Maryland's Chesapeake & Coastal Program News - January 2009

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Volume 1, Issue 4

January 2009

IN THIS ISSUE
FY08 CELCP COMPETITION
WATERSHED ASSISTANCE GRANT PROGRAM
EROSION VULNERABILITY ASSESSMENT TOOL (EVA)
CCP AWARDED NOAA COASTAL FELLOW
MARYLAND'S TRIBUTARY TEAMS ANNUAL MEETING
 
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is a service from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources' Chesapeake & Coastal Program (CCP) that delivers timely information, tools and resources to those living and working in Maryland's coastal zone.
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mouth of mattawomanCCP REQUESTS PRE-PREPOSALS FOR THE FY10 CELCP COMPETITION 

On January 2, NOAA published a federal register notice announcing the FY10 Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program (CELCP) competition.  CCP implements the CELCP program and state-review portion of the competition for Maryland and project pre-proposals for FY10 funding will be due no later than March 10, 2009.  
 
This program offers eligible state or local government entities the opportunity to apply for up to $3,000,000 (with 1:1 non-federal match) in federal funds through a competitive process to purchase fee-simple or place into permanent conservation easement important coastal properties.  The CELCP program offers this funding to help protect important coastal and estuarine areas with significant conservation, recreation, ecological, historical, or aesthetic values, or that are threatened by conversion from their natural or recreational state to other uses.  Once a project goes through the state review, CCP will work with the selected project leads to prepare them for entry to the national competition at the end of March.
 
Communities with questions about CELCP eligibility, the state review process and the state CELCP Plan, application requirements, or other CELCP-related subjects, please contact Catherine McCall at 410-260-8737.  Communities interested in submitting a CELCP project to CCP for FY10 or those requiring assistance with pre-proposals should not hesitate to contact Catherine McCall.
DocksWATERSHED ASSISTANCE GRANT PROGRAM NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
 
The Watershed Assistance Grant Program is currently accepting applications for planning and design grants through the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the Chesapeake Bay Trust.  
 
A major part of the Watershed Assistance Collaborative established in response to the Chesapeake & Atlantic Coastal Bays 2010 Trust Fund, the Watershed Assistance Grant Program will provide technical and funding assistance to local governments and communities for planning, design and training related to watershed implementation activities. The Chesapeake Bay Trust and Maryland Department of Natural Resources welcome requests that will address protection and restoration efforts that lead to improved water quality in the Maryland portion of the Chesapeake Bay watershed and the Maryland Coastal Bays. Watershed planning, assessment, site design (small watershed action plans), forestry, agriculture, wetland, stormwater and other urban design practices will be accepted.

Click here for more information and to download the application package. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. 
 
Communities needing help applying for the grant program or interested in other assistance undertaking comprehensive watershed restoration projects with the Department of Natural Resources and its partners should contact Carrie Decker at 410-260-8723.
Hoopers Island EVAMEET EVA: THE CHESAPEAKE BAY EROSION VULNERABILITY ASSESSMENT TOOL
 
A new decision support tool has been developed to identify shoreline areas in the Chesapeake Bay that have demonstrated historic patterns of instability, and currently support valued natural, social, or economic resources.  As a planning tool, the Erosion Vulnerability Assessment (EVA) uses a 50-year planning window to project shoreline position in 50 years and identify what resources will be vulnerable.
 
EVA was developed through a partnership between Maryland Department of Natural Resources, the Baltimore District Army Corps of Engineers, and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS).  It was designed as an online interactive map interface to inform local planners where community infrastructure, cultural resources, and habitat are potentially at risk from erosion in the future.  As a planning tool, the final products can enhance or redirect future development options for individual communities, and define areas where opportunities for conservation easements could be directed.
  
Local governments and organizations interested in shoreline erosion and potential impacts on your community, or in arranging EVA presentations or training should contact Gwen Shaughnessy at 410-260-8743.

