April 2016

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Coming This Spring: FY17 Grants for Local Coastal Resilience and Pollution Remediation Projects

This spring, on behalf of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA), CZM looks forward to announcing the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 rounds of two grant programs to support local efforts to: 1) address the effects of coastal storms, flooding, erosion, and sea level rise and 2) improve coastal water quality by addressing nonpoint pollution sources. CZM’s Coastal Resilience Grant Program will provide grants to coastal communities to advance innovative and transferable local coastal resilience initiatives to increase awareness and understanding of climate impacts, assess risk and vulnerability, plan for changing conditions, and redesign vulnerable public facilities and infrastructure. Additionally, both communities and certified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations may seek funding for nature-based approaches (or green infrastructure) that enhance natural resources and provide storm damage protection. CZM’s Coastal Pollutant Remediation Grant Program will provide funds for a variety of projects that address local nonpoint source stormwater pollution issues, including assessment, design, and construction of Best Management Practices and the design and implementation of commercial boat pumpout facilities. For assistance to potential applicants, see the Coastal Resilience Grants contact information and Coastal Pollutant Remediation Grants contact information.

Federal Funds to Support Coastal Resilience Awarded in New England

In February and March, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Office for Coastal Management announced $9 million in recommended grants under the Regional Coastal Resilience Grants Program. Grants will fund comprehensive regional projects that are designed to make coasts and communities more resilient, and that rely on science-based solutions and collaborative partnerships. Two projects in the Northeast received awards. The Cape Cod Commission was awarded $522,348 to undertake a public planning process to improve community understanding of climate change impacts, sea level rise scenarios, and various adaptation strategies. The Northeast Regional Association of Coastal and Ocean Observing Systems (NERCOOS) in partnership with the five coastal New England states was awarded $891,243 to document and predict coastal storm impacts and increase the implementation of sustainable, nature-based infrastructure approaches (living shorelines). CZM will be working with the coastal programs, the Nature Conservancy, the Northeast Regional Ocean Council, and other partners to develop state-of-the-practice information on living shorelines; examine, identify, and address regulatory issues associated with natural infrastructure practices; develop and implement a series of training program workshops; and advance community-based living shoreline planning and assessment pilot projects. For more information, see the NOAA press release.

New Report on Climate Change Impacts to Coastal Stormwater BMPs

CZM, in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), has released Assessment of Climate Change Impacts on Stormwater BMPs and Recommended BMP Design Considerations in Coastal Communities. Developed by the Horsley Witten Group, Inc., with support from the Woods Hole Group, this report is intended to help municipalities address the unique challenges of siting, designing, and constructing stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs) in coastal areas that are subject to flooding, storm damage, and salt and wind exposure and are expected to experience increased impacts due to sea level rise, higher groundwater levels, and increased frequency and intensity of storm impacts due to climate change.

CZ-Tip - Plan Some Kid-Friendly Coastal Activities for April Vacation

April means spring break, and you may be wondering how on earth to fill those nine full early-spring days when the kids off from school. Well, let's start with the "earth" part—Earth Day is on April 22! There are plenty of ways to air-out and exercise kids in the great outdoors, or even stay indoors and learn about the natural world, on Earth Day and beyond. With the more than 1,500 miles of coastline in Massachusetts, explore maritime history (including pirates!), coastal art, marine science, and more. See CZ-Tip - Break Up Spring Break with Coastal Activities for Kids for ideas for spring break and all year long.

Grants/Funding/Proposal Opportunities

Coastal Resilience Grant Program - CZM anticipates the release of the FY 2017 Request for Responses (RFR) for the Coastal Resilience Grant Program this spring. These grants fund local efforts to address the effects of coastal storms, flooding, erosion, and sea level rise. See the first item in this month’s CZ-Mail for additional details.

Coastal Pollutant Remediation Grant Program - CZM anticipates the release of the FY 2017 RFR for the Coastal Pollutant Remediation (CPR) Grant Program this spring. CPR grants fund projects that address local nonpoint source pollution issues, including stormwater Best Management Practices and commercial boat pumpout facilities. See the first item in this month’s CZ-Mail for additional details.

Buzzards Bay Watershed Municipal Mini-Grant Program - The Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program (NEP) is expected to announce in April a Request for Proposals for the Buzzards Bay Watershed Municipal Mini-grant Program. Projects must implement a recommendation or recommendations in the Buzzards Bay Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan and be principally located within the Buzzards Bay Watershed. A 33% match of requested funding is required and only municipalities are eligible to apply. The application deadline will likely be in June. For more information and updates, see the Buzzards Bay NEP website.

