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June/July 2011 Announcements


- Comments Requested: Nat’l Fish, Wildlife, and Plant Adaptation Strategy

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and other federal, state, and tribal partners are seeking public comments to prepare a draft National Fish, Wildlife, and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy. The strategy will provide a unified approach reflecting shared principles and science-based practices for reducing the negative impacts of climate change on fish, wildlife, plants, habitats, and natural resources. It will serve as a tool for federal and state agencies, wildlife managers, tribes, and private landowners as they continue to manage their lands and natural resources in a changing environment. Comments are due on or before July 1st. Additional information about the strategy and instructions for submitting comments are available at: http://www.wildlifeadaptationstrategy.gov/ and http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-05-24/html/2011-12710.htm.



- Policy Update: New Aquaculture Policies (Dept of Commerce and NOAA)

On June 9th, the Department of Commerce and NOAA released new national sustainable marine aquaculture policies. The new policies focus on: fostering sustainable aquaculture that increases the value of domestic aquaculture production; advancing sustainable aquaculture science; ensuring aquaculture decisions protect wild species and healthy coastal and ocean ecosystems; developing sustainable aquaculture compatible with other uses; and working to remove foreign trade barriers and enforcing U.S. trade agreements. Along with its new policy, the Department of Commerce and NOAA announced additional steps to support the development of the aquaculture industry, including: a National Shellfish Initiative in partnership with the shellfish industry to increase commercial production of shellfish; and a Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Plan for Aquaculture, which would include the regulatory infrastructure needed for offshore aquaculture development in the Gulf. For more information, including links to the new policies, visit: http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2011/20110609_aquaculture.html.



- Comments Requested: National Ocean Policy - Strategic Action Plans

Experts from the National Ocean Council’s 27 Federal agencies and offices have been busy drafting strategic action plans to achieve nine national priority objectives that address some of the most pressing challenges facing our ocean, coasts, and Great Lakes. The strategic action plan outlines have a 30-day public comment period during which you will have the chance to chime in at one of the 12 Regional Listening Sessions or via the Web through a public comment portal.  To read more about the process, visit the NOC's Blog, http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/oceans/whats-new

[The closest Listening Session to us is in Jacksonville, FL (University of North Florida) on June 15]




- Position Vacancy: Environmental Laboratory and Field Technician (CCU)

Coastal Carolina University is accepting applications for an Environmental Laboratory and Field Technician.  This position is a full-time annual appointment with benefits, working within the Center for Marine and Wetland Studies’ Environmental Quality Laboratory.  This facility conducts research and monitoring in the coastal and inland waters of northeastern South Carolina.  Overview of duties: Field sampling, sample processing and analysis, quality control procedures, instrument calibration and data management.  Minimum requirements: Bachelor's degree in science and one year related job experience. Accepting applications until position is filled.  Application process:  Complete an on-line application at: http://jobs.coastal.edu.  Coastal Carolina University is an EO/AA employer. To read more about the Burroughs and Chapin Center for Marine and Wetland Studies and its Environmental Quality Lab, see http://www.coastal.edu/wwa/eql/index.html




- Webinar: "How Has Your County Changed?" (Coastal Services Center)

On June 30th from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (EST), the NOAA Coastal Services Center will host a webinar on the Coastal Change Analysis Program (C-CAP), which examines land cover changes in the nation’s coastal areas. The C-CAP Land Cover Atlas is a new web-based tool that helps users explore and communicate land cover change and trend information with county-specific maps, statistics and reports. The tool does not require GIS or advanced technical expertise. For more information or to register for the webinar, visit: http://www.csc.noaa.gov/digitalcoast/webinar/index.html#lca.



- Position Vacancy: Assistant Marine Scientist Position (MRRI)

The Marine Resources Research Institute (MRRI), which is located in Charleston, South Carolina, has an Assistant Marine Scientist position available for an individual with experience in marine invertebrate taxonomy/systematics, preferably with research interests in biodiversity and/or biogeography.   This position involves directing operation of the Southeastern Regional Taxonomic Center (SERTC) including curating and expanding the Center’s specimen collection.  The successful candidate will also be expected to conduct original research using the Center’s resources, pursue extramural funding to ensure the Center’s longevity and relevance, meet staffing needs, participate in educational activities, and represent the Center and promote its activities among staff of other institutions, universities and museums. For more information, please view the job ad, then visit SERTC and MRRI online.



