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
Securing the economic vitality of Virginia’s working waterfronts
The Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program used CZMA § 306 funds to develop a working waterfront master plan. [1] Government and private sector participants worked together to create the plan, and the results led to the passage of several bills that support the waterfront. Cities and counties are also using the plan information to bolster their comprehensive plans and zone designations. Gloucester County, for instance, created an economic development plan that established a "working waterfronts district" designation. In 2012, Virginia’s 600 working waterfronts represented the third-largest producer of marine products in the nation, with a dockside value of $192 million. Virginia’s master plan addressed threats to long-term viability of work waterfronts including: an aging workforce, competition for waterfront land, problems with both water quality and water use, and more frequent and severe floods and storms. The funds invested ensure a high return on investment and long-term sustainability of the area.
[1] NOAA Office for Coastal Management, Master Plan Secures Economic Vitality of Working Waterfronts, https://coast.noaa.gov/states/stories/master-plan-secures-economic-vitality-of-working-waterfronts.html
In the States and Regions
East Coast and Caribbean
Rising Seas: Park Managers Are Taking Heed
National parks on the North Carolina coast are some of the most threatened by rising seas in the nation, but in the context of wildfires, droughts, invasive species and excessive rain events plaguing the parks in the interior states, coastal woes are hardly the only problem the National Park Service is facing from climate change.

“The issue is challenging us like we’ve never been challenged before,” said Cat Hawkins Hoffman, the agency’s national adaptation coordinator, Climate Change Response Program.

A report the program released in May projected sea level rise for 118 park units and storm surge projections for 79 of those parks. Of those studied, the parks in the Southeast region, which includes North Carolina, were projected to be at risk of the highest storm surges. The Outer Banks parks were projected to experience the highest sea level rise by 2100. Read more.
West Coast and Pacific
New Website Helps San Francisco Bay Area Local Governments and Communities Understand Flood Risks from Rising Sea Level and Storms to Plan for Future Protection
The San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission’s “Adapting to Rising Tides” program unveiled the “Bay Shoreline Flood Explorer” ( explorer.adaptingtorisingtides.org ) website in August 2018. This new website helps local governments and communities access interactive maps of current local flood risks due to rising sea level and storms. Its maps highlight what the Bay Area could look like without implementing current and future local and regional plans to minimize those risks. The Bay Area Flood Explorer is designed to be used by a wide variety of users with varying levels of knowledge and expertise regarding flooding and sea level rise. It will help BCDC collaborate with Bayshore communities, local and regional governments, NGOs, and the private sector to create strategic land use policies. And, t he website also helps inform and empower Bay Area citizens to connect with ongoing efforts and community organizations working to minimize those impacts.
Gulf of Mexico
Dredging The Mississippi River For Ships and Restoring Long-lost Wetlands for Wildlife
The idea was simply to increase the beneficial use of dredge material in the environmentally sensitive bird’s-foot delta of the Mighty Mississippi to assist the Corps’ effort to secure Coastal Zone Consistency from the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources. The focus was on finding a way to increase the beneficial use of dredged material, resulting in progress in the battle over wetlands loss in a 30-mile reach of the Mississippi River. The beneficial use of dredged sediment on the MRSC has been instrumental in restoring habitat for a wide range of wildlife and fisheries. The wetlands created from this program provide higher elevation land ideal for nesting birds and mammals with a gentle slope towards tidal mudflats and submerged sand bars that provide excellent foraging habitat for wading birds and fisheries. Read more.
Great Lakes
Great Lakes Commission releases green infrastructure policy recommendations in advance of Congressional briefing 
Ahead of a Congressional briefing in D.C., the Great Lakes Commission (GLC) released a report outlining steps to increase the adoption of green infrastructure in communities across the Great Lakes. The Great Lakes Regional Green Infrastructure Policy Analysis provides recommendations to federal, state and provincial and local policymakers in the U.S. and Canada to decrease the amount of stormwater running off into area waterways and eventually into the Great Lakes.

The Great Lakes Regional Green Infrastructure Policy Analysis was undertaken as part of the GLC’s Green Infrastructure Champions Pilot Program , which aims to catalyze the adoption of green infrastructure practices and policies across the basin by bringing together leaders and helping them share their knowledge. The policy analysis and recommendations were developed with input from a regional advisory team. The Champions Pilot Program is funded by the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation.

Multiple $50,000 grants available for coastal zone protection projects
Experts say Erie's coastal zones are some of the region's greatest assets, but maintaining those assets is a long-term commitment. They say managing the coastal zones takes regular investment and research.

From now until October, organizations and municipalities can apply to have coastal projects paid for with the help from the state. In Erie County, there are 77 miles of coastline.  Read more.
The Debut of NOAA’s Coastal Communicators
Whether a seasoned PR pro or a coastal manager juggling science and speech writing, everyone could use a little help in the communications department. That’s why the Office for Coastal Management is introducing Coastal Communicators, a monthly publication with one simple but important focus: “Improving communication skills, one newsletter at a time.”
The inaugural edition launched on August 28, 2018, and covers the ever-important subject of creating an elevator speech. There’s also a profile on our Communicator of the Month, Sally Morehead Palmer from the Mission-Aransas Research Reserve, as well as information on NOAA outreach products, upcoming social media campaigns, and fast facts on the coastal economy. 

Risk Communications training webinar on Sept. 11 from 2:00-3:30 ET. https://coast.noaa.gov/digitalcoast/training/risk-communication.html

Submit Your Abstract for Coastal GeoTools 2019
Share your approach for tackling ecosystem health, community resilience, or sustainable economies at Coastal GeoTools 2019 . To celebrate the 20th anniversary of GeoTools, share how you build from the past to prepare for the future. Submit an abstract by September 28, 2018, and help create the conference program. Details on the abstract submission process, as well as session tracks and types, can be found on the website . The conference is February 11 to 14, 2019, in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. 

