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
Assisting and funding hazard mitigation in Maryland communities 
Maryland’s Chesapeake & Coastal Service (CCS) assists coastal communities to address short- and long-term coastal hazards through the CoastSmart Communities program, an integrated program of funding, data, and technical assistance. CoastSmart delivers essential coastal mapping data through the Coastal Atlas and provides technical assistance and training to municipal governments and private practitioners to implement mitigation practices. The CoastSmart Scorecard helps communities assess risk and plan for mitigation. CCS leverages CZMA § 309 funding with state and EPA funds to support community projects in the Community Resilience Grant Program, which has invested over $1.5 million in 23 counties to develop local flood mitigation plans, update floodplain ordinances, and create a comprehensive hazard mitigation plan for the City of Baltimore. 
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
Living shorelines offer hope for state’s coastal communities
As Earth’s climate changes and New York coastal communities face risks from unpredictable waters, Cornell researchers and other specialists are developing a framework to protect shorelines and the people who live near them.

Experts from New York Sea Grant (NYSG) are involved in the Nature-Based Shorelines Project to identify the best ways to evaluate wetlands, natural elements such as beach grass plantings, and nature-based features such as living shorelines. Coastal communities along the Great Lakes, Hudson River, Long Island and in New York City will be getting updated information about how to monitor and evaluate the performance of nature-based shorelines. Read more.

Topsail Beaches Rebuilding Ahead of Tourist Season
Five months after Hurricane Florence, Topsail Island is still in the process of rebuilding. Beach towns along the barrier island that rely on tourism are busy prepping for the summer season. Read more.
West Coast and Pacific
Kilmer, Heck propose first National Heritage Area in the Pacific Northwest
The Senate has voted 92-8 in favor of S. 47, the Natural Resources Management Act, a sweeping public lands package that included a bill led by Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Denny Heck (D-WA) to establish a National Maritime Heritage Area in Washington.

The Kilmer-Heck Maritime Washington National Heritage Area Act (H.R. 975), which was championed in the Senate by Senators Cantwell (D-WA) and Murray (D-WA), would designate a majority of Western Washington’s shoreline as a National Heritage Area to help promote maritime-related tourism, economic development and maritime history as told through Washington’s museums, historic ships, fishing culture and other activities. Read more.
Gulf of Mexico
Tech Partners Track Turtle Species at Risk
Land development and other human activities jeopardize the Mississippi diamondback terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin), the only turtle species in the U.S. that makes its home in high-salinity marshes and creeks. A new app and partnership uncover important findings about Mississippi diamondback terrapins and stretch monitoring funds provided by the state coastal management program. Inspired by success, the partners—all from Mississippi’s Department of Marine Resources—have begun using the app to check the spread of a wetland-destroying snail. Read more.

‘Use-Local’ Sediment Policies Bring Resilience and Industry Bonuses
Eight years after the Deepwater Horizon disaster, ongoing restoration demands massive amounts of good-quality sediment. The State of Mississippi’s “use local” policies and incentives save industry dollars and meet sediment needs through the reuse of dredge material from nearby Mississippi Sound. These actions keep tons of dredge soil out of landfills and the ocean while boosting storm resilience for the city of Pascagoula and protection for one of the state’s largest bird rookeries. The state’s Office of Coastal Resource Management, which oversees Mississippi’s Coastal Management Program, is coordinating this multi-agency effort. Read more.

Illustrated Drain Markers Focus on Sustainable Wastewater Practices
In many communities storm drains are “out of sight, out of mind,” only noticeable when runoff and debris collide to bring about stormwater-system failure. Alabama’s City of Fairhope took the opposite tack—holding a drain-marker design contest that links sustainable wastewater practices to thriving coastal wildlife. Three winning designs and more than one thousand informative markers embellish storm drains across the city. Alabama’s Coastal Management Program and Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve played prominent roles. Read more.
Great Lakes
Chicago is sinking. Here’s what that means for Lake Michigan and the Midwest.
The sightlines at Wrigley Field, the panorama from Navy Pier, the vantage points at the Adler Planetarium observatory — all structures built more than 100 years ago — are at least 4 inches lower now.