- Funding Opporunity: Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (NASA)

National Aeronautics and Space Administration has announced several funding opportunities through the 2011 Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences program (ROSES). This includes Physical Oceanography (Deadline: June 30, 2011) and Land Use Land Cover Change (Deadline: Dec 1 , 2011).  Awards range from under $100K per year for focused, limited efforts (e.g., data analysis) to more than $1M per year for extensive activities (e.g., development of science experiment hardware).The full solicitation is NNH11ZDA001N.


- Comments Requested: Stormwater Ordinance Changes (City of Savannah)

The City of Savannah discharges its stormwater to State Waters under the requirements of a Georgia EPD Large/Medium Municipality Stormwater Permit. A requirement of that permit is adoption of the Coastal Stormwater Supplement (CSS) to the Georgia Stormwater Management Manual (the Blue Book). The CSS was introduced to the Georgia coastal engineering community through a series of training sessions between December 2008 and December 2010 in various locations in coastal Georgia. To comply with our permit, to adopt engineering standards and site development standards, and to improve stormwater quality from the City’s system, we propose to make changes to the City Stormwater Ordinance consistent with the Coastal Stormwater Supplement. One way to capture the necessary changes is to follow a model ordinance provided as an attachment to the CSS. The Stormwater Management Department proposes to use this model ordinance, but has a series of questions on its content and implementation, and is seeking public comment on these items.  Attached is a document with a list of questions that we invite responses to. As with any public comment opportunity, data to support the comment response is most helpful and we invite its submission. The public comment period closes June 30, 2011. Comments (or questions about the process) can be sent to Mr William Hodgins at the address below.

- William Hodgins, P.E.
Environmental Administrator, Stormwater Management Dept.
City of Savannah, PO Box 1027
802 W. Anderson St., Savannah, GA 31402
Or email to: whodgins@savannahga.gov              ref: CSS Comments


- Conference: Societies, Estuaries and Coasts - Adapting to Change (CERF)

The Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation (CERF) is now accepting abstracts for the 21st biennial conference, "Societies, Estuaries and Coasts: Adapting to Change". The conference will take place November 6-10, 2011 in Daytona Beach, Florida. The abstract submittal deadline was May 12th, but early registration continues through October 6.  From the CERF website, "This year's theme reflects a growing realization that human societies are an integral component of ecosystems and the dynamics of these societies and ecosystems are interactive - their futures are interdependent. Nowhere is this more evident than in the estuaries and coastal zones of the planet, where human populations are concentrated, typically dominating estuarine watersheds and affecting their linkage with the local, regional, and global dynamics of the coastal ocean." For more information, please visit the site, http://www.sgmeet.com/cerf2011/.



- Resource: The EBM Tools Network Launches New Coastal-Marine Tools Database

The Ecosystem-Based Management (EBM) Tools Network has launched a new online coastal-marine tools database - www.ebmtoolsdatabase.org. The database is free to use and can help you find tools for your coastal and marine management and conservation projects. In addition, you can find projects, resources, organizations, and practitioners related to tools and can contribute your own information and expertise. For more information about the database or the EBM Tools Network, contact Sarah Carr, EBM Tools Network Coordinator, at sarah_carr@natureserve.org.



- Document of Interest: America's Ocean Future (JOCI)

On June 7th, the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative Leadership Council (JOCI) released a new report calling on leaders to support effective implementation of the National Ocean Policy. The report, “America’s Ocean Future: Ensuring Healthy Oceans to Support a Vibrant Economy,” highlights three fundamental components JOCI believes are essential for the National Ocean Policy to achieve its potential to improve ocean governance: robust federal coordination; improved collection and delivery of science and data to support decision making; and immediate investments that increase government efficiency and effectiveness and strengthen critical information collection and delivery. The report is available on the JOCI website at: www.jointoceancommission.org.



