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:
Ohio Coastal Management Program
Learn more about Ohio's Coastal Management Program 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
FL DEP Announces Support to Help Communities Prepare for Sea Level Rise
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Resilient Coastlines Program announces that nearly $1.6 million in grant funding has been awarded for fiscal year 2019-20 to strengthen resilience initiatives for  30 coastal communities  in 17 coastal counties in Florida . Read more

Coastal Resiliency
Organized by the Sea Grant program and the Massachusetts Center for Coastal Zone Management, the NCC kicked off with a keynote by the Puerto Rican head of Sea Grant, Professor Ruperto Chaparro. We have a lot to learn from our fellow island tourism community. Read more

Climate Change Prep Will Cost $18 B
Massachusetts will have to spend more than $18 billion to fortify its coastline against rising seas and monster storms fueled by a changing climate, according to a new report. Read more
West Coast and Pacific
Agencies partner with coastal communities for Tsunami preparedness
In the moments following a massive Cascadia Subduction Zone Earthquake, many Washingtonians could find themselves isolated, trapped or closed off from the rest of the state due to congested roadways, down trees or broken bridges. Coastal cities and towns could be the most at risk with a potential of a tsunami following a major earthquake. Read more

Offshore wind lease sales will begin in 2020, and Morro Bay is still listed as an area of interest
In the same year, a task force consisting of members from the California Energy Commission and the  Bureau of Ocean Energy Management  (BOEM) was established to look into offshore wind as a potential source of renewable energy in the state. In 2018, the task force issued a call for information and nomination to assess the wind industry's interest in three areas along the coast: Morro Bay, Diablo Canyon, and Humboldt. John Romero, BOEM's public affairs officer, told  New Times  that the task force is now looking toward BOEM's goal of an offshore wind lease sale in California in 2020 and other activities on the West Coast and Hawaii. Read more
Great Lakes
Great Lakes states, provinces lead region-wide campaign to raise awareness of aquatic invasive species prevention
This summer, hundreds of agency and volunteer partners will be at water access sites throughout the Great Lakes region to inform boaters and others of the risks of spreading aquatic invasive species (AIS). The  Great Lakes Commission  is working with states and provinces to coordinate the  AIS Landing Blitz  from June 28 to July 7 across the region. Read more.
Events & Webinars
EPA, Army Corps Seek States’ Input On Wetlands Mitigation Rule Changes
EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers are seeking states’ feedback on possible changes to the agencies’ 2008 wetlands mitigation banking rule, ahead of a formal proposal expected by the end of the year as part of the Trump administration’s push to accelerate permitting of energy projects. See attached presentation slides for more information.

NOAA designates Mallows Bay National Marine Sanctuary in Maryland
NOAA, the State of Maryland and Charles County today (July 9) announced the designation of a new national marine sanctuary to protect the remains of more than 100 abandoned steamships and vessels built as part of America’s engagement in World War I.
Washington, D.C., will be the first national marine sanctuary designated since
2000.  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.

NOAA Fisheries is pleased to announce the 2020 Saltonstall-Kennedy (SK) Grant competition is open for applications. 
NOAA Fisheries announces the the FY20 Saltonstall-Kennedy (S-K) Federal Funding Opportunity and inviting applicants to submit pre-proposals by July 30, 2019 . This year, the priority focus areas are:
  • Promotion, Development, and Marketing  
  • Science or Technology that Promotes Sustainable U.S. Seafood Production and Harvesting  
Read more about the  SK Grant Program and How to Apply

NOTE:  All interested applicants must submit a Pre-Proposal to the grant opportunity, NOAA-NMFS-FHQ-2020-2006111, posted at  www.Grants.gov . Pre-proposals are due via Grants.gov  by 11:59 pm, Eastern Time, July 30, 2019. 

Webinars on the Community Rating System
The CRS Webinar Series provides training opportunities to communities that are not yet participating in the Community Rating System or local government staff that are new to the CRS, and to local government staff with experience in the CRS. The Series includes basic introductory sessions and more advanced topics, most averaging about an hour in length.

  • July 16 Developing a Repetitive Loss Area Analysis
  • July 17 Flood Warning & Response (Activity 610)

Register  here

Women's Aquatic Network - Calling New WAN Executive Board Members!

Calling all water and ocean-minded professionals in the DC-metro area! The Women's Aquatic Network has several open positions on the executive board and we are looking to fill them with enthusiastic and motivated individuals with an interest in promoting the health and protection of our marine and aquatic resources. 

If interested, please fill out the application by JULY 29th!

If you have any questions about what it is like to work behind the scenes with WAN, please feel free to reach out to a WAN Board Member at WashingtonWAN@gmail.com .

Or join us July 17th at our Networking Happy Hour . There you will have a chance to introduce yourself and ask any questions you may have.

You can also read our Board Recruitment Document .

Applicants will be notified of the executive board's selections by September.

EPA Releases Cyanobacteria Assessment Network (CyAN) Mobile Application in the Google Play™ Store
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the Cyanobacteria Assessment Network (CyAN) mobile application (app), a tool that uses satellite data to alert users that a harmful algal bloom could be forming based on specific changes in the color of the water in more than 2,000 of the largest lakes and reservoirs across the United States. Read more
Job Openings
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