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The State's Local Implementation Grant's deadline closed August 29. Thirty-one proposals were received for a total request of over $47 million for the first year of projects. All proposals will be reviewed thoroughly through an interagency review group as well as a Governor-appointed Scientific Advisory Panel. Final funding decisions will be made at the BayStat meeting at the end of October and awards will be announced in early November, 2008. For more information about the 2010 Trust Fund and Local Implementation Grant, visit http://www.baystat.maryland.gov/trustfund.
On August 27, the Maryland Commission on Climate Change released its Climate Action Plan. The report details what effects global warming will have on the State, recommends actions to protect Maryland’s property and people from rising sea levels and changing weather patterns, and outlines forty-two actions to help the state greatly reduce its global warming pollution. The report concludes that Maryland would see significant economic and environmental benefits from taking early, immediate actions to reduce global warming pollution and that the goals proposed by the Commission are achievable and would help spur innovation in the State. The Commission includes members representing academia, business, industry, environmental groups and many levels of government. It is staffed jointly by the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) and Department of Natural Resources in coordination with other state agencies. The goals are carried out by three workgroups described below.
The climate change report has been released and posted on the MDE website: http://www.mde.state.md.us/Air/climatechange.
►Three Project Proposals Submitted by Maryland for NOAA Coastal Land Preservation Funding
Each year, coastal states and territories with Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation (CELC) plans have the opportunity to submit up to three project proposals for as much as $3 million a piece to NOAA to compete for land conservation funding to protect ecologically sensitive areas in the coastal zone. This year, Maryland’s Chesapeake and Coastal Program (CELCP) worked with state and local partners to submit three property proposals to NOAA’s CELC program to compete nationally for FFY09 funding. For the next round of Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program funding, a request for proposals will be issued to solicit project pre-proposals for state consideration and recommendation to NOAA. In addition, Maryland’s CELC plan is being revised and a draft will be available for interested parties to review and comment on in mid-September.
For more information on CELCP visit http://coastalmanagement.noaa.gov/land/welcome.html.
The Assateague State Park grounds will turn into a world of wildlife, entertainment and environmental education on Saturday, September 13 when visitors flock to the barrier island park for the 12th Annual Maryland Coast Day from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Live animals, Eastern Shore eats, music and arts and crafts will make the day a special one for lovers of the outdoors. On hand will be some 30 organizations showing what visitors and residents can do to protect the coastal bays and the region’s rich heritage. The Salisbury Zoo, the National Aquarium, and the Purnell Museum will also be showing off their work. Live music from the Knuckleheads will rock the festival and food vendors will offer oysters, crab cakes, burgers, hot dogs, fish, snow cones, and munchies. Smith Island cake will round out the fare. The free, family-oriented event takes place on Assateague after the Coastal Clean-up which begins at 8 a.m. by the National Seashore entrance.
This information exchange is an opportunity for watershed managers, scientists, regulators, engineers and environmental restoration professionals to present and obtain new information related to the watershed sediment science and policies that have developed since the interagency workshop entitled, “Sediment and the Chesapeake Bay Watershed – From Top to Bottom” was held in 2002 and the USGS publication entitled “A Summary Report of Sediment Processes in Chesapeake Bay and Watershed” in 2003 was published (http://www.mgs.md.gov/coastal/pub/wrir03-4123.pdf). The information exchange will take place at the Maritime Institute of Technology in Linthicum, MD on September 16 and 17 from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. All attendees must pre-register. The cost per person for the event is $60 and is limited to 250 attendees. Last day to register is September 10.
E-mail Pam Winship at the Maryland Department of Natural Resources for information regarding registration for the information exchange or call her at 410.260.8707.
The Chesapeake & Coastal Program (CCP) brings another installment of the Living Shorelines Workshop series to Calvert County on Saturday, September 27. This workshop will focus on bluff management practices in concert with living shorelines for waterfront homeowners. We are excited to have an expert from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science join us to offer cutting edge information on “green” erosion control practices in these unique physical environments. This marks the seventh workshop in the series, and the fifth coastal county to partner with CCP in hosting these free public events. The workshop will begin at 9 a.m.
E-mail Dionne Bell at the Maryland Department of Natural Resources for information regarding registration for the workshop or call her at 410.260.8732.
►Registration Closes Soon for 2008 Chesapeake Watershed Forum, October 2-5
The Chesapeake Watershed Forum is an annual conference for watershed organizations and local government officials from around the multi-state Chesapeake Bay region. It is an opportunity to learn the latest scientific techniques in Bay restoration and protection, address specific organizational capacity building needs, focus on regional and watershed-wide needs, network with other watershed organizations, and enjoy the beauty of the watershed. The 2008 Chesapeake Watershed Forum will be held on October 2, 3, 4, and 5 at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. Registration closes September 15 unless the conference sells out prior.
Visit http://www.acb-online.org/chesforum08.cfm to register or for more information.
► Maryland Water Monitoring Council and Maryland Stream Restoration Association Present: A One Day Charrette, October 13
Effectiveness Monitoring for Stream Restoration - Can We Improve Methods, Process & Communication?
The Maryland Water Monitoring Council and the Maryland Stream Restoration Association with support from the Campbell Foundation, the Chesapeake Bay Trust and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources are hosting a one day charrette to begin discussion of questions about stream restoration effectiveness monitoring. The charrette will take place at the Maritime Institute of Technology in Linthicum, MD on October 13 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. All attendees must pre-register. The cost per person for the event is $30 and seating is limited. Registrations must be postmarked by October 1.
Posters are being solicited that present the results of stream restoration effectiveness monitoring within the following topic areas: water quality, geomorphology, biology, and aesthetics/recreation. Abstracts must be received by close of business on October 1.
E-mail Joanne Alewine for a registration form or call her at 410-260-8613. For all other questions regarding the charrette, or to submit an abstract for posters please e-mail Keith Van Ness with the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection
If you’re interested in how you can use the Maryland Shorelines Online (MSO) portal and mapping tools to learn more about shoreline characteristics, erosion, sea level rise vulnerability and management options, sign up for the MSO training, offered by the Chesapeake & Coastal Program. This workshop will cover the use and applications of the MSO web portal (http://shorelines.dnr.state.md.us), the GIS-based Shoreline Changes mapper and the Shoreline Inventories. This free workshop will be held at Maryland DNR in Annapolis on October 20 from 10 a.m. until noon.
E-mail Catherine McCall or call her at 410.260.8737 to register or for more information on this and future training events.
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A publication of the Maryland Coastal Zone Management Program pursuant to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Award No. NA07NOS4190161. 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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