you for taking the lead. 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. For more about marine debris and how to prevent it, see the CZ-Tip - Help Clean up Massachusetts Shores at COASTSWEEP.

CZM Staff and People

New Coastal Fellow - CZM welcomed Margot Mansfield on July 31 as CZM’s 8th Coastal Management Fellow from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Coastal Services Center. Margot, who graduated from the University of Maine with a Master of Science in Earth Science and has experience examining sea level fluctuations in wetlands, was nominated by Maine Sea Grant and matched with CZM to promote beach and dune nourishment as a “green” climate change adaptation option in Massachusetts. Specifically, Margot will evaluate impacts of marine sediment extraction and transport; investigate vulnerable beaches and potential sources of sediment; refine screening criteria; and develop policy, planning, and management recommendations to encourage beach and dune nourishment projects as viable tools for shore protection. Welcome to CZM, Margot!

Grants/Funding/Proposal Opportunities

NOAA Grant Opportunity - NOAA’s Climate Program Office has released the FY14 Competitive Grant Competition for high-priority climate science, assessments, decision support research, education, and capacity-building activities designed to advance the understanding of the Earth’s climate system and promote risk management and adaptation efforts. NOAA is accepting individual applications on: Climate Observations and Monitoring; Earth System Science; Modeling, Analysis, Predictions, and Projections; and Climate and Societal Interactions. Total award funding is $11 million, with a maximum of $200,000 and minimum of $50,000 per award. Letters of intent are due by September 10 and final applications are due by November 14. For more information, see the full federal funding announcement or the Grants.gov listing.

Pre-Disaster and Flood Mitigation Grants - The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) are inviting communities, state agencies, and tribal governments and territories to submit applications for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) 2013 Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) and Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Grant Programs. These federally-funded grant programs provide significant opportunities for communities to reduce, minimize, or eliminate potential damages to public and private infrastructure from natural hazard events. Eligible activities include storm-water, drainage, and culvert improvements, property acquisition, slope stabilization, infrastructure protection, seismic and wind retrofits, structure elevations, and hazard mitigation planning. For more information, see the Grant Announcement Memo pdf format of    PDM FMA Announcement  or the MEMA website. Applications are due to MEMA by September 27.

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. Proposals are being accepted for programs and initiatives that address threats to the health of the state's water bodies and watersheds. Letters of inquiry are due on October 11 for projects that will begin in July. To access the RFR, visit the Comm-PASS website. To see a list of past grantee projects, see MET’s slideshow.

Federal Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program Funding - In September, NOAA’s Federal Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program (CELCP) is releasing 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 non-federal matching funds on a 1:1 basis. The anticipated timeline for this funding opportunity is subject to change, but is projected to be as follows: RFR project applications due to CZM by October 16, state nominations due to NOAA by October 30, and NOAA’s release of national ranking of priority projects in late winter 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. For more information on project eligibility, application guidelines, and a schedule as it becomes available, visit Applying for a CELCP Grant web page. To access the RFR, visit the Comm-PASS website.

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.

Reminders - These opportunities, listed in the last CZ-Mail, are still available:

  • New Bedford Harbor Climate Change Assessment - The Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program (BBNEP) is seeking proposals from environmental service or planning firms to conduct a climate change vulnerability assessment and adaptation planning effort for the municipalities surrounding New Bedford Harbor. Of specific concern is how future increases of sea level, precipitation, and frequency or intensity of storms may affect public infrastructure related to water quality and habitat protection. A total of $22,172 of federal funds is available. To view the Request for Responses, visit the Comm-PASS website and search for document number "ENV 14 CZM 02." Proposals are due by September 5.
  • Coastal Pollution Remediation Request for Responses Now Available - CZM is seeking proposals for the Coastal Pollutant Remediation (CPR) grant program. For Fiscal Year (FY) 2014, CPR will provide up to $400,000 to municipalities located in the Massachusetts Coastal Watershed to assess and remediate stormwater pollution from paved surfaces and to design and construct commercial boat waste pumpout facilities. As much as $125,000 may be requested, and a 25 percent match of the total project cost is required. Projects may not exceed one year in duration and must be completed by June 30 of each year. To view the RFR, visit the Comm-PASS website and search for solicitation number "ENV 14 CZM 01." Proposals are due to CZM by September 12. For more information about the program, examples of past CPR projects, and success stories, see CZM’s CPR web page.
  • NOAA Special Project and Program Funding - NOAA is seeking proposals for its annual Broad Agency Announcement to fund special projects and programs associated with its 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 the full announcement, see the Grants.gov website and search for funding opportunity # NOAA-NFA-NFAPO-2012-2003133. Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis until September 30.

