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
Providing tools to empower Rhode Island citizens and communities to prepare for future hazards
The Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) provides a suite of data and resources to state residents and coastal communities through STORMTOOLS , a service developed as part of the Shoreline Change Special Area Management Plan (Beach SAMP). Using funding under a CZMA § 309 Strategy and PSM, CRMC has developed quantitative, statewide mapping of highly vulnerable areas and created a Coastal Environmental Risk Index to illustrate the overall vulnerability of the coastline to the risks of coastal erosion, storm surge, wave action, and sea level rise. These resources, along with technical assistance to municipalities to improve codes and ordinances, are provided through a web portal and through in-person trainings. CRMC also works with trade associations and the insurance industry to incentivize hazard mitigation techniques in private home construction, repair, and renovation projects. The Beach SAMP works hand-in-hand with other CRMC Special Area Management Plans, including the Rhode Island Ocean Special Area Management Plan (Ocean SAMP), the nation’s first state ocean plan to encompass federal waters. The innovative Ocean SAMP provides a predictable permitting pathway for new ocean uses, while being considerate of and blending with existing uses of Rhode Island’s ocean waters.
In the States and Regions
East Coast and Caribbean
Assateague Shoreline Resiliency Project on Display
Maryland Lieutenant Governor Boyd K. Rutherford last weekend visited a shoreline resiliency and restoration project at Assateague State Park.

The innovative project seeks to enhance habitat, improve public access and reduce erosion through the use of nature-based structures, including boulders, cobble and clean sand, and native wetland vegetation. Read more.

Sea level rise is eroding home value, and owners might not even know it
Elizabeth Boineau’s 1939 Colonial sits a block and a half from the Ashley River in a sought-after neighborhood of ancient live oaks, charming gardens and historic homes. A year ago, she thought she could sell it for nearly $1 million. But after dropping the price 11 times, Boineau has decided to tear it down. Read more.
West Coast and Pacific
Policy pivot: A new emphasis on restoration to protect Puget Sound
For years, a commonly used tactic for protecting threatened and endangered animals in Puget Sound was to cordon off areas to fishing. More than 100 marine protected areas exist around the Sound to protect shoreline critters and help fish populations such as rockfish recover to healthy numbers.

But protecting Puget Sound is not just about recovering certain species of fish. As the region continues to grow, it is also about protecting the livelihoods and diverse cultures of the people who live there, and balancing their needs with the needs of the natural world. Read more.
Gulf of Mexico
Teams chosen for new coastal resilience program
Four county-based teams have been selected to participate in a new technical assistance and training program focused on strengthening coastal counties’ resilience, sponsored by NACo in partnership with the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM), the Coastal States Organization (CSO) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The selected teams are from: Santa Rosa County, Fl.; Calcasieu Parish, La.; Harrison County, Miss.; and Cameron and Willacy Counties, Texas. Read more.

Improving Coastal Resilience in Louisiana
Citing the critical danger posed by storm surge and resulting flooding, La. Gov. John Bel Edwards recently announced the Interagency Coastal Storm Surge-Based Flood Risk and Resilience Awareness Campaign, a partnership of state agencies to use “Story Maps” to promote awareness of Louisiana’s Comprehensive Coastal Master Plan. Read more.

NOAA and Ducks Unlimited Team Up Over Texas Work
NOAA and Ducks Unlimited have just announced that they are teaming up to restore habitat damaged from oil spills and hazardous waste releases.

An initial cooperative agreement between the two organizations includes $1.8 million for restoration activities in the Gulf of Mexico, in coordination with the State of Texas. Read more.
Great Lakes
Grand Haven Pier Construction Complete
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, has announced that construction work on the south pier in Grand Haven, Michigan is complete.

Construction on the project started in spring 2017 and consisted of removing the existing concrete surface, filling voids with stone, checking structural integrity and resurfacing the pier with new concrete. The City will be installing the catwalk next spring. Read more.
At the Agencies
FEMA’s Flood Risk Products (FRPs) are sets of data designed to help communities make better planning and investment decisions. FEMA encourages communities to use the FRPs to support local mitigation planning. For example, using FRPs to identify the location and impacts of flood hazards in order to better prioritize areas in need of mitigation strategies.
The new “Using Flood Risk Products in Hazard Mitigation Plans” publication aims to help planners improve how they talk about flood risk in their mitigation plan. The document explains what FRPs are, where they can be found, and includes several case studies. Most importantly, the publication walks the user through how each FRP can be applied to help meet mitigation planning requirements.
This product is now available on the FEMA Library at https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/168137
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. 

Submit a Scientific Session or Workshop Proposal for the CERF 25 th Biennial Conference
The Scientific Program Committee for the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation’s 25th Biennial CERF Conference (CERF 2019) is currently inviting proposals for scientific sessions and workshops. We expect to include topical sessions and workshops that span the fundamental fields of coastal and estuarine science, and topics historically popular among the CERF membership, as well as special topics that:
  • Address the conference theme (Responsive | Relevant | Ready)
  • Explore traditional science, education, and policy disciplines
  • Enhance scientific relevance
  • Respond to global climate change
  • Share cultural heritage and coastal humanities
  • Engage diverse audiences
  • And more!
Download  the call for sessions and workshops to see more special topics, and submit your proposal online before 20 September, 2018. The Conference is in Mobile, Alabama on 3 – 7 November 2019.

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. 

Submit Your Photos to the National Estuaries Week Photo Contest
In celebration of National Estuaries Week, September 15 to 22, 2018, NOAA is hosting its third annual photo contest. Send in your best photos from a national estuary research reserve, pictures that display education, research, recreation, beauty, and smiles within the reserve. NOAA wants to see them all! Winners will be chosen by a panel of judges and will be featured on the NOAA Digital Coast social media campaign during National Estuaries Week. Learn more here

National Academies Gulf Research Program
The National Academies Gulf Research Program seeks to help bridge the gap between the knowledge and practice of community resilience. We seek approaches that will advance information exchange between resilience researchers and those that seek to implement policies and practices to enhance the resilience and well-being of their communities. This is a broad call for projects that combine high-quality research and practice components to produce a stronger evidence-base for strategies and approaches that can enhance community resilience and well-being.

The Gulf Research Program welcomes proposals from all types of U.S. organizations, excluding federal agencies, on behalf of qualified individuals. 

Letter of Intent deadline due: Sept 19, 2018

Learn more:

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
September 10 - 13, 2018
  • Great Lakes Regional CZ Meeting

September 17 -19, 2018

October 8 - 12, 2018
  • Pacific Program Managers Meeting - Guam

October 15 - 19, 2018
  • Coastal States Organization Annual Meeting, Providence, Rhode Island

October 17 - 18, 2018

October 22 - 25, 2018

October 30 - Nov 2 , 2018

December 8 - 13, 2018

February 11-14, 2019

March 25 - 29, 2019
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 .

Job Openings
NOAA - Interdisciplinary Supervisory Environmental Scientist/Physical Scientist
  • MAP announcement NOS-NCCOS-2018-0030, which is open to current or former federal employees and certain other preference-eligible groups.
  • DE/CR announcement  NOS-NCCOS-2018-0031, which is open to all U.S. citizens.

Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership

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