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:
EPA Watershed Academy
The EPA Watershed Academy is a unique self-paced online training tool that provides an introduction to watershed management. The program's goal is to provide useful information to local, state, and tribal efforts aimed at improving the health of our Nation's waters by protecting and managing their watersheds.

The Watershed Academy training modules cover the most important watershed management topics. The m odules vary in the time they take to complete, with some short modules lasting 1/2 hour to longer courses that last two hours. If you complete the core 15 modules you can earn the  Watershed Academy Web Training Certificate .

To get started expanding your watershed knowledge, check out the Watershed Academy here !
Register Today for the Virtual
2020 National Coastal and Estuarine Summit!
September 29 - October 1, 2020
Join CSO and Restore America's Estuaries September 29 - October 1, 2020 for an in-depth virtual program and the opportunity to network with colleagues, share lessons learned, and hear from experts on the latest in coastal restoration and coastal management!

Register  now for the 2020. Early bird registrations will save $75 off the regular rate and end on August 31, 2020. If you still want to be part of the program, the  Poster Abstract Date  has been extended to August 24, 2020 .
In the States and Regions
East Coast and Caribbean
Florida to Require Sea Level Studies for Coastal Public Construction Projects
Florida's new Public Financing of Construction law requires contractors on publicly funded coastal projects to study how those projects could be impacted by sea level rise before starting work. The state's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has yet to establish a rule standard for the study. The Florida DEP's rule will use a "systematic, interdisciplinary and scientifically accepted approach" and assess flooding, inundation and wave-action damage risks over the proposed structure's expected life or 50 years, whichever is less. Read more

Construction of Three New Living Shoreline Sills Underway Near NC Coastal Federation Wanchese Office
With funding secured from the Honda Marine Science Foundation, the North Carolina Coastal Federation initiated construction on three new living shoreline sills. Recently, the N.C. Division of Coastal Management in coordination with other state and federal agencies revised the Coastal Area Management Act (CAMA) General Permit for marsh sills. The amended general permit now makes the process of obtaining a living shoreline permit quicker and simpler. Read more
Great Lakes
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Awards Contract to Dredge Maumee Bay
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District has awarded a $2.1 million contract to Ryba Marine and Construction to conduct dredging of the federal navigation channel in Maumee Bay, located along Lake Erie in Toledo Harbor, in the City of Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio. The contract calls for dredged material to be placed in a contractor furnished location, different from last year’s dredging cycle when material was placed at an open lake site. Read more

Corps of Engineers to Begin Phase 2 Fort Sheridan Great Lakes Fishery, Ecosystem Restoration Project
Next week, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chicago District will start construction for Phase 2 of the Fort Sheridan Great Lakes Fishery and Ecosystem Restoration (GLFER) project at Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve in unincorporated Lake County, Illinois. Read more
West Coast and Pacific
Port of Tacoma Receives Approval for First Environmental Mitigation Bank
The Upper Clear Creek Mitigation Bank is the Port of Tacoma's first mitigation bank and only the second joint wetland and fish conservation bank in Washington. The Port of Tacoma’s Upper Clear Creek Mitigation Bank, designed to offset adverse impacts to salmon and wetland habitat from development, received final approval on June 24 from the state Department of Ecology (Ecology), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). Read more

Offshore Wind Assessment Technology Deployed to Kitty Hawk Wind Energy Area
Avangrid Renewables announced the deployment of cutting-edge offshore wind assessment technology in the Kitty Hawk Wind Energy Area, which has been designated by the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) for the development of an offshore wind project. The  Floating Light Detection and Ranging (FLiDAR) instrumentation buoy  uses advanced technology to collect real-time meteorological and ocean data to inform the development of the Kitty Hawk Offshore Wind project in a manner that maximizes compatibility with the ocean environment. Read more
Experts Aim to Make Historic Properties Along Gulf Coast More Hurricane-Proof
With Texas being a prime target for hurricanes, UTSA’s  Center for Cultural Sustainability  is launching a two-year effort to improve the resilience of historic buildings along the state’s Gulf Coast so they can better survive severe weather events. Read more

Louisiana Fisheries, Coastal Agencies Working on Initial Oyster Recovery Strategy
Oysters are such a mainstay of Louisiana cuisine that when President Franklin D. Roosevelt visited in 1937, Antoine's proudly served up a plate of them in the restaurant's signature Rockefeller style. But over the past two decades, the state's legendary bivalves have been getting battered. In hopes of reversing those trends, the agencies that oversee Louisiana's fisheries and its coastal restoration efforts are developing a long-term strategy to revive the state's once-legendary and recently beleaguered oyster fishery. Read more
Events & Webinars
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 .

EPA Requests Applications for $6 Million Grant to Monitor Contaminants in Great Lakes Fish
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking applications under a Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) grant program focused on monitoring contaminants in Great Lakes fish. Approximately $6 million is available through the Great Lakes Fish Monitoring and Surveillance Program to fund one project over five years. The deadline for applications is Sep. 21, 2020 . Learn more here.

State and Local Mitigation Plan Guides Updates
FEMA is updating their State Mitigation Plan Review Guide and Local Mitigation Plan Review Guide . These plan review guides are FEMA’s official interpretation of the requirements for state and local hazard mitigation plans. FEMA created an  online  presentation available on YouTube to provide a high-level overview of hazard mitigation planning guidance and share information on submitting feedback to the existing policies. FEMA is accepting ideas and feedback on either current document by sending an email to  fema-mitplan-guide-updates@fema.dhs.gov  through Aug. 14 . Additional information on hazard mitigation planning is available on  here .
Launch of New FEMA.gov Webpage
FEMA has launched a new website! The redesign focuses on improving the user experience with intuitive navigation options to help users find information more easily. Previous website was difficult to navigate and organized around FEMA’s internal operations structure, rather than user oriented. It also features a geo-filtering option to quickly sort the most relevant updates for location. Checkout the new website here.
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