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
Developing post-disaster recovery plans for urban and rural Georgia communities 
The Georgia Coastal Management Program (GCMP) used a CZMA § 309 strategy to work with Chatham, Brantley, and Glynn Counties to develop specialized Disaster Recovery and Redevelopment Plans (DRRP). The DRRP process, using planning guidance published by GCMP that includes cost estimates, funding sources, and key partners, assists communities to identify vulnerabilities, develop action items to manage and reduce risks, and identify ordinance changes that can be implemented post-disaster to encourage rebuilding while reducing risk. GCMP is now using a NOAA Coastal Resiliency Grant to work with the remaining coastal counties in the Georgia coastal zone to create DRRPs. In addition, GCMP is collaborating with the Georgia Emergency Management Agency to develop a statewide DRRP, and convening a small-business/private sector DRRP in partnership with the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the Georgia Department of Economic Development.
Find more information on the work being done by the State Coastal Zone Management Programs on CSO's Publication page: www.coastalstates.org/csopublications/
In the States and Regions
East Coast and Caribbean
VIMS updates Chesapeake Bay coastal inventory
The Chesapeake Bay shoreline — rife with inlets, necks and tributaries both large and small — stretches 11,885 miles, longer than the entire west coast of the U.S. 

Researchers at William & Mary's Virginia Institute of Marine Science have just finished the latest iteration of a suite of online maps that can display the condition of the bay shoreline along its entire length — every beach, breakwater, boathouse, boat ramp, bulkhead, dock, jetty, living shoreline, marina, mud flat, oyster reef, tidal marsh, and tree-lined bank. If that weren’t enough, users of these interactive tools can also view each aquaculture site, conservation easement, oyster lease, and underwater grass bed, as well as a model-based recommendation for maximizing shoreline health at any location. Read more.

State wins federal OK for long-planned Mid-Currituck Bridge
A Record of Decision has been received from the Federal Highway Administration for the Mid-Currituck Bridge, indicating federal approval of a span between Aydlett on the mainland and Corolla on the Outer Banks.

“This is a major milestone in delivering this project that the local communities requested,” said Chris Werner, acting executive Director of the North Carolina Turnpike Authority. Read more.
West Coast and Pacific
Navy discusses training plans with public
On Wednesday, U.S. Navy representatives hosted a public meeting in the Seaside Room at Kanoa Resort, where members of the of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands community were invited to watch videos, examine posters, ask questions and leave comments about the supplemental environmental impact statement for the Mariana Islands Training and Testing plan, or MITT. Read more.
Gulf of Mexico
Texas Coastal Resiliency Master Plan Released
Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush has announced the release of the 2019 Texas Coastal Resiliency Master Plan, which addresses natural and man-made coastal environments.

This Resiliency Plan also recommends 123 projects compiled by the Texas General Land Office coastal team with input from a Technical Advisory Committee to mitigate issues that negatively impact coastal communities. Read more.
Great Lakes
DeWine announces plan for clean water fund
Gov. Mike DeWine announced Thursday he is proposing a new water quality fund to spend $900 million over 10 years.

The governor said it will be included in the budget proposal he’s releasing Friday.

DeWine said he wants some of the money to go for restoring wetlands. That appears to open up a possible source of funding for the city of Sandusky, which has been drawing up plans with state officials for restoring wetlands in the Sandusky Bay area.

The governor unveiled details of his H2Ohio Initiative in a Thursday morning speech before the Impact Ohio Toledo Regional Conference, held at the Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel. Read more.

Mussel Watch Detects New Contaminants in Great Lakes
Scientists from NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) have published an  assessment of contaminants of emerging concern in the Great Lakes . Of the 237 chemicals the team analyzed, they detected 99 of them in the mussels sampled for the study. Read more.
Delaware River Program 2019 Request for Proposals
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) is soliciting proposals to conserve and restore fish and wildlife habitat and water quality in the Delaware River watershed. The Delaware River Program will award matching grants of $50,000 to $500,000 each to conserve and restore waters and habitats on public and private land that contribute to the overall health of the Delaware River watershed—as well as benefit the quality of life and economic vitality of the communities in the Delaware River watershed. Approximately $6 million in grant funding is available. Major funding for the Delaware River Program is provided by the U.S Fish & Wildlife Service and the William Penn Foundation.

DWCF Conservation Action Grants will be awarded to nonprofit organizations; federal, state, interstate and local governments; Indian tribes; and educational institutions to implement on-the-ground restoration and conservation projects.

Atlantic Estuarine Research Society Spring Meeting  
Dates: April 4-6, 2019
Location: Woodbridge, VA 

AERS will meet in George Mason University’s brand-new Potomac Science Center, scenically situated on the Occoquan River. With our theme “From the head of the tide to the edge of the shelf” we aim to emphasize the breath and spatial scale of estuaries and coast. We welcome topics ranging from freshwater tidal ecosystems to coastal oceans, and are particularly interested in the connections and exchange between these systems, and the spatial gradients within. 

Find out more information  here

Date/Time: Monday, June 10, 2019, 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Location: The College at Brockport (SUNY), 350 New Campus Drive, Brockport, NY 14420
As part of its “ Margaret A. Davidson Coastal Career Development Program ,” The Coastal Society (TCS) is organizing a full-day workshop designed to provide valuable skills and information to the next generation of coastal practitioners, particularly college students and early-career coastal professionals. TCS will host the workshop at the SUNY Brockport campus in coordination with the International Association for Great Lakes Research (IAGLR) 2019 Annual Conference. Workshop speakers will share insights on the coastal job market, activities will provide career-building skill development, and attendees will have the opportunity to network with speakers and potential mentors. Join the workshop to jump-start or enhance your coastal career path!
Find more information and register for this workshop at the following link: https://new.thecoastalsociety.org/?page_id=1068

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