Maryland's Chesapeake & Coastal Program News - May 2013

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Volume 5, Issue 5    

MAY 2013


IN THE ZONE is a service from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources' Chesapeake & Coastal Service (CCS) that delivers timely information, tools, and resources to those who live, work, and play in Maryland's coastal zone.

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Landmark agreement clarifies and simplifies how state coastal policies apply to DoD facilities and projects
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Photo by Navy Petty Officer Chad Runge.

The State of Maryland and the Department of Defense (DoD) entered into a first-of-its-kind agreement to work together to protect and enhance Maryland's coastal resources, in a signing at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis on May 8th. The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) outlines how DoD facilities and projects will meet the federal law requirements of the Coastal Zone Management Act to ensure that their actions affecting these resources are consistent with the State's coastal policies.


"I want to thank our federal partners for joining us in our goal of strengthening and revitalizing our State's watershed through the efficient and sensitive management of our coasts," said Governor Martin O'Malley. "This partnership helps us strike a better balance between people and nature, ensuring the Chesapeake Bay's ecosystem - including birds, fish, wildlife, waterways and shorelines - maintains the resources it needs to thrive."  Click here to view the full press release.


For more information regarding this agreement, please contact Joe Abe with the Chesapeake & Coastal Service at 410-260-8740. 


CCS to advance efforts to strengthen Maryland's working waterfronts


Photo by Curtis Brandt.
Waterfronts and the activities that depend on them, such as shipping, fishing and transportation, have played a central role in shaping our nation's history and they remain a significant driver of the nation's economy and culture. Activity associated with America's ocean and Great Lakes waterfronts accounts for 3.41 percent of total U.S. Gross Domestic Product and 4.85 percent of total employment, representing some 130,855 businesses employing 2.4 million full-time and part-time employees, according to new research from the National Working Waterfront Network (NWWN).

Today, goods and people move through 3,200 cargo and passenger facilities and 360 commercial ports in the United States. International trade via seaports is expected to significantly increase in the near future. Cargo and container ships are joined by tankers, barges, ferries, tugboats, cruise ships, and recreational watercraft, all of which are equally dependent on marine infrastructure and access to the coast. These waterfronts are not just on the ocean, but also the Great Lakes and 12,000 miles of inland waterways, extending the reach of working waterfront concerns to nearly all 50 statesClick here to view the full NWWN press release.
Photo by Eugene Byers.
Working waterfronts in Maryland provide access for small-scale commercial fishermen to public trust waters and ensure the viability of related water-dependent businesses.  These waterfronts are essential to sustaining economies in rural communities and preserving the rich maritime heritage of our state.  The 2008 Maryland Working Waterfront Commission noted that like most working waterfronts around the United States, Maryland is seeing a decline in working waterfronts likely due to increased coastal population growth, declining profitability of the commercial fishing industry, rising real estate values, and conflicting waterfront uses.  CCS has begun building on the work of the Commission to: inventory working waterfronts throughout the state; assess socio-economic impacts on local communities; develop strategies for the preservation of existing and historic working waterfronts in Maryland; and advocate through partners like the National Working Waterfront Network.

For more information on Maryland's efforts to preserve and improve our working waterfronts, please contact Kelly Collins with the Chesapeake & Coastal Service at 410-260-8912.
CCS offers environmental education workshops & programs through the summer

Photo by Chris Hintz

April may have been the formal Environmental Education month in Maryland, but CCS' Conservation Education and Stewardship Program does not stop there. Governor O'Malley stated: "Maryland is a national pioneer in environmental literacy, and our State's educators are continually working to lead the charge - teaching, inspiring, and nurturing the stewards of tomorrow."


We applaud the hundreds of formal and informal educators in this area who LOVE what they do and where they do it. Whether it is in the classroom, on a river, in a stream, or in their own backyards, Maryland's environmental educators impart that enthusiasm and sense of romance to the next generation.


In our continued effort to strengthen environmental literacy, CCS offers a multitude of environmental education programs throughout the year, two of which are now open for registration:  


Calling All Teachers and Teens
Want to spend your summer on the Chesapeake? Join the CBNERR-MD staff to experience estuaries first-hand. Programs include professional development workshops for teachers and watershed exploration camps for students. Registration is now open and filling up fast! Click here for more information.

Data and Estuary Workshops for Educators  
Hosted by CBNERR, this workshop will feature topics including Utilize Estuaries 101 and Field Scope. Participants will learn how to access tools and curricula that support Environmental Literacy requirements and implement hands-on field based investigations, analyze collected information, and develop action projects to manage and address the results.  This workshop will be taking place in late June and early August.  Click here for more information.

For more information on upcoming programs and workshops, please contact Coreen Weilminster with the Chesapeake & Coastal Service at 410-260-8744.
Free app allows project partners to log location, site conditions, and more!

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The Chesapeake & Coastal Service has developed an interactive, web-based mobile mapping and field data collection system for identifying and mapping potential watershed restoration opportunities throughout the State.

The innovative iPhone/iPad-based tool, MDDNR Mobile Restoration App, enables the Project Partners, including CCS, federal agencies, local governments, and watershed groups, to use a free mobile phone app to log the location, site conditions, and photos of possible watershed restoration opportunities.


In the field, project partner staff will be able to add key information for restoration projects, along with photos of each site which will then be uploaded and tagged automatically to the corresponding HUC-8 watershed unit, and shown on an interactive, web-based map that project partners and CCS staff can view in real time.  As restoration projects are further developed, the data points will be categorized by CCS as Potential Opportunities, Concept Review, Design Stage, Permitting, Under Construction, and Complete. Information on the estimated phosphorous and nitrogen reduction value of each opportunity or project is essential for tracking progress towards compliance with the Chesapeake Bay TMDL and the State's progress on watershed restoration.


