August 2015

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-Funded Project Demonstrates Living Shoreline Techniques through Short Documentary

In April 2014, CZM’s Green Infrastructure for Coastal Resilience Grants Program awarded funding to the Martha’s Vineyard Shellfish Group, Inc. (MVSG) to conduct preliminary investigations into the hatchery production of ribbed mussels and demonstrate living shoreline techniques using coir logs, ribbed mussels, and marsh grass for pilot scale marsh restoration. MVSG has completed four living shoreline installations (two at low wave energy and two at high wave energy sites) that will provide useful information and lessons learned to help guide and expand future living shoreline applications on Martha’s Vineyard and throughout coastal Massachusetts. Through the short documentary, Living Shoreline, MVSG discusses the innovative project approach and explains the role living shorelines play in providing storm protection and water quality bioremediation as sea level rises.

Sign Up for COASTSWEEP 2015

COASTSWEEP, the annual state-wide beach cleanup sponsored by CZM, will kick off its 28th year in September. Volunteers throughout Massachusetts turn out in large numbers each year for this event, which is part of the International Coastal Cleanup organized by the Ocean Conservancy in Washington, DC. Participants all over the world collect marine debris and record what they find. This information is then used to help reduce future marine debris problems. Cleanups will be scheduled throughout September and October. To get involved, see the COASTSWEEP website or check out COASTSWEEP on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Also, for more on becoming a local cleanup coordinator, see this Mass.Gov blog posting from CZM.

CZ-Tip - ‘Tis Always the Season to Save Water

Although this is not the driest summer on record, saving water should be a year-round goal no matter the weather. Water conservation helps maintain water levels in rivers and streams, which is essential for protecting habitats as well as the quality of the water that runs to the sea. CZ-Tip: Save Water can help you use water wisely in your home, yard, and business.

CZM Staff and People

New NOAA Coastal Fellow - CZM welcomes Ashley Green as CZM’s 9th Coastal Management Fellow from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Nominated by North Carolina Sea Grant, Ashley was matched with CZM through a rigorous selection and interview process. During her two-year fellowship, Ashley will focus on developing tools to provide Massachusetts coastal cities and towns with the information they need to manage stormwater effectively. Ashley hails from Kansas City and recently received a Masters of Environmental Management degree from Duke University. We are thrilled to have Ashley on board for this important project.

Coastal Wetlands Intern - Melanie Kenney started in July as CZM’s new Coastal Wetlands Intern. Melanie will be assisting in the collection and processing of biological samples for use in condition assessment of salt marshes on the North Shore. In addition to her work in the field and lab, she will be conducting a study on Floristic Quality Assessment and a literature review on long-term wetland monitoring. Melanie has an M.A. from the University of Colorado and a B.A. from Bard College. Welcome, Melanie!

MassBays Blue Carbon Intern - The Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Program (MassBays) is pleased to welcome John Deane as its Blue Carbon intern for the summer. John will provide desktop, field, and laboratory-based support to a multi-partner investigation to quantify the carbon sequestration potential of eelgrass in near-shore habitats in Massachusetts. John comes from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec.

Grants/Funding/Proposal Opportunities

Coastal Pollutant Remediation Grant Program - CZM is seeking proposals for the Coastal Pollutant Remediation (CPR) Grant Program. For Fiscal Year (FY) 2016, the CPR program will provide up to $400,000 to municipalities located in the Massachusetts Coastal Watershed to assess and remediate stormwater pollution from paved surfaces and to design and construct commercial boat waste pumpout facilities. As much as $125,000 may be requested and a 25 percent match of the total project cost is required. Projects may not exceed one year in duration and must be completed by June 30 of each year. For more information, to view the Request for Responses (RFR), and download required forms, see the COMMBUYS website. Proposals are due by September 4.

Buzzards Bay Municipal Grants - The Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program is seeking proposals for the Buzzards Bay Municipal Grant program. The Fiscal Year 2016 grant round will fund projects in eligible Buzzards Bay watershed communities that help meet its goals of protecting and restoring wetlands, wildlife habitat, and water quality, and safeguarding open spaces in Buzzards Bay and its surrounding watershed. An anticipated total of $154,000 in federal funds will be available. For more information, to view the RFR, and download required forms, see the COMMBUYS website. Proposals are due by August 31.

