Maryland's Chesapeake & Coastal Program News - December 2009

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Volume 2, Issue 2

December 2009

IN THIS ISSUE
CCP SPOTLIGHT
CHESAPEAKE BAY PROGRAM UPDATE
MARCO OCEAN STAKEHOLDER SUMMIT RECAP
UPCOMING HOMEOWNER'S LIVING SHORELINE WORKSHOP
TEAM CCP TO TAKE THE PLUNGE
 
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CCP SPOTLIGHT: Coastal Land Conservation & Climate Change Workshop


blackwaterOn December 2, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and NOAA hosted a day-long workshop at the Patuxent Research Refuge National Visitors Center in Laurel focused on developing new criteria for adapting current land conservation practices in response to sea-level rise.  This was the official kick-off of a larger project the Chesapeake & Coastal Program NOAA fellow will be working on for the next two years called, "Coastal Land Conservation in Maryland: Targeting Tools and Techniques for Sea Level Rise Adaptation and Response".  

 

Fifty experts from federal and state agencies and non-governmental organizations were in attendance.  Land conservation expert, Andy Pitz of Natural Lands Trust set the stage for the day as the key note speaker.  Through focus groups, experts evaluated sector-based adaptation strategies used to brainstorm land conservation criteria under projected sea-level rise scenarios.  The sector-based adaptation strategies were pulled from the recommendations found in Maryland's Phase I Adaptation & Response Working Group as well as literature review. 

 

The criteria that came out of the workshop will continue to be refined and developed to help frame Maryland's plan for land conservation under the projected climate change impacts of sea-level rise.  Participants from the workshop and additional local and regional experts will continue to provide feedback as the project moves towards developing land conservation criteria into a GIS based model.


For more information on this project, e-mail CCP's NOAA Fellow Chelsie Papiez or call her at 410.260.8726.

NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES COMMITTEE FORMED TO EVALUATE THE CHESAPEAKE BAY PROGRAM'S IMPLEMENTATION FOR NUTRIENT REDUCTION


 

In November 2008, the Governors of the Bay watershed requested that the Chesapeake Bay Program be evaluated by a nationally recognized, independent science organization.The National Academy of Sciences was selected to provide the evaluation and has been tasked by the Program to evaluate two theme areas: 1) tracking and accountability; and 2) short term goals called 2-Year Milestones.The theme areas include sets of evaluation questions that address tracking and accounting efforts of nutrient and sediment point and non-point source pollution best management practices, as well as advice in developing appropriate adaptive management strategies to ensure implementation of the 2- Year Milestones. 

NAS CBP logoThe evaluation officially began on December 16 and 17, 2009 when the National Academy of Sciences convened in Washington, D.C. to gain perspectives on the need for the independent review from Program partners including EPA's Bay Program Director and high ranking officials from Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and USGS along with input from consulting firms and citizen advocacy groups. Over the next year and a half, the Academy will develop a consensus report to support the multi-state, multi-federal agency effort by conducting evaluations to identify and recommend actions to the Chesapeake Bay Program and its partners.


For more information on the implementation of Maryland's 2-Year Milestones and the work of the National Academy of Sciences as an independent evaluator, e-mail Brent McCloskey with the Chesapeake & Coastal Program or call 410.260.8722. 

MID-ATLANTIC REGIONAL COUNCIL ON THE OCEAN (MARCO) HOSTS STAKEHOLDER SUMMIT ON OCEAN CONSERVATION AND CONCERNS

oceanOn December 9 and 10, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO) hosted a two-day stakeholders summit in New York City that brought together more than 135 participants from nongovernmental organizations, academia, industry, citizens and state and federal government. The goal was to raise public awareness of ocean issues and to provide the opportunity to create strong, lasting partnerships among stakeholder interests across the region.

The event featured presentations on MARCO, the Governors' Agreement on Ocean Conservation and the four priorities that the states are committed to collaboratively addressing water quality: climate change, offshore energy and habitat protection. Other presentations included an update on President Obama's National Ocean Policy Task Force and how its upcoming recommendations on ocean health and Marine Spatial Planning will impact the region.

The meeting promoted energized discussion and exchange of information to identify and clarify perspectives on issues affecting the region and the potential benefits coordinated regional approaches could provide. 

A summary of the summit's proceedings and recommendations for next steps will be available in early 2010.  Click here to view the full press release.

CCP TO HOST HOMEOWNER'S LIVING SHORELINE WORKSHOP IN ST. MARY'S COUNTY

 

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The Maryland Department of Natural Resources' (DNR) Chesapeake & Coastal Program will partner with St. Mary's County and the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve to host its eighth Homeowner's Living Shorelines workshop at St. Mary's College. Since 2007, more than 550 local homeowners have attended these free, County-State partnership workshops.  Home, local business and property owners come to learn about site designs, local and state regulations and permits, how to ensure project success and information about the technical and financial assistance available to homeowners and communities. 

Due to an overwhelming response to the first living shorelines workshop held in St. Mary's County in August 2009, this program is being offered for a second time.The January 16th event will feature an agenda focused on the steps of a living shoreline project as well as provide information about available technical and financial assistance.


The workshop will be held from
9:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. at St. Mary's College in the Cole Cinema. Registration is free and coffee and lunch will be provided. 

Those interested in attending should register by e-mailing Dionne Bell with the Chesapeake & Coastal Program or call
410.260.8732.

TEAM CCP TO TAKE THE PLUNGE!
 

PLUNGE

From the Chesapeake Bay to the Atlantic Ocean, the Chesapeake & Coastal Program works to seek and promote a balance between human demands and conservation of the extraordinary coastal resources that makes Maryland such a unique place to live, work and play. In an attempt to live out our mission and take advantage of one of the Maryland coast's unique opportunities for play, CCP has entered a team to participate in the 2010 Polar Bear Plunge!


TEAM CCP will be plunging with thousands of other participants and cold water enthusiasts to take a quick dip in the Chesapeake Bay on Saturday, January 30, 2010.  The event, sponsored by our Maryland State Police, is in its 14th year and raises funds for Special Olympics Maryland, the state's largest year-round organization devoted to sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.


Team CCP looks forward to seeing many of you out there.  For those of you staying out of the water that day, we'll be sure to report back on the experience. 
 
Click here to visit our 2010 Polar Bear Plunge team webpage.
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A publication of the Maryland Coastal Zone Management Program pursuant to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Award No. NA09NOS4190170. 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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