Products/Publications

Local Sea Level Rise Study - Coastal inundation maps and 3D images of flooding with sea level rise have been produced by the Kleinfelder Northeast Inc. engineering firm for the towns of Scituate, Marshfield, and Duxbury under a $30,000 New England Municipal Coastal Resilience Initiative Grant from the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment and the Northeast Regional Ocean Council. Kleinfelder used the SLOSH (Sea, Lake and Overland Surges from Hurricanes) computer model devised by the National Hurricane Center to simulate storm surge heights resulting from a typical northeaster. Visual products show inundation due to sea level rise alone and with storm surge at time projections of 25, 50, and 75 years. Mapping efforts were based on 2011 LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) elevation data. In partnership with CZM, the visualizations of rising sea levels are being used to initiate discussions within the three towns on what can be done to address the potential impacts. For more information on the project, see the Sea Level Rise Study.

No Adverse Impact (NAI) How-To Guides - The Association of State Floodplain Managers has recently released How-To Guide for No Adverse Impact: Mitigation and How-To Guide for No Adverse Impact: Infrastructure, the first two in a series of No Adverse Impact (NAI) Toolkit How-To Guides. The publications were developed to expand on the knowledge base within the original NAI Toolkit and to provide specific tools for incorporating NAI floodplain management into local regulations, ordinances, requirements, design, standards, and practices. CZM contributed to the “Non-Structural Erosion Control and Shoreline Stabilization” tool, as well as other coastal content in the Mitigation Guide.

Marine Planning Handbook - The National Ocean Council has released a Marine Planning Handbook to support the efforts of regions that are interested in establishing regional planning bodies and developing marine plans. The document provides information on how to advance priorities while ensuring a transparent, participatory, science-based process. The handbook supplements the discussion of marine planning in the National Ocean Policy Implementation Plan and is based on extensive public and stakeholder input.

Planning for Offshore Energy Development Report - Commissioned by the New Venture Fund’s (NVF) Fund for Ocean Economic Research, the Analysis Group has recently released a report that analyzes the current regulatory environment for developing energy resources in U.S. ocean waters. Planning for Offshore Energy Development: How Marine Spatial Planning Could Improve the Leasing/Permitting Processes for Offshore Wind and Offshore Oil/Natural Gas Development provides insight into how ocean planning could improve the efficiency of offshore wind and offshore oil and natural gas development by: improving coordination and cooperation between agencies and stakeholders; improving the quality and quantity of and access to marine spatial information; reducing regulatory and financial risk for developers by streamlining the permitting process; and clarifying areas that are best suited for development and those best suited for conservation.

State of the Climate Report - NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), in cooperation with the American Meteorological Society, has released State of the Climate in 2012 , the 23rd in the series of annual State of the Climate reports. The report provides an update of global climate indicators, notable weather events, and other data collected by environmental monitoring stations and instruments. According to the report, the 2012 average temperature across land and ocean surfaces ranked among the 10th warmest, sea ice and snow cover in the Arctic reached new record lows (while the extent of sea ice in Antarctica was the largest seen since 1978), and global CO2 emissions continued to rise. See the overview page for supplemental and summary materials.

2012 Billion-Dollar Weather/Climate Disasters - NOAA’s NCDC has also released 2012 Billion-Dollar Weather/Climate Disasters Information as part of the annual effort to track weather and climate events that have had the greatest annual economic impact. According to this information, 2012 was the second costliest year since 1980, with a total of more than $110 billion in damages. For the methodology and data sources supporting the information, see U.S. Billion-dollar Weather and Climate Disasters: Data Sources, Trends, Accuracy and Biases.

NERRS Climate Sensitivity Report - NOAA’s National Ocean Service has recently released Climate Sensitivity of the National Estuarine Research Reserve System, a report that illustrates how the nation’s 28 National Estuarine Research Reserves are experiencing the negative effects of human and climate-related stressors. The executive summary and full report are available on the website for download.

Climate Adaptation in the North Atlantic - NOAA’s North Atlantic Regional Team (NART) and Sea Grant have jointly released Cost-Efficient Climate Adaptation in the North Atlantic, a report that identifies and collates cost-effective adaptation projects implemented at the municipal level. The document lists local best practices, such as laws, policies, outreach tools, and infrastructure investments, that have been voluntarily adopted by local governments and includes case studies from each of the states in the region, including the Massachusetts communities of Barnstable, Brewster, Hull, and Marshfield. For a summary of the project, see the NART project web page.