In the northern United States and Canada, areas that once were depressed under the tremendous weight of a massive ice sheet are springing back up while others are sinking. The Chicago area and parts of southern Lake Michigan, where glaciers disappeared 10,000 years ago, are sinking about 4 to 8 inches each century. Read more.

Flood-Control Investments Bring Big Returns
In October 2018 the Minnesota city of Two Harbors emerged mostly unscathed after a fierce storm left other Lake Superior towns with a total of $18.4 million dollars in infrastructure damage. Two Harbors survived an even harsher test six years earlier with only minor damage, after the “solstice flood” left Duluth and nearby towns with a $100-million-dollar repair bill for washed-out roads and bridges, uprooted trees, and massive runoff into Lake Superior. The town’s action on smart stormwater management, begun years earlier, is the reason. Technical assistance and three grants by the Minnesota Lake Superior Coastal Program helped Two Harbors get there. Read more.

Beaver Island Water Trail Grows Paddling and Ecotourism Opportunities
A new water trail circling Beaver Island adds another jewel to the state’s 540-mile crown of water trails, which wind through more than a dozen counties. The Beaver Island trail builds upon the Michigan Coastal Management Program’s nearly $2 million investment in water trails since 2012. It also supports the fast-growing paddle sports industry, part of a Great Lakes tourism and recreation economy that in 2015 represented $1.7 Billion of Michigan’s gross domestic product. Read more.

Waukegan’s Harbor Cleanup Revitalizes City Scene
On Lake Michigan, a large-scale cleanup and revitalization effort has transformed Waukegan’s formerly contaminated harbor and underused lakefront into a magnet for thousands of visitors, 100-plus recreational and cultural happenings yearly, and a multimillion-dollar business investment. NOAA and the Illinois Coastal Management Program helped the City of Waukegan and Waukegan Port District turn this decades-long vision into a reality. Read more.
Capitol Beach Podcast
On this episode of the Capitol Beach, Derek Brockbank welcomes Bradley Watson, Executive Director of Coastal States Organization (CSO) to the show. ASBPA and CSO are close allies and frequently partner on policy issues. The conversation includes discussion about ASBPA and CSO's joint policy position, the history of the Coastal States Organization including how the Coastal Zone Management Act helped launch the organization. Listen here.

NOAA delays launch of ‘next generation’ weather forecast model and names new acting head
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will not debut its “next generation” weather forecasting model in March, as planned.

Meanwhile, it has named Neil Jacobs as the acting head of the agency, replacing retired Rear Adm. Timothy Gallaudet, who will step back into a supporting role. Read more.

EPA Seeks Nominations for Members of Great Lakes Advisory Board
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking nominations of qualified candidates who desire to serve as members of EPA’s Great Lakes Advisory Board (GLAB). Any interested person or organization may nominate qualified persons to be considered for appointment to the GLAB. Individuals may self-nominate.The GLAB will be composed of approximately fifteen members who will serve as representative members of non-federal interests. EPA will consider candidates representing a broad range of interests, including business groups, environmental organizations, academia and state, local and tribal governments. In selecting members, EPA will consider the differing perspectives needed to address the GLAB’s charter. Other criteria used to evaluate nominees will include:

• Experience with Great Lakes issues;
• Leadership and consensus-building experience in Great Lakes organizations, businesses and workgroups;
• Membership in professional societies involved with Great Lakes issues;
• Academic leadership and expertise;
• Community leadership; and
• Representation of multiple constituencies within the Great Lakes basin.
The GLAB will meet in person or by electronic means twice a year. In-person meetings will be held in the Great Lakes region.

Nominations may be submitted electronically with the subject line “GLAB Nomination 2019” to  Barnes.Edlynzia@epa.gov , or by regular mail to Edlynzia Barnes, Designated Federal Officer, Great Lakes National Program Office, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 77 W Jackson Blvd. (G-9J), Chicago, IL 60604.

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