September 2016

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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Coastal Resilience Grant Awards Announced

On August 17, the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) announced over $1.8 million in funding through CZM’s Coastal Resilience Grant Program to support local efforts to improve responses to and reduce the impacts from coastal storms and climate change, including storm surge, flooding, erosion, and sea level rise. Grants were awarded to Beverly, Boston, Dennis, Harwich, Ipswich, Marshfield, Mattapoisett, New Bedford, Newburyport, Orleans, Plymouth, Quincy, Salem, Scituate, Swampscott, Truro, Wareham, Weymouth, and Winthrop. Funded projects include efforts to assess local vulnerability of public infrastructure to flooding and sea level rise, identify alternatives for beach nourishment and dune restoration projects, evaluate structural and non-structural shoreline protection approaches, study wave effects on sand movement, and develop strategies to adapt to sea level rise. For more information, see the EEA Press Release.

Coastal Pollutant Remediation Grant Awards Announced

On August 31, EEA announced $346,292 in funding through CZM’s Coastal Pollution Remediation (CPR) Grant Program for projects to protect coastal water quality in Massachusetts. The CPR grant recipients are the communities of Medford, Milton, Plymouth, Salem, and Yarmouth. Projects include local efforts to assess, design, and implement infrastructure to intercept and treat contaminated stormwater runoff from roadways and parking areas. These local water quality improvement projects will reduce pollutants, such as nutrients and bacteria, in coastal waters—helping to keep beaches and shellfish harvesting areas open and protecting wildlife habitat. The grants are being matched by $172,624 from municipal sources, further extending the power of the program. For more information, see the EEA Press Release.

Help Clean Your Favorite Beach during COASTSWEEP 2016

On August 24, EEA Secretary Matthew Beaton joined local officials, campers, interns and volunteers from the Cape Ann YMCA and Maritime Gloucester at Gloucester’s Stage Fort Park to kick off COASTSWEEP, the statewide beach cleanup sponsored by CZM. Celebrating its 30th cleanup this September, COASTSWEEP is an annual effort where thousands of volunteers throughout Massachusetts turn out each year to collect marine debris, such as trash, fishing line, and any other human-made items, and record what they find. COASTSWEEP is part of the International Coastal Cleanup organized by Ocean Conservancy in Washington, DC. The information recorded by participants all over the world is used to identify sources of debris and develop initiatives to reduce the problem. COASTSWEEP cleanups will be scheduled throughout September and October, and CZM is looking for volunteers, as well as coordinators to organize additional cleanups at local beaches and other coastal sites. As a cleanup coordinator, not only will you know that your favorite coastal spot is covered by COASTSWEEP, you’ll get a t-shirt as a thank you for taking the lead. To find out more, see the EEA Press Release, the COASTSWEEP website, especially the Get Involved page and the 2016 Cleanup List, 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 - As COASTSWEEP Approaches, Learn to Recycle Common Marine Debris Items

What should you do if you find soda bottles in the sand on your favorite beach? How do you recycle Chinese food containers that wash up next to actual clamshells? With the array of different objects that end up on the shore, it can be challenging to figure out where to recycle marine debris you find by the sea. Plastic bottles and food wrappers can be picked up at your curb, but cling wrap and plastic bags may need to be taken elsewhere—and cigarette butts may be more recyclable than you think. To learn more about how to reduce, reuse, and recycle the most common marine debris found at beach cleanups before you join a COASTSWEEP cleanup this September and October, see CZ-Tip: Recycle to Reduce Marine Debris.

Grants/Funding/Proposal Opportunities

Captain Planet Foundation Grants - The Captain Planet Foundation is seeking applications for grants to school and community groups to support hands-on environmental projects for youth in grades K-12. The objective of the foundation is to encourage innovative programs that empower youth to work individually and collectively to solve environmental problems in their neighborhoods and communities. Applications are due by September 30.

Marine Debris Removal Grants - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Marine Debris Program is seeking proposals for 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. Typical awards will range from $50,000 to $150,000. For more information, see Grants.gov. Applications are due by October 14.