What Will Adaptation Cost? - NOAA’s Digital Coast has recently released What Will Adaptation Cost?: An Economic Framework for Coastal Community Infrastructure, a report designed to help communities make more economically informed decisions about adapting to sea level rise and storm flooding. The report’s four-step framework can be used to perform an assessment of the costs and benefits of different adaptation approaches across a community. An executive summary and full report are available.

Climate Change Impacts on the NFIP - FEMA has released The Impact of Climate Change and Population Growth on the National Flood Insurance Program, a report prepared by AECOM that analyzes the potential long-term implications of climate change on the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The study projects that by 2100, special flood hazard areas will increase and have the potential to increase the number of NFIP policies, the average loss cost per policy, and policy premiums.

National Preparedness Month 2013 Toolkit - In preparation for National Preparedness Month in September, the Ready Campaign in conjunction with FEMA has released The National Preparedness Month (NPM) 2013 Toolkit to provide suggestions for activities and events that state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, businesses, non-governmental organizations, and community organizations could sponsor to promote this event. The toolkit also includes templates and drafts of newsletter articles, blogs, posters, and other material that can be used in various outreach efforts.

Hurricane-Induced Erosion along Atlantic Coast Report - The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has released three reports as part of the National Assessment of Hurricane-Induced Coastal Erosion Hazards that compared hurricane-induced water levels to beach and dune elevations to determine the probabilities of coastal change. The three reports assess different areas of the coastline—Florida to North Carolina, Virginia to New York, and the Gulf of Mexico—and suggest that the beaches, coastal infrastructure, and habitat of these coastlines are vulnerable to extreme coastal changes during landfall of even the weakest of hurricanes, particularly in areas with lower dune elevations. An online mapping tool allows users to focus on a specific storm category and see the predicted coastal change.

Massachusetts Bays Newsletter - The summer 2013 issue of the Massachusetts Bays Newsletter, a quarterly update of the Massachusetts Bays Program, highlights the launching of a collaborative and regional climate change monitoring project, the recent marine invasive species rapid assessment survey, the making of an educational video about the invasive Phragmites australis and its impacts on the Great Marsh, an upcoming project that will assess potential effects of rising sea level on Cape Cod's groundwater system, and other projects, activities, news, and events occurring throughout the five Mass Bays regions.

Gulf of Maine Times - The July 2013 edition of the Gulf of Maine Times, the monthly e-newsletter of the Gulf of Maine Council, introduces the winners of this year's Gulf of Maine Council awards and highlights the Corporate Wetlands Restoration Partnership.

NROC News - The August 2013 edition of NROC News, the monthly newsletter of the Northeast Regional Ocean Council (NROC), provides links to recent reports and guidance, position announcements, and other updates from NROC, its member agencies, and partners.

National Working Waterfront Network Update - The August 2013 Network Update, a quarterly e-newsletter about current programs, topics, and events that pertain to working waterfronts and waterways, features articles on the new maritime port economy in Gloucester, a waterfront overlay district in Alabama, and other media, documents, events, and announcements about working waterfronts.

The RipTide E-Info - The August 2013 issue of The Rip Tide E-Info, the e-newsletter of the New Hampshire Coastal Program, provides links to news, grant announcements, public comment announcements, new publications and resources, and upcoming events related to the New Hampshire coast.

Disaster Research - The August 2013 issue of Disaster Research, a biweekly newsletter of the University of Colorado at Boulder, features articles on future higher tide lines that could threaten populations, the problems at the Fukushima Nuclear Plant, the responsibility of Halliburton in the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, 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 biological pest management and controls to combat invasive plants and insects, as well as other news and upcoming events related to ecological landscaping.

River Current - The August 2013 issue of River Current, the monthly e-newsletter of the Charles River Watershed Association, features an article on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 2012 Grade for the Lower Charles River, and other news, events, and stories in the watershed.

The Wrack Line - The August 2013 issue of The Wrack Line, an eNewsletter of Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, features articles on the recent terrapin season, coastal waterbirds, caterpillars, volunteer efforts, the success of the 2013 Wild Wild Wellfleet! annual fundraiser, and explorations at the Chatham Day Camp.

