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
Coordinating across states to identify recreational areas in the Mid-Atlantic
The State CZM Programs of Virginia , Maryland , Delaware , New Jersey and New York engaged across state lines, in partnership with NOAA’s Coastal Services Center and Monmouth University to map 22 recreational uses across the Mid-Atlantic region. Through stakeholder workshops and survey instruments, the CZM programs cataloged coastal-dependent uses from scenic and wildlife viewing to shoreline fishing, sailing, and snorkeling, as well as boating density and popular routes. The findings of this effort are publically available through the CZM Programs’ Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO) Ocean Data Portal. [1]

[1] http://portal.midatlanticocean.org - Economic data can also be accessed through the portal’s “socioeconomic” data theme.
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

Register now and be a part of the largest gathering of the coastal restoration and management community! All attendees, including program participants, sponsors, and exhibitors, must register online . Registration fees are as follows: Early Bird (available through October 12) - $495, Full Rate - $595, On-site - $625, Student - $275, One-day - $290.

Summit Fast Facts
When: December 8-13, 2018 - put it on your calendar and get your travel paperwork submitted!

Where: Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, California. See the Travel and Hotel Information for additional information on rates, reservations, travel, and more.

What will happen: oral presentations, posters, networking, field sessions, workshops, and the list goes on... 

Ways to be involved: presenter, exhibitor, sponsor, attendee, volunteer, advertiser...and more!

For more information: 2018 Summit website

VOLUNTEER at the 9th National Summit on Coastal and Estuarine Restoration and Management In return for eight hours of volunteer support , you’ll earn a complimentary registration to the event.   Apply now for a volunteer role, and join your coastal and estuarine peers at this national event!

Summit - Exhibiting and Sponsorship's
The Summit provides fantastic opportunities to get in front of more than 1,300 participants, including funders, clients, and partners. More information available here or by contacting Courtney Lewis at clewis@estuaries.org . If you are ready to apply to be a sponsor or exhibitor, fill out this form .

Arrive early and stay late at Summit 2018 for full lineup of learning opportunities and special events. Summit is the premiere conference for coastal and estuarine professionals to network, learn from their peers, and engage in cutting-edge discussions.

Workshops: These hands-on sessions cover a variety of topics including diversity, equity, and inclusion in the coastal sector, as well as a NOAA Stakeholder dialogue with key leadership. Workshops take place Sunday, December 9 and Thursday, December 13.

Receptions: Attend the Opening Reception on Sunday, December 9 to hear from experienced plenary speakers. You can also enjoy a night out at the Aquarium of the Pacific during our Networking Reception on Tuesday, December 10.

In the States and Regions
East Coast and Caribbean
Hundreds of Derelict Boats in Storm’s Wake
After Hurricane Florence, the U.S. Coast Guard during a statewide survey flagged 383 vessels requiring salvage for hazardous materials response. Over the long term, these vessels can affect fisheries and marine habitats, lead to complaints about wreckage and garbage waste and hurt coastal tourism, according to information presented Tuesday to the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Agriculture and Natural and Economic Resources. Read more.
West Coast and Pacific
The Media Barely Covered One of the Worst Storms to Hit U.S. Soil
Several hours before Super Typhoon Yutu struck the morning of October 25, Harry Blanco was making final preparations for the storm. He boarded up the windows of his house, secured loose objects outside, gathered his valuables in a backpack, and locked his black Labrador, Lady, in the laundry room, where he felt she’d be safe. Then, he—along with thousands of his neighbors in the Northern Mariana Islands—waited in their homes. The remote American territory in the western Pacific would soon face the biggest storm to hit U.S. soil since 1935. Read more.

Northern Mariana Islands and Guam Begin Recovery After Super Typhoon Yutu
The Northern Mariana Islands and Guam are recovering, after Super Typhoon Yutu hit the US territories this past month. At the time of landfall, Yutu was a Category 5 super typhoon with the last recorded maximum sustained winds of 180 mph. The storm strengthened with little warning – going from a Category 1 to Category 5 within a day, right before landfall on the US territories. Read more.
Gulf of Mexico
Shifting sands: County preps for beach grading project
The beach along the center of Marco Island is due to be reshaped. Over a mile of Gulf of Mexico frontage will be part of a massive regrading project being undertaken by Collier County government.

