Maryland's Chesapeake & Coastal Program News - June 2010

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Volume 2, Issue 6

June 2010

IN THIS ISSUE
CCP SPOTLIGHT: MARYLAND'S COASTAL ATLAS
NEW COAST SMART WEBSITE
28 TRUST FUND PROPOSALS RECEIVED
NEXT CWRAC MEETING - FRIDAY, JUNE 25
 
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CCP SPOTLIGHT: MARYLAND'S COASTAL ATLAS

Governor Martin O'Malley Celebrates World Oceans Day With The Launch Of New Online Mapping Tool


Screen capture of Coastal Atlas' Ocean mapping tool.
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On June 8th, in recognition of World Oceans Day, Governor Martin O'Malley released Maryland's Coastal Atlas, an online mapping and planning tool that allows users to visually analyze and explore data for coastal and ocean planning activities, including renewable offshore energy development.

 

"The Gulf Oil spill is a stark reminder that we need the tools and information to protect our ocean resources and the jobs that depend on them, from even the most severe disaster," said Governor O'Malley. "By having a real understanding of where resources are located and what they provide to us, the Coastal Atlas will help us balance the many commercial and recreational demands they face."

 

The Coastal Atlas provides direct access to available information needed for coastal and ocean planning efforts. Whether finding the best location for renewable energy projects, locating sand resources needed for beach replenishment or helping local communities identify areas vulnerable to sea level rise and erosion - the Coastal Atlas will identify potential conflicts so that they can then be avoided early in the planning process.

 

To help concerned citizens address specific coastal issues, the Coastal Atlas offers several mapping applications that examine Maryland's ocean, shorelines, bays and streams. The State will offer training opportunities to help citizens make the most of the data and tools found on the Coastal Atlas.

 

"The Coastal Atlas represents a major step forward in evaluating opportunities for responsible development of clean, renewable power off of Maryland's coast," said Maryland Energy Administration Director Malcolm Woolf.

 

The State is interested in receiving comments on the Coastal Atlas as well as feedback on the data and tools needed to help users address specific coastal issues. 

 

To access Maryland's Coastal Atlas, visit: http://dnr.maryland.gov/ccp/coastalatlas.  For additional information or questions about the Coastal Atlas e-mail Chris Cortina with the Chesapeake & Coastal Program or call 410.260.8774. 

 
Click here for more information on Maryland's ocean planning efforts or to provide comments.  Another way to submit comments or questions related to ocean planning and offshore renewable energy is to e-mail oceanplanning@dnr.state.md.us.

MARYLAND LAUNCHES NEW COASTSMART ONLINE RESOURCE CENTER

State Grants Thousands of Dollars to Local Governments to Prepare for Impacts of Climate Change
 

Screen capture of new CoastSmart webpage and online resource center.

coastsmart screen capture

On June 17th, Governor Martin O'Malley announced the launch of the CoastSmart website at the start of what is predicted to be an "active to extremely active" 2010 hurricane season, according to NOAA's Climate Prediction Center. The website, located at
http://www.dnr.maryland.gov/CoastSmart, will serve as a single source for available products and services to help local communities address the current risks associated with coastal hazards and the potential increased impacts of those hazards in the future due to climate change. 
 
"More and more, we have to prepare for the impacts of climate change in our own backyards, including widespread coastal flooding, shoreline erosion, sea level rise and salt water intrusion into our drinking water," said Governor Martin O'Malley. "By providing critical planning assistance and resources that our businesses and our communities need, the State will help tackle head-on the challenges of adapting to climate change and the many challenges it presents for our environment, security, and economy." 
 
In addition to the CoastSmart Online Resource Center, and in partnership with NOAA, the State will provide over $150,000 in local grants to the City of Annapolis and Anne Arundel, Queenstown, and Talbot Counties to implement CoastSmart strategies.
 
If you would like to learn more about how your community can become CoastSmart, you can e-mail Gwen Shaughnessy or call 410.260.8743.
 
Click here to view the full press release.
28 PROPOSALS RECEIVED IN RESPONSE TO CHESAPEAKE & ATLANTIC COASTAL BAYS TRUST FUND RFP
Final Awards To Be Announced in April 2011
 
PLUNGEOn June 1st, the State of Maryland received 28 proposals in response to the Local Implementation Grant RFP released in March. These proposals totaled over $82 million in requests. 
 
Part of the Chesapeake & Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund, the Local Implementation Grant seeks to fund local governments and organizations who wish to implement nonpoint source nutrient and sediment reduction projects in targeted areas as part of Maryland's 2-Year Milestone goals. 
 
The proposals will be subject to several reviews, including the Governor's Scientific Advisory Panel.  Final awards will be announced in April 2011 when the State Legislature finalizes the Trust Fund budget.

For more information or questions related to the Trust Fund Local Implementation Grant, please
e-mail Jenn Raulin with the Chesapeake & Coastal Program or call 410.260.8745.

MARYLAND'S COASTAL AND WATERSHED RESOURCE ADVISORY COMMITTEE (CWRAC)

Next Meeting: Friday, June 25, 2010

 

PLUNGEThe Coastal and Watershed Resources Advisory Committee (CWRAC) is scheduled to meet on Friday, June 25 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Calvary United Methodist Church in Annapolis, Maryland.  The main topics are the Draft 309 Assessment & Strategy, Watershed Implementation Plans (WIPs) and election of officers. The Committee will also get updates on the following: the Coastal Policy Update Project, the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund Request for Proposals (RFP), the Innovative Technology Fund Offshore Wind Energy and the Coastal Atlas.

CWRAC, established in 1976, is comprised of representatives of local government, concerned local citizens, special interest groups, state and federal agencies and academic institutions. CWRAC acts as an independent advisory body to the Secretary of Natural Resources and to Maryland's Chesapeake & Coastal Program on policy issues affecting the coastal areas of Maryland. Funding is provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration under the Coastal Zone Management grant. 

If you are interested in attending the upcoming meeting or in need of more information on CWRAC, e-mail Joe Abe or call 410.260.8740.

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A publication of the Maryland Coastal Zone Management Program pursuant to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Award No. NA09NOS4190170. 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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