These tools will allow organizations throughout Maryland to partner together to gather data in a standardized format that will provide the necessary information for efficient and effective remediation efforts throughout the state.


For more infomration regarding this mobile restoration app, please contact Claudia Donegan with the Chesapeake & Coastal Service at 410-260-8768. 

Field tour displays successful Trust Fund projects in the Chester River Watershed


Click Image to view full photostream. Photo by Kees de Mooy.

The Middle Chester Partnership hosted a tour, on May 23rd, to showcase restoration work completed in the Chester River watershed through a grant from the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund. The day-long event gave State and county representatives, citizens, and neighboring watershed groups a firsthand look at projects carried out using the latest technology, government programs, and innovative partnerships with landowners, homeowners and local governments.


Awarded in 2010, the Trust Fund helped support an $880,000, multi-year, multi-partner effort to reduce the polluted runoff that enters the watershed. The projects incorporated agricultural BMPs, nitrogen-reducing septic systems, habitat restoration and stormwater management. Click here to view the full press release.


For more information regarding these projects, please contact Jenn Raulin with the Chesapeake & Coastal Service at 410-260-8745.

NOAA's outlook for 2013 Atlantic hurricane season continues era of high activity 

Annapolis, MD during Sandy. Photo by Chris Becraft.
In its 2013 Atlantic hurricane season outlook issued recently, NOAA's Climate Prediction Center is forecasting an active or extremely active season this year.

For the six-month hurricane season, which begins June 1, NOAA's Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook says there is a 70 percent likelihood of 13 to 20 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which 7 to 11 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including 3 to 6 major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5; winds of 111 mph or higher).  These ranges are well above the seasonal average of 12 named storms, 6 hurricanes, and 3 major hurricanes.

"With the devastation of Sandy fresh in our minds, and another active season predicted, everyone at NOAA is committed to providing life-saving forecasts in the face of these storms and ensuring that Americans are prepared and ready ahead of time." said Kathryn Sullivan, Ph.D., NOAA acting administrator. "As we saw first-hand with Sandy, it's important to remember that tropical storm and hurricane impacts are not limited to the coastline. Strong winds, torrential rain, flooding, and tornadoes often threaten inland areas far from where the storm first makes landfall.  Click here to view the full press release.

As more extreme events, more flooding, and increasing sea levels are predicted for our future, Maryland's CoastSmart Program is working to help communities prepare for and become more resilient to these events. Through CoastSmart, CCS is providing resources, tools, financial and technical support to help coastal communities identify and implement strategies that reduce the vulnerability of life and property to  future hurricanes.

For more information regarding our CoastSmart Program and CoastSmart Communities Initiative grants (expect next request for proposals in late November 2013), please contact Kate Skaggs with the Chesapeake & Coastal Service at 410-260-8743.


Take photos of upcoming June & July tides to help tell your community's story


Photo by Aubrey Bodine, Holland Island, 1953.

Maryland's shores are in constant change.  Tides, storms, sea level rise, and development play key roles in shifting sediments and shorelines.  The Chesapeake & Coastal Service is asking for your help in photographing historical and culturally significant structures during especially high tides, the King Tides.


The Maryland King Tides Photo Initiative is a part of an international effort to ask citizens to help illustrate conditions in their community during these higher-than-normal tides.  Pictures submitted for this initiative are used to tell a story of how our most vulnerable areas are currently being impacted by natural, predictable tides. This illustrated story will help DNR further understand how Maryland's coastal zone is being impacted by ongoing tidal inundation. 


These pictures will form a historical library that

Photo by Peter C. McGowan, Holland Island, 2010.

planners and decision-makers can refer to as a baseline for helping communities plan for future conditions, including sea level rise, increased storm events, storm surge, and other coastal hazards.  Pictures will also be used for brochures, presentations, and in the creation of outreach and education materials. 


The next two opportunities to capture these king tides are from June 23rd - 25th and July 21st - 24th.  Please be safe!!!  To participate, find a favorite, recognizable location, check tide charts and find the highest high tide that is convenient, join Flickr (it's FREE!), and sign up for the Maryland King Tides Flickr group.  Finally, upload your photos!   


For more information regarding the Maryland King Tide Initiative, please contact Kate Skaggs with the Chesapeake & Coastal Service at 410-260-8743

Collaborative staff set to showcase technical assistance tools at MML and MACO 

Photo by Jackie Takacs.
The Watershed Assistance Collaborative will have a table set up at the Maryland Municipal League (MML) conference from June 23-26 and the Maryland Association of Counties (MACO) conference from August 14-17.  During these conferences, the Collaborative will help discuss municipal issues related to non-point source restoration and protection efforts, network with city and town officials, and provide further technical assistance as needed. 

Maryland Sea Grant Extension, in partnership with the Collaborative, will present their online Stormwater Management and Restoration Tracker tool (SMART).  This interactive mapping and tracking tool, which The Center for GIS at Towson University helped create, was created to help counties and towns account for small scale residential Best Management Practices (BMPs) that will help them show nutrient reductions in compliance with Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) permit requirements.

In addition to the SMART table presentation, the Maryland Environmental Finance Center (EFC) will be presenting on the current landscape of stormwater management in the state, examples of successful local level financing strategies, and what communities can anticipate in the future with regards to stormwater.

For more information regarding the Collaborative's presence at MML and MACO, please contact Jenn Raulin with the Chesapeake & Coastal Service at 410-260-8745.
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A publication of the Maryland Coastal Zone Management Program pursuant to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Award No. NA12NOS4190169. 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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