FEMA Port Security Grants - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is accepting applications for the 2016 Port Security Grant Program to fund projects that will improve protection, response, or recovery efforts associated with the threat to coastal transportation infrastructure from the water (e.g., coastal storms, biological, and security). Eligible projects would not include new culverts or flood reduction projects, but could include generators to restore critical infrastructure. There is a 25% cost share for grants more than $25,000. Applicants may submit up to five projects and the period of the grant is three years. Applicants are highly encouraged to initiate this process no later than 10 days prior to the application due date. For questions, contact FEMA at askcsid@dhs.gov or (800) 368-6498. For more information, see the FEMA website. All applications are due by April 25.

§319 Grants - MassDEP is seeking proposals for the §319 Nonpoint Source Pollution Competitive Grants Program to fund comprehensive projects that address nonpoint sources of pollution affecting water quality. On April 14 at 10:00 a.m., MassDEP will hold a public information session at the MassDEP offices in Worcester. Potential applicants can ask questions about the §319 program, including questions about project eligibility and administrative procedures. The §319 RFR is available on the MassDEP website (WORD, 405 KB). Proposals are due by noon on June 1.

Healthy Communities Grant Program - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking applications for the 2016 Healthy Communities Grant Program for projects that benefit communities at risk from impacts of climate change, stormwater runoff, and other environmental issues. Proposals up to $25,000 are allowed and a five percent match of the total proposed budget is required. For more information, see the 2016 Grants page. Initial project summaries are due by April 8.

Environmental Education Grants - EPA is seeking applications for Environmental Education Local Grants to support locally focused environmental education projects that increase public awareness and knowledge about environmental issues. Applications are due by April 8.

BoatUS Grassroots Grants - The BoatUS Foundation is seeking applications for its Grassroots Grants. Up to $10,000 is available to local volunteer organizations to promote education on safe and clean boating. Applications are accepted year round.

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

  • Habitat Restoration Grants - NOAA’s Community-based Restoration Program is seeking proposals for 2016 Coastal and Marine Habitat Restoration Grants. These grants will support fish habitat restoration projects that use an ecosystem-based approach to foster species recovery, increase fish populations, and contribute to ecosystem and community resilience. NOAA anticipates up to $9 million will be available in this grant round. Proposals are due by April 6.
  • Sounds Conservancy Grants - The Sounds Conservancy Grants Program is dedicated to supporting the conservation and restoration of the sounds of Long Island, Fishers Island, Block Island, Rhode Island, Martha's Vineyard, and Nantucket and their adjacent coastlines in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, and Rhode Island. The program encourages and supports projects that lead to improved marine and coastal resource management with funding up to $2,500 available to university, college, and high school students, private individuals, and nonprofit organizations. Applications must be postmarked by May 1.
  • 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) Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) Grant Program and the Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Program. 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. To explain applicant eligibility requirements, the types of projects that are eligible, and the non-federal cost-share, DCR and MEMA will hold several briefings in March and April for potential applicants. CZM strongly encourages all potential applicants to attend one of these sessions. For complete grant details, see the PDM and FMA pages on the MEMA website. Applications for PDM and FMA grants are due by May 25.

Products/Publications

Community Resilience Building Workshop Guide - The Community Resilience Building Workshop has released the Community Resilience Building Workshop Guide, which will provide instructions on how to lead a community toward improved resilience to all natural and climate-related hazards today and in the future. The guide employs a community-driven process that incorporates information, experience, and dialogue to develop resilience tools and strategies. Participants identify top hazards, current challenges, and strengths and then develop and prioritize actions to improve a community’s resilience.

Engaging Communities in Offshore Wind - The Island Institute has released Engaging Communities in Offshore Wind: Case Studies and Lessons Learned from New England Islands, a report that highlights key insights for designing good community engagement processes and demonstrates these best practices through case studies of offshore wind projects in Block Island, Rhode Island, Martha’s Vineyard, and Monhegan, Maine. These offshore wind projects have the potential to be an abundant source of renewable, low carbon electricity.

Sea Level Rise and U.S. Floods - Climate Central has published Unnatural Coastal Floods: Sea Level Rise and the Human Fingerprint on U.S. Floods Since 1950, a report that argues that human-caused global sea level rise is the cause for about two-thirds of the high water events over flood thresholds since 1950.

