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
Partnering with industry on a strategic plan for Wisconsin’s 
The Wisconsin Coastal Management Program partnered with the Wisconsin Commercial Ports Association, the National Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education, the Great Lakes Maritime Research Institute, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, and county governments to implement the Wisconsin Commercial Ports Development Initiative . Supporting the Initiative with pass-through grants from CZMA § 306 funding and leveraging private and federal funds, the coastal program worked with partners to develop a strategic framework for transportation and economic development at Wisconsin commercial ports. This effort produced a statewide port infrastructure and business inventory, a market and commodity benchmarking assessment, stakeholder input, and a scenario-based analysis of potential new markets and corridors for maritime transportation through Wisconsin ports in preparation for growing freight transportation demand in the region.
Photo Credit: National Center for Freight & Infrastructure Research & Education
In the States and Regions
East Coast and Caribbean
Trail Extension to Benefit Philly’s Walkers and Cyclists
A NOAA grant helped leverage $36 million for the extension, part of an urban revitalization effort expected to enhance hazard resilience and the economy.

A planned half-mile extension of the Schuylkill Banks multi-use trail will expand Philadelphians’ access to the trail as well as to waterfront recreation, nearby neighborhoods, and bike-to-work routes. This extension gives pedestrians and cyclists the final link to an off-road route stretching nearly six miles. The Schuylkill River Development Corporation used a NOAA planning grant, administered by the Pennsylvania Coastal Resources Management Program, to leverage what is now an estimated $36 million, fully funded construction project. Read more.

Smart Planning Leads to America’s First Offshore Wind Farm
CZM program co-led the development of a comprehensive, science-based ocean planning approach that minimizes use conflicts and protects natural resources. The public is reaping big benefits.

The Rhode Island Coastal Management Program co-led the development of a comprehensive, science-based ocean planning approach that works to minimize use conflicts and protect natural resources. The public is reaping big benefits. The state coastal management program approved the Block Island Wind Farm using the streamlined permitting process the plan created. Constructing the wind farm employed 300 local workers and will reduce the island’s electric rates by approximately 40 percent and diversify the state’s power supply. Read more.
West Coast and Pacific
SF gets big EPA loan to upgrade sewage treatment plant
San Francisco has received a $699 million low-interest loan from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to help offset the costs of modernizing its wastewater treatment facility. The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission will use the loan — the largest granted under the EPA’s Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act, or WIFIA — to help finance the Southeast Treatment Plant Biosolids Digester Facilities Project. The project will renovate the city’s 60-year-old solid-wastewater-treatment facilities, according to a Thursday statement from environmental engineering and construction firm Brown and Caldwell, which is leading the project. Read more.

Tool Helps Safeguard Coastal Habitat While Cutting Red Tape
Oregonians can more easily spot vulnerable resources, thanks to tool from the state’s coastal management program.

The Coastal Habitat Screening Tool, created by the Oregon Coastal Management Program, enables users to “see” and more precisely evaluate coastal habitat vulnerability. It also simplifies the permit-evaluation process by displaying habitats that are potentially at risk from any given project. In the tool’s first season of use, partners on three federally permitted projects used it to inventory and relocate previously undocumented native oyster populations, protecting them from harmful impacts. NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management played an advisory role on tool development. Read more.
Gulf of Mexico
This is why bays and estuaries fared better in South Texas after Hurricane Harvey
Bays and wetlands are designed to benefit from major weather events like Hurricane Harvey, scientists say. 

While the birds and mammals strive to recover from this environmental setback, most aquatic species are equipped to fare better, according to Larry McKinney, executive director of the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

"This is normal and a good thing," McKinney said. "We need a good flushing from time to time." Read more.
Great Lakes
Community Vision Rejuvenates Chicago Recreation Area
An urban oasis long described as a “hidden gem” is becoming a destination park once again, with improvements supported and managed by Illinois’ coastal program.