Southeast New England Program Water Quality Management Grants - The Buzzards Bay and Narragansett Bay National Estuary Programs (NEP) are seeking proposals for nutrient, pathogen, and stormwater management projects within the Buzzards Bay watershed under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Southeast New England Program. Each NEP will award up to $900,000 in grants to nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, municipalities, and other government agencies. Nutrient management projects addressing either nitrogen pollution to coastal waters or phosphorus pollution to freshwaters will be considered. Both large and small proposals are encouraged. For more information, including links to each RFR, see the Buzzards Bay NEP website. Pre-proposals are due by September 15.

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

  • 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 (HMGP). This post-disaster mitigation grant funding is now available statewide as a result of the federal disaster declaration for the January 2015 Severe Winter Storm. The 2015 Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) Grant Program and the Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Program funding are also now available. These grants assist applicants with hazard mitigation planning and the implementation of hazard mitigation projects to reduce or eliminate the loss of life and property due to natural hazards. For complete grant details, see the MEMA website. Applications for HMGP projects ready for implementation and applications for PDM and FMA grants are due August 3. Applications for HMGP projects that need additional refinement can be submitted until November 23.
  • National Maritime Heritage Grants - The National Park Service is seeking applications for approximately $1.7 million in National Maritime Heritage Grants for education or preservation projects. Education projects can request $15,000-$50,000, and preservation projects can request $50,000-$200,000. Applications are due by August 3.
  • Resilient Shorelines - The Northeast Regional Ocean Council (NROC) is seeking proposals to support advancement of shared Northeast state priorities for resilient shorelines. NROC will fund up to five proposals that provide data products, tools, information, and processes for shoreline resilience planning and management to coastal decision makers. Proposals should focus on increasing the delivery of scientific information and adaptation tools to coastal communities and decision-makers. For details, see the NROC website. Proposals are due by August 5.
  • Drinking Water Supply Grants - The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Division of Conservation Services (DCS) is seeking proposals for the fiscal year 2016 Drinking Water Supply Protection Grant Program. This program provides up to $350,000 per project for public water systems and municipal water departments for the purchase of land or interests in land for the protection of existing public drinking water supplies, protection of planned future public drinking water supplies, or groundwater recharge. Proposals are due by September 30.

Products/Publications

Educational Sand Dune Signs - Woods Hole Sea Grant and the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension are again offering These Dunes Aren't Made For Walking (PDF, 1.7 MB) signs aimed at preserving coastal resources. The signs are free on water-resistant paper and $10 for a metal version. To order the signs, email seagrant@whoi.edu.

Climate Change Report - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released Climate Change in the United States: Benefits of Global Action, a report that estimates the physical and monetary benefits to the United States of reducing global greenhouse gas emissions. The report summarizes results from the Climate Change Impacts and Risk Analysis (CIRA) project, a peer-reviewed study comparing impacts in a future with significant global action on climate change to a future in which current greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise. The report shows that global action on climate change will significantly benefit Americans by saving lives and avoiding costly damages across the country’s economy.

Climate Change Activities in Federal Agencies - The Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange (CAKE) has released Climate Change Adaptation in United States Federal Natural Resource Science and Management Agencies: A Synthesis, a report that reviews climate change adaptation activities in several federal agencies.

Marine Protected Area Newsletter - The May-June 2015 issue of MPA News features a discussion of area-based conservation measures, engaging younger professionals in the Marine Protected Area (MPA) field, and other MPA news and notes.

The Sandbar - The July 2015 issue of The Sandbar, a quarterly publication reporting on legal issues affecting the U.S. oceans and coasts by the National Sea Grant College Program, features articles on ocean acidification, beach access rights, and other ocean- and coastal-related legal issues.

WHOI Newsletter - The July 2015 issue of the WHOI newsletter, a Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI) monthly e-newsletter, features articles on beach pollution, accelerated warming off the Northeast coast, and other ocean science news, research, and events at WHOI.

Natural Hazards Observer - The July 2015 issue of the Natural Hazards Observer, the bimonthly periodical of the Natural Hazards Center in Boulder, Colorado, features articles on healing after disaster, a new hazard mitigation initiative, and other natural hazards news and information.

Sound Waves - The March-June 2015 issue of Sound Waves, the newsletter from U.S. Geological Survey, features articles on exploring the Mariana Trench, imaging methane seeps and plumes in the Atlantic, and other coastal and marine research news.

