Maryland's Chesapeake & Coastal Program News - March 2009

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Volume 1, Issue 5

March 2009

IN THIS ISSUE
SAVE THE DATE: BUILDING "COAST-SMART" COMMUNITIES
MARYLAND MARINE PROTECTED AREAS
2010 TRUST FUND RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCED
NEW VENTURE CAPITAL FINANCING AVAILABLE
LOCAL GOVERNMENT RESTORATION INITIATIVE GRANTS
REGIONAL ECOSYSTEM BASED MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE
 
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SAVE THE DATE: BUILDING "COAST-SMART" COMMUNITIES: HOW WILL MARYLAND ADAPT TO CLIMATE CHANGE?

CCP Will Host An Interactive Summit for Coastal Leaders on April 27 in Annapolis, MD

On April 27, 2009, the MD DNR's Chesapeake & Coastal Program will host an interactive summit, "Building Coast-Smart Communities: How Will Maryland Adapt to Climate Change?", as an integral part of the implementation of Maryland's Climate Action Plan.  This high-level, half-day event brings together hundreds of coastal leaders and diverse stakeholders to participate in an innovative simulation of real-life, local discussions around change adaptation.  Participants will work through a set of actions that communities can take to protect its people, infrastructure, and investments from the impacts of climate change.

Maryland needs "Coast-Smart" communities that are ready, adaptive, and resilient to sea level rise and storm surge.  Today's choices will shape tomorrow's vulnerabilities.  We can meet the challenges of climate change by coming together and showing leadership. 

For more information, please visit the event website at: http://maryland.coastsmart.org/.  If you have questions about the event, send an email to info@coastsmart.org or call Gwen Shaughnessy with the Chesapeake & Coastal Program at 410.260.8743.
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MARYLAND INVITED BY NOAA TO PARTICIPATE IN A NATIONAL SYSTEM OF MARINE PROTECTED AREAS
 
The National Marine Protected Areas Center at NOAA recently invited Maryland to participate in a national system of Marine Protected Areas.  Over the past couple of years, the Chesapeake & Coastal Program has coordinated the state's participation in this national system.  Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) are valuable tools for conserving the nation's natural and cultural marine resources as part of an ecosystem approach to management. The United States has many types of MPAs for many purposes, including conservation of natural heritage, cultural heritage and sustainable production.
 
In response to NOAA's invitation, the Chesapeake & Coastal Program worked on behalf of the MD DNR with the Maryland Historical Trust at the Maryland Department of Planning, the United States Navy, and St. Mary's County to nominate the U-1105 Black Panther Historic Shipwreck Preserve on the Potomac River to the national system of Marine Protected Areas.  Click here to be redirected to the Maryland Historical Trust's website dedicated to the historic shipwreck preserve.  
 
Following nomination of this site to the national system on February 13, 2009, a Federal Register notice was issued announcing National MPA System site nominations.  If you are interested in public comment on this specific nomination you may respond to the Federal Register notice.  To find out more about this and future MPA nominations in Maryland, contact Catherine McCall with the Chesapeake & Coastal Program at 410.260.8737.
trust fund pic 2CHESAPEAKE & ATLANTIC COASTAL BAYS 2010 TRUST FUND RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCED
Watershed Assistance Collaborative Established to Advance Watershed Protection and Restoration Activities in Maryland
 
Governor Martin O'Malley has announced the first recipients of the Chesapeake & Atlantic Coastal Bays 2010 Trust Fund. Established in November 2007, the Trust Fund was created to provide a dedicated source of funding to accelerate Bay restoration by focusing financial resources on the most effective nonpoint source pollution control projects.  Click here to view the full press release. 

Communities interested in undertaking comprehensive watershed restoration projects like those funded by the 2010 Trust Fund are encouraged to take advantage of the services offered by the newly established Watershed Assistance Collaborative (WAC). The Collaborative was developed to connect local communities to the financial and technical resources they need to undertake comprehensive watershed restoration projects in Maryland.  The Collaborative will offer the tools, resources, and outreach needed to undertake nonpoint-source pollution implementation and restoration efforts.

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Collaborative represents the joining of inter-agency capacity that will greatly assist local governments with coordination and resources needed for advancing implementation projects.  Click here to view the letter of support signed by the Collaborative's partners.
 
Communities needing help applying for the grant program or interested in other assistance undertaking comprehensive watershed restoration projects with the MD DNR and its partners should contact Carrie Decker at 410-260-8723.
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NEW VENTURE CAPITAL FINANCING AVAILABLE FOR MARYLAND STATE STARTUPS WITH INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES ADDRESSING AIR & WATER QUALITY IN THE CHESAPEAKE BAY AREA 
 
The Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (Mtech) at the University of Maryland announces the launch of the Chesapeake Bay Seed Capital Fund.  The fund, supported by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and administered by Mtech, will invest $250,000 annually over a three-year period into Maryland-based startup companies with innovative technologies that may help improve water quality in the Chesapeake Bay. Fund recipients are jointly selected by Mtech and MD DNR. 

The Chesapeake Bay Capital Seed Fund is a strategic initiative announced by Governor Martin O'Malley on November 20, 2008 as part of the Chesapeake Executive Council (click here to view the press release). The goal of the fund is to accelerate the flow of capital to innovative ventures creating sustainable solutions to restoring the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed.
 
For more information please contact Jenn Raulin with the Chesapeake & Coastal Program at 410.260.8745.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT RESTORATION INITIATIVE GRANTS: NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

The National Association of Counties is now accepting applications for Coastal Counties Restoration Initiative (CCRI) grants.  The initiative provides financial assistance on a competitive basis to innovative, high quality county-led or -supported ecosystem restoration projects. Now in its third year, CCRI will provide $350,000 in new grants to improve stream, river, estuarine and other important marine habitats.  Grant applications that are community-based in nature and focused on working in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will be given special consideration.  This year's grants will range from $50,000 - $100,000, based upon the project's demonstrated need.  The deadline for applications is April 6, 2009.

For more information contact Carrie Clingan at 202.942.4246. Click here to be redirected to the CCRI website.
BmoreREGIONAL ECOSYSTEM BASED MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE COMING TO BALTIMORE IN MARCH
 
A regional ecosystem based management (EBM) conference, Ecosystem Based Management: The Chesapeake and Other Systems, is being held on March 22-25, 2009 at the Baltimore Marriott Hotel and Conference Center.  The goal of the conference is to identify EBM currently in place across the basin and opportunities for expanded EBM in the future.  
 
There are 28 sessions now scheduled and more importantly, participation by local-state/Federal officials, NGO representatives, K12 educators, advocacy staffs, and policy makers is being sought, with subsidized travel and accommodation.  EBM can only be implemented if officials and staffs from towns, counties and municipalities where land decisions are made are engaged. 

Please click here to be redirected to the website for conference details, call for abstracts, registration, and travel subsidy information. 
 FLYERSUSTAINABILITY ROUNDTABLE AT CHESAPEAKE COLLEGE, MARCH 23

Members of the academic, business, environmental, government, and local communities are invited to Chesapeake College for a Sustainability Roundtable.  The event will include invited speakers, panel discussions, and the opportunity to build connections with other participants.
 
The goal of this roundtable is to create strategies for collaboration in support of sustainability and green technologies.  It will also form the basis for agreements that will contribute to the development of a community that is ready to rise to the opportunity offered by the new green economy.
 
The webpage for information and registration for the sessions and for the lunch is: www.chesapeake.edu/sustainability.  Attendance at the morning information session is free.  If you wish to stay for lunch at 1:15 p.m., the cost is $20. 
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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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