CSO Newsletter
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:
Virginia Eelgrass Restoration Project
The largest and most successful eelgrass restoration project on the planet is now growing on the very spot where, for five decades, eelgrass had been rooted up and destroyed by disease and successive hurricanes. Located on the Atlantic side of Virginia’s Eastern Shore, the project partners’ innovative methods—with continuous support from Virginia’s Coastal Zone Management Program —have grown this estuary resource from zero acres to 9,000 acres in 18 years, uncovering habitat restoration findings relevant elsewhere in the U.S. and globally.

Learn more about this project here .
2020 National Coastal and Estuarine Summit
Restore America’s Estuaries and the Coastal States Organization co-host  The National Coastal and Estuarine Summit . We bring together the coastal restoration and management communities for integrated discussions to explore issues, solutions, and lessons learned in their work. The Summit explores cutting-edge issues in coastal restoration and management and highlights the latest research through interactive sessions, plenary speakers, and poster presentations.  Learn more .

We are now accepting program proposals for the 2020 Summit!

The Summit program emphasizes lessons learned and best practices in every aspect of coastal and estuarine restoration and management. By presenting at the Summit, you have the chance to showcase your research, strategies, and innovations to a wide audience of practitioners.

We encourage you to submit a proposal in one of the following categories:
  • Dedicated session
  • Alternative format session
  • Single presentation
  • Poster

Download our Call for Proposals to learn more.
In the States and Regions
East Coast and Caribbean
With 130-Mile Coast, New Jersey Marks a First in Climate Change Fight
New Jersey will become the first state to require that builders take into account the impact of climate change, including rising sea levels, in order to win government approval for projects, Gov. Philip D. Murphy announced. Mr. Murphy, through executive order, will require the state Department of Environmental Protection to begin the process of drafting new regulations to be adopted by January 2022. Read more

Brunswick is Using Oyster Shells to Combat Coastal Erosion
Two Brunswick sites have been selected as test locations for a five year, $1.5 million, New England-wide living shoreline study exploring the impact of using natural materials such as oyster shells and fallen trees to mitigate the impacts of erosion in coastal bluffs and protecting Maine’s dynamic coastal ecosystems.  Read more

Debris Removal from Territory Coastlines Making Strides
Ongoing efforts to remove debris and sunken vessels along the USVI coastline involve a partnership of federal agencies, the Department of Planning and Natural Resources and community organizations. Kristina Edwards, the education and outreach coordinator for Coastal Zone Management, a division of DPNR, is spearheading territorial projects. Read more
Great Lakes
Gov. Evers Requests FEMA Damage Assessments in Milwaukee, Racine and Kenosha Counties
Gov. Tony Evers requested on Tuesday, Jan. 28 that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) conduct a Preliminary Damage Assessment in Milwaukee, Racine, and Kenosha counties, following severe winter storms and lakeshore flooding that occurred Jan. 10-12. The process is the first step in determining whether the state will request a federal disaster declaration. Read more

FEMA Awards Nearly $1.4M to Restore River Walk West in Oswego
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded the City of Oswego nearly $1.4 million for repairs to the city’s River Walk West. River Walk West has been “severely damaged” by flooding that took place on Lake Ontario in 2017 and 2019, U.S. Senators Charles Schumer (D–N.Y.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D–N.Y.) said. Read more
West Coast and Pacific
Fukushima Radioactive Water Should Be Released Into Ocean, Say Japan Experts
A panel of experts advising  Japan ’s government on a disposal method for radioactive water from the destroyed  Fukushima nuclear plant has recommended releasing it into the ocean, a move likely to alarm neighboring countries. Read more

