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
Working with Wisconsin communities to plan for recreation and tourism development 
The Wisconsin Coastal Management Program provided funds from multiple cooperative agreement years to further comprehensive planning for outdoor recreation, water trails, shipwrecks, regional trails, and public travel guide information. These initiatives further public awareness of and access to recreational activities, fueling tourism revenues associated with the Blue Economy. The suite of projects funded include:
  • The Lakeshore Coastal Recreation Study
  • The Wisconsin Lake Michigan Water Trail
  • The Wisconsin Lake Superior Water Trail
  • The Twin Rivers Water Trail Plan (in progress)
  • The Milwaukee Urban Water Trail Map Update
  • Paddling Through History: Shipwreck Interpretation for Paddlers (in progress)
  • The Iron County Regional Trail Plan (in progress)
  • The City of Superior Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (in progress)
  • The Wisconsin Harbor Towns Travel Guide
Find more information on the work being done by the State Coastal Zone Management Programs on CSO's Publication page: www.coastalstates.org/csopublications/
9th National Summit on Coastal and Estuarine Restoration and Management
December 8 - 13, 2018
Long Beach, California
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In the States and Regions
East Coast and Caribbean
Va. Governor Signs Executive Order to Combat Sea Level Rise
This week Virginia’s governor signed an executive order to take action against sea level rise and extreme weather.

Governor Ralph Northam’s Executive Order Twenty Four calls for a “Coastal Resilience Master Plan” to protect the coastline from flooding and other weather impacts. The governor’s office say it’s “among the most comprehensive actions undertaken by any state to improve resilience and protect people and property from natural catastrophes.” Read more.

Delaware Wetland Plant Field Guide
The Delaware Wetland Plant Field Guide was prepared by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control's (DNREC) Wetland Monitoring & Assessment Program (WMAP). WMAP provides state leadership to conserve wetlands for their water quality, wildlife habitat, and flood control benefits. This project has been funded wholly or in part by the United States Environmental Protection Agency under assistance agreement to Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. Find a PDF of the 2018 Field Guide  here .

Army Corps of Engineers resumes Myrtle Beach renourishment project following Hurricane Florence
South Carolina is no stranger to hurricanes and each one takes its toll on shorelines and beach communities located here and across the Atlantic coastal region. After each significant storm, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers personnel assess erosion impacts, work hand-in-hand with state and local partners to determine mitigation measures for erosion damage to shoreline projects and take authorized measures to rehabilitate effected areas.  Read more. .
West Coast and Pacific
A $3,000 ‘sand mattress’ is actually helping save a portion of Waikiki Beach
A year ago, crews installed a 100-by-12 foot sand-filled mattress as an emergency measure to stabilize the shoreline.

It’s no silver bullet. But ...

“It has been a big success. This erosion mattress has done exactly what was intended," said Dolan Eversole, the Waikiki Beach management coordinator for the University of Hawaii’s Sea Grant College Program. Read more.

'Retreat' Is Not An Option As A California Beach Town Plans For Rising Seas
About 150 steps from John Imperato's Southern California home, pavement gives way to an ever-shrinking stretch of soft sand.

Imperato lives in Del Mar, a small, affluent town just north of San Diego. He spent his life savings to live here. He wanted to raise his son like he grew up, withing walking distance of the sea. Read more.
Gulf of Mexico
Louisiana shines as Gulf coast looks to maintain, restore oysters
Since the Deepwater Horizon spill in 2010, 4 billion to 8.3 billion subtidal oysters were estimated to be lost across the Gulf coast. Many states are struggling.

Louisiana is the only state producing at a level at or higher than before the spill, according to Seth Blitch, The Nature Conservancy's Director of Coastal and Marine Conservation in Louisiana. Read more.
Great Lakes
Coastal Zone Management to focus on eastern Michigan erosion issues
The Michigan Coastal Zone Management Program will focus efforts on areas of eastern Michigan along Lake Huron, according Commissioner Donald Jay O’Farrell.

O’Farrell outlined the program during a Nov. 21 meeting of the Iosco County Board of Commissioners. He said he was informed of the program during a Nov. 14 meeting of the Michigan Council on Governments. Read more.
At the Agencies
National Wetlands Awards
The National Wetlands Awards honor people who demonstrate extraordinary commitment to conserving and restoring U.S. wetlands. This year, nominations are being accepted for Wetland Leaders in the following categories: Conservation and Restoration; Education and Outreach; Landowner Stewardship; Science Research; State, Tribal, and Local Program Development; Business Leadership; and Lifetime Achievement. This year’s nomination period for Wetland Leaders ends on December 14.  Read more.
Resilient Water Features Webinar
Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 12:00-1:15pm EST

Dr. David Burdick, University of New Hampshire
Dr. Robert Roseen, Waterstone Engineering

Climate change is expected to produce heavier rainfalls and more intense storms that can contaminate lakes and estuaries, while rising seas drive stronger currents that combine to erode shorelines. Resilient communities will need to be able to live with more water in motion. This session uses water resources planning and adaptation to better prepare for the next emergency, and to sustainably manage flooding and sea level rise. It covers a range of climate adaptation from coastal adaptation with living shorelines (Burdick), and municipal resiliency for inland flooding as it relates to green infrastructure (Roseen). Participants will leave this session with an appreciation of reorganizing and maintaining the landscape to mitigate projected impacts through enhanced knowledge of nature-based infrastructure, application of low-impact development, site design, and other smart growth practices to address climate effects.
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