CSO Newsletter
The Coastal States Organization represents the nation’s Coastal States, Territories, and Commonwealths on ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes resource issues.
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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 .

Be a part of the action by becoming a 2020 Summit sponsor . Exclusive sponsor benefits include:

  • National recognition as a Summit sponsor to audiences of 10,000+
  • Complimentary exhibit space and registrations
  • Opportunities to network with colleagues, potential partners, and clients

Check out the Sponsorship Brochure to learn more about the available opportunities here .
In the States and Regions
East Coast and Caribbean
Florida County to spend $250,000 to have beaches redesignated as 'wildlife preservation facility'
Flagler County will seek to have a portion of its coastline designated as a flood protection and wildlife preservation facility, a move that could ease the process of applying for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for beach dune reinforcement or repairs. Read more

NJDEP Study Predicts Dramatic Sea Level Rise Along Jersey Shore
A new study from the N.J. Department of Environmental Protection projects seas could rise from 2000 levels by up to 1.1 feet by 2030, 2.1 feet by 2050 and 6.3 feet by 2100 in New Jersey, emphasizing the urgency of adaptation work to make the state more resistant to climate change effects. The accompanying report shows New Jersey has already been disproportionately affected by climate change, with sea level rise projections more than two times the global average. Read more

Restoring Emerald Isle Beaches
The State of North Carolina and FEMA recently announced more than $34 million to reimburse expenses to restore hurricane related beach damage on Emerald Isle, North Carolina. Funds will be used to replace sand and plants on the public beaches for the Town of Emerald. According to the town’s latest release, storm surge from Hurricane Florence damaged 12-miles of local beach. Read more
Great Lakes
‘One major storm away from a disaster.’ Porter County seeks state, federal aid amid ‘stunning’ erosion
After losing 40 feet of Lake Michigan beach since Thanksgiving in Beverly Shores, Porter County officials are looking for help from state and federal agencies while fearing what could happen with the next major storm. The Porter County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday approved a disaster emergency declaration for the north shoreline of the county along Lake Michigan, sparked by “extreme erosion” that also is threatening Lakefront Drive in Beverly Shores. Read more

More litter means fewer tourists
The more litter on the beach, the fewer days visitors spend at it, according to  a recent study  by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. And fewer tourist days means less money for the local economy and eventually to a decrease in local jobs. The study reports that plastic pollution and balloon debris have a great impact on Great Lakes tourism. In Lake Erie, the doubling of litter would discourage more than a third of visitors to visit the beach again, the study said. Read more
West Coast and Pacific
Coastal Commission supports new Surf Beach plan
Since 2000, Vandenberg Air Force Base officials have blocked off sections of Surf Beach to protect the bird—which is listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act—during its breeding season from March through September. Every time a person enters these blocked-off sections, a violation is recorded. Until now, if 50 violations were recorded in one year, the entire beach would close until the end of the season. In October, the city of Lompoc released a statement announcing that Vandenberg Air Force Base and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agreed to end this policy of closing the beach after 50 violations. At its meeting on Dec. 13, the California Coastal Commission unanimously agreed with the decision. Read more

In April next year, a team of 60 scientists and crew from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will come to the Mariana Islands aboard the NOAA ship Rainier to map the seafloor of the Marianas and do coral reef research. The mapping operations in the Marianas was last done in the ’70s and, with the change in technology and environment over the course of four decades, the CNMI could benefit greatly from the remapping of its ocean. Researchers will assess the potential early effects of ocean acidification on coral reef growth with calcification accretion units and bio-erosion monitoring units. Read more
GLO seeks input on $4B in HUD funds slated for flood mitigation
With Texas slated to receive just over $4 billion to fund flood mitigation projects, representatives from the Texas General Land Office have been holding hearings across the state seeking public input on how best to use the money. The $4.3 billion — which will come from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development via Community Development Block Grants — is Texas’ allotment of some $28 billion in nationwide disaster relief funds appropriated by Congress in 2018. Typically set aside for housing and other disaster recovery efforts after a storm, this is the first time HUD monies have been set aside with the specific purpose of focusing on flood mitigation and prevention, explained Brittany Eck, the GLO’s communications director for community development and revitalization. Read more

Nearly $226M to restore open Gulf after 2010 BP oil spill
Federal agencies have approved nearly $226 million for 18 projects to restore open ocean and marine habitats that were decimated in the Gulf of Mexico by the 2010 BP oil spill.
The projects range from $52.6 million to study deep-sea habitats to $290,000 to find ways to keep sea turtles from swallowing or getting snagged on hooks or tangled in lines set out for miles along reefs. Read more
Events & Webinars
Margaret A. Davidson Graduate Fellowship
NOAA is accepting applications for a new fellowship program for graduate students at the national estuarine research reserves. One two-year fellowship opportunity will be available at each of the 29 coastal sites. Through a research project, fellows will address a key coastal management question to help scientists and communities understand coastal challenges that may influence future policy and management strategies. Applications must be submitted by December 20, 2019Apply 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 .

Coastal and Marine Habitat Restoration Grants
The Community-based Restoration Program supports restoration projects that use a habitat-based approach to rebuild productive and sustainable fisheries, contribute to the recovery and conservation of protected resources, promote healthy ecosystems, and yield community and economic benefits. Eligible applicants are institutions of higher education, non-profits, commercial (for profit) organizations, U.S. territories, and state, local, and Native American tribal governments. Pre-proposals are due January 8, 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 Feb. 14, 2020. There will be an informational webinar on January 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 pre-applications was November 25, 2019 and the deadline for Priority 1 full applications is 1 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.

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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