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The Coastal States Organization represents the nation’s Coastal States, Territories, and Commonwealths on ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes resource issues.
Spotlight on Coastal Management:
Hawaii Project Receives Urban Design Award
The American Planning Association, Hawaii Chapter awarded the Hawaii Office of Planning and Sustainable Development, Coastal Management Program and its partner the University of Hawaii Community Design Center the 2021 Urban Design Award for their project "South Shore Promenade and Coastal Open Spaces Network Study."

The Study report is the result of a two-year, state-funded research, analysis, and proof-of-concept design project which aims to foster dialogue about future planning along the south shore of the primary urban center of Honolulu. By investigating past, present, and planned shoreline conditions in urban Honolulu, the study advocates for the anticipation of climate-crisis challenges through innovative planning and urban ecological design that embraces dynamic conditions, such as coastal flooding, rather than preventing them - all while taking inspiration from traditional native Hawaiian biocultural land-water practices.

Hawaii's Office of Planning and Sustainable Development. Coastal Management Program also received the 2021 Environmental Planning Award for the Hawai‘i Ocean Resources Management Plan 2020.
In the States and Regions
Gulf Coast
Dredging Starts for $32M Southwest Louisiana Marsh Creation
Dredging has begun for a marsh creation project in southwestern Louisiana. The Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority said the Great Lakes Dredge and Dock is expected to complete the 308 acres (125 hectares) of marsh in January in Cameron Parish northwest of Holly Beach. “The project will restore critical habitat for fish, wildlife and the people and communities who depend on those resources,” the authority's executive director, Bren Haase, said Thursday. This is the second phase of a $32 million project that started by creating 2.3 miles (3.7 kilometers) of terraces to slow waves. The agency says those were finished in June. Read more

BP Oil Spill Fund: $103M to Projects In 3 Gulf States
Alabama, Florida and Mississippi are receiving more than $103 million in BP oil spill settlement money for new and continued coastal projects. "These projects, combined with existing investments, continue to advance our goal of protecting and restoring species and habitats impacted by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill," Jeff Trandahl, executive director and CEO of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, said Thursday. The 11 new projects and two extensions from the foundation's Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund bring its total allocations across the five Gulf states to $1.6 billion, a news release said. Read more
East Coast and Caribbean
Seawall: Rising Seas Lead to New York's Latest Engineering Feat
Climate change and global warming mean rising sea levels, which in turn threaten coastal cities across the globe that will face a renewed struggle with the seas they harbor. Iconic New York is no exception, and the city has been taking preemptive precautions after major storms highlighted its weakness in the face of extreme weather and it is now erecting a system of walls and floodgates to protect it from rising waters at a cost of $1.45 billion.
Hurricane Sandy, which hit the United States in 2012, was the reason for establishing the East Coast Resiliency Project (ESCR), running 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) along the shoreline of Lower Manhattan. Hurricane Ida, which ravaged parts of the city this year, added further urgency. Read more

City Approves Funding For ‘Constructed Wetlands’ Along The Middle Branch
Baltimore approved funding for the installation of “constructed wetlands” along the Middle Branch, restoring the shoreline of parts of the Patapsco River and protecting South Baltimore neighborhoods from flooding, Mayor Brandon Scott said Friday. The project is part of the larger Reimagine Middle Branch initiative, which looks to activate the waterfront with parks, an east-west trail and other amenities. On Wednesday, the Board of Estimates approved an allocation of $5.1 million from the Department of Public Works budget toward the construction of wetlands. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is providing an additional $3.5 million through a grant. Read more
Great Lakes
$45K Grant Will Help Restore Rearing Pond Near the Mouth of the Pike River
Root-Pike Watershed Initiative Network (WIN) has received a $45,000 grant from the Fund for Lake Michigan to help the Kenosha Sport Fishing and Conservation Association (KSFCA) and the City of Kenosha improve the natural area around the salmon and trout rearing pond. The pond is near the mouth of the Pike River near Pennoyer Park. The design phase of program to restore the area has also received funding from the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program and We Energies Foundation. Read more

Marysville Lands Coastal Management Grant to Develop Master Plan for Veterans Park
The city of Marysville has reached a $48,000 agreement with BMJ Engineers & Surveyors Inc., of Port Huron, to engineer the Veterans Park Master Plan, which includes a kayak launch. Veterans Park consists of the strip of land along the St. Clair River south of the Junction Buoy restaurant and north of the city’s water treatment plant. “This is a Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy Coastal Management Grant, which includes the public input process for Veterans Park, the development of a master plan, and development of engineering plans for a new kayak launch at the south end of the park, which is the old boat launch,” said City Manager Randy Fernandez. Read more
West Coast and Pacific
Western Governors’ Association Calls for Regional Approach to Offshore Wind Development
The Western Governors’ Association has approved and enacted offshore wind energy development as a policy priority and called for a collaborative, regional approach to developing the emerging industry off the Pacific Coast. The WGA added offshore wind development in its Energy in the West Policy Resolution and noted the industry’s potential to spark economic gains and advanced manufacturing development. Read more

