November 2015

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COASTSWEEP 2015 - On the Shore and Below the Waves

Since September, volunteers have been out combing the coast for trash during the 2015 COASTSWEEP, the state’s volunteer beach cleanup organized by CZM as part of Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup. Dedicated volunteers collect marine debris and record what they find on dozens of shoreline sites, and even below the waves. See this YouTube video for a recap of an October 3 beach cleanup in Nahant and Removing Plastic from Rockport’s Reefs with COASTSWEEP blog and this YouTube video for a description of a September 19 underwater cleanup in Rockport. By the time COASTSWEEP wraps up in mid-November, over 3,000 volunteers will have cleaned more than 100 locations along the Commonwealth’s coast. And there’s still time to volunteer at a scheduled cleanup or to organize one of your own at a local beach or coastal site. All the supplies (bags, gloves, data cards, pencils, etc.) are provided free of charge, and cleanups can be scheduled at your convenience into mid-November. To find out more, see the COASTSWEEP website, especially the Get Involved page, or check out COASTSWEEP on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. For more on becoming a local cleanup coordinator, see this Mass.Gov Blog posting from CZM.

CZ-Tip: Boat Winterizing—Keep It Green

As the cold weather settles in, most boat owners remove their vessels from the water and store them for the winter. Boats must be properly prepared for storage to ensure that all parts and systems are protected from the weather and are not harmed from the lack of use. This process, referred to as winterizing or decommissioning, can impact the environment if not done properly. Oil may spill during an oil change, fuel can degrade if not stabilized, soaps and detergents can harm marine life, bottom paint can wash into the water during pressure washing, and boat sewage can pollute coastal waters if not disposed of properly. For more information and specific tips to winterize your boat in an environmentally sensitive manner, see the CZ-Tip: Boat Winterizing—Keep It Green.

CZM Staff and People

Buzzards Bay Stormwater Specialists - The Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program (BBNEP) is pleased to welcome Bernadette Taber and Kevin Bartsch as Stormwater Specialists. They will be working closely with five municipalities and the Buzzards Bay Action Committee to create a comprehensive GIS and management program. This program will support an intermunicipal initiative to map stormwater networks and monitor discharges contributing to shellfish bed and bathing beach closures and other water quality issues. Bernadette, aka, Bernie, was a long-time former employee of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Conservation Service detailed to the BBNEP since 1991. She has re-joined the BBNEP after leaving federal service earlier this year. Bernie evaluates and develops engineering solutions for stormwater remediation in both agricultural and urban environments. She has reviewed many engineering plans at the request of Buzzards Bay municipalities, and has also developed preliminary stormwater and habitat restoration designs in collaboration with municipalities and their contractors. Kevin has a Master’s Degree in watershed science and more than 20 years of experience in GIS data development and modeling. He possesses a wealth of knowledge in utility infrastructure (water, wastewater, electric), asset management, soil erosion, natural resource management, and open space protection. Kevin also volunteers as the director and current president of the Wareham Land Trust. Welcome Bernie and Kevin!

Coastal Habitat and Water Quality Specialist - CZM is pleased to welcome Cristina Kennedy as the new Coastal Habitat and Water Quality Specialist. Cristina will provide technical support for Coastal Habitat and Water Quality Program initiatives, including the Coastal Pollutant Remediation Grant (CPR) Program, long-term monitoring and mapping of native and non-native species, wetland condition assessment, coordination of citizen science monitoring networks, climate change adaptation planning, and coastal science related synthesis products to strengthen outreach to coastal communities. Cristina has a wealth of experience working on Massachusetts coastal habitat and water quality issues from Cape Cod to the marshes of Plum Island Sound. A Massachusetts native, she has a Bachelor’s Degree in biology from Boston College and a Master’s Degree in Marine Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. CZM is excited to add her expertise and enthusiasm to the Coastal Habitat and Water Quality Team. Welcome Cristina!

