2019 Mid-Atlantic Marine Debris Summit
Join researchers, educators, policy-makers and businesses at this collaborative summit as we explore Mid-Atlantic regional solutions to decrease litter and marine debris.
The goals of this summit are to inspire and empower our partners in marine debris reduction, and to take the first steps in creating a marine debris reduction plan for the Mid-Atlantic.
Summit attendees will receive updates on current marine debris science and trends and will explore techniques and tools effective in enhancing knowledge, changing behavior and influencing policies that reduce marine debris.
Attendees will depart with increased capacity to collaboratively and successfully reduce marine litter in the Mid-Atlantic.
Webinars on the Community Rating System
The CRS Webinar Series provides training opportunities to communities that are not yet participating in the Community Rating System or local government staff that are new to the CRS, and to local government staff with experience in the CRS. The Series includes basic introductory sessions and more advanced topics, most averaging about an hour in length.
- June 18 Credit for Drainage System Maintenance (Activity 540)
- June 19 Preparing an Annual Recertification
- July 16 Developing a Repetitive Loss Area Analysis
- July 17 Flood Warning & Response (Activity 610)
Climate Adaptation Explorer
A Florida Climate Adaptation Explorer is now available to help address the predicted impacts of climate change on Florida’s fish, wildlife, and ecosystems. The Explorer is a resource for understanding potential impacts and to help in the development of adaptation strategies that could be implemented by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and other natural resource management agencies and groups. This guide provides the tools for integration of adaptation actions and tasks into broader policies and programs, to help natural resource managers and others understand and address the current and future impacts of climate change on Florida’s ecosystems.
Webinar: Introduction to EPA’s Planning for Natural Disaster Debris guidance
Time: Thu, Jun 20, 2019 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT
Purpose: To assist communities (including cities, counties, states, tribes) in planning for debris management before a natural disaster occurs, EPA’s Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery updated its Planning for Natural Disaster Debris guidance. Pre-incident planning can significantly aid decision-making during a response and enhance a community's resiliency. Pre-incident planning can also help communities recover faster, spend less money on cleanup and debris/waste management, and use fewer resources to rebuild and recover. This webinar will provide an overview of the guidance and highlight lessons learned and best practices. Register
Coastal Management Photo Contest – Winners Announced!
Congratulations to the 2019 Coastal Management in Action photo contest winners. A panel of judges anonymously selected winning photos and honorable mentions from 91 submissions. Thank you to all the photographers out there.
See the winning
FEMA Seeks Public Comment for New Pre-Disaster Hazard Mitigation Grant Program
FEMA is seeking comments on the development and implementation of Disaster Recovery Reform Act (DRRA) Section 1234: National Public Infrastructure Pre-Disaster Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.
The new program: Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC), is part of the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act which became law in October 2018. Communities from all levels of government and key stakeholders, including private businesses, citizens, vulnerable and at-risk populations, critical infrastructure sectors, and non-profit, academic, and philanthropic organizations are encouraged to provide comment. Comments will be accepted from May 20 through July 15, on
or by email at
In June, FEMA will host a webinar series to provide an overview of the different topic areas that are important for the development of the BRIC program. This will be followed by an open conversation with stakeholders through the chat platform.
For detailed information and a description of each session, visit the
Webinar 1: Infrastructure Mitigation Projects and Community Lifelines
2 to 4 p.m. EDT, Thursday June 6.
Webinar 2: Hazard Mitigation Planning, Grant Application and Evaluation, and Risk Based Funding
2 to 4 p.m. EDT, Thursday June 13
Webinar 3: Funding & Resource Management and Benefit-Cost Analysis
2 to 4 p.m. EDT, Thursday June 20.
Webinar 4: Building Codes and Enforcement and Capacity and Capability
2 to 4 p.m. EDT, Tuesday June 25.
How to Participate:
• FEMA Teleconference: 1-800-320-4330 PIN: 338559#
EPA Recreation Economy for Rural Communities
EPA's Office of Community Revitalization, the U.S. Forest Service, and the Northern Border Regional Commission are offering planning assistance through the new
Recreation Economy for Rural Communities
Partner communities will work with a planning team to foster environmentally friendly community development and Main Street revitalization through the sustainable use of forests or other natural resources.
The application deadline is May 31, 2019.
NOAA seeks public comment on proposed Lake Ontario National Marine Sanctuary
NOAA is considering a national marine sanctuary in eastern Lake Ontario to protect historically significant shipwrecks and related maritime heritage resources, and is holding four public meetings on the proposal.
This is the first step in the designation process, and the public can comment through July 31 on the proposed sanctuary online, by mail, or in person at the public meetings.
Learn more here.
National Coastal Resilience Fund 2019 Request for Proposals
Pre-proposal Due Date: Monday, May 20, 2019 11:59 PM EST
Full Proposal by Invite Only Due Date: Monday, July 22, 2019 11:59 PM EST
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) has announced the National Coastal Resilience Fund for 2019. NFWF will make investments to restore and strengthen natural systems so they can protect coastal communities from the impacts of storms, floods, and other natural hazards and enable them to recover more quickly, while also enhancing habitats for important fish and wildlife populations.
National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program
The National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program was created to acquire, restore, and enhance wetlands in coastal areas through competitive matching grants to eligible State agencies. The Program is funded by revenues collected from excise taxes on sport fishing equipment, electric motors and sonar, import duties on fishing tackle, yachts and pleasure craft, and a portion of gasoline tax attributable to motorboats and small engines. Revenues are deposited into and appropriated from the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund.
Proposals due: June 28, 2019