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:
CNMI Coastal Management Program
Coastal zone management balances development and protection of the vital natural resources that support thriving coastal communities and economies. The  CNMI Coastal Management Program  has been helping communities plan for an uncertain future since 1980. CNMI has 921 miles of coastline running along 14 islands with 642 acres of coastal wetland. The CNMI Coastal Management Program is responsible for enhancing and protecting these coastal resources.

To learn more about issues impacting the state and the great work by the CNMI Coastal Management Program, click   here.

Find more information on the work being done by the State Coastal Zone Management Programs on CSO's Publication page.
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In the States and Regions
East Coast and Caribbean
Cape Cod Commission Awarded State Grant to Develop Coastal Resiliency Bylaw
The Cape Cod Commission received $145,200 through the Planning Assistance Grant Program to fund the development of a model coastal resiliency bylaw that sets out strategies to mitigate and adapt to coastal changes. Adoption of these strategies will offer residents of Cape Cod increased protection from threats such as sea level rise and storm surge. Read more

The Tribe that Brought a Damaged Shoreline Back to Life
In 2014, the Shinnecock Indian Nation tribe collaborated with the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and marine biologists from Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County received a Hurricane Sandy relief grant to restore their 3,000-foot-long shoreline. “Now, we’re seeing the marshland moving out into the water, which is incredible because post-Hurricane Sandy, the reverse was happening,” explained Cause. “Today, our elders look at the beach and say it reminds them of their childhood when the beach was naturally curved.” Read more

As new disease wipes out Caribbean coral, scientists tear up reefs to stop the spread
Breaking their cardinal rule to never touch the coral, scientists are removing diseased specimens to try to stop the Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease spreading and save what remains. They are also removing coral samples and shipping them to places as far-flung as Kansas and Oklahoma, in a last-ditch effort to save the 20 species or more thought to be susceptible to the disease. Read more

Florida wants to buy Hurricane Irma-flooded homes in the Keys. Is it the start of a retreat from sea rise?
As part of a pot of hurricane recovery money from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development topping a billion dollars, Florida set aside $75 million to buy out flood-damaged homes, with $10 million earmarked for the Keys alone. Read more
Great Lakes
The City of Kewaunee sought and received a grant from the Wisconsin Department of Administration Wisconsin Coastal Management Program. The purpose of these funds was to continue the planning efforts for the Harbor and Downtown Areas. The draft Harbor Master Plan is now available for public review and input. Read more

Record high Lake Erie water levels leave coastal damage in their wake
Lake Erie's record high water levels brought months of severe flooding and devastating shoreline erosion to several Ottawa County state parks and coastal communities.
Now, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources is gearing up for a $300,000 erosion mitigation project at East Harbor State Park to put in rip rap material along the park's shore and beach area. Read more

Lake Erie receives $877,000 in federal grants to study harmful algal blooms, part of $10 million nationwide
Ohio and Michigan researchers have been awarded $877,000 to study harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie, as part of $10 million in National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration grants focusing on the scourge. This year’s  bloom of toxic blue-green algae grew to 620 square mile s, more than seven times the size of Cleveland. Read more
West Coast and Pacific
Public invited to comment on coastal habitat management
The public will soon have an opportunity to participate in updating Oregon’s Rocky Habitat Management Strategy. Haystack Rock is a protected area under Part 3 of Oregon’s Territorial Sea Plan. The coast of Oregon has five marine reserves to protect its biodiversity, she said. “In Oregon, the beaches are owned by everyone. (Haystack Rock has) the largest group of puffins that can be seen from the shore and the second-largest colony of puffins in Oregon.” Read more

Q and A with California Coastal Commission Leader: Sea-Level is Rising Now
Jack Ainsworth is executive director of California Coastal Commission. “Over the years, we have found that climate change and sea-level rise has become the greatest threat to our communities along the coast,” Ainsworth told the Southern California News Group. Read more
New coastal assistance center in Thibodaux to help small Louisiana businesses get contracts
The new Louisiana Coastal Technical Assistance Center will work with small businesses for training, licensing and other qualifications to prepare companies to bid on hundreds of millions of dollars in annual coastal recovery projects. The partnership includes The Louisiana Coastal Protection Authority, The Water Institute of the Gulf, the Louisiana Economic Development department, the South Louisiana Economic Council and Nicholls State University.  Read more

$56.6 Million Boost for Ship Island Restoration
A $56.6 million contract to carry out Phases 3 and 4 of a barrier island restoration project on Ship Island was awarded as part of the Mississippi Coastal Improvements Program, a comprehensive initiative authorized and funded by Congress to aid in the recovery of portions of coastal Mississippi severely damaged during the 2005 hurricane season. Read more
Events & Webinars
Registration Deadline - Gulf of Maine 2050 International Symposium
The Gulf of Maine 2050 International Symposium will bring scientists, managers, industry and community leaders together to understand how the Gulf of Maine is expected to change over the next 30 years and identify challenges and opportunities for regional resilience. The deadline for registration is October 5, 2019. Discounted accommodations at The Westin are available through October 11, 2019. A limited number of scholarships are still available and the application deadline has been extended through October 5, 2019. Learn more here .

Abstract Submission - 2020 ASFPM Annual National Conference
Flood-risk professionals from all over the world attend the Association of State Floodplain Managers’ annual floodplain management conference. The Call for Abstracts seeks a broad range of professionals to submit for 30-minute concurrent sessions and/or 2-4 hour workshops that address issues, problems and solutions associated with managing and communicating flood risk, making communities more resilient and protecting floodplain and fragile natural resources. Abstracts are due October 31, 2019 here.

National Flood Insurance Program Changes Video
This video discusses changes that apply to new or renewed policies on or after October 2019. These include the requirement to report National Producer Numbers in the PIVOT system, updates in the Special Rating Guidelines, and the next scheduled update to the CRS Eligible Communities List. Watch here .

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, 2019 Apply here.
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