Submit a Scientific Session or Workshop Proposal for the CERF 25 th Biennial Conference
The Scientific Program Committee for the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation’s 25th Biennial CERF Conference (CERF 2019) is currently inviting proposals for scientific sessions and workshops. We expect to include topical sessions and workshops that span the fundamental fields of coastal and estuarine science, and topics historically popular among the CERF membership, as well as special topics that:
  • Address the conference theme (Responsive | Relevant | Ready)
  • Explore traditional science, education, and policy disciplines
  • Enhance scientific relevance
  • Respond to global climate change
  • Share cultural heritage and coastal humanities
  • Engage diverse audiences
  • And more!
Download  the call for sessions and workshops to see more special topics, and submit your proposal online before 20 September, 2018. The Conference is in Mobile, Alabama on 3 – 7 November 2019.

FEMA Announces FY18 PDM and FMA Application Cycle
FEMA has posted the Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18) Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) announcements for the Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) and Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) grant programs on www.grants.gov . These NOFOs provide an overview of the grant programs and details about the agency's funding priorities and review process. FEMA will offer a series of webinars in August and September on the FY18 NOFOs for prospective applicants and how to use the Mitigation eGrants system that is used to process grant applications. Applicants may attend any session. Upcoming sessions are listed below. View the complete webinar schedule. 

Submit Your Photos to the National Estuaries Week Photo Contest
In celebration of National Estuaries Week, September 15 to 22, 2018, NOAA is hosting its third annual photo contest. Send in your best photos from a national estuary research reserve, pictures that display education, research, recreation, beauty, and smiles within the reserve. NOAA wants to see them all! Winners will be chosen by a panel of judges and will be featured on the NOAA Digital Coast social media campaign during National Estuaries Week. Learn more here

National Academies Gulf Research Program
The National Academies Gulf Research Program seeks to help bridge the gap between the knowledge and practice of community resilience. We seek approaches that will advance information exchange between resilience researchers and those that seek to implement policies and practices to enhance the resilience and well-being of their communities. This is a broad call for projects that combine high-quality research and practice components to produce a stronger evidence-base for strategies and approaches that can enhance community resilience and well-being.

The Gulf Research Program welcomes proposals from all types of U.S. organizations, excluding federal agencies, on behalf of qualified individuals. 

Letter of Intent deadline due: Sept 19, 2018

Learn more:

Tips and Stories for Coastal Managers, Delivered to Your Inbox
Have the latest technical topics, professional tips, and stories from your peers emailed to you each month. Subscribe to NOAA Office for Coastal Management’s recently redesigned Digital Coast Connections newsletter . Stay in the know about new data, tools, and resources from NOAA’s Digital Coast, as well as announcements from the research reserves, the Coastal Zone Management Program, and the Coral Reef Conservation Program. Email the office for more information. 
Events & Webinars
September 10 - 13, 2018
  • Great Lakes Regional CZ Meeting

September 17 -19, 2018

October 8 - 12, 2018
  • Pacific Program Managers Meeting - Guam

October 15 - 19, 2018
  • Coastal States Organization Annual Meeting, Providence, Rhode Island

October 17 - 18, 2018

October 22 - 25, 2018

October 30 - Nov 2 , 2018

December 8 - 13, 2018

February 11-14, 2019

March 25 - 29, 2019
9th National Summit on Coastal and Estuarine Restoration and Management

Register now and be a part of the largest gathering of the coastal restoration and management community! All attendees, including program participants, sponsors, and exhibitors, must register online . Registration fees are as follows: Early Bird (available through October 12) - $495, Full Rate - $595, On-site - $625, Student - $275, One-day - $290.

Summit Fast Facts
When: December 8-13, 2018 - put it on your calendar and get your travel paperwork submitted!

Where: Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, California. See the Travel and Hotel Information for additional information on rates, reservations, travel, and more.

What will happen: oral presentations, posters, networking, field sessions, workshops, and the list goes on... 

Cost: Early bird $495 until October 12, 2018

Ways to be involved: presenter, exhibitor, sponsor, attendee, volunteer, advertiser...and more!

For more information: 2018 Summit website

VOLUNTEER at the 9th National Summit on Coastal and Estuarine Restoration and Management In return for eight hours of volunteer support , you’ll earn a complimentary registration to the event.   Apply now for a volunteer role, and join your coastal and estuarine peers at this national event!

Summit - Exhibiting and Sponsorship's
The Summit provides fantastic opportunities to get in front of more than 1,300 participants, including funders, clients, and partners. More information available here or by contacting Courtney Lewis at clewis@estuaries.org . If you are ready to apply to be a sponsor or exhibitor, fill out this form .

Arrive early and stay late at Summit 2018 for full lineup of learning opportunities and special events. Summit is the premiere conference for coastal and estuarine professionals to network, learn from their peers, and engage in cutting-edge discussions.

Workshops: These hands-on sessions cover a variety of topics including diversity, equity, and inclusion in the coastal sector, as well as a NOAA Stakeholder dialogue with key leadership. Workshops take place Sunday, December 9 and Thursday, December 13.

Receptions: Attend the Opening Reception on Sunday, December 9 to hear from experienced plenary speakers. You can also enjoy a night out at the Aquarium of the Pacific during our Networking Reception on Tuesday, December 10.

Job Openings

NOAA - Interdisciplinary Supervisory Environmental Scientist/Physical Scientist
  • MAP announcement NOS-NCCOS-2018-0030, which is open to current or former federal employees and certain other preference-eligible groups.
  • DE/CR announcement  NOS-NCCOS-2018-0031, which is open to all U.S. citizens.

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