Maryland's Chesapeake & Coastal Program News - December 2008

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Volume 1, Issue 3

December 2008

IN THIS ISSUE
25th ANNUAL CHESAPEAKE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL MEETING
WATERSHED ASSISTANCE COLLABORATIVE
ECOSYSTEM ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM
COASTAL COMMUNITIES INITIATIVE
VISUALIZING CHESAPEAKE SEA-LEVEL RISE
 
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GOVERNOR MARTIN O'MALLEY CHAIRS 25th ANNUAL CHESAPEAKE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL MEETING
Joins Virgina Governor Tim Kaine in Announcing Presidential Ask 
 
Washington, D.C. - Governor Martin O'Malley today hosted the 2008 annual meeting of the Chesapeake Executive Council (EC) at Union Station in Washington, D.C., marking the 25th anniversary of the regional partnership. The meeting resulted in several significant actions, including regional agreements to advance the production and use of biofuels and accelerate the pace of nutrient reductions.

Last year, the Council confirmed that the region would not meet the 2010 nutrient reduction goals set by the Chesapeake 2000 Agreement. This year the Council adopted a new strategy for establishing a deadline that involves moving the annual meeting to the spring, beginning in 2009, when the most current scientific information about pollution levels becomes available. To focus attention on needed progress and allow for better tracking, more adaptability and accountability, the Council further agreed to establish specific milestones for restoration in two-year intervals next spring. 
 
Click here to view the full press release.
blackwaterWATERSHED ASSISTANCE COLLABORATIVE ESTABLISHED IN RESPONSE TO 2010 TRUST FUND
 
The Watershed Assistance Collaborative (WAC) is a new service developed to connect local communities to the financial and technical resources they need to undertake comprehensive watershed restoration projects in Maryland. 
The Watershed Assistance Grant Program will provide technical and funding assistance to local governments and communities for planning, design and training related to watershed implementation activities. The Chesapeake Bay Trust and Maryland Department of Natural Resources welcome requests that will address protection and restoration efforts that lead to improved water quality in the Maryland portion of the Chesapeake Bay watershed and the Maryland Coastal Bays. Watershed planning, assessment, site design (small watershed action plans), forestry, agriculture, wetland, stormwater and other urban design practices will be accepted.
 
Click here for more information and to download the application package. Applications will be accepted starting on December 15, 2008 and will be on a rolling basis.
 
The University of Maryland SeaGrant Extension and Maryland Department of Natural Resources are employing two Regional Watershed Restoration Specialists (RWRS) to work with Counties, State, Federal, and others to improve project management and oversee restoration efforts related to the State's Local Implementation in key areas of the state. The Specialists will also work within the communities to foster enhanced coordination, outreach, and ensure project evaluation and success.
 
Click here to access the job description and application instructions online.  Applications are due by close of business on December 18, 2008.
marshMARYLAND'S ECOSYSTEM ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM (ME2) 
 
At this year's Chesapeake Executive Cabinet meeting Governor O'Malley announced a new partnership between the Maryland Departments of Environment, Natural Resources and Transportation that will use a BayStat targeting approach to employ a better model for the State's mitigation funds to accelerate Bay restoration and improve cost effectiveness. These Departments, along with the Critical Area Commission and other entities, will be working on developing an innovative program to implement this concept over the next year.
 
It is the purpose of Maryland's Ecosystem Enhancement Program, or ME2, to provide more timely and effective mitigation from transportation project impacts by targeting mitigation to sites that provide the greatest ecological and economical return while furthering the Bay restoration effort.  Click here to view the the Memoradum of Understanding between the state partners.
 
For more information, contact Kristen Fleming with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources at 410-260-8813.
ec meetingCOASTAL COMMUNITIES INITIATIVE PROJECTS ARE SELECTED AND UNDERWAY
 
Ten coastal communities who submitted proposals for CCI Round 5 were selected to receive funding and kicked off projects this fall.  Those communities are: Baltimore City, Dorchester County, Elkton, Forest Heights, Hurlock, Ridgely, Salisbury, Snow Hill and Vienna. 
 
Coastal Communities Initiative (CCI) is a program of Maryland's Chesapeake & Coastal Program that provides financial and technical assistance to local governments to promote the incorporation of natural resource and/or coastal management (e.g. coastal hazards, public access, water-use activities) issues into local planning and permitting activities. 
 
Communities interested in this opportunity to work with the Department of Natural Resources and its partners to plan for growth and economic development while taking into account the natural, coastal, and socio-cultural characteristics of the area should contact Chris Cortina with the Chesapeake & Coastal Program at 410-260-8774.
ec meetingVISUALIZING SEA-LEVEL RISE IN MARYLAND'S CHESAPEAKE BAY
 
What would the worst-case scenario of sea level rise look like in the Chesapeake Bay?  To continue efforts on sea level rise outreach and education for the public and public officials, the Chesapeake & Coastal Program has teamed up with the Maryland Sea Grant College and the University of Maryland, College Park to help demonstrate sea level rise in a visually creative way.
 
The series of photographs for each site takes viewers from an average high tide scenario today, to showing approximately 4 feet of sea level rise, and ending with the effects of a moderate-sized hurricane storm surge on top of that (based on the real storm surge of 6 feet experienced during Tropical Storm Isabel in 2003).Though these levels are only projections, they give us some sense of the kind of change that could be coming to the Chesapeake.  
 
Click here to view the images online.  Those interested in sea-level rise and the learning more about potential impacts on your community, contact Gwen Shaughnessy with the Chesapeake & Coastal Program at 410-260-8743.
MARYLAND SEA GRANT MAKES AVAILABLE OYSTER ADVISORY COMMISSION AQUACULTURE INFORMATION
 
For the past year, the Maryland Oyster Advisory Commission has been developing recommendations to restore this important resource in our state for both economic and ecological purposes. As part of that work, Maryland Sea Grant assembled a great deal of information for the commissioners to provide them with a history of Maryland oyster aquaculture, laws and regulations affecting the industry, surveys of leaseholders across a thirty year span, education and training programs, and other aspects that they would need to consider in modernizing the industry.
 
Click here to view these documents online.
mcbp logoTHE ORIGINAL GREENE TURTLE FUNDS FOR FRIENDS TO RAISE MONEY FOR THE MARYLAND COASTAL BAYS PROGRAM
 
The Original Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille in North Ocean City will hold a fundraiser Monday, Dec. 8th  to benefit the Maryland Coastal Bays Program as part of its Funds for Friends program. They have coincided this event to be same day as their annual locals' Christmas Holiday Party.
 
The party begins at 4 pm, but the fundraising is an All-Day-Event! For every dollar spent throughout the entire day, open to close, 10 percent will be donated to the MCBP.
 
For more information contact Anita Ferguson, Public Outreach Coordinator, Maryland Coastal Bays Program at 410-213-2297 or visit www.mdcoastalbays.org
ec meetingPlease feel free to contact us with any comments, questions or ideas for future IN THE ZONE e-mails.
 
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Your Chesapeake & Coastal Program Team

Maryland Department of Natural Resources

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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