All National Estuary Programs – including the Mass Bays Program – are guided by a Comprehensive Conservation Management Plan (CCMP). The CCMP identifies the work needed to be done to maintain and improve the ecological integrity of Massachusetts and Cape Cod Bays. When the CCMP was originally drafted in 1996, Mass Bays worked with state and federal agencies, organizations and municipalities to identify action plans and who would be responsible to carry them out. Review just the Action Steps of the first CCMP or the original CCMP in its entirety.
Last revised in 2003, the CCMP is due for an update. MBP staff, Regional Coordinators, and Management Committee are drawing on input from stakeholders and past work in the regions, and aligning our efforts with municipal, state, and federal partners to produce a plan that:
- Identifies realistic goals and ways to measure progress toward those goals.
- Lists strategic actions to be taken over the next 5 to 8 years.
- Provides a framework for education & outreach to multiple audiences.
- Defines our region’s contribution to larger (Gulf of Maine/New England/North East coastal) monitoring efforts.
Watch for opportunities to provide input to the plan – the easiest way is to sign up for our newsletter.