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Spotlight on Coastal Management: 

CZMA 50th Anniversary

Fifty years ago the Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA) was enacted ushering in a new era for the management of our nation’s coasts.  The purpose of the CZMA is to promote a balance between beneficial use of the coasts—including for recreation, tourism, public access, coastal dependent industries, and development—and the protection, conservation, restoration, and enhancement of coastal environments.

Today, 34 coastal states and territories have established CZMPs and there is a network of 30 research reserves. Over the past 50 years, the states and territories have used these CZMA tools to expand access for the public to our nation’s beaches, estuaries, waterfronts, and other coastal areas; protect and restore critical coastal habitats; lead research that has informed the implementation of new techniques, such as natural and nature-based solutions, for the management of estuaries and coasts; to manage development associated with continued population growth in coastal areas; and to educate and train local decisionmakers to address emerging coastal issues such as addressing risks associated with coastal hazards including sea level rise, erosion, inundation, and coastal storms.

Read the full statement of the CSO Executive Director on the 50th anniversary here.

Learn more about the CZMA, the state and territory programs, and the 50th anniversary here.

Celebrating 50 Years of Ocean and Coastal Conservation

2022 is a BIG year for ocean and coastal conservation! Not only is it the 50th anniversary for the CZMA, it is also the 50th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, Marine Mammals Protection Act, and National Marine Sanctuaries Act.

Learn more here and follow #OceanAndCoasts50 on social media!

Learn about the CZMA 50th here!
CZMA at 50 Podcast Series

Join CSO's Executive Director, Derek Brockbank, in a five part podcast series to learn about the basis of the act, why it’s important, how it’s changed, and more.

All five episodes of the series are now available! Listen to all of them here or wherever you get your podcasts!

In the States and Regions

Gulf Coast

U.S. Designates Offshore Wind Farm Development Areas in Gulf of Mexico

The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) on Monday said it had finalized two Wind Energy Areas (WEAs) in the Gulf of Mexico, with the potential to produce enough electricity to power nearly 3 million households. The first WEA is located approximately 24 nautical miles (nm) off the coast of Galveston, TX. The area totals 508,265 acres and has the potential to power 2.1 million households. The second WEA is located approximately 56 nm off the coast of Lake Charles, LA. The area totals 174,275 acres and has the potential to power over 740,000 households, according to BOEM. "This growing industry will provide Americans with cleaner and cheaper energy, create thousands of good-paying jobs, and invest billions in new American energy supply chains, manufacturing, shipbuilding and servicing," BOEM said. Read more

Louisiana Citizens Rate Increases Will Be As High As 111% In Some Parishes

Thanks to the hurricanes of 2020 and 2021, the prices charged by Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corp. are set to rise by an average of 63%. But in some parishes, the financial pain will be much more severe. Thanks to the hurricanes of 2020 and 2021, the prices charged by Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corp. are set to rise by an average of 63%. But in some parishes, the financial pain will be much more severe. The huge hikes, which arrive in 2023, will hit a fast-growing number of Louisianans. Though Citizens tries to avoid signing up new customers by keeping its prices artificially high, its rolls have tripled, to more than 100,000 policyholders, because more than two dozen private insurers have either gone belly-up or left the Louisiana marketplace because of the risk. State officials say the dramatic jump in price is driven by the escalating cost of reinsurance — a backstop insurance policy that’s needed in case of a catastrophe. Read more

Great Lakes

Ground Broken for Dredged Material Facility

Rainy weather did little to dampen spirits at the groundbreaking for the city’s new dredged material reclamation facility. Its construction was necessary after a law passed by the Ohio legislature went into effect, banning the open lake dumping of dredged material in an attempt to improve Lake Erie water quality. Scudder Mackey, chief of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Office of Coastal Management, said the project will provide a springboard for economic development in Conneaut and in the region. “I am really glad to see this project moving forward,” Mackey said. “We started this in 2015, with the help of the Lake Erie Initiative. The funds, $4 million, were granted in 2018, a lot of the original engineering and design work was accomplished. In 2021, we provided an additional $1.9 million and now we have the ARPA funding, that’s sort of the capstone, and allows this whole project to move forward.” Read more

US Supreme Court Won't Hear Lake Michigan Shoreline Dispute

The U.S. Supreme Court said it won’t hear a case over access to Lake Michigan’s shoreline. The announcement on Monday, once again, upholds the public’s right to use the beach in front of private property in Indiana. Read more

East Coast and Caribbean

Stilt Homes, Raised Roads, Maybe A Huge Wall. Can Miami-Dade Stay Safe from Storm Surge?