Environmental Education Funding - NOAA’s New England Bay Watershed Education and Training grant program is seeking applications for funding to support environmental education programs that promote locally relevant outdoor experiential learning for K-12 students. Grants will be awarded to projects that promote meaningful watershed educational experiences for students and educators and the advancement of ocean, climate, and other environmental literacy goals. For more information, see the NOAA website. Applications are due by October 28.

Products/Publications

State of Buzzards Bay - The Buzzards Bay Coalition has released the 2015 State of Buzzards Bay, a report produced every four years that provides a comprehensive review of the health of the Bay. Using indicators for water pollution, watershed health, and living resources, the Coalition generates an overall score of the Bay’s health. The score for 2015 is unchanged from the 2011 report, indicating an encouraging pause in nitrogen pollution in Buzzards Bay.

Environmental Education and Community Stewardship Report - The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation has released Environmental Education and Community Stewardship, a report that provides a synthesis of the foremost thinking on how community-wide environmental education and stewardship can successfully lead to conservation objectives. The report compiles the best available research and was guided by interviews of leading experts.

Climate Change Indicators - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released Climate Change Indicators in the United States 2016, a report that presents compelling evidence of long-term changes to the climate and highlights impacts on human health and the environment in the nation and around the world. This fourth report in the series features observed trends of 37 climate indicators, including U.S and global temperatures, ocean acidity, sea level, river flooding, droughts and wildfires.

MassBays Newsletter - The summer 2016 issue of the MassBays Newsletter, the quarterly update from the Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Program (MassBays), features stories on a rain garden built on the North Shore as part of an Ask This Old House episode, mapping eelgrass in Salem Sound, and other MassBays news. Consider subscribing to receive updates directly in your inbox.

DMF News - The first half of the 2016 issue of DMF News, the twice-yearly newsletter of the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF), features articles on an artificial reef in Harwich, river herring restoration in the Mystic River, and other DMF news.

Sound Waves - The June/July 2016 issue of Sound Waves, the newsletter from U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), highlights new USGS Coastal Change forecasting tools that predict potential beach erosion, dune overwash, and coastal inundation brought on by hurricanes, Nor’easters, and other storms.

Web-Based and Mobile-User Resources

Stormwater Pipe Mapping - The Buzzards Bay Stormwater Collaborative, a partnership between the Buzzards Bay Action Committee, municipalities in the Buzzards Bay watershed, and the Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program, launched a program to map and monitor pollution discharged from stormwater pipes and road cuts into Buzzards Bay. Volunteers can submit photographs of discharge pipes, as well as failing structures, such as catch basins filled with sand, damaged structures, or areas that flood during storms. Photographs can be uploaded to an interactive map designed to work on GPS-activated mobile devices or emailed to photos@buzzardsbayaction.org. See the information guide for additional details on the program and how to use the interactive map.

Digital Coast - NOAA has updated the Digital Coast website, an online resource that provides communities with data, tools, and training needed to address coastal issues. The update provides easier navigation and access to tools, such as visualization and predictive tools, for data sets that include coastal change analyses, coastal Lidar, nautical charts, emergency response imagery, economic data, and more.

Climate Explorer Tool - NOAA and partners have released the updated Climate Explorer, an online tool that offers downloadable maps, graphs, and data tables of historical and projected climate variables. Users can search by location down to the county level or view by variable (such as precipitation or temperature) or by topic (such as coastal sea level rise).

Sea Level Rise and Flood Risks - The Climate Central Program on Sea Level Rise launched a redesigned sea level rise and coastal flood risk tool for the United States. The Surging Seas Risk Finder has several new features, including a streamlined user interface, downloadable figures, and a localized fact sheet.

Digital Coast Academy - NOAA’s Digital Coast offers training opportunities through the Digital Coast Academy. The redesigned Digital Coast Academy allows coastal practitioners to access a wide range of learning resources, including online and in-person trainings, self-guided resources, case studies, and more.