Web-Based and Mobile-User Resources

Massachusetts and Cape Cod Bays Discussion - On June 4, MassBays Director Pam DiBona and Samantha Woods, Executive Director of the North and South Rivers Watershed Association, presented Notes from the Field: Conditions and Trends in Massachusetts Bay and Cape Cod Bay at the New England Aquarium. A video of their presentation is now available from the WGBH Forum Network. The discussion centered on the importance of volunteer efforts to monitoring the health of local estuaries.

Climate Registry for the Assessment of Vulnerability - The U.S. Geological Survey National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center in partnership with EcoAdapt and other partners have developed the Climate Registry for the Assessment of Vulnerability (CRAVe), a tool that stores metadata on climate change vulnerability assessments from across the nation and is available for use by the general public. Users can enter information about vulnerability assessments and search for assessments for specific geographic regions, assessment targets or endpoints, managing entity, and other factors.

Calendar

Seahorse Talk - On August 3, the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History will present Tracking New England's Lined Seahorse with David Wedge, Senior Aquarist at the New England Aquarium. Wedge will discuss his collaboration with the Vero Beach Marine Lab in Sarasota, Florida, where he assisted in the collection of small tissue samples of wild Lined Seahorses to create a genetic profile of their distribution and populations along the East Coast. The habitat of the lined seahorse is diminishing due to coastal growth and pollution, which ultimately is the cause of the decreasing population and is contributing to their “vulnerable” status as a species.

Movie Night on the Bluff - On August 4, the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve will host Movie Night on the Bluff with The Penguin Counters. This film follows Ron Naveen as his team of scientists in Antarctica study three species of penguins in the face of climate change. Bring a lawn chair, blanket, and flashlight! Popcorn will be served.

Science Made Public - Through August, WHOI is sponsoring Science Made Public, a series of public talks by WHOI scientists and engineers. On August 4, the first talk will be Our Science, Our Ocean: Citizen Science in Buzzards Bay, Mass by Jennie Rheuban, Research Associate, Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry

Nature Screen Summer Festival of Films - In August, the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History will host its Nature Screen series with a summer festival of PBS Nature and Nova documentaries. Join the museum for these compelling, educational, and visually stunning documentaries that inspire appreciation, curiosity, and stewardship of the natural world and its inhabitants. On August 5, the museum will show DUCKumentary.

Designing for Future Climates - From August 10-11, the Conway School in Conway will host Designing for Future Climates: Resilient Facilities, Communities, and Economies, a workshop for designers, planners, and asset managers on improving the ways buildings, infrastructure, and business processes affect and are being affected by changing climate.

Working Waterfronts & Waterways Symposium—Call for Student Volunteers - From November 16-19, the National Working Waterfronts & Waterways Symposium will be held in Tampa, Florida. Organizers are seeking student volunteers to assist with logistics, such as registration, audio visual operation during the symposium sessions, and helping out during the field trips as necessary. For details and perks for volunteers, see the Call for Student Volunteers. Applications are due by August 13.

Digging into the Past - On August 19, the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, as part of its Digging into the Past series, will present The Wellfleet Tavern Archaeological Site with Massachusetts Archaeological Society Member Judy Macioci. The Wellfleet Tavern Site was an archaeological project excavated in 1972. Artifacts indicate there was an active tavern on the site at Great Island in Wellfleet from 1690-1740. It served as a drinking and eating establishment frequented by whalers, traders and locals. Learn about how the site was found, the excavation process, artifact identification, and the story about the people of the tavern.

Ecosystems Service Hotspots in Massachusetts - On August 20, the OneNOAA Science Seminar Series will present Doing more with less: Ecosystem service hotspots in Massachusetts, USA by Meghan Blumstein, PhD candidate, Harvard University. Blumstein studies the resilience of forests to climate change. Her talk will focus on considerations that should be taken when using hotspots to define conservation priorities. In Massachusetts, the number of ecosystem service hotspots has increased over time, but this may in fact be a negative reflection of expanding development and degrading forests over the past decade.

Deep-Sea Hydrothermal Vents Talk - On August 20, the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History will present Oases in the Deep—The Fascinating World of Deep-Sea Hydrothermal Vents by Dr. Stefan Sievert, Associate Scientist in the Biology Department at WHOI. The deep-sea is the largest contiguous biome on Earth and is home to a large number and high diversity of organisms, yet is still only poorly explored. The majority of the organisms in the deep-sea are dependent on food that is produced through photosynthesis in the sunlit surface ocean, and thus is directly dependent on solar energy. This leads to a shortage of food in the deep-ocean, as only a small percentage of the material produced in the surface ocean sinks to the abyss.