The William W. Powers State Recreation Area, on the southeast side of Chicago, has long been a haven for outdoor recreation and rare habitat, but over the past two decades its deteriorating operations and aesthetics had hindered the experience of visitors. The community aims to bring the area back to its full ecological, cultural, and community potential. The Illinois Coastal Management Program is playing a role in that rejuvenation by providing project management and grant support. Read more.
Nature-Based Solutions and the FEMA Community Rating System
The Nature Conservancy released a new report Community Incentives for Nature-Based Flood Solutions: A guide to FEMA’s community rating system for conservation practitioners to help bridge the gap between conservation and flood risk reduction. The report highlights the nature-based components of the FEMA Community Rating System Program and details additional resources of interest for linking habitat protection and restoration with flood mitigation. Read it here.

Great Lakes Commission releases green infrastructure policy recommendations
The Great Lakes Commission (GLC) released a report outlining steps to increase the adoption of green infrastructure in communities across the Great Lakes. The Great Lakes Regional Green Infrastructure Policy Analysis provides recommendations to federal, state and provincial and local policymakers in the U.S. and Canada to decrease the amount of stormwater running off into area waterways and eventually into the Great Lakes.

Submit Your Abstract for Coastal GeoTools 2019
Share your approach for tackling ecosystem health, community resilience, or sustainable economies at Coastal GeoTools 2019 . To celebrate the 20th anniversary of GeoTools, share how you build from the past to prepare for the future. Submit an abstract by September 28, 2018, and help create the conference program. Details on the abstract submission process, as well as session tracks and types, can be found on the website . The conference is February 11 to 14, 2019, in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. 

FEMA Announces FY18 PDM and FMA Application Cycle
FEMA has posted the Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18) Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) announcements for the Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) and Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) grant programs on www.grants.gov . These NOFOs provide an overview of the grant programs and details about the agency's funding priorities and review process. FEMA will offer a series of webinars in August and September on the FY18 NOFOs for prospective applicants and how to use the Mitigation eGrants system that is used to process grant applications. Applicants may attend any session. Upcoming sessions are listed below. View the complete webinar schedule. 

Tips and Stories for Coastal Managers, Delivered to Your Inbox
Have the latest technical topics, professional tips, and stories from your peers emailed to you each month. Subscribe to NOAA Office for Coastal Management’s recently redesigned Digital Coast Connections newsletter . Stay in the know about new data, tools, and resources from NOAA’s Digital Coast, as well as announcements from the research reserves, the Coastal Zone Management Program, and the Coral Reef Conservation Program. Email the office for more information. 
Events & Webinars
9th National Summit on Coastal and Estuarine Restoration and Management

Register now and be a part of the largest gathering of the coastal restoration and management community! All attendees, including program participants, sponsors, and exhibitors, must register online . Registration fees are as follows: Early Bird (available through October 12) - $495, Full Rate - $595, On-site - $625, Student - $275, One-day - $290.

Summit Fast Facts
When: December 8-13, 2018 - put it on your calendar and get your travel paperwork submitted!

Where: Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, California. See the Travel and Hotel Information for additional information on rates, reservations, travel, and more.

What will happen: oral presentations, posters, networking, field sessions, workshops, and the list goes on... 

Cost: Early bird $495 until October 12, 2018

Ways to be involved: presenter, exhibitor, sponsor, attendee, volunteer, advertiser...and more!

For more information: 2018 Summit website

VOLUNTEER at the 9th National Summit on Coastal and Estuarine Restoration and Management In return for eight hours of volunteer support , you’ll earn a complimentary registration to the event.   Apply now for a volunteer role, and join your coastal and estuarine peers at this national event!

Summit - Exhibiting and Sponsorship's
The Summit provides fantastic opportunities to get in front of more than 1,300 participants, including funders, clients, and partners. More information available here or by contacting Courtney Lewis at clewis@estuaries.org . If you are ready to apply to be a sponsor or exhibitor, fill out this form .

Arrive early and stay late at Summit 2018 for full lineup of learning opportunities and special events. Summit is the premiere conference for coastal and estuarine professionals to network, learn from their peers, and engage in cutting-edge discussions.

Workshops: These hands-on sessions cover a variety of topics including diversity, equity, and inclusion in the coastal sector, as well as a NOAA Stakeholder dialogue with key leadership. Workshops take place Sunday, December 9 and Thursday, December 13.

Receptions: Attend the Opening Reception on Sunday, December 9 to hear from experienced plenary speakers. You can also enjoy a night out at the Aquarium of the Pacific during our Networking Reception on Tuesday, December 10.

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