2016 Boaters’ Guide to Tides and Pumpout Facilities - This wallet-sized pamphlet from the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries Clean Vessel Act (CVA) program contains information on the locations of pumpout facilities along the Massachusetts coastline and a June-September tide chart. Download a free copy from the CVA website. Limited hardcopies are also available. Email your request and mailing address to Cecil French at cecil.french@state.ma.us.

Green Infrastructure and Flooding Study - EPA has released Flood Loss Avoidance Benefits of Green Infrastructure for Stormwater Management, a modeling study that estimates the flood loss avoidance benefits from application of small storm retention practices for new development and redevelopment nationwide. Twenty watersheds were modeled in areas where significant growth is expected between 2020 and 2040, using the FEMA Hazus model and national-scale datasets. The results show that, over time, the use of green stormwater infrastructure can save hundreds of millions of dollars in flood losses, while just applying the practices to new development and redevelopment only. If retrofitting were to occur, the avoided losses would be even more significant.

Extreme Weather and Climate Change Report - The National Academies Press have published Attribution of Extreme Weather Events in the Context of Climate Change, a report that concludes it is now possible to estimate the influence of climate change on some types of extreme events. Confidence is strongest for extreme events that are influenced by climate change through a well-understood physical mechanism, such as the more frequent heat waves that are closely connected to human-caused global temperature increases. Confidence is lower for other types of events, such as hurricanes, whose relationship to climate change is more complex and less understood at present.

Marine Protected Area Newsletter - The December 201-January 2016 issue of MPA News covers how Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) can help mitigate impacts of climate change, surfing reserves, and other MPA news and notes.

MPA Connections - The March 2016 edition of MPA Connections, the newsletter of NOAA's National MPA Center, features articles on an MPA capacity building, the recent Marine Reserves Summit in Oregon, and other MPA news.

Web-Based and Mobile-User Resources

Green Streets Video - EPA has released Green Streets: The Road to Clean Water, a video that discusses “Green streets,” natural and engineered methods for controlling stormwater and providing other economic and community benefits. Examples of green streets are provided where localities have worked with EPA and other partners to incorporate these methods as part of stormwater management plans. Green methods featured include porous pavement, rain gardens, vegetative curb areas, and sidewalk trees. For more information about green streets, see the EPA website.

Beach Modeling Guidance - EPA has launched the Models for Predicting Beach Water Quality website, which provides guidance for states on the use of predictive tools to warn beachgoers about potential water quality issues. This guidance can help beach managers evaluate if a predictive tool would be an appropriate and cost-effective addition to beach monitoring and notification programs. The guidance provides a simple, straightforward approach on how to develop a predictive model for beach water quality.

ESIP App - The EcoSystem Indicator Partnership (ESIP) of the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment has launched a smartphone application that provides information on environmental monitoring programs in the vicinity. Users can utilize phones to upload images into photo libraries or to share important locations. ESIP was created to better understand and convey information on status and trends in the Gulf of Maine ecosystem and the impacts of human use. The application is available for both Apple and Android phones.

Gulf of Maine Educational Videos - Maine Sea Grant and other partners have released two animated, educational videos on the environment in the Gulf of Maine. A Climate of Calamity in the Gulf of Maine: The Lobster Pot Heats Up describes the impacts of global climate change on lobsters in the Gulf of Maine. A Climate Calamity in the Gulf of Maine Part 2: Acid in the Gulf discusses the potential impact of ocean acidification on sea life in the Gulf of Maine.

Kids Environmental Lesson Plans - Sailors for the Sea has developed Kids Environmental Lesson Plans (KELP), which are fun, easy to use lessons that can help students understand the ocean’s influence on humans and human’s influence on the ocean. These packets have crossword puzzles, word searches, decoding games, and more.

Earth Day Ideas for Students and Teachers - April 22 is Earth Day and the EPA website provides homework resources, lesson plans, and project ideas for students and teachers to learn and teach about the environment.

seaHarmony - seaHarmony is an online collaboration network that connects ocean scientists interested in outreach activities with educators and organizations who want to bring science to their students and communities. Members are matched based on disciplinary interests and collaboration preferences. Check it out at seaharmony.org.

Thank You Ocean Podcast and Videos - California’s Thank You Ocean Campaign is a nonprofit partnership to raise ocean awareness and promote everyday actions that protect the ocean. Subscribe to twice-monthly podcasts on iTunes or on YouTube.