Conservation Training - Conservation Training, a conservation-based online training program from The Nature Conservancy and partner organizations, has recently been updated to provide more content and easier access to free training materials. The site provides over 150 hours of learning content and valuable conservation knowledge from experts across the globe. Curriculum topics include GIS, reef resilience, biodiversity valuation, and more. Free registration is required.

Atlas of Ocean Wealth - The Nature Conservancy and partners have launched the Atlas of Ocean Wealth, a collection of information about the economic, social, and cultural values of coastal and marine habitats from all over the world. The atlas includes more than 60 maps illustrating the ecosystem services of specific habitats and describes various approaches for applying the information in marine resource management, economics and financing.

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.

CZM Proposed Revisions to Regulations - As part of Governor Baker’s Executive Order #562 regulatory review process, CZM has conducted a comprehensive analysis of all CZM regulations and is proposing to revise the following regulations and hold three public hearings in conformance with M.G.L. c.30A:

  • 301 CMR 28 - Ocean Management Plan - The Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan was revised and an amended plan was released in January 2015. Implementing regulations are being revised to reflect the updated plan.
  • 301 CMR 24 - Ocean Sanctuaries - These regulations are being revised and moved to reflect statutory changes made by Chapter 114 of the Acts of 2008, which amended the Ocean Sanctuaries Act to give CZM the legal care, oversight, and control responsibilities, previously held by the former Department of Environmental Management, now the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). Reflecting this move from DCR to CZM, as well as other proposed revisions, the Ocean Sanctuaries Act regulations will be promulgated at 301 CMR 24, and regulations at 302 CMR 5.00 will be rescinded.
  • 301 CMR 26 - Coastal Pollution Remediation Program - The regulation is being amended to incorporate administrative updates and eliminate duplication of efforts currently performed in the grant procurement process.
  • 301 CMR 22 - Coastal Facilities Improvement Program - These regulations are proposed for rescission as resources for municipal grants are being provided through other grant programs and authorizations (such as the Seaport Economic Council).

Public hearings will be conducted on the following dates at the following locations to receive comments on the proposed revisions. Testimony may be presented orally or in writing at the hearings.

  • Wednesday, September 14, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Gloucester City Hall, 9 Dale Avenue, Gloucester
  • Monday, September 19, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., 100 Cambridge Street, 2nd Floor Conference Room A, Boston
  • Thursday, September 22, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., New Bedford Public Library, Third Floor Conference Room, 613 Pleasant Street, New Bedford

Experimental Kelp Project - The Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) is seeking public comments on a proposed special permit for an experimental kelp longline culture in coastal waters off Manchester-by-the-Sea. The proposed project consists of two temporary 150-foot horizontal longlines approximately 1,300 feet from shore. The proponents are requesting a 1-acre restriction on fixed and mobile fishing gear around the site intended to minimize the risk of gear conflict. DMF will review comments to evaluate stakeholder concerns to determine if modifications to location, gear marking, and gear design, or other features of the project, may be warranted. On September 8 at 6:00 p.m., a Public Hearing will be held at DMF’s Annisquam River Facility, 30 Emerson Avenue, Gloucester. For more information, see the Public Hearing Notice. Submit comments by September 9 to marine.fish@state.ma.us.

Job Postings

Marine Wildlife Internships - The New England Coastal Wildlife Alliance (NECWA) is accepting applicants for the Marine Wildlife Internship Program. NECWA accepts upper level high school, college, and graduate students who have an interest in the field of marine biology. NECWA interns work alongside staff members to conduct a variety of educational programs, research projects, and conservation activities. Internship positions are non-paid and can be coordinated privately or through a school or university program. Internships are available throughout the year.

Calendar

Woods Hole Summer Film Series - On September 10, the Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC) will present A Fierce Green Fire, the final film in the 2016 Summer Film Series at the Harbourton Auditorium in Falmouth. A Fierce Green Fire provides big-picture exploration of the environmental movement and chronicles grassroots and global activism spanning 50 years, from conservation to climate change. The film begins at 4:30 p.m. with refreshments served at 4:00 p.m. Due to limited seating, reservations are highly recommended.