Grants/Funding/Proposal Opportunities

2016 Healthy Estuaries Grant Program - In November, the Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Program (MassBays) will launch the Healthy Estuaries Grant Program, a new small grant program to support local efforts to assess, restore, and protect habitat and improve water quality in the 47 embayments of Massachusetts Bay and Cape Cod Bay. Formerly the Research and Planning Grants, outcomes of Healthy Estuaries Program-funded projects should build upon previous efforts (compiled in a searchable inventory of plans and assessments). The MassBays website includes a fact sheet detailing program goals. Sign up for the MassBays newsletter to receive notice when the Request for Responses (RFR) is released.

2015 Massachusetts Trails Grants - The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) is currently seeking applications for the Recreational Trails Program, which provides grants from $2,000 to $50,000 for a variety of trail protection, construction, and stewardship projects throughout Massachusetts. DCR is also accepting applications for Statewide Trails Education Grants, which provide funding for statewide trail education initiatives. For more information on these grant programs, contact Amanda Lewis at Applications are due by February 1, 2016.

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

  • Marine Debris Funding Opportunity - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Marine Debris Program is seeking proposals for Community-based Marine Debris Removal Grants to fund grass-roots, community-based activities that improve living marine resource habitats through the removal of marine debris. Projects awarded through this grant competition implement on-the-ground marine debris removal activities, prioritizing medium to large-scale debris, including derelict fishing gear. For more information, see Applications are due by November 17.
  • Urban Waters Small Grants - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking proposals for the Urban Waters Small Grants program for projects that address urban runoff pollution through diverse partnerships that produce multiple community benefits, with emphasis on underserved communities. Approximately $1.6 million is expected to be available for this grant round. Proposals are due by November 20.
  • FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grants - The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and 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. 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. 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 are due by November 23.


Guidance on Interpreting Flood Insurance Rate Maps - CZM has developed Interpreting Federal Emergency Management Agency Flood Maps and Studies in the Coastal Zone, which provides guidance on how to use these Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) tools to better understand the potential effects of flooding on buildings, properties, and the underlying natural resource areas. This information can be used by homeowners and consultants to ensure that the safest possible coastal projects are designed, as well as by public officials to successfully evaluate projects to ensure they are designed to minimize storm damage, protect public safety, and reduce the financial burden on individuals and municipalities from losses due to coastal storms.

Coastal Resiliency Strategies - The Saugus River Watershed Council has released Development Strategies for Promoting Coastal Resiliency and Sustainability: Resources for Community Leaders, Property Owners, Developers and Builders. Funded through a grant from the Massachusetts Environmental Trust, this guidance document provides information about the potential impact of sea level rise on coastal areas. It also identifies building and site design techniques for coastal development and redevelopment that are more resilient to erosion, coastal storms, and sea level rise, while being sensitive to natural resources.

Sea-Level Rise Modeling Handbook - The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has released the Sea-Level Rise Modeling Handbook: Resource Guide for Coastal Land Managers, Engineers, and Scientists, a publication for coastal managers and planners that comprehensively describes the various models used to study and predict sea level rise and its potential impacts on coasts.

Review of the Performance of Natural Infrastructure to Reduce Coastal Risk - The Environmental Defense Fund has released Performance of Natural Infrastructure and Nature-based Measures as Coastal Risk Reduction Features. This report reviews the performance of natural and nature-based infrastructure in reducing risks of coastal storms and sea level rise.

2015 Living Blue Planet Report - The World Wildlife Fund has released Living Blue Planet Report: Species, Habitats and Human Well-Being, which provides details on the health of the world’s oceans and the impact of human activity on marine life. Results show a loss of half the fish populations that humans rely on since 1970.

Plastic Debris in Seafood - The scientific journal Nature has published Anthropogenic Debris in Seafood: Plastic Debris and Fibers from Textiles in Fish and Bivalves Sold for Human Consumption, which present research that assessed the presence of plastic debris and textile fibers in fish and shellfish for sale at markets in California and Indonesia. In Indonesia, anthropogenic debris was found in 28 percent of individual fish and in 55 percent of all species. Similarly, in California, anthropogenic debris was found in 25 percent of individual fish and in 67 percent of all species.

