CSO Newsletter
The Coastal States Organization represents the nation’s Coastal States, Territories & Commonwealths on ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes resource issues.
Spotlight on Coastal Management:
Texas Coastal Management Program
Coastal zone management balances development and protection of the vital natural resources that support thriving coastal communities and economies. The Texas Coastal Management Program has been helping communities plan for an uncertain future since program approval in 1996. Projects such as the Texas Coastal Study, and Texas Coastal Resiliency Master Plan help keep people, property, and resources safe while planning for future recreational and economic development. In addition to the technical assistance, the Texas CMP provides approximately $2.2 M in grants to local governments and others to help address these issues.

Learn more about issues impacting the state and the great work by the Texas Coastal Management Program click here.
Find more information on the work being done by the State Coastal Zone Management Programs on CSO's Publication page: www.coastalstates.org/csopublications/
In the States and Regions
East Coast and Caribbean
Delaware Bans Plastic Bags for Large Stores Beginning in Jan 2021
Moving to protect sea animals, wildlife and humans from the effects of litter, Delaware Gov. John Carney signed legislation Monday to limit the availability of single-use plastic bags. The new law, which takes effect Jan. 2021, bans plastic bags from stores with more than 7,000 square feet of retail space and chain stores with three or more locations with at least 3,000 square feet each. Read more

76 New canals approved for marine debris removal in county-led program
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) approved 76 additional Monroe County canals for Hurricane Irma marine debris removal. The newly approved canals fall under the same Emergency Watershed Protection grant used to clean Hurricane Irma marine debris from 172 previously approved canals. Read more

North Carolina Coastal Resources Commission Passes Resolution Opposing Offshore Drilling
The N.C. Coastal Resources Commission in April passed a resolution opposing offshore oil and gas exploration and drilling off North Carolina. Citing impacts from the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989 and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010, the resolution states there are inherent risks to the region from offshore oil and natural gas exploration and drilling that have the potential to irrevocably harm North Carolina’s natural environment, economic well being and overall quality of life. Read more

Gulf of Mexico Alliance to Receive $297,816 to Improve Coastal Resilience in Northern Gulf of Mexico
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded the Gulf of Mexico Alliance (GOMA) a grant in the amount of $297,816 to improve coastal resilience in the Northern Gulf of Mexico with new pilot projects in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas. “Investment in the Gulf of Mexico Alliance allows EPA to engage a broad network of partners and coastal stakeholders to improve coastal resilience and management through better planning of restoration and protection projects,” said EPA Region 4 Administrator Mary S. Walker.  Read more .
West Coast and Pacific
Volunteers Plant New Forest to Stem Runoff and Grass Fire Risks
More than 10,000 new trees make communities safer and help protect coral reefs, shorelines, and ecotourism, thanks to partners that include the Guam Coastal Management Program and NOAA. Read more

Accessible Boardwalk will Promote Habitat Protection and Education
The commonwealth’s coastal program joined a multi-partner effort to protect water quality and important wildlife and marine species. Tourists at popular Jeffrey’s Beach on the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands were driving over and destroying a fragile estuarine riverbed, ruining a rare wetland. The commonwealth’s Coastal Resources Management Program worked with partners to address the problem, designing a 250-foot boardwalk that will start at the designated parking lot and run all the way to the beach. Read more.
Great Lakes
Monitoring Increases Kayaker Safety at Wisconsin National Park
The Wisconsin Coastal Management Program and partners installed an award-winning monitoring system for sea cave explorers at the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. 
The sea caves of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore draw thousands of kayakers every summer. In the past, kayakers didn’t always know whether conditions were safe when starting out. Now they do, because a real-time observation system keeps an eye out for danger. The U.S. Department of the Interior praised its effectiveness when giving a safety award to the National Park Service, a project partner. The Wisconsin Coastal Management Program supported its installment.  Read more
Events & Webinars
Funding Opportunity - NOAA Marine Debris Program
The NOAA MDP's FY20 Marine Debris Removal federal funding opportunity is now open. This year, applicants must submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) describing the proposed removal project and receive an invitation from NOAA to submit a full proposal. Letters of Interest are due September 4, 2019. Please click here to view the full announcement.

