For Immediate Release - September 02, 2009

EEA Holds Five Public Hearings on Draft Ocean Management Plan

Public input will inform nation-leading plan for long-term protection and sustainable use of coastal waters


The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) will hold five public hearings in coastal communities to take public comment on the Draft Ocean Management Plan unveiled by the Patrick Administration on July 1. Following a public comment period that runs through November 23, EEA will put the finishing touches on its first-in-the-nation blueprint designed to guide planning in state waters (generally, within three miles of the coast). The draft plan, developed in accordance with the Oceans Act of 2008, provides additional protections for critical environmental resources in nearly two-thirds of the planning area, while identifying two areas adjacent to federal waters as suitable for commercial-scale wind energy development. The Oceans Act set a deadline of December 31, 2009 for promulgation of a final plan.


EEA Assistant Secretary for Ocean and Coastal Zone Management Deerin Babb-Brott

Schedule of Draft Ocean Management Plan Public Hearings:

September 14


Exchange Conference Center
Boston Fish Pier

September 15


New Bedford Public Library, Main Meeting Room
613 Pleasant Street, New Bedford

September 16


Tilden Arts Center Main Theater, Cape Cod Community College
2240 Iyannough Road, West Barnstable

September 17


Kyrouz Auditorium, Gloucester City Hall
9 Dale Avenue, Gloucester

September 23


Katharine Cornell Theater, 51 Spring Street, Tisbury (Vineyard Haven)