Maryland's Chesapeake & Coastal Service News - September 2013


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Volume 5, Issue 8     

September 2013

IN THIS ISSUE
PROTECTING HISTORIC AREAS FROM SEA LEVEL RISE
VOLUNTEERS MAKE DAY TO SERVE EVENTS SUCCESSFUL
AQUATIC RESOURCES GRANT PROGRAM NOW OPEN
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR LIVING SHORELINE SUMMIT
 

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CCS SPOTLIGHT: TRUST FUND PROVIDES $3.4 MILLION FOR BAY RESTORATION
Maryland partners with Environmental Protection Agency and Chesapeake Bay Trust to expand Green Streets, Green Towns, and Green Jobs Initiative

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Photo by Jay Baker.  Click Image to view full photostream.

On September 4, 2013 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy and Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley announced an expansion of the Green Streets, Green Towns, Green Jobs Initiative (G3) thanks to a joint investment of $3.4 million by the State of Maryland, EPA, and the Chesapeake Bay Trust. 

 

"We are very pleased to partner with the EPA and the Chesapeake Bay Trust in the G3 Initiative, which supports local greening efforts that improve our neighborhoods and our environment, and create green jobs," said Governor O'Malley. "Through this partnership we are making a significant investment in Maryland communities that will further our progress toward three critical goals: restoring our Bay, reducing our greenhouse gas emissions and expanding our forest cover."

The G3 grant program, which is administered by the Chesapeake Bay Trust, helps support President Obama's Executive Order for Protecting and Restoring the Chesapeake Bay. Its purpose is to help municipalities and nonprofit organizations support projects that add green space and reduce stormwater runoff by using green infrastructure practices that increase tree canopy, capture and filter rainwater, and improve watershed protection, community livability, and economic vitality.  Click here to view the full press release.  

 

For more information regarding the Trust Fund or the Green Infrastructure Program, please contact Gabe Cohee with the Chesapeake & Coastal Service at 410-260-8753. 

NEW EASEMENT PROTECTS HISTORIC AREAS FROM SEA LEVEL RISE
Coastal resilience preservation of Harriet Tubman National Park and Byway site

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Photo by Alan Sakakhiara.

Through a first-of-its-kind easement designed to protect coastal areas from the impacts of sea level rise and storm surge, the State of Maryland has preserved 221 acres in Dorchester County along the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park and Scenic Byway. Governor Martin O'Malley and the Board of Public Works today approved funding to preserve the land through a Coastal Resilience Easement.

 

"Because of our State's vulnerability to sea level rise 式 especially in our coastal communities 式 we must now consider the possible impacts of flooding and storm surge when we look to conserve our open space," said Governor O'Malley. "This first-of-its-kind easement will not only protect a significant natural and historic area from development, it also includes requirements that address the threat of climate change."

 

A new element under Program Open Space, Coastal Resilience Easements are designed to protect areas that may be prone to high waters and storm surge by permanently eliminating development, restricting impervious surfaces, protecting areas that allow wetlands to migrate, and requiring periodic Soil Conservation and Water Quality plan updates 式 all of which can help natural areas more quickly recover from flooding. Click here to view the full press release.

 

For more information regarding Maryland's plans to protect against sea level rise, please contact Kate Skaggs with the Chesapeake & Coastal Service at 410-260-8743.
DNR WRAPS UP SUCCESSFUL MULTI-STATE DAY TO SERVE EVENTS
Marylanders gather for Feed the Hungry and Heal the Planet volunteer effort

2013 Day to Serve with Charles County students
2013 Day to Serve with Charles County students

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) participated in the multi-state Day to Serve Feed the Hungry and Heal the Planet volunteer effort. From September 15-29, the agency hosted a number of service projects, from a statewide food drive to State Park cleanups, to give Marylanders the opportunity to help their fellow citizens and their natural world.

   

"Starting September 15th, we'll work together as a community 式 as Marylanders and Virginians, West Virginians and Washingtonians 式 to harness the incredible power of service," Governor Martin O'Malley said. "Marylanders are a compassionate, generous people who know the way forward can be found by helping our neighbors in need. For the second year in a row, we encourage all our citizens to join us in recognizing the connections between the health of our people, and the health of our land, water and air. Together, we can eradicate hunger, and protect and restore our environment."

 

DNR called on Marylanders to donate non-perishable food items at Natural Resources Police (NRP) Area offices, or use them to Fill the Canoe at the Tawes building in Annapolis, every day during regular business hours throughout the two-week initiative. NRP Officers were also encouraging participants to help them Stuff the Police Cruiser with these goods on September 18 out front of Tawes. All donations go to the Annapolis Light House shelter and area food banks.  Click here to view the full press release.

 

For more information regarding the 2013 Day to Serve events, please contact Kristen Fleming with the Chesapeake & Coastal Service at 410-260-8734. 

AQUATIC RESOURCES EDUCATION GRANT PROGRAM NOW OPEN
Grant program set to provide funding for aquatic related projects

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Photo by Cindy Etgen.

Maryland's Aquatic Resources Education Grants Program assists public and private schools (grades K-12) and school systems by providing funding for aquatic related projects that increase understanding of water resources and associated aquatic life.   

 

Maryland's Aquatic Resources Education Grants Program provides workshops on grant writing and opportunities for funding projects for the classroom, laboratory, schoolyard and/or field experiences for the youth of Maryland.  Aquatic projects that are strong in student service learning and school/community involvement and partnerships are encouraged.  Students in Maryland schools have created Rain Gardens, planted trees near streams to help improve water quality, raised and released fish, and have been involved with stream monitoring and clean up, and other aquatic based projects as part of the Aquatic Resources Education Grants Program.   