Ever since Hurricane Andrew set the bar in 1992 for how much damage a storm could do in South Florida, Miami-Dade has avoided the direct path of any of the powerful hurricanes that have crisscrossed the peninsula in recent decades. But Hurricane Ian’s devastation on the Southwest Florida coast sent a chill up the spine of anyone in Miami worried about the next big one — and it sharpened the focus of federal planners working to design and build new barriers to avoid a similar outcome for Miami-Dade. “That storm is a reminder of the vulnerability that exists in Miami-Dade County and other coastal communities,” Michelle Hamor, chief of the planning and policy branch of the Army Corps of Engineers, said in a recent kickoff meeting to design a multibillion-dollar federal project to address a devastating hurricane threat often downplayed in Florida. Read more

Coastal Barriers Finally Begin to Rise Around NYC — But Can They Stop the Next Hurricane Sandy?

If Hurricane Sandy were to occur again today, many of the same coastal neighborhoods it destroyed would be inundated again. But a slate of climate infrastructure projects initiated in the aftermath of the storm are now — finally — making progress along the city’s waterfront Billions of dollars of seawalls, jetties, breakwaters, and reinforced dunes are being erected along the waterfronts of Staten Island, Manhattan, and the Rockaway Peninsula. These barriers promise to protect the coastline for several decades ahead, as sea levels rapidly rise and severe storms become more frequent. The entire 520-mile coastline of New York City faces an uncertain future amid these threats. Significant work has been completed on three of these ongoing projects, which will cost $1.9 billion in total: the East Side Coastal Resiliency project in Manhattan, the Living Breakwaters in Staten Island, and the Rockaways-Atlantic Shorefront project in Queens. Preparatory work has also begun for a seawall that will stretch along Staten Island’s east coast, and construction is expected to begin in the next few weeks on a coastal barrier in Battery Park City, as part of the South Battery Park City Resiliency project. In total, more than $4 billion of coastal barrier systems are currently being built in New York City, or are expected to break ground in the next two years. Read more

West Coast and Pacific

Rising Sea Levels: State Provides Coastal Communities New Planning Resources

Climate change is causing sea levels around the world to rise, which is impacting Oregon’s coastlines and coastal communities, according to the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (ODLC). As demonstrated by king tides, sea level rise will make existing erosion and flooding patterns worse in coastal regions and put pressure on already stressed ecosystems and freshwater resources. The Oregon Coastal Management Program (OCMP) has created tools to assist communities in planning for these impacts and continues to lead a community science effort documenting Oregon’s king tides. The sea level rise adaptation planning toolkit is a set of three resources for local governments and communities to assess and address the impacts of sea level rise. Read more

California Tribes Will Manage, Protect State Coastal Areas

Five California tribes will reclaim their right to manage coastal land significant to their history under a first-in-the-nation program backed with $3.6 million in state money. The tribes will rely on their traditional knowledge to protect more than 200 miles of coastline in the state, as climate change and human activity have impacted the vast area.

Some of the tribes' work will include monitoring salmon after the removal of a century-old defunct dam in the redwood forests in the Santa Cruz mountains and testing for toxins in shellfish, while also educating future generations on traditional practices. Read more

Events & Webinars

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December 12-15, 2022

February 6-9, 2023

May 7-11, 2023


New Data from NOAA Provides Insight into How Flooding Affects Employment

A new NOAA dataset provides the number of businesses and employees, split out by industry, in inundation footprints modelled for hurricanes, tsunamis, and other flood hazards via the FEMA special flood hazard areas (sea level rise footprints coming soon). Learn more and check out the dataset here. NOAA is interested in hearing from newsletter readers who have used the data or are interested in using the data to inform their flood risk scenarios or in communicating with partners or members of the public. Please reach out to Polina Dineva for assistance or to share usage details.

Get the latest Davidson Fellowship News 

Meet the Margaret A. Davidson Fellows conducting research at the West Coast and Hawai'i national estuarine research reserves in this quarterly newsletter.