- Document of Interest: NOAA Next Generation Strategic Plan

The NOAA Next Generation Strategic Plan (NGSP) is now available. The Plan conveys NOAA’s mission and vision of the future, the national and global issues NOAA must address, the specific outcomes NOAA aims to help society realize, and the actions that the Agency must undertake.  NOAA’s Long-term Goals (summarized in the Exec Summary):

  • Climate Adaptation and Mitigation - An informed society anticipating and responding to climate and its impacts
  • Weather-Ready Nation - Society is prepared for and responds to weather-related events
  • Healthy Oceans - Marine fisheries, habitats, and biodiversity are sustained within healthy and productive ecosystems
  • Resilient Coastal Communities and Economies - Coastal and Great Lakes communities are environmentally and economically sustainable  

To read the Summary, or the review the full document, please visit: http://www.ppi.noaa.gov/ngsp.html


- Document of Interest: Climate Ready Estuaries Annual Progress Report (EPA)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released “Climate Ready Estuaries: 2010 Progress Report,” which describes partner accomplishments related to vulnerability assessments, stakeholder engagement, climate change indicators and monitoring, and adaptation planning. The full report is available at: http://www.epa.gov/climatereadyestuaries/downloads/2010-CRE-Progress-Report.pdf.



- Documents of Interest: Working Waterways & Waterfronts Symposium

Last September, the 2010 Working Waterways and Waterfronts National Symposium was held in Portland, Maine. Participants came together to discuss the economic, social, cultural, and environmental values of waterfronts and the important role of water-dependent uses in sustainable coastal communities. PDFs of the presentations as well as the recently published "Sense of the Symposium" are now available online at: http://www.wateraccessus.com. The “Sense of the Symposium” document summarizes key themes that emerged during the three days of discussion, presentations, field trips, and interaction at the symposium.



-Document of Interest: Adapting to Climate Change (NOAA - OCRM)

NOAA’s Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management has developed “Adapting to Climate Change: A Planning Guide for State Coastal Managers” to help U.S. state and territorial (states) coastal managers develop and implement adaptation plans to reduce the risks associated with climate change impacts affecting their coasts. The guide was written in response to a request from state coastal managers for guidance from NOAA on adaptation planning in the coastal zone and is intended as an aid, not as a prescriptive directive, and a state may choose to use individual steps or chapters or the entire guide, depending on where they are in their planning process.



-Workshop Materials Available: Planning for Climate Change (NERRS)

Materials are now available for Planning for Climate Change, a workshop that was developed as a national project for the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS). The workshop is geared primarily toward shoreline planners and developed so that Coastal Training Programs (and other agencies) around the country can customize the workshop and use it as part of their educational efforts regarding climate change. It was piloted twice (in Washington State) and, while it lays a foundation in current climate research, it primarily addresses the fundamentals of how to prepare and adapt to the anticipated impacts of climate change. Workshop materials, evaluation results, lessons learned, PowerPoint presentations, and streaming video of the training sessions are all posted on the NERRS website: http://nerrs.noaa.gov/Training/padillabay/project.html.




-Policy Paper: Adapting to Climate Change (The Pew Center)

The Pew Center on Global Climate Change has released a policy paper, Adapting to Climate Change: A Call for Federal Leadership. The full document is available here (PDF).



-New Tool: Marine Mapping Applications 

An updated version of the Multipurpose Marine Cadastre is now available.  Organizations use this online marine information system planning tool to screen coastal and marine spaces for new uses (including renewable energy projects and other offshore activities).  Users can pinpoint a location on a map and quickly access the associated legal, physical, ecological, and cultural information.  The new version uses Web map services, an improvement on the static data files of the past.  The updated version also contains additional marine habitat and seafloor data and improved analysis and rendering tools.  The Multipurpose Marine Cadastre is a multi-agency effort led by NOAA and the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Minerals Management Service.  For more information, visit www.csc.noaa.gov/mmc.  Contact: Adam Bode, Adam.Bode@noaa.gov, (843) 740-1265.

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