Annual Swim & Fin - On August 29, Salem Sound Coastwatch will host the 10th Annual Swim & Fin Race for Salem Sound at Forest River Park in Salem. People of all ages and levels may join the event for open-water swimming races of three different distances: 500 meters, 1 mile, and 5K. Proceeds from this event support Salem Sound Coastwatch's work to protect local beaches, streams, salt marshes, and coastal waters.

Summer Walking Tours and Splash Lab - In August, WHOI will host Summer Walking Tours that will provide a background on the research conducted at WHOI and on the history of the Institution. Tours are recommended for a teenage to an adult audience. Guests can also participate in “Splash Lab,” a hands-on activity for kids using water. For more information, contact Joanne Tromp at jtromp@whoi.edu or Kathy Patterson at kpatterson@whoi.edu.

Flood Management Conference - From September 8-11, the Floodplain Management Association will host the 2015 Floodplain Management Annual Conference in Rancho Mirage, California. The topic, Breaking Down Risk: Resiliency, Integration, Sustainability and Knowledge in a Climate of Extremes, 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.

New England Graduate Student Water Symposium - From September 11-13, the New England Graduate Student Water Symposium will be held at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. This conference is for graduate students and research-active undergraduates from universities to come and present work in oral or poster presentations. All presentations will be by undergraduate and graduate students, but all are welcome to attend.

Massachusetts Soil Conference - On September 17, the first Massachusetts Soil Conference: Know the Soil, Know the Land will be held in Rutland. Understanding soils is critical to conservation and land-use planning that supports sustainable agriculture, forestry, and greener urban, suburban, and rural communities. This one-day conference will focus on soil information resources available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Soil Survey. The conference will include classroom workshops and field demonstrations and is targeted at natural resource management and environmental protection professionals, agricultural commission and conservation commission members, farmers, and other land owners and managers.

RARGOM Annual Science Meeting—Call for Abstracts - On October 14, the Regional Association for Research on the Gulf of Maine (RARGOM) will hold its Annual Science Meeting, How is the timing of all things changing in the Gulf of Maine? in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The 2015 meeting will focus on the phenology (seasonal changes in plants and animals from year to year) of the Gulf of Maine ecosystem and welcomes papers that deal with changes in phenology of forcing factors, lower trophic levels, marine resources and other species, and fisheries.

Ocean Sciences Meeting—Call for Abstracts - From February 21-26, 2016, the 2016 Ocean Sciences Meeting will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana. Conference organizers are seeking abstract submissions for oral and poster presentations on a wide variety of ocean-related topics. See the Abstract Submissions page for details. The abstract submission deadline is September 23.

Cape Cod Bird Club Walks - Through September, the Cape Cod Bird Club will hold free bird watching walks throughout Cape Cod. The next walk will be held at West Dennis Beach on August 8.

Walk Inside the Inflatable Humpback Whale - On August 12 and 27, the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History will allow visitors to walk inside a 44-foot inflatable humpback whale. Learn all about the magnificent whale’s behaviors and habits from the inside out. Registration is recommended.

Green Infrastructure Webcasts - The EPA Green Infrastructure Program Webcast Series features bimonthly webcasts geared toward public officials and practitioners just beginning to implement green infrastructure, as well as those looking to enhance established programs. The next webcast is Paying for Stormwater—The Benefits of a Utility on August 13.

Cape Cod Bird Festival - From September 18-20, the third annual Cape Cod Bird Festival will be held in Hyannis. The festival will include workshops on topics including counting birds in flocks, seabird identification, and snowy owls at Logan Airport. Registration closes on September 5.

Managing Floodplain Development through the National Flood Insurance Program - From September 28-October 1, the Association of State Floodplain Managers and FEMA are co-sponsoring a free Managing Floodplain Development through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) course in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. This course will provide an organized training opportunity for local officials responsible for administering local floodplain management ordinances. The course will focus on the NFIP and concepts of floodplain management, maps and studies, ordinance administration, and the relationship between floodplain management and flood insurance.

MACC Education - The Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions (MACC) offers a variety of specialized education programs for the summer. Visit the MACC workshops page to see an overview of upcoming wetland delineation and soil science courses and shrub identification workshops, along with the soil erosion and sediment control training program. The MACC online education calendar provides a schedule of programs.