Click here to access the EVA online mapping tool.
NOAANOAA COASTAL FELLOW AWARDED TO CHESAPEAKE & COASTAL PROGRAM TO WORK ON SEA LEVEL RISE AND COASTAL HABITATS

NOAA's Coastal Services Center selected Maryland's Chesapeake & Coastal Program as one of the state coastal programs that will receive a Coastal Fellow from 2009-2011.  The Fellow's project will be "Coastal Land Conservation in Maryland: Targeting Tools and Techniques for Sea Level Rise Adaptation and Response" and will help CCP and the state of Maryland identify high priority coastal habitats threatened by sea level rise and climate change and direct management and restoration activities to protect their long-term viability.
 
CCP is currently identifying individuals to serve on the Fellow's advisory group.  If you are interested in discussing the project, please contact Catherine McCall at 410-260-8737.  Students who will complete a master's, doctoral or professional degree program in natural resource management or environmental-related studies at an accredited U.S. university between January 1, 2008 and July 31, 2009 are eligible to apply for the fellowship program. 
 
Applications are due to local Sea Grant programs by January 26, 2009.  Click here to be redirected to more information from NOAA's Coastal Services Center. 
CCP logoANNOUNCING DNR'S STREAM WADERS VOLUNTEER STREAM SAMPLING TRAINING
 
Maryland DNR needs your help to fill the gaps in areas being sampled by Maryland Biological Stream Survey crews in 2009.  The Stream Waders Volunteer Stream Sampling Program will be holding four Stream Waders training sessions.  Please come learn how you can continue to help Stream Waders contribute to Maryland's statewide water quality monitoring on a Saturday.
  • Horn Point Environmental Science Education Center (Dorchester County): February 7
  • Patuxent River 4-H Center in Upper Marlboro (Prince George's County): February 21
  • Fairview Outdoor Center in Clearspring (Washington County): February 28
  • West Nottingham Academy in Colora (Cecil County): March 7
Click here to register for a training session. For more information, email Stream Waders or call 1-877-620-8DNR (x8623). Please provide your name, contact information, and expected training location.
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REGISTER FOR THE 13TH ANNUAL MEETING OF MARYLAND'S TRIBUTARY TEAMS
 
Mark your calendars!  The 13th Annual Meeting of Maryland's Tributary Teams will be held Saturday, February 7, 2009 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) Montgomery Park Building in Baltimore, MD. The registration table opens at 8:30 a.m.  This year's meeting theme will be, "Close to the Source: Local Success Stories in Bay Restoration".
 
All tributary team members, team meeting participants, future team members and anyone interested are invited to attend. There is no registration fee however, registration space is limited. Lunch, breaks and parking will be provided.

Click here to register now.  You will receive an email confirmation once we process your registration form. If you should have any questions, please contact LaVon Boston at 410-260-8711.
 
mcbp logoSOCK HOP TO BENEFIT THE MARYLAND COASTAL BAYS PROGRAM
 
Break out your poodle skirt or blue suede shoes, and go back in time for a musical blast from the past to raise money for the Coastal Bays Program at the 707 Sports Bar and Grille Sock Hop on Sunday, Jan. 25 at 6:30 p.m.
 
Tickets are $20 and include a buffet, happy hour drink prices and entertainment by DJ Hey Mick. Twist and shout the night away to the sounds of Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry and Jerry Lee Lewis and at the same time help ensure the health of our bays. 
 
The 707 Sports Bar & Grille is located at 12702 Old Bridge Road in West Ocean City. For tickets call 707 at 410-213-9507 or the Maryland Coastal Bays Program at 410-213-BAYS. Tickets will also be sold at the door.
 
For more information you may also contact Anita Ferguson with Maryland Coastal Bays Program at 410 213-2297.
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Your Chesapeake & Coastal Program Team

Maryland Department of Natural Resources

A publication of the Maryland Coastal Zone Management Program pursuant to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Award No.NA08NOS4190469. This publication is funded (in part) by a grant/cooperative agreement from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The views expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of NOAA or any of its sub-agencies.

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