All National Estuary Programs – including MassBays – 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.
MassBays presented a revised new CCMP file size 2MB, for public comment in April 2015. A final plan that addresses all comments received is in development, with plans to submit a final version to EPA for approval by early 2016.
When the CCMP was originally drafted in 1996, MassBays 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 was due for an update. MassBays staff, Regional Coordinators, and the Management Committee solicited input from stakeholders and drew from our past work in the regions, 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.