NOAA Adaptation Sciences (AdSci) Program FY2023 Funding Competition: Island Resilience

The NOAA Climate Program Office Adaptation Sciences (AdSci) Program is now accepting proposals for research projects beginning in Fiscal Year 2023. Through the FY2023 competition, NOAA’s AdSci Program is soliciting proposals for interdisciplinary and participatory research activities that address island-identified resilience needs in the Caribbean and Pacific; with an emphasis on projects that result in: (1) contextually relevant and usable information about climate impacts, vulnerabilities and solutions; (2) the evaluation, identification and strengthening of the adaptive capacities of institutions, communities, sectors and islands; (3) and/or the integration of climate information in adaptation planning, action and long-term resilience strategies. Full Applications are due by January 31, 2023. Learn more here.

FEMA Announces FY22 BRIC and FMA Notice of Funding Opportunities.

FEMA announced the FY22 Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFO) for the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) and Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) programs. The funding level for BRIC has increased to $2.3 billion for FY22, with FMA funding increasing to $800 million. BRIC’s non-financial Direct Technical Assistance program will also increase to at least 40 communities (from 20) for the FY22 cycle. The application period closes on January 27, 2023. Learn more here.

Job Openings

In The States

Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, Division of Climate, Coastal and Energy, Coastal Programs Section - Environmental Scientist, Coastal Research

Oregon Land Conservation and Development Department - Coastal Shores Specialist

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Natural Resources Specialist (Restoration and Artificial Reef Team Lead)

Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Office of Resilience and Coastal Protection, Florida Coastal Management Program - Government Operations Consultant

Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Office of Coastal Management - Surveyor

Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, Department of Conservation and Recreation, Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve - Coastal Training Program Coordinator

Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation - Coastal & Waterways Engineer

Washington Department of Ecology, Shorelands and Environmental Assistance Program - Coastal Engineer

Washington Department of Ecology, Shorelands and Environmental Assistance Program - Shorelands/Wetlands/401 Water Quality Certification Specialist

Washington Department of Ecology, Shorelands and Environmental Assistance - Regional Shoreline Compliance/Enforcement Specialist

San Francisco Bay Conservation & Development Commission - Coastal Scientist (Long-Range Planning and Sediment Management)

San Francisco Bay Conservation & Development Commission - Research Data Specialist (GIS)

California Coastal Commission - Coastal Resiliency Supervisor

California Coastal Commission - Multiple Coastal Program Positions

City of Boca Raton - Coastal Program Manager

In The Agencies

EPA Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds - Director

USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center - Center Director

USFWS Division of Restoration and Recovery - Biologist (Coastal Barrier Resource Act/Marine Mammal Protection Act)

NPS Biscayne National Park, Habitat Restoration Program - Biological Science Technician

USACE Headquarters - Civil Engineer (Hydraulics)

USACE New York District - Civil Engineer (Coastal-Hydraulics)

USACE San Francisco District, Water Resources Section - Civil Engineer (Hydraulics)

EPA ORISE Fellow - Assessing Carbon Sequestration Potential of Coastal Natural Infrastructure

USACE ORISE Fellow - Coastal Engineering w/ Nature & Flood Reduction Strategies

In NGOs, Industry, and Academia

National Wildlife Federation - Climate Equity Fellow

Roger Williams University, Marine Affairs Institute and Rhode Island Sea Grant Legal Program - Research Attorney

Roger Williams University, Marine Affairs Institute and Rhode Island Sea Grant Legal Program - Research Attorney

Washington Sea Grant - Coastal Management Specialist

University of California Santa Cruz, Institute of Marine Sciences - Coastal Resilience Program Coordinator

University of Rhode Island Coastal Resources Center and Rhode Island Sea Grant - Marine Research Associate

Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative - U.S. Policy Manager

The Nature Conservancy - Resilient Coast Project Manager

The Nature Conservancy - Director, Albemarle-Pamlico Sounds Program

The Nature Conservancy - Marsh Management Scientist

The Nature Conservancy - CoralCarib Project Manager

The Nature Conservancy - Coral Conservation Practitioner, US Virgin Islands

Job Boards

Office for Coastal Management State Programs

Sea Grant Careers Page


The views expressed in articles referenced here are those of the authors and do not represent or reflect the views of CSO.

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