Ocean Exploration Children’s Books - The International Ocean Exploration Program’s JOIDES Resolution Expedition has released two free children’s books on undersea exploration. The books, Where Wild Microbes Grow: The Search for Life Under the Seafloor and Uncovering Earth's Secrets: Science and Adventure on the JOIDES Resolution both meet Common Core and Next Generation Science standards and were developed for use in the classroom.

WHOI Newsletter - The October 2015 issue of the WHOI newsletter, a Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI) monthly e-newsletter, features articles on rip tide dynamics, harmful algal blooms, and other ocean science news, research, and events at WHOI.

The SandBar - The October 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 the Arctic Council, California’s shark fin law, beach erosion in North Carolina, and other ocean- and coastal-related legal issues.

Marine Ecosystems and Management Information Service - The October 2015 edition of Marine Ecosystems and Management, the bimonthly information service on marine ecosystem-based management (EBM) from the University of Washington School of Marine Affairs, includes articles on incorporating social science into ocean planning, the economics of coastal climate change, and other notes and news.

Center for Coastal Studies Newsletter - The Fall 2015 edition of the Center for Coastal Studies E-Newsletter features articles on COASTSWEEP 2015, a rare beaked whale in Provincetown Harbor, and other coastal and marine news and information.

Web-Based and Mobile-User Resources

Northeast Habitat Map - The Nature Conservancy with funding from the Northeast Climate Science Center has developed the Northeast Habitat Map, an interactive web-based habitat map for use in ecological analyses and to understand and anticipate the effects of climate change on forested, agricultural, and freshwater systems across the northeast United States and Canada. This easy to view map contains consistent and accurate datasets to aid planning, adaptation, and resources management.

Green Infrastructure Wizard - EPA has launched the Green Infrastructure Wizard, a new web-based tool that helps local officials and other community members consider the benefits and uses of green infrastructure. The Green Infrastructure Wizard, or GIWiz, provides a self-guided format where users can find EPA tools and resources to learn the basics of green infrastructure; explore financing options; visualize and design rain gardens, permeable pavement, and other types of green infrastructure; case studies; outreach campaigns; and more.

Disaster Visualization Map - Built using data from FEMA, the Disaster Visualization Map provides information on how disasters have affected the United States in the past 30 years. Sorted by disaster types that include flooding, drought, fire, ice storms, hurricanes, and more, users can see how disasters have increased (or not) over the years and exactly how many have struck each county.

National Flood Insurance Training - The National Flood Insurance Program now provides online training courses for insurance agents, claims adjusters, surveyors, and community officials. Courses are free and open to anyone.

USGS GeoData Portal - USGS has released a new user interface for the USGS GeoData Portal that allows for easier browsing and selection of available datasets. The GeoData Portal provides an easy way to view subsets of available climate and land-use models for specific areas of interest.

Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center - EPA’s Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center has launched a redesigned website that communities can reference for financing drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure. Communities across the country are facing challenges with aging infrastructure. The need for water sector resiliency has become a focus for utilities. The website identifies the best practices for innovative financing and provides technical assistance to communities to meet water financing needs.

Stream Temperature Web Portal - The Northeast Climate Science Center has developed NorEaST, a stream temperature web portal demonstration and application. Climate change is expected to alter stream temperatures and flow regimes, and as a result, influence distributions of aquatic species. The NorEaST web portal was developed to serve as a coordinated, multi-agency regional framework to map and store continuous stream temperature locations and data for New England, Mid Atlantic, and Great Lakes states.

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

  • Clean Vessel Act - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking comments to develop revisions to the Clean Vessel Act Grant Program (CVA), which funds recreational vessel pumpout facilities. Comments are especially sought from those with interest in CVA and associated topics, but particularly from members of the public having experience in administering CVA, those receiving services from CVA-funded facilities, and those manufacturing, selling, or installing CVA-funded facilities and equipment. For more information and to submit comments, go to the website. Comments are due by November 13.

