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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:
Spanish Translation Fact Sheets
CSO is pleased to share several new Spanish translations of our fact sheets! The new Spanish versions of the National Coastal Zone Management, Extreme Events and Coastal Communities, Coastal Habitat and Coastal Management, and Texas Coastal Zone Management fact sheets are available on the CSO website here.
Nicole LeBoeuf Named NOAA's Assistant Administrator for Ocean Services and Coastal Zone Management, National Ocean Service
Nicole LeBoeuf, a national leader in ocean conservation and management with more than two decades of experience at NOAA, has been appointed by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo as the assistant administrator for Ocean Services and Coastal Zone Management. In this capacity she will serve as director of the National Ocean Service, America’s ocean and coastal science agency. LeBoeuf, acting in this role since August 2018, also served as the deputy since December 2016.

Read the press release here.
In the States and Regions
West Coast and Pacific
Massive Offshore Wind Farms Could be Coming to Oregon
A federal agency is planning some big things for offshore wind energy on the Oregon Coast. In a June 23 presentation to the Curry County Board of Commissioners, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management outlined their process in identifying locations for some truly massive wind turbines — the largest of which are taller than the Statue of Liberty and the Washington Monument at more than 850 feet — not to mention the span of the whirling blades — which can be longer than a football field. Read more

Updated Tsunami Hazard Maps for Orange County Highlight At-Risk Areas
Updated tsunami hazard maps for Orange County will aid in planning evacuations should such a wave threaten local communities, the California Geological Survey said. The map is an update of the previous version, which was published in 2009. In Newport Beach, the tsunami hazard zone was increased slightly in the latest map to help facilitate evacuation responses. Hazard zones include the area between the Balboa Peninsula and Pacific Coast Highway, as well as Newport’s Back Bay. Meanwhile in Bolsa Chica and Huntington Beach, the tsunami hazard zone shrunk after new data showed that levees and ponds can help protect residents. Tsunami hazard zones include Pacific Coast Highway, the ecological preserve, several channels and the Santa Ana River up to Adams Avenue, about 3 miles inland. Read more
East Coast and Caribbean
Inside Efforts to Restore the Chesapeake Bay's Oyster Population
As the sun rises over the Little Choptank River in Dorchester County, Maryland, a crew is hard at work responding to a crisis underwater that's been unfolding for centuries: the declining population of the native Chesapeake Bay oyster. Due to over-harvesting, pollution and disease, more than 99% of the historic native oyster population has disappeared. The state of Maryland has committed to a restoration plan looking to rebuild oyster colonies in five tributaries on its side of the bay. Read more

In Atlantic City, Rising Seas Threaten an Already Struggling Industry
Whether it’s a nor’easter, tropical system or even a full moon with an east wind, restaurant manager Elvis Cadavid will survey the kitchen at Vagabond Kitchen + Tap House and brace himself. “(Here) you’re in the worst possible flood zone,” Cadavid said. Since Superstorm Sandy in 2012, Cadavid has filed three flood insurance claims for loss, including damaged refrigerator units. While the insurance covers the loss, it means higher premiums for the next flooding event. The impacts from sea level rise affect almost every facet of life in the resort city, from its economy to its culture and physical landscape. To better understand how the sea continues to shape the resort, The Press and Climate Central are spending this year looking at the challenges, coping strategies and opportunities facing the city as it deals with increasing flooding risks. Read more
Great Lakes
The Milwaukee Estuary Could Soon Be Cleaner, Thanks to Another Round of Dredging and a New Sediment Containment Facility
The Milwaukee Estuary is moving a step closer to clean water and space for recreation, thanks to partial approval of funding for a sediment containment facility. The facility will help to remove harmful chemicals from the waters that have settled in the estuary, said Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District executive director Kevin Shafer. "They've been there for 100 years. We didn't place them there, but someone had to step forward and do something to remove them," he said. "They're a risk to public health and the environmental health of the region." The facility, which will cover 42 acres of lakebed southeast of downtown Milwaukee, will hold up to 1.9 million cubic yards of sediment dredged from 10.9 miles of the Milwaukee, Kinnickinnic and Menomonee Rivers. The estuary forms where the three rivers meet at Lake Michigan. Read more

Governor DeWine Announces H2Ohio Farmer Incentive Program Expansion
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) Director Dorothy Pelanda announced that H2Ohio’s farmer incentive program is expanding into 10 additional counties in the Western Lake Erie Basin. The program, which offers funding to farmers who implement proven conservation practices that limit agricultural phosphorus runoff from fertilizer, is now open to farmers in Seneca, Huron, Erie, Wyandot, Richland, Shelby, Sandusky, Marion, Ottawa, and Crawford counties, bringing the total number of counties eligible for the program to 24. Phosphorus runoff is the primary factor behind algal blooms on Lake Erie. Read more
Gulf Coast
Gulf Coast Protection District Created; Coastal Barrier Could Be Funded Without Taxes
The Gulf Coast Protection District, encompassing Harris, Galveston, Chambers, Jefferson and Orange counties, has officially been created, paving the way for the state to receive money to fund the coastal barrier. State legislators approved and signed the bill in the Texas Senate and House at the end of the legislative session in May. Gov. Greg Abbott signed it June 16. Read more

NASA Studies Louisiana Delta System; Area's Wetlands At Stake
Erosion, sinking land and rising seas from climate change have killed the Louisiana woods where a 41-year-old Native American chief played as a child. Not far away in the Mississippi River delta system, middle-school students can stand on islands that emerged the year they were born. NASA is using high-tech airborne systems along with boats and mud-slogging work on islands for a $15 million, five-year study of these adjacent areas of Louisiana. One is hitched to a river and growing; the other is disconnected and dying. Scientists from NASA and a half-dozen universities from Boston to California aim to create computer models that can be used with satellite data to let countries around the world learn which parts of their dwindling deltas can be shored up and which are past hope. Read more
Events & Webinars
TNC Released New Guidebook: Promoting Nature-Based Hazard Mitigation through FEMA Mitigation Grants
The Nature Conservancy and AECOM released a new guidebook, “Promoting Nature-Based Hazard Mitigation through FEMA Mitigation Grants.” The guidebook is designed to help communities access FEMA funding for nature-based solutions that help reduce the risks of flooding and wildfire. The guidebook includes an overview of FEMA funding opportunities, types of nature-based solutions mitigation options, guidance for quantifying benefits from nature-based solutions, tips for successful grant applications, case studies and more. Read the guidebook here.

2021 NOAA Habitat Month Photo Contest
Submit your coastal and marine habitat photos by July 21 to help NOAA highlight habitat! There are two themes for the contest this year: Humans in Habitat and Habitat and Climate Change. The photo contest is open to photographers of all ages and experience levels, whether youth, amateur, or professional. NOAA employees and other government employees and affiliates (including contractors, fellows, and interns) are also eligible. The submission deadline is Wednesday, July 21, 2021, 11:59 p.m. EDT. Entries submitted after the entry period will not be eligible. Winners will be announced and showcased on the NOAA Fisheries website during the week of July 26, 2021. Learn more and enter here.

2021 Get Into Your Sanctuary Photo Contest
The 2021 Get Into Your Sanctuary photo contest runs from May 29th to September 6th, 2021. The contest has four themes: Sanctuary Views, Sanctuary Life, Sanctuary Recreation, and Sanctuaries at Home. Learn more and submit your photos here.

Margaret A. Davidson Graduate Fellowship
It’s an exciting two-year fellowship program that will place one graduate student at each of the 29 national estuarine research reserves. Through a research project, fellows address a key reserve management need 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. Applications are due December 10, 2021. Learn more and apply here.
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