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The Coastal States Organization represents the nation’s Coastal States, Territories & Commonwealths on ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resource issues.
Spotlight on Coastal Management
Developing post-disaster recovery plans for urban and rural Georgia communities 
The Georgia Coastal Management Program (GCMP) used a CZMA § 309 strategy to work with Chatham, Brantley, and Glynn Counties to develop specialized Disaster Recovery and Redevelopment Plans (DRRP). The DRRP process, using planning guidance published by GCMP that includes cost estimates, funding sources, and key partners, assists communities to identify vulnerabilities, develop action items to manage and reduce risks, and identify ordinance changes that can be implemented post-disaster to encourage rebuilding while reducing risk. GCMP is now using a NOAA Coastal Resiliency Grant to work with the remaining coastal counties in the Georgia coastal zone to create DRRPs. In addition, GCMP is collaborating with the Georgia Emergency Management Agency to develop a statewide DRRP, and convening a small-business/private sector DRRP in partnership with the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the Georgia Department of Economic Development.
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
Puerto Rico’s eroding beaches spell trouble for coastal dwellers
Rosa Elena Mastache Dominguez, 54, comes from a family of fishermen. Some four generations back, her ancestors claimed a little piece of shoreline on the north-central coast of Puerto Rico. They built a house on the black-speckled sand, looking out onto palms and blue-green water.  

“My grandparents grew up here, my grandparents raised my parents here, my parents raised us [here],” she said.  

The tight-knit community, now known as La Boca, has a deep a connection to the land here. Many families have been there for generations and feel that their way of life and history lie on that beach. So it was all the more shocking when Hurricane Maria struck last September. Read more.

Maryland Offers Climate Change Education for Leaders
The effects of climate change are evident throughout the nation, and in Maryland, which has nearly as much shoreline as California, these impacts are particularly apparent.

Over the past 100 years, the state has lost 13 Chesapeake Bay islands to a foot of relative sea level rise. For farmers on the Eastern Shore, a peninsula between the Bay and the Atlantic Ocean where agriculture dominates the local economy, rising waters have threatened the area's ideal soil conditions. Farmers are gradually losing usable land as the shoreline continues to creep inland. Read more.

The Myrtle Beach Works in Full Swing
Pretty soon, the more than 15 million visitors each year to both Folly Beach and the Grand Strand will have new sand to set their chairs on.

The Charleston District is concurrently renourishing both Folly Beach and the Grand Strand, consisting of Myrtle, North Myrtle, and Garden City/Surfside beaches, in order to minimize the impacts to people and infrastructure during a storm event like South Carolina has seen in each of the previous three years. Read more.

Beaufort Co. community says homes on eroded beach need to be gone. Who will pay?
A northern Beaufort County community is asking the state for help in ridding itself of storm-damaged beachfront homes it says are a safety and environmental hazard.

The Harbor Island Owners Association, via the nonprofit S.C. Environmental Law Project, told the state in a letter Friday that seven homes in the gated community should now be considered on public waters because the water rises beyond the homes at high tide. The state has the authority to seek a court order to have the homes removed, with the cost ultimately falling on the homeowners, the property owners group says. Read more.
West Coast and Pacific
Coastal Pacific Oxygen Levels Now Plummet Once A Year
Scientists say West Coast waters now have a hypoxia season, or dead-zone season, just like the wildfire season.

Hypoxia is a condition in which the ocean water close to the seafloor has such low levels of dissolved oxygen that the organisms living down there die.

Crabber David Bailey, who skippers the Morningstar II, is rattled by the news. He remembers a hypoxia event out of Newport, Oregon, about a decade ago. He says it shows up "like a flip of a switch." Read more.
Gulf of Mexico
More Sand to Improve Marco’s Beaches
Marco Island’s wide pristine beaches are world famous and much enjoyed by its residents and visitors. It is the number one tourist attraction, and the primary economic driver, not only for Marco, but for Collier County. Marco’s beaches are also an active habitat for many endangered species, such as loggerhead sea turtles and migratory birds.

According to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), approximately 57% of Florida’s beaches are experiencing erosion. Tropical storms, hurricanes and erosions can cause significant damage to beaches. To restore and maintain the pristine nature of Marco’s beaches, re-grading or renourishment projects are necessary. Read more.
Great Lakes
STUDY: Spotlight on Economic Growth in Great Lakes Communities
The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) has provided more than $2.5 billion to clean up contaminated harbors, restore fish habitat and keep invasive species out of the Great Lakes, according to a study by the University of Michigan’s Research Seminar in Quantitative Economics.

According to the study, every federal dollar spent on GLRI projects between 2010 through 2016 will produce an additional $3.35 of additional economic activity in the Great Lakes region through 2036. Read more.
At the Agencies
Regional Contributions to the Nation's Ocean and Great Lakes Economy
The ocean and Great Lakes are an invaluable contributor to the nation’s economy—annually, businesses that depend on the ocean and Great Lakes produce about $320 billion in goods and services and employ more than three million Americans. Get the latest numbers for the ocean and Great Lakes economy for your region in this recent report by NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management. 

NOAA Sea Grant awards $11 million to advance U.S. aquaculture through research
NOAA Sea Grant announces 22 aquaculture research projects totaling $11 million in federal funds. The projects were selected through Sea Grant's 2018 national aquaculture research initiative.

The projects awarded will address specific priorities of the 2018 Sea Grant National Aquaculture Research Initiative including, supporting the development of emerging systems or technologies that will advance aquaculture in the U.S., developing and implementing actionable methods of communicating accurate, science based information about the benefits and risks of U.S. marine aquaculture to the public; and increasing the resiliency of aquaculture systems to natural hazards and changing conditions.

The projects will be conducted over a three year period and include a 50 percent match by non-federal partners. One hundred proposals were submitted requesting a total in $48 million in federal grant funds. 

Disaster Recovery Reform Act of 2018 Transforms Field of Emergency Management 
On Oct. 5, 2018, President Donald J. Trump signed the Disaster Recovery Reform Act of 2018 (DRRA) into law as part of the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act of 2018. 
As the 2017 hurricane season and California wildfires demonstrated, impacts from a disaster can be devastating. With the economic disruption and the cost of disasters on the rise nationwide, FEMA worked closely with Congress over the past year as they considered, and ultimately passed, important reforms to federal disaster programs. 
These reforms acknowledge the shared responsibility of disaster response and recovery, aim to reduce the complexity of FEMA and build the nation’s capacity for the next catastrophic event.

FEMA Announces the Release of the New NFIP Flood Insurance Manual
Today, FEMA released a new, easy to use Flood Insurance Manual (FIM) , which supersedes the previous FIM. 

FEMA designed the FIM with the insurance professional in mind. The newly redesigned manual aims to make flood insurance issues and NFIP processes more understandable. 
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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