Job Postings

Policy Director - The Massachusetts Rivers Alliance is seeking a Policy Director to develop and implement strategies to advance legislative and other policy initiatives that advance the organization’s four main goals: protecting and restoring streamflow, improving water quality, conserving and enhancing wildlife habitats, and increasing public investment in environmentally sound water infrastructure. Applicants should have a strong interest in river protection, and relevant prior legal, science, policy, and regulatory agency experience. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Education Specialist - The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sea Grant is seeking applicants for an Education Specialist to plan and implement the MIT Sea Grant Marine Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) education initiative. The Education Specialist will develop and implement field, lab, and classroom curriculum and education programs that address National Sea Grant priority areas with specific emphasis on environmental literacy, workforce development, and healthy coastal ecosystems. The overall program objective is to increase STEM ocean-literacy within Massachusetts, fostering the ability to understand and make informed decisions about local marine resources and technology.

Research Positions - The Gulf of Maine Research Institute is seeking applicants for a Postdoctoral Research Associate and a Research Technician that will be based at Portland, Maine. Selected candidates will work with Dr. Jenny Sun on her research to build a multiple species and multiple fishing activities sector equilibrium model of how the commercial fisheries in the Northeast respond to climate-driven shifts in distribution of fish species. Applications are due by November 15.

Stormwater Collaborative Project Manager - The Buzzards Bay Action Committee is seeking applicants for a Stormwater Collaborative Project Manager. This position will help guide and oversee a federal grant to assist five Buzzards Bay municipalities and their public works departments implement a program to monitor stormwater discharges, and map stormwater collection systems contributing to those discharges. This is a part-time position, estimated at 600 hours per year. Applications are due by November 25.


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 Winter O&M for Green Infrastructure on November 3.

Jellyfish Lecture - On November 5, Falmouth Water Stewards will present Jellies in Our Waters, A Phantom Menace, by Dr. Larry Madin, Executive Vice President and Director of Research at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

Birdwatching for Beginners - On November 5, 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. This session is followed by an outdoor venture to view birds in their natural habitat.

NSRWA Annual Meeting - On November 6, the North and South Rivers Watershed Association will hold its 45th Annual Meeting at the South Shore Natural Science Center in Norwell.

Massachusetts Litter Summit - On November 7, Keep Massachusetts Beautiful will hold the first Massachusetts Litter Summit in Plymouth. This free symposium will share creative approaches and best practices for preventing and cleaning up littler in the Commonwealth and will be held at the Plymouth Public Library from 12-3 p.m.

State of Wellfleet Harbor Conference - On November 7, the 13th annual Wellfleet Harbor Conference will be held at Wellfleet Elementary School. The goal of this free annual conference is to distribute information about current and ongoing research, monitoring projects, and issues related to Wellfleet Harbor and its watershed.

Cape Cod Bird Club Walks - Through November, the Cape Cod Bird Club will hold free bird watching walks throughout Cape Cod. The next walk will be held Wellfleet Harbor in Wellfleet on November 7.

Underwater Archaeology Presentations - In November, Massachusetts Board of Underwater Archaeology (BUAR) Director Victor Mastone will be making several presentations on the latest BUAR efforts. On November 8 at 1:00 p.m., Vic will present Hidden History: Underwater Archaeology of Massachusetts to the Friends of Dighton Rock Museum at Dighton Rock State Park in Berkley. On November 13 at 1:00 p.m., Vic will present Finding the First Minot’s Ledge Lighthouse to the Boston Navigators Club. This lecture will be part of the Club’s Annual Fall Meeting at LaScala Restorante in Randolph. On November 18 at 7:00 p.m., Vic will also present Finding the First Minot’s Ledge Lighthouse to the Massasoit Chapter of the Massachusetts Archaeological Society at the Robbins Museum in Middleborough.