Tuesday Tweets - Every other Tuesday through September, the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History will hold Tuesday Tweets, birdwatching walks with Gretchen Moran Towers. Whether experienced or a beginner, bring binoculars, wear appropriate footwear, and come prepared to watch, study, and enjoy birds in their natural habitats.

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, Lectures, and Events on Cape Cod - Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary and Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary in Barnstable offer a variety of educational programs for children and adults, including naturalist-led bird walks and nature and aquatic adventures for families. For more information, search the calendar of programs, classes, and activities for Wellfleet Bay and Long Pasture.

Ipswich River Wildlife Programs and Activities - Mass Audubon’s Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary provides numerous nature walks, talks, and adventures. See the program catalog for event and schedule information.

Summer Walks in Harwich - The Harwich Conservation Trust has posted its schedule of summer walks. All walks are free and open to the public. See the Trust's website.

Reminders - The following calendar items posted in the last CZ-Mail are still to come:

  • Coastal Explorer Van - On August 6, the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History will present the Barnstable 4-H Coastal Explorer Van, a 31-foot, handicapped-accessible motor coach that provides visitors with a unique opportunity to learn about Cape Cod's coastal environment. On board, visitors will find saltwater aquariums with live animals, computer and interactive games, a TV/VCR for viewing marine life videos, microscopes to view marine life, blue shark and dolphin models displaying both external and internal anatomy, and a hands-on exhibit. The van will be parked in the museum parking lot in Brewster from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on these days.
  • Hurricane Sandy Conference - From August 10-11, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will hold the Hurricane Sandy Conference, Translating Research into Practice, in New York City. This conference will discuss the research outcomes of a two-year series of Hurricane Sandy research grants. Topics include the varied research on Hurricane Sandy, strategies to build preparedness and resilience, translating research into practice, best practices in public health, and effective risk management.
  • Annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival - From August 22-23, Brewer Hawthorne Cove Marina in Salem will host the 33rd annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival, where vessels of all sizes and shapes will be on display, including 1900s-60s motor yachts, mahogany speedboats, sloops, yawls, schooners, and a 19th century gold-leaf canoe. This celebration of maritime heritage also includes a craft fair, artists, old-time band music, children's activities, the Blessing of the Fleet, and a boat parade.
  • Coastal Structures and Coastal Disasters Conference - From September 9-11, the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Coasts, Oceans, Ports and Rivers Institute will hold the Coastal Structures & Solutions to Coastal Disasters Joint Conference in Boston. The conference theme is Resilient Coastal Communities.
  • Mudflat Mania - Through September 3, the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History will hold Mudflat Mania!, twice weekly hikes to Cape Cod Bay to explore the life on and below the Brewster sand flats.
  • Hazus Conference—Call for Abstracts - From December 9-11, the eighth annual Hazus User Conference, Hazus and the Emergency Management Life Cycle: From Practice to Policy, will be held in Atlanta, Georgia. Hazus is a nationally applicable, standardized methodology that contains models for estimating potential losses from earthquakes, floods, and hurricanes. Participants are encouraged to submit presentation abstracts on innovative Hazus-related applications such as the use of Hazus in flood, earthquake, or hurricane studies, international applications of Hazus, academic uses, or enhancements of Hazus hazard and exposure inputs. See the Call for Abstracts, which are due by October 9.

Other Items of Interest

Mass Audubon Photo Contest - Mass Audubon is holding its 2015 Picture This: Your Great Outdoors photo contest, open to all participants. They welcome striking digital images that highlight the beauty and diversity of Massachusetts wildlife, habitats, people in nature, and Mass Audubon Travel. Entries are due by September 30.

Beneath the Waves Film Competition - The Beneath the Waves - Youth Making Ripples Film Competition is an opportunity for K-12 students to use their creative talents and serve as a voice for the oceans. Elementary, middle, and high school students are encouraged to create marine related films (less than 5 minutes). Submissions are due by December 5.

Campus RainWorks Challenge - EPA’s Office of Water is pleased to announce the 4th annual Campus RainWorks Challenge, a green infrastructure design competition for undergraduate and graduate students. Student teams, working with a faculty advisor, will submit design boards, a project narrative, and a letter of support for a proposed green infrastructure project for their campus. This year, student teams are encouraged to incorporate climate resiliency into the stormwater management designs. Winning teams will be awarded cash prizes. Registration opens September 1 and entries must be submitted by December 18.