State Releases Rocky Shore Habitat Management Strategy
The Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) releases the draft Rocky Habitat Management Strategy for public comment on Jan. 28. The Rocky Habitat Management Strategy is Part Three of Oregon’s Territorial Sea Plan, which guides the actions of state and federal agencies that are responsible for managing Oregon’s coastal and ocean resources in the public trust. It is currently being updated, along with the rest of the Territorial Sea Plan. Read more
Royal Rookery: LSU Alumna Helps Restore Queen Bess Island
It's been 51 years since the brown pelican was reintroduced to Louisiana after the species completely disappeared from the state due to pesticide use in the 1960s. Since then, it has thrived on  Queen Bess Island , making it the third largest brown pelican rookery in Louisiana. Another battle looms, however. Over the years, Queen Bess Island has sunk and eroded into the Gulf of Mexico, leaving less than five acres of suitable land for the pelicans to nest. Racing against the clock, researchers like LSU Biological Engineering alumna  Amanda Phillips  are working to restore the island's nesting area to its once-vast size, giving the state bird another chance to prosper. Read more

Researchers Seek to Ensure Resilience of Gulf Species to Environmental Changes
Two Auburn University researchers are part of a team that has launched a study on the viability of several species that dwell in the estuaries of the Gulf of Mexico and have experienced a steep population decline in recent years. The results of the research, a partnership with the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program and other stakeholders, will feed into resource management and restoration planning decisions as well as efforts toward holistic ecosystem management of Mobile Bay. Read more
Events & Webinars
EPA Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving Program Request for Applications
The Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving (EJCPS) Cooperative Agreement Program provides funding to support community-based organizations in their efforts to collaborate and partner with local stakeholder groups (e.g., local businesses and industry, local government, medical service providers, and academia) as they develop and implement community-driven solutions that address environmental and/or public health issues for underserved communities. Applications are due February 7, 2020 . Learn more here .

Environmental Literacy Funding Opportunities - NOAA Office of Education
The NOAA Office of Education has issued a competitive funding opportunity for projects designed to build environmental literacy of K-12 students and the public so they are knowledgeable of the ways in which their community can become more resilient to extreme weather and/or other environmental hazards, and become involved in achieving that resilience. This funding opportunity is soliciting two types of projects through separate competitive priorities. For Priority 1, pre-applications are required and will be used to determine which institutions are invited to submit full applications to this priority. The deadline for Priority 1 full applications is March 26, 2020 . For Priority 2, only full applications are requested and the deadline for Priority 2 applications is February 11, 2020 . Learn more  here.

Association of State Floodplain Managers Foundation's 10th Annual Student Paper Competition
Since 2011, the ASFPM Foundation has sponsored a student paper competition as a way to engage the next generation in the important conversations pertaining to our profession. Three finalists are invited to present their papers at the 2020 ASFPM annual national conference where they will also have to opportunity to learn about a wide range of topics that will be relevant to their future career. Teams consisting of one or more students are encouraged to submit abstracts on subjects relating to floodplain or stormwater management. Deadline is February 14, 2020 . Learn more here .

U.S. EPA seeks applications for Trash-Free Great Lakes program
The EPA is now seeking applications for $2 million in grants to clean up the Great Lakes. Projects to remove and prevent marine and shoreline trash are eligible for grants up to $500,000, as part of the annual $300 million Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. The deadline for applications is February 14, 2020 . Learn more here .

NFWF and Wells Fargo announce Resilient Communities Program Request for Proposals
Wells Fargo and NFWF have partnered to create the Resilient Communities program. This $3 million per year program aims to help communities in the United States and territories, prepare, strengthen and bounce back more quickly after a disaster. Through preparedness and by taking advantage of natural and nature-based features like wetlands, resilient shorelines, urban tree canopies, natural forests and healthy upstream watersheds, communities can accrue quality of life benefits today. In addition, these projects enhance fish and wildlife resources and avoid or reduce risk to life, and costly and devastating impacts from events such as sea-level risk, floods, droughts, fires and more. Pre-proposals are due February 18, 2020 . Learn more here .

Coastal & Estuarine Research Federation Regional Workshops
CERF announces the availability of funding to support regional workshops in collaboration with CERF’s Affiliate Societies on high priority scientific and management issues of regional importance. These pilot workshops are intended to explore ways in which the Affiliate Societies and CERF can work together to translate and apply coastal and estuarine science to important regional issues. Workshops should take place between August 2020 and June 2021. Proposals are due May 1, 2020 . Learn more here .
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