Great Marsh Sea Level Rise Symposium - On November 12, the Great Marsh Coalition will hold the 4th Great Marsh Sea Level Rise Symposium, Great Marsh Communities in Action, at Woodman’s of Essex. This full-day workshop allows coastal decision makers and practitioners from the region to explore, share, and discuss various ongoing case studies of efforts to mitigate sea level rise impacts in the Great Marsh—the largest continuous stretch of salt marsh in New England, extending from Cape Ann to New Hampshire. Coffee and lunch will be provided. For more information, contact CZM’s Kathryn Glenn at Registration is required by November 10 as space is limited.

Living Shorelines Workshop - From December 1-2, Restore America's Estuaries, in partnership with the Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation, will hold a Living Shorelines Workshop in Hartford, Connecticut. The first day of the workshop, Living Shorelines: Sound Science, Innovative Approaches, Connected Community, will focus on technology transfer regarding how these shoreline management approaches are being successfully implemented. The second day will involve regional workshops that focus on the issues and challenges for each region of the country. CZM is participating in the planning team for the Northeast Regional Workshop. Registration is now open and early registration ends November 16.

Heart of the Sea - On December 2, the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History will present An Evening with Nathaniel Philbrick, author of In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex. Mr. Philbrick will speak about the upcoming movie based on his bestselling novel. Space is limited and reservations are required.

Cape Coastal Conference—Save the Date - On December 10, the 3rd annual Cape Coastal Conference, Managing Coastal Risk: Enhancing Community Resilience in a Changing Climate will be held at the Cape Cod Resort and Conference Center in Hyannis.

MACC Education - MACC offers a variety of specialized education programs for the fall. 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 through December 8, 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.

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.

Fall 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.

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.