Over 170,000 cubic yards of sand will be shifted, after being dredged from the inter-tidal zone just offshore from the beach, said Collier County’s Coastal Zone Management Director Gary McAlpin. Read more.
Great Lakes
New WTIP series: Climate change and its impact on Lake Superior fishing
Minnesota's North Shore, like the rest of the planet, is facing a changing climate. There are some who dispute the cause of why this is happening, but few can argue that temperatures are warming, including water temperatures on inland lakes, streams and rivers, and in Lake Superior. These changes to the environment will impact the fish that live in these treasured waters, as well as the many anglers who pursue them. WTIP created this project to cover not just the issues facing the Lake Superior North Shore watershed as the climate changes, but to provide awareness about the realities of these changes. Read more.

Agencies receive $182,000 of Coastal Resources Management grants
Nonprofit and government agencies in Erie County have received five grants totaling $182,000 to address coastal issues, from cleanup projects to educational initiatives.

The grants were announced Tuesday by the Erie County Department of Planning & Community Development. Read more.
At the Agencies
EPA Awards Funds for Protecting Maryland Shorelines
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded $348,648 to the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) to improve and stabilize living shorelines, and stream and wetlands restoration projects in nontidal wetlands.

“Despite their environmental and economic importance, coastal wetlands in the eastern United States are being lost at twice the rate they are being restored,” said EPA Regional Administrator Cosmo Servidio. “This work by the state of Maryland will serve as a model for the more focused protection strategies that we need to reverse this trend.” Read more.
Coastal GeoTools 2019 registration is now open!
Register by Dec. 14 and save $$$
Don't miss your opportunity to celebrate 20 years of Coastal GeoTools! This is an event not to be missed and will be the best opportunity to share your geospatial expertise and network with peers from all sectors.
Visit the conference website to view the preliminary program and register. And while you're at it, don't forget to make your hotel reservations  too. 

Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program 2019 Request for Proposals
Full Proposal Due Date:  Thursday, January 31, 2019 by 11:59 PM Eastern Time
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC), in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), USDA Forest Service (USFS), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), FedEx, Southern Company, Shell Oil Company and BNSF Railway are pleased to solicit applications for the 2019 Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration program. The Five Star and Urban Waters program will award approximately $1.7 million in grants nationwide. Eligible applicants include non-profit 501(c) organizations, state government agencies, local governments, municipal governments, Indian tribes and educational institutions.

The Coastal Society Announces Workshops on Coastal Careers
The Coastal Society has launched its “Margaret A. Davidson Coastal Career Development Program.” TCS is organizing workshops around our coasts to provide valuable skills and information to the next generation of coastal practitioners. The first workshop will be December 13, 2018, in Long Beach, California in association with the Restore America’s Estuaries – Coastal States Organization Summit. The Long Beach event is the first of perhaps a dozen being organized in the next 18 months. Speakers will share insights on the coastal job market, activities will provide skills to succeed, and attendees will have the opportunity to network with speakers and potential mentors. More about the program and the Long Beach workshop will be available soon at www.thecoastalsociety.org/

NCCOS Announces FY19 Federal Funding Opportunities
The NCCOS Competitive Research Program is pleased to announce its Fiscal Year 2019 Federal Funding Opportunities (FFOs) in two areas of research: harmful algal blooms, and the ecological effects of sea level rise. Read more.

FREE Ocean Educator Resources
Green Fire Productions has just released a suite of secondary and post-secondary educator resources to accompany their 4-part film series,  Ocean Frontiers . The films explore  how unlikely allies – government, industry, science and conservation – are working together to find solutions that benefit ocean ecosystems and economies. The Exploring Ocean Frontiers Educator Resources build on real-world science and delve into ocean planning and stewardship, collaborative science, marine biodiversity, ocean data portals and stakeholder engagement. The secondary lessons are inquiry-based and connected to Next Generation Science Standards. The post-secondary discussion guides are designed to facilitate classroom conversations on collaborative ocean planning and the future of our oceans.  Download these complimentary resources at: https://ocean-frontiers.org/educator-resources

Tips and Stories for Coastal Managers, Delivered to Your Inbox
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