Cape Cod Wildlife Festival - On September 10, the Cape Cod Wildlife Collaborative is holding the 7th annual Cape Cod Wildlife Festival at the Mass Audubon Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary in Barnstable. The festival showcases local environmental groups and is free to the general public. This year, the festival will feature a Birds of Prey Show, local natural history authors, food, and many environmentally themed, interactive activities for families.

Close Encounters of the Ocean Kind - On September 10, the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History will present Close Encounters of the Ocean Kind 2016, a special lecture with explorer, photographer, author, and Chatham conservationist John King. During this hour-long presentation, John will present stories and dramatic photographs (both above and below the water) of unique encounters with sharks and whales around the planet.

Nahant Coastal Bioblitz - On September 11, the Northeastern University Marine Science Center’s Ocean Genome Legacy will hold the second Nahant Coastal Bioblitz, a scientific scavenger hunt for marine biodiversity. Organizers are seeking citizen scientists of all ages to join the event and help record and identify marine life at local beaches. Buckets, datasheets, and field guides will be provided.

Water Resources Utility of the Future Webinar - On September 14, EPA and partners will present Enabling the Water Resources Utility of the Future, a webinar highlighting efforts by leading wastewater utilities to optimize efficiency, recover valuable resources, and contribute to the overall health of watersheds.

Muskeget Island Grey Seal Talk - On September 14, the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History will present Muskeget Island, Gray Seal Maternity Ward; No White Sharks Apply. Award-winning journalist, Crocker Snow, Jr., author of a recent book about Muskeget and narrator of a documentary about the seals on the island, will share his years of unique observations and experiences.

Boston Light 300th Anniversary Events - In September, the Boston Harbor Islands Partnership will sponsor the Boston Light 300th Anniversary at multiple events in Boston and Hull, including an Anniversary Ceremony at Boston’s Long Wharf on the morning of September 14, a symbolic lighting of Boston Light at sunset, and a performance by the U.S. Coast Guard Band. The anniversary events also include the launching of the book, Boston Light, and a History Symposium with guest speakers and Coast Guard Academy Shanty performers.

Cape Cod Bird Club Walks - Through September, the Cape Cod Bird Club will hold free bird watching walks throughout Cape Cod. The next scheduled walks will be held on September 16 at Morris Island in Chatham and on September 18 at Sandy Neck in Barnstable.

Paddle for the Bays - On September 17, Three Bays Preservation will hold 2016 Paddle For the Bays: RACE Cape Cod at Ropes Beach in Cotuit. Stand up paddle-boarders and kayakers will have the opportunity to race on courses of varying difficulty. This year, relay teams consisting of 4 racers and one board/kayak are eligible to join. All proceeds will support Three Bays Preservation and its effort to protect the watershed of West, North, and Cotuit Bays.

National Estuaries Week - September 17-24 is National Estuaries Week, an annual celebration of the benefits of healthy, thriving coastal ecosystems. Throughout the country, local organizations including Restore America’s Estuaries member groups, National Estuarine Research Reserves, and National Estuary Programs will organize special events, like beach clean-ups, hikes, canoe and kayak trips, workshops and more.

BUAR Public Meeting - On September 29, 2016 at 1:30 p.m., the Board of Underwater Archaeological Resources (BUAR) will hold its bi-monthly public meeting in the CZM Large Conference Room. The preliminary agenda includes discussion/approval of minutes for the May 26, 2016 meeting, renewal of permits, review of permit application, and discussion of permittee, outreach, and research activities. For more information, contact BUAR Director, Victor Mastone, at victor.mastone@state.ma.us.