Speak Up for Blue - The Speak Up For Blue Podcasts offer a wide range of discussion on ocean conservation topics. The current episode is Quantifying Multiple Stressors for More Effective Marine Protected Areas.

Public Comment

Please note: All official CZM requests for public comment are also published in the Public Notices section of the Environmental Monitor, the bi-weekly publication from the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) office.

Proposed Revisions to CZM’s DPA and MHP regulations and MassDEP’s Waterways Regulations - CZM and MassDEP have proposed revisions to 301 CMR 23.00 - Review and Approval of Municipal Harbor Plans (MHP), 301 CMR 25.00 - Designation of Port Areas (DPA), and 310 CMR 9.00 - Chapter 91 Waterways Regulations. The purpose of these revisions is to provide greater flexibility to municipalities and businesses by (1) allowing for new and expanded economic development opportunities while ensuring the protection of current and future marine industrial uses in selected areas within DPAs and (2) providing increased flexibility, greater clarity, and predictability for the licensure of prospective activities and uses on the ground floors of non-water dependent buildings. CZM and MassDEP will hold the following public hearings in April.

  • April 5 - MassDEP Boston Offices, Conference Rooms A, B, and C - 2212 (second floor), One Winter Street.
  • April 6 - New Bedford Public Library, Main Library Meeting Room, 613 Pleasant Street, New Bedford.
  • April 7 - NOAA Fisheries Greater Atlantic Region Fisheries Office, National Marine Fisheries Service, Conference Room, 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester.

All hearings will be held from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. For more information, see the Public Notice. The proposed regulatory amendments are available on the MassDEP website. Submit comments at the public hearings, by April 25 (please note: the public comment period was extended to May 9 after this edition of CZ-Mail was published) dep.talks@state.ma.us, or mail to:

MassDEP, Division of Municipal Services
Bureau of Water Resources-Regulatory Comment Box
1 Winter Street, Fifth Floor
Boston, MA 02108-4747

Public Review of the Designation of the First Underwater Archaeological Preserve off the Massachusetts Coast - At its public meeting on January 28, the Board of Underwater Archaeological Resources (BUAR) voted to designate the White Squall site as the first Underwater Archaeological Preserve in Massachusetts waters. Under Massachusetts General Law, BUAR can designate underwater archaeological sites of substantial historical and/or archaeological value as Underwater Archaeological Preserves. The shipwreck site of the White Squall, a bark-rigged sailing craft made of iron built in 1864 and lost in 1867, is located in the Atlantic Ocean off Cahoons Hollow, Wellfleet, and adjacent to the Cape Cod National Seashore. See the White Squall nomination form pdf format of white-squall-nomination-jan2016.pdf
for additional details. Under the BUAR procedures for nominating and approving Underwater Archaeological Preserves pdf format of preserve-nomination-process-jan-2016.pdf
, a 90-day public review process began on January 29. Submit written comments by April 29 via email to victor.mastone@state.ma.us or in writing to the Board of Underwater Archaeological Resources, 251 Causeway Street, Suite 800, Boston, MA 02114. After reviewing public comments, the Board will take its public vote on the designation approval at its regularly scheduled meeting on May 26.

Job Postings

Salem Sound Outreach Coordinator - Salem Sound Coastwatch is seeking applicants for an Outreach and Event Coordinator to work closely with the Executive Director, staff, board members, and volunteers. The Coordinator will assist with fundraising strategies, provide outreach to membership and the public through e-newsletters, social media, printed flyers, and brochures, and will represent Salem Sound to the community by attending college and university Earth Day events, garden clubs meetings, and other venues to conduct informational presentations on behalf of the organization. For more information, see the complete job posting. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Calendar

Ocean Noise Lecture - On April 6, the Center for Coastal Studies will present The Trials of Being a Cetacean in an Ocean Full of Noise by Christopher W. Clark, PhD at Napi’s Restaurant in Provincetown. In the ocean, whales and many other animals rely on sound to communicate, navigate through ocean basins, and find food. However, the noise from shipping vessels, underwater energy exploration and development, sonar exploration, and other activities can drown out the sounds of whales (cetaceans). Dr. Clark will discuss the potential cost of the destruction of the natural marine bioacoustic environment to cetaceans and examine how changes in ocean science, technology, and science activism offer opportunities. This lecture is free and open to the public.

