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:
Happy Birthday NOAA!
This year, NOAA marks 50 years of science, service, and stewardship! NOAA and CSO have similar roots arising from recommendation s of the  Stratton Commission to the President. Today NOAA is a world-class science agency with a mission that spans from the surface of the sun to the ocean floor. 

Join CSO in wishing NOAA a happy 50th!

Learn more about NOAA's 50 years of accomplishments 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
Washington, NC Waterfront Upgrades Coming in 2020
Updates to the boardwalk, more room to dock boats during the busy summer months — these are some of the projects coming to the Washington waterfront this spring, thanks to a combination of City funding and a $280,560 grant from the North Carolina Division of Coastal Management. Read more

Lawmakers Push for Federal Study to Include Sea-Level Rise in Hampton Roads
Two U.S. senators and one House representative from Virginia are pushing for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to include sea-level rise in its Fiscal Year 2020 Work Plan. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, as well as Rep. Elaine Luria, have sent a letter to the Office of Management and Budget and Army Corps making the request, they announced in a news release. Read more

Miami Beach is Dumping $16 Million in Fresh Sand to Push Back Against Erosion
Miami Beach leaders can’t agree on what to do about climate change. But one way to keep the condos dry, at least for now, is to build a buffer between the condos and the rising seas. That means dumping fresh sand on the beach — $16 million worth.
To push back against erosion caused by sea level rise and storms, four beachfront strips on Miami Beach are receiving a federally funded face lift. Read more
Great Lakes
Army Corps Urged to Support Great Lakes Shoreline Study
U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand are urging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to include funds in its upcoming budget plan for a study of vulnerable shoreline areas along Lake Ontario and other Great Lakes. In a letter issued this week, Schumer and Gillibrand called upon the Army Corps. to examine potentially vulnerable shoreline areas and to recommend new protections to increase resiliency to various types of damage. The move comes as the Army Corps is preparing its fiscal year 2020 work plan and follows severe flooding that has caused extensive damage on Lake Ontario's shoreline in recent years.  Read more

Army Corps Warns of Another Rise in Great Lakes Levels After Record Year
Water levels on all of the Great Lakes are higher this month than they started in 2019, the year record levels were set on the waterways, the Army Corps of Engineers announced this week. The Corps warned that those who were impacted by the higher lake and waterway levels to be prepared for another rise in levels with the six-month forecast showing lakes well above average. Read more
West Coast and Pacific
Spotlight on Tule Red Restoration Project
A celebration ceremony for the completion of the Tule Red Restoration Project – one of the most significant tidal wetland rehabilitation efforts in California’s recent history – took place recently at the edge of the Suisun Marsh in Solano County’s Grizzly Bay region. Read more

Sand Dune Nourishment Projects Coming Our Way
On Maui, many dune restoration projects involve placing sand on a dune area mauka of the wash of the high-water waves. These nourished sand dune areas are then often replanted with zone-specific native plants to hold the sand in place. The restored dunes are then better equipped for shoreline protection. Read more

University of California Irvine, Other Researchers Find Collaborative Flood Modeling Process Effective
Community collaboration and high-resolution maps are key to effective flood risk management, according to civil engineers and social scientists at the University of California, Irvine and other institutions. UCI researchers put the method into practice during the Flood-Resilient Infrastructure & Sustainable Environments project, a five-year effort funded by the National Science Foundation. Beginning in 2013, FloodRISE teams worked in two Southern California coastal areas at risk of flooding – Newport Bay and the Tijuana River Valley – gathering data, conducting surveys and holding face-to-face meetings with residents. The technique showed considerable traction in the two regions. Read more
Disaster Loans Available for Small Businesses Hurt by Closed Mississippi Beaches
Low-interest  disaster loans  are available for small Mississippi businesses hurt by toxic bacteria that closed every mainland beach in the state during the summer. Those in adjacent counties in Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana also are eligible. The SBA said the loan program covers damage from June 22 through Oct. 5, when the state Department of Environmental Quality  lifted advisories  against entering or touching the water at all 21 beaches. Read more

Army Corps, Jefferson County Ink Coastal Storm Risk Management Partnership Agreement
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Galveston District and the Jefferson County Drainage District No. 7 (DD7) are set to begin construction of the Port Arthur and Vicinity Coastal Storm Risk Management Project (CSRM). This construction project within the Southwestern Division’s Storm Reconstruction and Risk Reduction Program, will increase protection and provide resiliency to the existing hurricane protection system. Read more
Events & Webinars
Gulf of Mexico Ecosystem Service Logic Models and Socio-Economic Indicators (GEMS) Project
The Gulf of Mexico Ecosystem Service Logic Models and Socio-Economic Indicators ( GEMS) project, led by Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, and The Nature Conservancy, is working to standardize measures of the socioeconomic benefits of restoration. Completed this summer, Phase I involved working with diverse stakeholders around the Gulf to gain a better understanding of oyster reef restoration. Products include final ecosystem service logic models and a list of potential metrics for measuring dominant societal outcomes at local and regional scales. Those logic models and metrics are now publicly available on the project website. The team is now beginning Phase II, which will focus on identifying societal outcomes and metrics for water quality projects, as well as for additional habitat restoration techniques. The team is also working on a practitioners’ guide, so this work can be continued at the local level. If you're interested in becoming involved in Phase II, please reach out to Katie Warnell

Florida Red Tide Mitigation and Technology Development Initiative Call for Proposals
The Florida Red Tide Mitigation & Technology Development Initiative is a partnership between Mote Marine Laboratory and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission that establishes an independent and coordinated effort among any/all public and private research entities to develop prevention, control and mitigation technologies and approaches that will decrease the impacts of Florida red tide on the environment, economy and quality of life in Florida. Florida red tides produce toxins that can cause widespread mortality of marine fishes and other wildlife, and those toxins can enter the air and cause respiratory irritation. Florida red tides can significantly affect the quality of life in coastal communities and drain millions of dollars from economies that rely upon ecotourism, fishing and other ecosystem services. Proposals are due January 31, 2020. Learn more here.

Association of State Floodplain Managers Foundation's Future Leaders Scholarship
ASFPM Foundation's Future Leaders Scholarship is a two-year scholarship awarded to a deserving college student entering their junior year of undergraduate studies or the last two years of a 5-year or dual degree undergraduate program in a flood risk management related field. The scholarship provides the recipient with direct financial assistance, mentoring, and support finding a paid summer internship in a relevant professional setting. Applications are due January 31, 2020 . Learn more and apply here .

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. 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 .

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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