Maryland's Chesapeake & Coastal Program News - May 2009

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Volume 1, Issue 7

May 2009

IN THIS ISSUE
HUNDREDS ATTEND COAST-SMART INTERACTIVE SUMMIT
DOWNLOAD COAST-SMART EVENT MATERIALS
NEW COAST-SMART COMMUNITIES INITIATIVE
CHESAPEAKE BAY EXECUTIVE COUNCIL TO MEET MAY 12
WAC WELCOMES WATERSHED SPECIALISTS
 
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HUNDREDS OF MARYLAND'S COASTAL LEADERS ATTEND "BUILDING COAST-SMART COMMUNITIES" INTERACTIVE SUMMIT IN ANNAPOLIS

On behalf of Governor Martin O'Malley, the Chesapeake & Coastal Program extends a warm thank you to the over 170 participants who attended Monday's "Building Coast-Smart Communities" interactive summit. This event marked the kick off of Maryland's Coast-Smart Communities Initiative, a new program committed to providing technical and financial assistance to coastal communities to help address their vulnerability to the impacts of climate change. 

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From town mayors and state elected officials to city planners and emergency managers, the event brought together community leaders to discuss and work through climate change and sea level rise adaptation measures using a scorecard based on real world actions that Maryland's coastal communities could take to protect their people, infrastructure and investments from future risk.  Developed with the help of state and local experts, the Coast-Smart Communities scorecard provided a mechanism for participants to learn about the difficult choices Maryland's communities face: how to anticipate risks and opportunities; and how to build readiness, adaptability and resilience. 

Click here to view the full press release.

To view television coverage of the event, visit: http://wjz.com/local/sea.level.2.995688.html.

Those interested in learning more about what the new Coast-Smart Communities Initiative could do for their community, e-mail Gwen Shaughnessy with the Chesapeake & Coastal Program or call 410-260-8743.

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Click here to access materials and resources from the "Building Coast-Smart Communities" Interactive Summit. The site is password-protected and requires that you log on using the following case-sensitive username and password:

Username: Maryland |  Password: CoastSmart
FINANCIAL AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE THROUGH MARYLAND'S NEW COAST-SMART COMMUNITIES INITIATIVE

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Through the Coast-Smart Communities Initiative, the Chesapeake & Coastal Program is positioned to work with coastal communities on adapting to the impacts of climate change and sea level rise. Providing key technical and financial resources will allow communities to begin navigating the process of building resilience.

At the "Building Coast-Smart Communities" summit Secretary Griffin, on behalf of Governor O'Malley, introduced a competitive grant program through which local governments may apply for awards of up to $75,000. The grant program will assist communities that pursue the type of adaptation measures and actions found on the Coast-Smart Communities scorecard used at the interactive summit. The State will accept proposals through May 22, 2009.

Click here to access the full press release. Click here to download the grant program's request for proposals. The grant application is a Microsoft Word document and is available to download on Maryland's Chesapeake & Coastal Program home page.

Communities interested in applying for assistance should e-mail Chris Cortina with the Chesapeake & Coastal Program or call 410-260-8774.
RESILIENT COASTS BLUEPRINT REPORT RELEASED
Coalition Led by The Heinz Center and CERES Offers Recommendations to Obama Adminstration, Congress

As another hurricane season approaches and government leaders debate U.S. climate policy, a first-ever coalition of leading insurers, public officials, risk experts, builders and conservation groups recently announced a bold blueprint of policy changes and common sense actions that could reduce economic losses from future storms and rising sea levels by as much as half along U.S. coastlines. The coalition urges the Obama Administration, Congress, local leaders and the private sector to see that these actions are implemented through regulation, investment, education and other means. 

Directed by The Heinz Center and CERES (Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economies), the blueprint was endorsed today by a diverse group, including The Travelers Institute, The Nature Conservancy, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Wharton School, and the Mayor of Charleston, S.C.  report

The blueprint's specific recommendations include:

  • Enabling planning for climate impacts by providing the necessary science and decision-making tools;
  • Requiring risk-based land use planning;
  • Designing adaptable infrastructure and building code standards to meet future risk;
  • Strengthening ecosystems as part of a risk mitigation strategy;
  • Developing flexible adaptation plans;
  • Maintaining a viable private property and casualty insurance market;
  • Integrating climate change impacts into due diligence for investment and lending.

The report, Resilient Coasts: A Blueprint for Action, can be downloaded from the Heinz Center's website at: http://www.heinzctr.org/publications/PDF/Resilient_Coasts_Blueprint_Final.pdf.

It is important to note that CERES staff are also members of Maryland's Climate Change Insurance Advisory Committee, a group tasked with advising Governor O'Malley and the Insurance Commissioner Ralph Tyler on adaptive policy options that work to address climate risks while sustaining affordable insurance for Marylanders. To learn more about Maryland's Climate Change Insurance Advisory Committee, e-mail Joe Abe with the Chesapeake & Coastal Program or call 410-260-8740.

JOINT OCEAN COMMISSION INITIATIVE RELEASES RECOMMENDATIONS TO OBAMA ADMINISTRATION AND CONGRESS

oceanThe Joint Ocean Commission Initiative is pleased to announce the release of Changing Oceans, Changing World: Ocean Priorities for the Obama Administration and Congress, which describes specific, top priority actions urgently needed by the Obama Administration and Congress to restore the health of our ocean and coastal ecosystems, communities, and economies. The report reflects a diversity of viewpoints within the ocean community while honing in on those ocean policy reforms the Joint Initiative believes are most urgently needed over the next two to four years.  The report can be downloaded from the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative website at: http://www.jointoceancommission.org.

Please direct any questions or comments about the report to Laura Cantral at 202.354.6444 or lcantral.@merid.org.
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CHESAPEAKE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL TO MEET ON MAY 12
AT MOUNT VERNON


The Chesapeake Executive Council will hold its annual meeting on Tuesday, May 12 at Mount Vernon, Virginia. The Executive Council sets the policy agenda for the Chesapeake Bay Program. Among the topics on the meeting agenda are two-year milestones, a timeline for restoration and the Chesapeake Bay TMDL. Participants in the May 12 meeting will include top executives from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Agriculture, the six Bay states, the District of Columbia and the Chesapeake Bay Commission.

For more information about the Chesapeake Executive Council, visit: http://www.chesapeakebay.net.
WATERSHED ASSISTANCE COLLABORATIVE WELCOMES REGIONAL SPECIALISTS

Maryland's Watershed Assistance Collaborative (WAC) is pleased to welcome two new regional specialists to assist local governments and communities in achieving their watershed protection and restoration goals. Jennifer Dindinger and Amanda Rockler, who will serve the Eastern and Western Shores respectively, will coordinate with State, federal and non-profit organizations to provide watershed planning, implementation and restoration assistance, foster enhanced coordination and outreach, and ensure project evaluation and success.
Click here to view the full press release.


Local communities interested in learning how the Collaborative can
connect them to the financial and technical resources they need to undertake comprehensive watershed restoration projects in Maryland should e-mail Carrie Decker with the Chesapeake and Coastal Program or call 410-260-8723.
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