Web-Based Resources

Stormwater Calculator - The EPA has recently released a National Stormwater Calculator, a downloadable desktop application that estimates the annual amount of rainwater and frequency of runoff from a specific site anywhere in the United States (including Puerto Rico). Estimates are based on local soil conditions, land cover, and historic rainfall records from several national databases. The calculator is designed to be used by anyone interested in reducing runoff from a property, including site developers, landscape architects, urban planners, and homeowners.

Sharing the Beach: Seals - This Mass Great Outdoors Blog post provides tips for safe encounters with seals and seal pups at the shore, including the requirements for keeping an appropriate distance under the Marine Mammal Protection Act, contact information for entanglement responders, and helpful tips to keep you and the seals out of harm’s way.

Public Comment

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:

Reminder - This public comment opportunity, listed in the last CZ-Mail, is still open:

Job Postings

Reminder - This job posting, listed in the last CZ-Mail, is still available:

  • Postgraduate Research Opportunity - A postgraduate Research Project Training Opportunity is currently available at the EPA National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory, Atlantic Ecology Division, in Narragansett, Rhode Island. The project will investigate relationships between coastal acidification, nutrient enrichment, and larval shellfish. The participant will receive a monthly stipend and funding may be made available to reimburse travel expenses to present the results of his/her research at scientific conferences. For additional information and application materials, see the application page or e-mail betty.bowling@orau.org.

Calendar

Shorebird Identification Workshop - In September, the Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences is offering an Advanced Shorebird Identification Workshop and Field Trip to help build shorebird identification skills. The two-part event includes an evening slideshow presentation at the Manomet headquarters in Plymouth on September 4 from 6-8 p.m. and a shorebirding field trip at a local Plymouth beach on September 7 from 9 a.m. to noon. Registration is required for each activity and discounted prices are available to members.

MS4 Compliance Webinar - On September 10 from 1-2:30 p.m., the International City/County Management Association and EPA will host a 90-minute webinar to help communities effectively address urban stormwater and compliance with the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permits. The webinar, Urban Stormwater and MS4 Compliance: Learn More from MS4 Implementation Experts, will explore common problems and compliance challenges, adaptive management techniques, effective finance and regional coordination approaches, new tools being used for assessing overall program costs, and approaches for evaluating future capacity needs. The webinar is free to the first 250 registrants and registration is available online.

Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment -From September 10-12, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife National Conservation Training Center will hold a Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment course at the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve in Maine. This 3-day course will teach conservation and resource management practitioners’ methods for determining why species or habitats are likely to be vulnerable to projected climate change and which species and habitats will be most affected. One semester hour of college credit is available upon request. Contact tannor_kopp@fws.gov with registration questions.

Lecture on the Revolutionary War Battle of Chelsea Creek - On September 11 at 6 p.m., Victor Mastone from the Board of Underwater Archaeological Resources (BUAR) will present a lecture on the Revolutionary War Battle of Chelsea Creek as part of the Boston Public Library's Local and Family History Lecture Series. Join the lecture at the Central Library in Copley Square to hear about the capture and destruction of the schooner HMS Diana and the battle that proved to be a significant event in the siege of Boston. For more information, search for September 11 events on the Boston Public Library’s Calendar of Events.

Family Day at the Cape Cod Bird Festival - On September 15, the Cape Cod Bird Club will host the annual Cape Cod Bird Festival Family Day at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History in Brewster. Join the event for nature walks, a live owl show, a bird banding demonstration, habitat exploration, and fun activities for all ages. Pre-registration for the owl show and bird banding are strongly encouraged. Family Day is part of the weekend-long Cape Cod Bird Festival—an annual event that promotes Cape Cod as a fall migratory birding destination.

Green Infrastructure and Water Management Conference—Call for Abstracts - From January 14-16, the Patel College of Global Sustainability at the University of South Florida will hold the Green Infrastructure in Growing Metropolitan Areas Conference in Tampa. The event will bring together scientists, engineers, urban planners, and urban natural resource managers to highlight the latest developments in the science behind green infrastructure, illustrate new and innovative policy and engineering techniques, and outline emerging urban design models for protecting the water resources within the world’s growing metropolitan regions. Abstracts are due by September 15 and can be submitted online. Applicants that are accepted will be notified by October 15 and will need to register for the conference by December 15 to confirm their participation. The deadline for general registration is January 6.