 

For more information regarding the Aquatic Resources Education Grant Program or contact Cindy Etgen with the Chesapeake & Coastal Service at 410-260-8719. 

MID-ATLANTIC LIVING SHORELINE SUMMIT REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
Explore the science, policy, and practice of Living Shorelines on December 10-11th

Click Image to view full photostream of the Windy Hill Farm Living Shoreline project.
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Chesapeake Bay Trust, and Restore America's Estuaries invite you to participate in and explore in-depth the state of the science, policy, and practice of Living Shorelines in the Mid-Atlantic.  

The Summit will be a two day working meeting focused on highlighting the latest advancements in living shorelines research, implementation and policy, as well as promoting dialogue and addressing barriers to implementation.  There will be an energizing mix of presentations and facilitated breakout sessions designed to broaden participants' ability to implement projects and programs more effectively.    

The living shorelines community is diverse and the Summit will reflect this range with representation from local, state and federal governments; nonprofit organizations; marine contractors; consultants; academia; and resource managers.  Everyone with an interest in living shorelines will find value and should attend!


CLICK HERE TO REGISTER BEFORE NOVEMBER 15, 2013 


For more information regarding the Mid-Atlantic Shoreline Summit or contact Sasha Land with the Chesapeake & Coastal Service at 410-260-8718.  For exhibitor and sponsor information, please contact Jeff Benoit.
THE COLLABORATIVE EXTENDS SERVICE THROUGH USE OF weTABLE

Restoration Specialists improve watershed planning, outreach, and participation  

 

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Photo by Krisztian Varsa. Click Image to view full photostream.

This past summer, the Watershed Assistance Collaborative's watershed specialists broke down technological barriers and had face to face discussions on sea level rise without using a single sheet of paper.  The University of Maryland Sea Grant engaged representatives from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Maryland Extension, Center for Watershed Protection, and Delaware Sea Grant to identify opportunities for applying weTable technology in  the Bay watershed.   

 

A cost-effective, mobile participatory planning technology, the weTable permits users to interact with a projection of their computer screen everywhere they go. Placeways LLC, Placematters, and Texas Sea Grant, groups interested in community engagement and decision making, pioneered weTable technology to model complex scenarios involving coastal hazards and resources. Other communities across the country have used the weTable for oyster aquaculture development, crowd-sourced mapping, and capital project cost-benefit analysis. Watershed Restoration Specialist Krisztian Varsa suggests, "The weTable could be applied in the Chesapeake region for a multitude of purposes such as sea level rise response, watershed BMP decision making, and community visioning."  

 

For more information regarding future trainings, please contact Krisztian Varsa with the Watershed Assistance Collaborative at 410-771-1761.

CHESAPEAKE BAY NATIONAL ESTUARINE RESEARCH RESERVE IN MARYLAND WELCOMES NEW RESERVE MANAGER
Jenn Raulin set to coordinate staff and partnerships to implement Reserve functions and programs

Photo by Gene Streagle.

CCS welcomes a familiar face as the new Reserve Manager for the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Maryland (CBNERR).  Jenn Raulin, formerly the Acting Associate Director for Restoration, Finance & Policy within CCS is excited to be taking on new challenges while still working closely with the colleagues and friends that she's worked with over the past 5 years at DNR.  Jenn's new role will be responsible for the coordination and development of staff and partnerships to implement Reserve functions and programs; improve site management and conservation; and advance coastal management in Maryland.  Maryland's Reserve is made up of more that 6,000 acres located within three locations: Otter Point Creek in Harford County, Monie Bay in Somerset County, and Jug Bay in Anne Arundel and Prince George's Counties.  Maryland's Reserve is one of 28 in that National system of protected lands and waters that provides living laboratories for long-term research, water quality monitoring, education, and stewardship.

  

CCS would like to take this opportunity to thank Catherine McCall who has been pulling double duty as both the Associate Director for Coastal and Marine Assessment and the Reserve Manager for the past year and a half.  Thanks Catherine for all of your hard work in keeping CBNERR moving forward.

 

For more information on the Chesapeake Bay National Esuarine Research Reserve please contact the new Reserve Manager Jenn Raulin, with the Chesapeake & Coastal Service at 410-260-8745.  

MARYLAND HIGH SCHOOL PARTICIPATES IN NATIONAL ENVIROTHON

Harford County school competed in soils, forestry, ecology, and wildlife testing

 

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Photo by Stacy Epperson. Click Image to view full photostream.

The largest environmental high school competition in the country held its annual cumulative event in Bozeman, Montana from August 4-9. A record fifty-seven teams attended including several Canada provinces. Teams are tested on Soils, Forestry, Aquatic Ecology, Wildlife, and a rotating 5th topic.

 

Maryland's team, this year from Harford County, has plenty of experience with the North American Envirothon. They have attended this event three times in the past 10 years.

 

Once the competition at the state level is secured, the five-person team does not rest on its laurels. The advisor has a short window in which to arrange training in the various topic areas by knowledgeable resource people. The students are also responsible for up to 250 pages of resource material relevant to the North American test.

 

Students winning at the state level are usually self-motivated and self-directed. The Harford County advisor, Ada Stambaugh, reported that after arranging training, she "got out of the way" and let her students do what they do best. Maryland DNR supports Envirothon by providing resource staff for county and state competitions. In addition, Maryland will be the host for North American Envirothon in 2017. Planning is already underway.  

 

Click here for more information about this event or contact Stacy Epperson with the Chesapeake & Coastal Service at 410-260-8775. 

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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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