CSO Newsletter
The Coastal States Organization represents the nation’s Coastal States, Territories, and Commonwealths on ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes resource issues.
Spotlight on Coastal Management:
New Coral Reef Status Reports
The NOAA National Coral Reef Monitoring Program has released four new coral reef status reports for Florida, Flower Garden Banks, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Ecosystem condition status reports synthesizing a large amount of ecosystem monitoring data into a report that can be understood by the public, decision makers, managers, and scientists alike. Status reports help answer the question "How is the ecosystem doing?" The goals of a status reports are to provide a broad-level assessment, communicate complex information, use real data, and engage communities.

See the new reports here !
Register Today for the Virtual
2020 National Coastal and Estuarine Summit!
September 29 - October 1, 2020
Join CSO and Restore America's Estuaries for a highly-interactive,  virtual 2020 Summit September 29 - October 1, 2020 ! Registration is now open with Early Bird rates through August 31st .
In the States and Regions
East Coast and Caribbean
North Carolina Completes Coastal Resilience Plan
The N.C. Office of Recovery and Resiliency, along with the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality, submitted the N.C. Climate Risk Assessment and Resilience Plan to Gov. Roy Cooper’s office. The plan was created as part of Gov. Cooper’s Executive Order 80 in 2018. It calls for integration of climate adaptation and resilience planning in cabinet agency policies, programs and operations. It also calls for state agencies to develop resilience strategies that support communities and vulnerable economic sectors. Read more

UVI Awarded $20M National Science Foundation Grant for VI-EPSCoR’s ‘Ridge to Reef’ Project
The Virgin Islands Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (VI-EPSCoR) has been awarded funding for its fourth National Science Foundation (NSF) EPSCoR grant titled “Ridge to Reef.” The Ridge to Reef (R2F) project is a five-year, $20 million grant dedicated to addressing the impacts of changing environmental conditions on small island social-ecological systems such as those in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Read more
Great Lakes
Nearly $20 Million in 2020 NOAA Funding Recommended for Great Lakes Habitat Restoration
NOAA Fisheries is recommending nearly $20 million in  Great Lakes Restoration Initiative  funding. It will support new and existing multi-year partnerships to implement seven projects to restore shoreline, fish passage, and wetlands. These efforts will restore habitat and improve resilience in degraded Great Lakes ecosystems. Read more

State issues $100k+ in Coastal Management Grants in Racine and Kenosha Counties
More than $100,000 has been allocated by the State of Wisconsin to manage the coastline in Racine and Kenosha counties. The  Wisconsin Coastal Management Program announced the recipients of a total of $1.5 million  to local, state and tribal governments, regional planning commissions, universities and nonprofit organizations all along the state’s coastline. Read more
West Coast and Pacific
'Upside down floating reef' in the San Francisco Bay Could Change Ecology of Shoreline, Experts Hope
Design Architects from the California College of the Arts and its Architectural Ecologies Lab recently teamed with the port and marine research groups to launch the Bouyant Ecologies Float Lab. Looking something like small UFO that crash-landed in the Bay, the lab is actually a platform that's helping designers learn how to blend biology with architecture. The project is supported by both the Port of Oakland and the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission. Read more

Interior Awards Nearly $1.6 Million to Protect Coral Reefs and Natural Resources in the Insular Areas
U.S. Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary of Insular and International Affairs announced $1,626,225 in Coral Reef Initiative and Natural Resources program funding from the Office of Insular Affairs to protect coral reefs, conduct clean-up and restoration activities, and combat invasive species through a variety of projects across the U.S. territories and the freely associated states. Read more
Port of Corpus Christi to Receive FEMA Funds for Hurricane Harvey Repairs
The Port of Corpus Christi will receive additional funding from the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) for infrastructure repairs damaged during Hurricane Harvey in 2017. The more than $2.5 million in grant funding derives from federal awards for the State of Texas under the Stafford Act. Read more

Mobile Bar Channel dredging about to begin
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile District and Manson Construction Co. are about to begin dredging operations in the Mobile Bar Channel. Approximately 800,000 to 1,200,000 cubic yards of sand will be dredged from the Mobile Bar Channel, and placed in the Sand Island Beneficial Use Area (SIBUA) Northwest Expansion west of the channel. Read more
Events & Webinars
New Managed Retreat Toolkit
The Georgetown Climate Center has released the new Managed Retreat Toolkit, a comprehensive online resource on managed retreat, with tools and case studies to help states and communities transition away from vulnerable coastal areas. To inform the toolkit, GCC worked with policymakers, practitioners, community members, Georgetown students and faculty, and other experts, engaging more than 1,000 people nationwide since 2018. Learn more here .

Federal Register Notice: Draft Prospectus of the Fifth National Climate Assessment
With this notice, the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) seeks public comment on the proposed themes and framework of the Fifth National Climate Assessment (NCA5) as indicated by the draft prospectus presented here. Based on input received from this notice, USGCRP will develop an annotated outline, which will be released for public comment at a later date. A call for author nominations and technical inputs will also be posted in one or more subsequent Federal Register Notices. See the notice here .

Request for Proposals: Coordination and Collaboration in the Resilience Ecosystem
The Climate Resilience Fund has issued a  Request for Proposals , seeking applications for its Coordination and Collaboration in the Resilience Ecosystem Program. CRF thinks of these grants as “glue money”; funding that will be used to build upon, strengthen or connect two or more tools or resources within the climate services sector. Rather than funding the creation of new products, the competition is designed to incentivize innovative collaborations to scale existing resources, thus the size of these grants is intentionally small at a maximum request of $50,000. A total of $300,000 will be available. Applications are due July 17, 2020 .

NEP Coastal Watersheds Grant Program 2020 Request for Proposals
The National Estuary Program (NEP) Coastal Watersheds Grant (CWG) Program is a newly created, nationally competitive grants program designed to support projects that address urgent and challenging issues threatening the well-being of coastal and estuarine areas within determined estuaries of national significance. Restore America’s Estuaries will be administering the NEP CWG Program in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Grantees will be selected based on a two-step process: Letters of Intent, followed by full proposals by invitation only. LOI submittals are due on August 7 . Find the Request for Proposals   here .
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