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

  • Rising Seas Summit - From November 3-5, the 2015 Rising Seas Summit will be held in Boston. This 3rd annual summit will highlight the interrelationships between sea level rise, climate change, and extreme events and will feature plenary sessions, breakout panel discussions, off-site tours, and more. CZM’s Julia Knisel will participate in a Financing Adaptation Measures breakout panel.
  • North Atlantic Right Whale Consortium Annual Meeting - From November 4-5, the Annual Meeting of the North Atlantic Right Whale Consortium will be held at the New Bedford Whaling Museum.
  • Environmental Education Conference - From November 8-10, the New England Environmental Education Alliance will host the 2015 New England Environmental Education Conference, Climate of Change, in Waterville Valley, New Hampshire. This conference will focus on four key themes: climate change, changing climate of environmental education, evolution of the environmental movement, and environmental challenges of today and tomorrow.
  • Coastal and Estuarine Research Conference - From November 8-12, the 2015 Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation Conference, Grand Challenges in Estuarine and Coastal Science: Securing our Future, will be held in Portland, Oregon. Topics of special sessions and workshops will include: managing and mitigating the risks of climate change; ocean acidification, hypoxia, and eutrophication; polar estuaries and coasts; and estuaries under threat.
  • Fish Tank Workshop - From November 9-10, the Gulf of Maine Research Institute will hold a Fish Tank Workshop, Taking Stock: A Workshop to Collaboratively Improve Stock Assessments, in Plymouth. This workshop will build on seven Fish Tank meetings held earlier this year with a goal to create a forum for fishermen (commercial, recreational, and charter-for-hire), scientists, nonprofit partners, regulators, and funders to develop research priorities and activities to address stock assessment needs in the region.
  • Hurricane Planning Workshops - In November, MEMA will present two HURRIPLAN Resilient Building Design for Coastal Communities workshops. HURRIPLAN is a newly developed approach for hurricane resilient community planning and building design. This course is targeted for a broad cross section of professionals involved in emergency management, planners, building and zoning officials, mitigation specialists, developers, engineers, land owners, architects, and building managers and owners. From November 9-10, MIT Sea Grant will host a workshop in Gloucester. From November 12-13, Woods Hole Sea Grant will host a workshop in Woods Hole.
  • Massachusetts Trails Conference - From November 13-14, DCR, in partnership with the Massachusetts Recreational Trail Advisory Board, will hold the 2015 Massachusetts Trails Conference in Leominster. This year's conference will feature workshop sessions and field trips. Registration is now open.
  • Youth Conservation Summit - From November 13-14, the 2015 Youth Conservation Summit will be held at the Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Florida. The weekend will kick off with the Community Ocean Conservation Film Festival, featuring ocean conservation films and highlighting the ocean conservation work of students. Summit attendees will learn from marine scientists and conservationists about current threats facing marine ecosystems, work with mentors to develop action plans for ocean conservation projects, and take part in workshops designed to provide the skills necessary to successfully implement these projects.
  • Northeast Regional Planning Body Meeting - From November 16-17, the Northeast Regional Planning Body (RPB) will meet in Portland, Maine. The Northeast RPB includes representatives from the six New England states, 10 federally recognized tribes, 10 federal agencies, and the New England Fishery Management Council. Its mandate is to create a New England Ocean Plan and oversee its implementation.
  • Water Resources Conference - From November 16-19, the American Water Resources Association will hold the 2015 annual Water Resources Conference in Denver, Colorado. Join 500 multidisciplinary water resource professionals for exhibits, field trips, workshops, and presentations on science, engineering, policy, management, fisheries, and economics as they relate to current water issues.
  • Working Waterfront and Waterways Symposium - From November 16-19, the 2015 National Working Waterfronts & Waterways Symposium will be held in Tampa, Florida. The goal of this triennial symposium is to increase the capacity of saltwater and freshwater coastal communities and stakeholders to make informed decisions, balance diverse uses, ensure access, and plan for the future of working waterfronts
  • StormCon 2016—Call for Papers - From August 22-25, 2016, StormCon 2016, the North American Surface Water Quality Conference and Exposition, will be held in Indianapolis, Indiana. Conference organizers are seeking presentations in six program tracks: best management practice case studies, green infrastructure, stormwater program management, water-quality monitoring, and industrial stormwater management. See the Call for Papers, which are due by December 9.
  • Hazus Conference - 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.

Other Items of Interest

Marine Debris Art Contest - NOAA's Marine Debris Program is seeking entries for the annual Keep the Sea Free of Debris Art Contest. The contest is for students in grades K-8 who are encouraged to show how marine debris impacts them and what they are doing about it. The winning artwork will be showcased in the 2017 NOAA Marine Debris Calendar. The entry deadline is November 30.

Coastal Management Fellowship - NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management is seeking applications for the 2016 Coastal Management Fellowship, which provides on-the-job education and training opportunities in coastal resource management and policy for postgraduate students and project assistance to state coastal zone management programs. The program matches postgraduate students with state coastal zone programs to work on state projects selected by NOAA. This two-year opportunity offers a competitive salary, medical benefits, and travel and relocation expense reimbursement. Applications are due by February 12, 2016.

Coastal Studies for Girls - Coastal Studies for Girls is accepting applications for the spring 2016 semester. Coastal Studies for Girls is a science and leadership semester school for 10th grade girls located in Freeport, Maine. Students are immersed in experiential courses that draw inspiration from the beauty and intrigue of the Maine coast and explore the natural world, conduct marine science research, and expand their leadership potential. Students earn a full semester of academic credit and financial aid is available for families that qualify. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Ocean 180 Video Challenge - The Center for Ocean Science Education Excellence Florida has launched the Ocean 180 Video Challenge, a nationwide opportunity for ocean scientists and middle school students. This fall, ocean scientists will submit 3-minute videos that explain their research, which are due by December 11. The top 10 videos, targeted for middle school students, will be viewed by registered middle school classrooms who will select the top three winners. Middle school teachers are invited to register their classrooms by December 15. Judging will take place from January 4-February 15, 2016.

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.