Digital Coast CanVis Online Training - On September 17, NOAA’s Digital Coast will provide an online training for CanVis, a software program used to visualize potential impacts from coastal development or sea level rise. This two-hour instructor-led training includes an introduction to CanVis software and its functions, hands-on exercises, and a discussion of potential tool applications. To register for the web-based training, email nos.csc.canvis@noaa.gov at least two weeks in advance to receive instructions for how to participate. For more information or to download the software, see the CanVis tool web page.

Coastal 5K Run and Kids Coastal Hill Challenge - On September 22, Salem Sound Coastwatch (SSCW) will hold the Coastal 5K and Kids Coastal Hill Challenge at Lynch Park in Beverly. Join the road race on a fast course with a few rolling hills, one water stop, and ocean views along Beverly’s Dane Street Beach. The Kids Fun Run will be a half-mile, beach-to-beach event for ages 12 and under. Children are encouraged to wear a beach/ocean-themed costume to support beach clean-up. Proceeds from the event support SSCW’s Adopt a Beach program, which recruits and trains beachkeepers to do year-round coastal clean-ups and pollution monitoring. Register for the event online or download a mail-in registration form.

Cape Cod and Islands Climate Change and Energy Conference - On September 24, the Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC) will hold the Cape Cod and Islands Climate Change and Energy Conference in Hyannis to examine regional responses to increased storms and sea level rise from climate change. Join the conference to hear CZM staff, as well as other coastal geologists, engineers, regional planners, insurance experts, and clean energy professionals discuss regional risks to rising sea levels, storm surges, flooding, and coastal erosion, and how communities have been preparing for expected impacts. For the complete agenda, see the WHRC Upcoming Events Page. Register by September 15 by contacting Wendy Kingerlee at wkingerlee@whrc.org.

BUAR Public Meeting - On September 26 at 1:30 p.m., BUAR will hold its bi-monthly public meeting in the CZM large conference room. The preliminary agenda includes discussion/approval of minutes for the July 25 meeting, renewal of six permits, and discussion of permittee, outreach, and research activities. For more information, contact BUAR Director, Victor Mastone, at victor.mastone@state.ma.us.

Law Lecture Series Event - On September 26 at 6 p.m., Jan R. Schlichtmann, Esq. will present From Lawyer to Fishmonger - What's the Catch? at the Omni Providence Hotel in Rhode Island. Join the lecture to hear about ideas for sustainable 21st century harbor-front development and marine industry based on the latest principles in ecological engineering, green chemistry, and biomimicry. A reception will follow at 7 p.m. Register at lawevents@rwu.edu by September 23.

Boston Harbor Island Regatta - On September 28 at 10 a.m., the Boston Harbor Island Association will host the 9th Annual Boston Harbor Islands Regatta on a course around the Boston Harbor Islands national park area. Join one of the largest races in Boston, with about 100 boats and more than 400 crew, to help support the Alliance’s initiatives for public programs and access to the islands. An awards ceremony and party will take place after the race on Spectacle Island from 1-5 p.m. For more information and registration details, see the Race Notice.

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.

Cape Cod Field Schools - Through November, Mass Audubon's Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary is offering a variety of 2-, 3-, and 4-day field courses for adults that focus on the unique coastal environment and wildlife of Cape Cod. Cape Cod Field Schools emphasize active, outdoor, "in-the-field" experiences and are taught by professional naturalists and scientists.

Walks 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 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, such as training to be an education volunteer or learning how to band birds for research. 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, the impacts on the physical conditions, biological processes, animal distributions, and fisheries in the region, and lessons learned from this record-setting year.
  • Law and Policy Journal Symposium - From September 10-11, the Sea Grant Law and Policy Journal 2013 Symposium will take place at the University of Mississippi School of Law in Oxford, MS. The topic, Law and Policy Research, Extension, and Outreach within the Sea Grant Network, will include a forum for professionals to discuss and learn about existing law and policy programs for coastal and ocean resource management. To register, contact Dominiqua Dickey at ddickey@olemiss.edu.
  • 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.

Other Items of Interest

Ocean Science and Technology Field Trips in Woods Hole - The Zephyr Education Foundation is hosting hands-on Science and Technology School Field Trips in Woods Hole. Students will participate in a scientific cruise in Vineyard Sound modeled after actual research at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and NOAA's Northeast Fisheries Center. Activities include deploying an underwater video camera, retrieving a dredge that collects seafloor specimens, casting plankton nets to collect species in the water column, using a sub-surface oceanographic mooring that collects temperature and depth data, and viewing a side scan sonar system that looks at sunken wrecks. For more information or to sign up, email Rob Reynolds at rreynolds@zephyrmarine.net.

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.