Port of San Diego Installing 300 ‘Reef Balls' Pilot Oyster living shoreline begins
The Port of San Diego has begun installation of 300 "reef balls" as part of the South Bay Native Oyster Living Shoreline Project next to the Chula Vista Wildlife Refuge. The project, in partnership with the California State Coastal Conservancy and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, is the latest of several port projects intended to protect the shoreline from impacts related to rising sea levels and to increase the biodiversity of San Diego Bay by creating new marine habitats. Read more
Events & Webinars
NOAA Study Assesses Vulnerability of Coastal Habitats to Climate Change in the Northeast United States
NOAA Fisheries and partners assessed the vulnerability of marine, estuarine, and riverine habitats in the Northeast United States to climate change. The findings were recently published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE. We found salt marshes, shellfish reefs, deep-sea corals, seagrasses, kelp, and intertidal habitats to be among the most vulnerable. The coastal habitats with the highest climate vulnerability are also those most often at risk from degradation due to coastal development and pollution. The assessment highlights the importance of prioritizing habitat protection and restoration to support resilience and adaptability to climate change. Learn more here.

New NOAA tool pinpoints natural disaster risk down to county level
NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) has released a new mapping tool that provides county-level information on natural disaster hazards across the United States. Developed by NCEI with data from NOAA, FEMA and academic institutions, this interactive NOAA mapping tool provides detailed information on a location’s susceptibility to weather and climate hazards that can lead to billion-dollar disasters—such as wildfires, floods, drought and heat waves, tornado outbreaks, and hurricanes. The tool expands upon FEMA’s National Risk Index to provide a view of a location’s risk for, and vulnerability to, single or multiple combinations of weather and climate hazards for every county and county-equivalent in all 50 states, and the District of Columbia. Learn more here.

FEMA Resources for Climate Resilience
FEMA released a new FEMA Resources for Climate Resilience guide to assists state, local, tribal, and territorial partners in navigating the FEMA resources that are available to support communities in adapting to the impacts of climate change and build resilience. The document offers a description of available FEMA resources communities can use to plan for, respond to, recover from, and mitigate against the adverse impacts of climate change. Read more here.

FEMA 2022 Hazard Mitigation Partners Workshop Call for Abstracts
The 2022 Hazard Mitigation Partners Workshop is the annual gathering of hazard mitigation experts and partners with the purpose of informing and updating stakeholders about mitigation grants and floodplain management, strengthening those relationships, and providing knowledge transfer between FEMA and our attendees from state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, other federal agencies, and FEMA stakeholders. FIMA’s Hazard Mitigation Assistance Division invites abstract submissions for the 2022 Hazard Mitigation Partners Workshop by January 14, 2022. Learn more and submit here.

2021 Emergency Coastal Resilience Fund RFP Now Open
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), in coordination with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), announces the 2021 Emergency Coastal Resilience Fund (ECRF) to support projects that increase the resilience of coastal communities impacted by hurricanes and wildfires in 2020 and 2021. The fund supports conservation projects that create and restore natural systems to help protect coastal communities from the impacts of coastal storms, floods, sea-level rise, inundation, coastal erosion, wildfires and associated landslides/debris flows, and enable communities to recover more quickly from these events, all while improving habitats for fish and wildlife species. The ECRF seeks to fund shovel-ready projects to improve wildlife habitat that also improves community resilience and recovery both in and around impacted areas. Proposals are due February 3, 2022. Learn more and apply here.

Coastal Management and Digital Coast Fellowship
Any U.S. citizen who will complete a master’s or other advanced degree at an accredited U.S. university between August 1, 2020, and July 31, 2022, is eligible to apply for the Coastal Management and Digital Coast Fellowships. A variety of degrees are applicable to the fellowship because the projects are new and different each year. Previous fellows have had degrees in environmental studies, natural resource management, marine affairs, marine science, geology, public affairs, communications, social sciences, and regional land management. The most important prerequisite is an interest in coastal issues. Application packages must be submitted to the Sea Grant program office in the state where you earned your degree by January 21, 2022. Learn more about the Fellowships and how to apply here.

NOAA Office of Education 2022 Undergraduate Scholarship Applications Now Open
The Hollings Scholarship Program and the EPP/MSI Undergraduate Scholarship Program are accepting applications until Monday, January 31, 2022. The Hollings Scholarship Program provides successful undergraduate applicants with awards that include academic assistance (up to $9,500 per year) for two years of full-time study and a 10-week, full-time paid ($700/week) internship at a NOAA facility during the summer. The EPP/MSI Undergraduate Scholarship provides funds for two years of undergraduate study to rising junior undergraduate students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields that directly support NOAA's mission. Participants conduct research at a NOAA facility during two paid summer internships. Since 2001, 219 students have completed the program and over 75% go on to graduate school.
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