Funding Opportunity - NOAA Climate Program Office's FY20 Competition
CPO manages competitive research programs through which NOAA funds high-priority climate science, assessments, decision support research, outreach, education, and capacity-building activities designed to advance the understanding of Earth’s climate system and to foster the application of this knowledge to enable effective decisions. CPO supports research that is conducted across the United States and internationally. CPO also provides strategic guidance for the agency’s climate science and services programs and supports NOAA’s contributions to the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) and its National Climate Assessment and similar international endeavors. 
NOAA is accepting individual applications for 10 competitions.  Read more.

Regional Resilience Toolkit: 5 Steps to Build Large-Scale Resilience to Natural Disasters

A new toolkit was created by EPA and FEMA, in partnership with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission/Association of Bay Area Governments (MTC/ABAG). The Regional Resilience Toolkit provides:
  • A coordinated process for meeting different state and federal planning requirements.
  • Communication and outreach tools for engaging a broad coalition of partners across an entire region.
  • Guidance for project teams to conduct vulnerability assessments, write required plans, and implement projects.
  • Clear information that can be used with decision makers and community leaders to guide the overall action plan and ensure its successful implementation.
  • Detailed appendices with worksheets to help inform and guide work.
  • Examples of resilience action from around the country.

Designed to fulfill requirements for FEMA’s Local Hazard Mitigation Plan approval and updates, the toolkit also supports the  National Mitigation Investment Strategy.
Fall 2019 Maryland Climate Leadership Academy Programs Announced
This program is designed to help participants build competencies to effectively integrate climate change into their decision-making and professional activities, as well as to advance their entrepreneurship and leadership skills. Leveraging a combination of on-demand online training resources and in-person cohort training, this workshop series will prepare attendees for the CC-P® exams and satisfy most elective requirements for the credential. Read more.

Margaret A. Davidson Graduate Fellowship
It’s an exciting new fellowship program for graduate students at the national estuarine research reserves. One two-year fellowship opportunity will be available at each of the 29 coastal sites.

Through a research project, fellows will address a key coastal management question to help scientists and communities understand coastal challenges that may influence future policy and management strategies.

The research reserves represent the apex of estuary science. At  these coastal sites , fieldwork, research, and community engagement come together to create the scientific advances that change our communities and our world. Apply Here.

Physical processes governing the distribution and transport of dispersed particles in the ocean
To be held at the 2020 Ocean Sciences Meeting in San Diego, CA (USA) from 16-21 February 2020. The Ocean Sciences meeting is jointly convened by the American Geophysical Union (AGU), The Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO), and The Oceanography Society (TOS). This conference, held once every two years, brings together marine and aquatic scientists and presents an excellent opportunity to convene communities of researchers across a variety of disciplines. Please visit the conference website at https://www2.agu.org/ocean-sciences-meeting for details about the meeting.
The abstract submission deadline is Wednesday, 11 September 2019 23:59 EDT/03:59 +1 GMT. Please follow this link to submit an abstract to this session.

In-Lieu Fee Mitigation: Review of Program Instruments and Implementation Across the Country
The report outlines the range of practice in ILF mitigation and describes innovative approaches across the United States. To date, ILF programs have implemented hundreds of compensatory mitigation projects across the country and many more projects are pending or in the planning stages. In addition, new programs continue to come online to provide additional compensation options for permittees. The goal was to support the development of effective ILF mitigation programs and enhance the capacity of state/local/tribal governments and others that develop or oversee ILF programs in order to improve the protection and restoration of watersheds and aquatic ecosystems across the country. To read more and download the report, click here.
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