Wastewater in Watersheds - From April 8-9, the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve will offer Wastewater in Watersheds: The Perfect STEM Topic, a free professional development workshop for middle and high school science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teachers.

Massachusetts Marine Educators Annual Meeting - On April 9, the Massachusetts Marine Educators will hold its 40th Annual Meeting: Practicing Marine Science: Models for the Classroom at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Dr. Ben Harden of the Sea Education Association and Dr. Carla Curran of Savannah State University will present the Keynote Addresses. Meeting workshops are designed to help educators implement the newly adopted Massachusetts science, technology, and engineering standards and the science engineering design practices.

Control of Nonnative Plants Workshop - In April and May, the Watershed Action Alliance of southeastern Massachusetts will present three Nonnative, Invasive Plant Control Workshops for homeowners, gardeners, landscape professionals, and native plant lovers. The three-hour workshops will provide basic information, how-to advice, and local expertise and will include an overview of nonnative, invasive plant characteristics, case studies, and next steps in controlling target plants. Workshops will be held in Canton on April 9, Pembroke on April 16, and Plymouth on May 1.

Plum Island Ecosystem Marsh Modeling Symposium - On April 11, the North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative will hold the Plum Island Ecosystem Marsh Modeling Symposium , a one-day session at Parker River Wildlife Refuge Headquarters to examine the various salt marsh modeling approaches to be applied in the Plum Island Ecosystem.

Aquarium Lecture Series - Through June 4, the New England Aquarium will host the Aquarium Lecture Series, which will feature free lectures and films by scientists, environmental writers, photographers, and others. The next session on April 12 will feature a screening of the movie Sonic Sea followed by a panel discussion.

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 Greening Your Backyard: Water Efficiency and Conservation for Homeowners on April 12.

Marine Science Lectures - In 2016, the Northeastern University Marine Science Center is continuing its series of marine science lectures, which are scheduled through April. On April 15, Dr. Os Schmitz, Oastler Professor of Population and Community Ecology, Yale University, will present the Annual Riser Lecture, Conserving Animals Is Our Best Bet for Climate Geoengineering. Lectures are free and open to the public.

Nature Recess - From April 15-23, the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History will hold Nature Recess, a school vacation program that will feature painting, experiments, creative activities, and more for kids of all ages.

Cambridge Science Festival - From April 15-24, the 2016 Cambridge Science Festival will be held in Cambridge. The festival is a celebration showcasing the leading edge in science, technology, engineering, and math. The festival is a multifaceted, multicultural event that makes science accessible, interactive, and fun. More than 160 family-friendly events will be featured throughout the city.

Earth Day Bird Walk - On April 20, the Goldenrod Foundation will hold an Earth Day Bird Walk on Long Beach in Plymouth. Join Soheil Zendeh and Dorie Stolley to search for Piping Plovers and other late winter or early spring birds on the beach and in the water. Participants should be able to walk 2.5 miles in sand.

Birdwatching for Beginners - Through June, the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History will hold Birdwatching for Beginners with Gretchen Moran Towers, who will present basic skills designed to enable bird identification through sight and sound. Each session is followed by an outdoor venture to view birds in their natural habitat. The next session is on April 21.

Creating a Revenue Stream for Stormwater Management - In April, the Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Program in collaboration with the Massachusetts Rivers Alliance, Baystate Roads, and a suite of partners will offer Creating a Revenue Stream for Stormwater Management, a workshop for municipal staff and officials, environmental and engineering consultants, planners, state agency staff, and environmental organizations to support adoption of stormwater utilities. The workshop will focus on how to develop a stormwater utility and will feature guidance from regional planners, consultants, and municipal staff with experience in this area. Two full-day workshops are scheduled for April 26 in Salem and April 28 in Hyannis. Registration is required.

Underwater in Salem Sound Lecture Series - Through April, Salem Sound Coastwatch will hold free monthly Underwater in Salem Sound lectures at Marblehead's Abbot Public Library at 7:00 p.m. on the last Wednesday of each month. On April 27, Deborah Cramer, author of The Narrow Edge: A Tiny Bird, An Ancient Crab, and an Epic Journey, will tell a story of tiny birds, known as Red Knots, that fly 19,000 miles from the tip of South America to the Arctic and back every year. This lecture is free and open to the public.