MassBays Citizen Monitoring Network Summit - On September 29, MassBays invites citizen monitoring coordinators to Westborough to launch a network of Massachusetts coastal monitoring programs. The MassBays Citizen Monitoring Network Summit is a one-day Summit that will include networking time, opportunities to articulate program needs, practical presentations, and other resource materials. Expert panels and three concurrent breakout sessions will allow opportunity for participants to discuss the potential for connections among researchers, government agencies, and other monitoring programs to inform future monitoring and to collaborate on assessment efforts. Registration is required. For more information, see the MassBays website or contact Nicholas.Moreno@state.ma.us.

Green Careers Conference - On September 29, the Massachusetts Green Careers Conference will be held in Worcester. Attendees can meet employers, green-career-ready candidates, and experts from business, education, government, and nonprofits.

South Coast Climate Coalition - On September 30, Mass Audubon’s Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary in Dartmouth/Westport will host Forming a Professional South Coast Climate Coalition. The goal of this meeting is to organize individuals, professionals, and organizations from across the South Coast who are interested in participating in a South Coast Climate Coalition. This meeting will be an open, guided discussion facilitated by Mass Audubon. The discussion panel will feature CZM’s Marc Carullo, Mass Audubon’s Daniel Brown, and others.

National Adaptation Forum—Call for Proposals - From May 9-11, 2017, the National Adaption Forum will be held in St. Paul, Minnesota. Proposals are now being accepted for Symposia, Training Sessions, and Working Groups that reflect the best thinking in the adaptation field, informed by theory, research, and practice on key subjects and cross-cutting themes. Submissions are due by September 30.

Boston Harbor Educators Conference - On October 1, Massachusetts Marine Educators will hold the Boston Harbor Educators Conference: Celebrating Boston Harbor: Lighting the Way Forward at UMass Boston. This conference will focus on the life, science, and history of Boston Harbor and how teachers can apply this information to classroom lessons.

Nahant Marine Science Center Open House - On October 1, Northeastern University’s Marine Science Center in Nahant will host its annual Open House. All ages are welcome to this free event that includes a tour of the building and research labs, a fieldwork obstacle course, touch tanks, talks, tidepooling, and more.

Boston Harbor Island Regatta - On October 1, Boston Harbor Now will host the 12th annual Boston Harbor Islands Regatta on a course around the Boston Harbor Islands national park area. Join one of the largest races in Boston, with more than 100 boats in 10 competitive classes, to help support the alliance’s initiatives for public programs and access to the islands.

Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride - On October 2, the Buzzards Bay Coalition will hold the 10th annual Buzzards Bay Watershed RIDE to support the Coaliton’s efforts toward restoring and protecting clean water. The bike ride features 100, 75, 35, and 11-mile route options, which wind through farmland, villages, cityscapes, cranberry bogs, and coastal country back roads.

RARGOM Annual Science Meeting—Call for Abstracts - On October 13, the Regional Association for Research on the Gulf of Maine (RARGOM) will hold its Annual Science Meeting, Science for Sustaining the Gulf of Maine's Ecosystems and Coastal Communities, in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Abstracts are due by September 19. For more information, email jllopiz@whoi.edu.

Northeast Arc User Group Conference - From October 16-19, the Northeast Arc User Group (NEARC) will hold its Fall NEARC Conference: From Summit to Sea, the Landscape of GIS, in North Falmouth. The conference will feature user presentations, technical training from Esri, educator training, and program tracks for both experienced and new GIS users.

Fall 2016 NEERS Meeting - From October 20-October 22, the New England Estuarine Research Society (NEERS) will hold the Fall 2016 NEERS Meeting on Block Island, Rhode Island. The meeting will highlight themes related to the emerging perspectives in estuarine and coastal marine science and include a wide range of disciplines, such as sediment transport and fisheries biology.

Barnstable Land Trust Walks and Talks - The Barnstable Land Trust will hold numerous events as part of its Walks & Talks nature series from now until late fall. For details, see the Barnstable Land Trust website

Family Field Walks - Through September, the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History will hold Family Field Walks. Naturalists will guide explorations focusing on the various plants, animals, habitats, and other ecological features along the John Wing Trail. These walks are approximately 90 minutes over somewhat challenging terrain. Walks are on Sundays through September.

