Maryland's Chesapeake & Coastal Program News - June 2009

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Volume 1, Issue 8

June 2009

IN THIS ISSUE
CHESAPEAKE BAY EXECUTIVE COUNCIL WRAP-UP
PRESIDENT ESTABLISHES OCEAN POLICY TASK FORCE
MID-ATLANTIC PARTNERSHIP TO PROTECT AND MANAGE THE OCEAN
MID-ATLANTIC COASTAL COMMUNITIES POLL RESULTS
GOVERNOR O'MALLEY SIGNS SHELLFISH AQUACULTURE BILL
 
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2009 CHESAPEAKE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL
Governor Martin O'Malley Announces Plans to Accelerate Bay Restoration Through
2-Year Milestones
 
The Chesapeake Executive Council held its annual meeting on May 12 at Historic Mount Vernon, Virginia. Outcomes of the meeting include 2-year milestones, a timeline for restoration and a Presidential Executive Order
 
Click here to see Governor O'Malley's press release.
 
cropOver the next 11 years, with an implementation deadline of 2020, Maryland has committed to implement biennial goals, known as 2-year milestones, which will help accelerate the reduction of nitrogen and phosphorous in the Bay.  For this first 2-year milestone, Maryland has committed to reduce 3.75 million pounds of nitrogen and 193,000 pounds of phosphorous by the end of 2011, representing a 138% increase of nitrogen reduction and a 502% increase for phosphorous reduction over historic levels of implementation. This accelerated rate will be achieved, in part, by doubling the cover crop program on agricultural land; expanding efforts to establish forested buffers and wetlands on both public and private lands; retrofitting stormwater on over 90,000 acres; upgrading over 3,000 septic systems; upgrading several sewage treatments plants to Enhanced Nutrient Removal (ENR); and reducing nitrogen deposition from power plants through measures required through the State's Healthy Air Act. Click here to view all of the 2-year milestones.

In preparation for the accelerated levels of implementation necessary to achieve restoration goals, Maryland's Chesapeake & Coastal Program has already begun implementing programs to assist local communities. Click here to learn more about implementation assistance available to Maryland's local communities.
 
For more information about the Chesapeake Executive Council visit: http://www.chesapeakebay.net.
 
obamaPRESIDENT ESTABLISHES OCEAN POLICY TASK FORCE
President Declares June to be National Oceans Month 
 
On June 12, President Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum establishing a new interagency Ocean Policy Task Force to ensure the best possible management of our nation's treasured oceans and coasts.
 
The Memorandum calls for the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force to deliver recommendations for a National Policy for the Oceans, Coasts, and Great Lakes.  The Task Force is also charged with developing a recommended framework for coastal and marine spatial planning.

 
On the same day, President Obama issued a Presidential Proclamation naming June 2009 National Oceans Month. 
 
"During National Oceans Month, we celebrate these vast spaces and the myriad ways they sustain life. We also pledge to preserve them and commend all those who are engaged in efforts to meet this end."  -- President Barrack Obama

MARYLAND JOINS MID-ATLANTIC STATES TO PROTECT THE OCEAN

On June 4th, at an Ocean Summit in New York City, the State of Maryland joined with the states of New York, New Jersey, Delaware and Virginia to announce a new Mid-Atlantic ocean partnership designed to address the region's priority ocean issues including offshore energy, climate change, water quality, and habitat protection. The states' governors, through the newly formed Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean, will advocate in one voice to leverage greater state influence on the management of offshore areas and help guide federal and interstate actions and resources.

brothers at ocean"This new regional partnership with New York, New Jersey, Delaware and Virginia is an exceptional opportunity to create a more effective and efficient path to our shared environmental and economic goals," said Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley. "Working together with our sister States -- pooling our resources and our expertise -- we can and will ensure that our ocean is healthy, resilient and productive for our children and theirs." 

For more information about Maryland's role in MARCO and efforts already underway to protect our ocean, e-mail Gwynne Schultz with the Department of Natural Resources, or visit: www.dnr.maryland.gov/ocean.    

To learn more about MARCO, visit: http://www.midatlanticocean.org.   
To view the Agreement, visit: http://www.midatlanticocean.org/agreement.pdf.
screen captureVISIT CHESAPEAKE & COASTAL PROGRAM'S OCEAN WEBPAGE

http://www.dnr.state.md.us/ocean

The Chesapeake & Coastal Program has launched a new webpage dedicated to sharing information about its newly announced involvement with the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean and to highlight some of the ocean-related activities already being conducted by the State of Maryland.
surveyMONMOUTH UNIVERSITY'S URBAN COAST INSTITUTE RELEASES MID-ATLANTIC REGIONAL COASTAL COMMUNITIES POLL 
 
On June 4th, the Monmouth University Urban Coast Institute released the results of their second Mid-Atlantic Regional Coastal Communities Poll focusing on Mid-Atlantic coastal issues.  The poll found that "nearly 9-in-10 Mid-Atlantic coastal residents say that the condition of the ocean and beaches is very important to their area's economy.  For coastal Maryland residents, shore pollution is the top concern."  
  
To view the Urban Coast Institute's poll, visit:
http://www.monmouth.edu/polling/admin/polls/MidAtlanticCoastSurvey2009.pdf
cbpGOVERNOR O'MALLEY SIGNS LANDMARK BILL TO REVITALIZE SHELLFISH AQUACULTURE
New law will streamline permit processing and create jobs
 
On May 7, 2009, Governor Martin O'Malley signed into law a new Aquaculture Shellfish Leasing bill (Senate Bill 271/House Bill 312) that revamps leasing laws to make it easier for watermen and others to grow shellfish in the Bay.
 
The bill, developed out of recommendations from the Oyster Advisory Commission, is another one of Governor O'Malley's Smart, Green and Growing initiatives from the 2009 Legislative Assembly.
 
Click here to view the full press release.
report cardFIRST-EVER REPORT CARD ISSUED FOR MARYLAND'S COASTAL BAYS

A first-ever report card issued Monday by the Maryland Coastal Bays Program and the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science gives the string of lagoons in Worcester County a C-plus overall, indicating moderate health. Conditions range from good in the southern bays bordering Assateague National Seashore to poor in the northern bays surrounded by resort development.

Click here to see the report card. 
To learn more about the coastal bays visit: http://www.mdcoastalbays.org.
 
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COASTAL BAYS BOOK SHIFTING SANDS NOW AVAILABLE
New book on environmental and cultural change in Maryland's Coastal Bays
 
shifting sandsReferring to both the dynamic nature of the barrier islands forming the coastal lagoons of Maryland's Atlantic Ocean coastline and also the changing cultural landscape, Shifting Sands is a richly illustrated, multi-authored introduction to Assawoman Bay, Isle of Wight Bay, St. Martin River, Sinepuxent Bay, Newport Bay, and Chincoteague Bay. This book leads the reader on a voyage of discovery, providing a user-friendly guide to the history, setting, context, and ecology of these waterways nestled behind Assateague, Fenwick, and Chincoteague Islands. Photographs, conceptual diagrams, maps, and graphs are used to showcase the key features of and major threats to these magnificent bays, watersheds, and islands, with recommendations for how to preserve them for future generations.
 
Click here for information on how to order a copy.
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A publication of the Maryland Coastal Zone Management Program pursuant to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Award No.NA08NOS4190469. This publication is funded (in part) by a grant/cooperative agreement from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The views expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of NOAA or any of its sub-agencies.

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