Evaluating Coastal Landscape Change Webinar - On April 27, the Northeast Climate Science Center will present A Research and Decision Support Framework to Evaluate Coastal Landscape Change, a webinar by Erika Lentz, U.S. Geological Survey in Woods Hole.

Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast - On April 28, the Northeast Regional Climate Center will present Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast, a monthly webinar in a series that addresses timely weather and climate.

Massachusetts Park Serve Day - On April 30, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation's (DCR) annual Park Serve Day will be held at state parks and beaches throughout the Commonwealth. This statewide day of volunteer service helps to get Massachusetts parks and beaches ready for summer. Since 2007, thousands of volunteers have participated in dozens of projects, including picking up litter along ocean beaches, clearing debris from hiking trails, painting benches, and planting trees and flowers at park entrance areas.

Charles River Cleanup - On April 30 from 9:00 a.m. to noon, the Annual Earth Day Charles River Cleanup will be held as part of the American Rivers National River Cleanup. The cleanup, which coincides with DCR's Park Serve Day, will bring out thousands of volunteers to help beautify the Charles River and its tributaries. Volunteers will pick up trash and clean the riverbanks at more than 100 sites from Bellingham to Boston.

Herring and Eel Field School - From May 6-8, Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary and Cape Cod Cooperative Extension will offer Field School: Spring Run-Herring and Eels in Wellfleet. Participants will explore the lives of two Cape Cod fish—river herring and eels. The fishes’ biology, cultural significance, and management and conservation stories will be revealed through field trips to herring runs, lectures, and demonstrations. Local scientists, herring wardens, and traditional fishermen will provide further information on the history and future of herring and eels.

SMAST Seminar Series - Through May, the UMass Dartmouth School for Marine and Science & Technology (SMAST) will hold the SMAST Spring 2016 Seminar Series. Seminars are free and open to the public.

Boating Safety Course - Through June 18, the Massachusetts Environmental Police will offer Boat Massachusetts, a free, state and nationally approved boating safety course for boaters age 12 and older. The course concentrates on the equipment and operating guidelines needed to enjoy boating in a safe and responsible way. All graduates ages 12-15 will receive a safety certificate that allows operation of a motorboat without adult supervision, as required by state law. All graduates ages 16-17 will also be allowed to operate a personal watercraft (jet ski, wave runner, etc.).

OneNOAA Science Seminars - See the NOAA seminar series website for listings and details on NOAA science and climate seminars and webinars available across the nation.

MACC Education - The Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions (MACC) offers a variety of specialized education programs. 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 - On several Tuesdays into June, the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History will hold Tuesday Tweets, bird watching 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.

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. 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.

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

  • Saturday Science - Through May, the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History in Brewster will host monthly sessions of Saturday Science, a hands-on look at scientific concepts through experiments for kids. On April 2, the Museum will hold Egg Drop for kids ages 9-13 to learn product materials and design to keep a dropped egg safe.
  • Northeast Fish and Wildlife Conference - From April 3-5, the 72nd annual Northeast Fish & Wildlife Conference will be held in Annapolis, Maryland, bringing together more than 500 natural resources professionals in the fields of wildlife biology, fisheries and fisheries management, information and education, and law enforcement. The event includes more than 50 workshop sessions, along with keynote speakers and poster displays.
  • Green Infrastructure Summit - On April 6, North Carolina State University will hold the 2016 Green Infrastructure Summit in Raleigh, North Carolina. This conference will feature presenters on a wide range of green stormwater infrastructure topics.
  • Watershed and Stormwater Conference - On April 12, the Center for Watershed Protection will hold the 2016 National Watershed and Stormwater Conference in multiple locations across the United States and as a live webcast. This conference will combine in-person discussions with online participation that concurrently addresses local and national watershed issues and tools. Major conference topics include pollution prevention and post-construction stormwater management and will feature case studies, special regional considerations, and recent research from experts around the country highlighting effective tools and innovations.
  • NEERS Spring Meeting - From April 14-16, the New England Estuarine Research Society (NEERS) will hold its Spring 2016 Meeting in York, Maine. Meeting presentations will be on a variety of topics related to estuaries and coastal environments.
  • Emergency Preparedness Conference - From April 19-21, the Partners in Emergency Preparedness Conference, Experiencing Private-Public Partnerships, will be held in Tacoma, Washington. This conference will present emergency management lessons learned from recent natural disasters. Topics include business continuity and disaster recovery, strategies for creating disaster-ready companies, tourists as vulnerable populations, managing urban floods, crisis communication, early warning systems, and technologies in weather preparedness.
  • Nonpoint Source Pollution Conference - From April 20-21, the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission will hold the 27th annual Nonpoint Source Pollution Conference in Hartford, Connecticut. This conference is the premier forum in the Northeast for sharing information and improving communication on nonpoint source pollution issues and projects.
  • Great Massachusetts Cleanup—Seeking Coordinators - On April 23, Keep Massachusetts Beautiful will hold the Great Massachusetts Cleanup. Cleanup coordinators are needed to organize litter cleanups in communities across the state. Cleanup dates are flexible. For more information, see the Keep Massachusetts Beautiful website or email info@keepmassbeautiful.org.
  • Coastal Summit—Call for Proposals - From December 10-15, Restore America’s Estuaries and The Coastal Society will present the 2016 Summit, Our Coasts, Our Future, Our Choice, in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Summit will bring together the coastal restoration and management communities for an integrated discussion to explore issues, solutions, and lessons. See the Call for Proposals, which are due by May 2.
  • Ceres Conference - From May 4-5, the Ceres Conference 2016: Business Not as Usual: Sustainability in an Age of Disruption, will be held in Boston and will focus on how sectors from electric utilities and transportation to food and finance are revamping strategies in response to escalating global sustainability challenges. Ceres is a national network of investors, environmental organizations, and other public interest groups working with companies and investors to address sustainability challenges.