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.

OneNOAA Science Seminars - The NOAA seminar series website provides listings and details on NOAA science and climate seminars and webinars that are available across the nation and scheduled through the end of 2016.

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.

Birdwatching for Beginners - The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History’s Birdwatching for Beginners with Gretchen Moran Towers presents 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.

Tuesday Tweets - On several Tuesdays into October, 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 Sanctuary 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.

Joppa Flats Wildlife Sanctuary Programs and Activities - Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats Wildlife Sanctuary in Newburyport provides numerous birding walks, field trips, 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:

  • Floodplain Management Conference - From September 6-9, the Flood Management Association will hold the Floodplain Management Annual Conference, Building Community Resilience through Action, in Sacramento, California. The conference provides 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.
  • International Sustainable Development Conference - From September 21-22, the 2016 International Conference on Sustainable Development will be held in New York City. This conference provides an opportunity to bring together stakeholders from government, academia, the United Nations, international agencies, nonprofits, and grassroots organizers to share practical solutions for more sustainable and inclusive societies.
  • Massachusetts Soil Conference - On September 23, the Massachusetts Soil Conference, Soils across the Landscape, will be held in Gardner. 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 for natural resource management and environmental protection professionals, agricultural commission and conservation commission members, farmers, and other land owners and managers.
  • Climate Change Communication Course - From September 6-October 28, the EECapacity Project at Cornell University will offer the free Climate Change Communication for Environmental Educators Online Course, where participants can learn about recent research on climate change psychology and climate change communication and how concepts from these fields can be incorporated into environmental education (EE) programming. Registration is required and is limited to the first 100 students.
  • New England Graduate Student Water Symposium - From September 9-11, 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.

Other Items of Interest

September is National Preparedness Month - Each September is National Preparedness Month, which is dedicated to educating and empowering Americans to be prepared in the event of natural or man-made disasters. This year’s theme is Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today. Make a plan with your family and friends for how you will stay safe and communicate during an emergency or disaster that can affect your community. Download the Family Communication Plan for Parents and Kids to compile emergency contact information, meeting spots, and other important emergency-related information for your family and friends.

Climate Leadership Awards - EPA is seeking applications for Climate Leadership Awards to recognize exemplary corporate, organizational, and individual leadership in response to climate change. The deadline for applications is September 26.

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.

Marine Policy Fellowships - The NOAA Sea Grant College Program is accepting applications for the 2017 John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Program. This one-year program aims to provide a unique educational experience to students who have an interest in ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes resources and the national policy decisions affecting those resources. The program matches highly qualified graduate students with hosts in the legislative and executive branches, or appropriate associations/institutions, located in the area of Washington, DC, for a one year paid fellowship. To apply, see the grant opportunity on Grants.gov. Applications are due by February 10, 2017.

Campus RainWorks Challenge - The EPA Office of Water is pleased to announce the 5th 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 and consider community engagement in the stormwater management designs. Winning teams will be awarded cash prizes. Registration opens September 1 and entries must be submitted by December 16.

Oceans Project - The nonprofit S’Agulla has launched Oceans, an international online collaborative project to educate students age 12-16 about the different characteristics of the oceans around the world. Through the course of the 11-week project, classroom students will make observations and then share these observations with students across the globe through virtual activities. Enrollment is free. For more information, see the Oceans Trailer or the Oceans website.

Wetlands Challenge - EPA’s National Wetland Condition Assessment Campus Research Challenge gives graduate students the opportunity to use data and innovative research for wetlands assessment and management. EPA will award up to $30,000 including a grand prize winner of $5,000. Proposals are due by September 30.

Mass Audubon Photo Contest - Mass Audubon is holding its 2016 Picture This: Your Great Outdoors photo contest, which is open to all participants and seeks digital images that highlight the beauty and diversity of Massachusetts wildlife, habitats, people in nature, and landscapes. Entries are due by September 30.