Other Items of Interest

Adopt a Beach Volunteers - Salem Sound Coastwatch is seeking volunteers to adopt beaches on the lower North Shore. Adopt a Beach volunteers serve as year-round "beachkeepers,” monitoring and cleaning up adopted beaches. Beachkeepers are asked to attend one 1½ hour training session. Sessions are scheduled for April 13 and May 3 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at Salem Sound’s new offices at 12 Federal Street in Salem. The training covers beach ecology, marine debris and other sources of pollution, ways to identify storm damage and invasive species, and more. Sessions are also open to anyone interested in learning more about the science behind beaches. Please RSVP to info@salemsound.org to confirm attendance. For more information, see the Salem Sound Coastwatch website.

Science Without Borders Challenge - The Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation is seeking entries for the 2016 Science without Borders Challenge. Students, ages 11-19, are asked to submit videos (maximum of five minutes) on the theme, Fishing Under the Radar. Entries are due by April 25.

Marine Art Contest - Massachusetts Marine Educators and Stellwagen Bank Marine Sanctuary are seeking entries from students in grades K-12 for the 2016 Marine Art Contest. Submissions should be based on the theme Marine Biodiversity of Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. Winning entries will become part of a touring exhibition and receive cash prizes. Entries are due by April 29.

Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators - EPA is now accepting applications for the Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators, which recognizes outstanding K-12 teachers who employ innovative approaches to environmental education and use the environment as a context for learning for their students. Up to two teachers from each of EPA's 10 regions, from different states, will be selected to receive this award. Applicants will be evaluated based on five primary factors: innovation, achievement, service to the community and underserved populations, leadership, and integration of environmental education. Applications are due May 16.

Ocean Awareness Student Contest - The From the Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Student Contest promotes ocean stewardship among high school students and provides cash prizes for winning essays, art, and advocacy. This year's theme, Making Meaning of Ocean Pollution, focuses on making meaningful connections between ocean health and human activity. Entries are due by June 13.

Coastal Ocean Science Academy - The Northeastern University Marine Science Center in Nahant is accepting applications for the 2016 Coastal Ocean Science Academy, a two-week summer experience held from August 8-19 that is open to students entering grades 9-12. Participants experience firsthand diverse New England coastal habitats and marine resources, engaging in hands-on research and inquiry activities. For 2016, the program will also offer a one-week middle school session from July 11-15.

Summer Science School - In July and August, the Waquoit Bay Reserve Foundation sponsors a Summer Science School offering week-long, full- and half-day educational experiences for students entering grades 2-12. For details, program brochures, and registration information, see the Waquoit Bay Reserve Foundation's Summer Science School web page.

KidSummer - This summer, the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History will offer KidSummer, which provides a range of programs for 3-15 year olds that encourages learning and appreciation of the environment through age-appropriate, STEM-based curriculum and indoor/outdoor activities led by educators/naturalists. Registration is available for weekly sessions (June 27-August 12) through the museum’s FamilyID website.