Maryland's Chesapeake & Coastal Program News - November 2011

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Volume 4, Issue 1 

November 2011


IN THE ZONE is a service from the 

Maryland Department of Natural Resources'

Chesapeake & Coastal Program that delivers timely information, tools and resources to those who live, work and play in Maryland's coastal zone.

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Four coastal communities completed projects to reduce their vulnerability to the effects of coastal hazards and sea level rise  
CCP Spotlight is a feature of the In the Zone e-mail service that highlights programs that have been developed by the Chesapeake & Coastal Program or through partnership and support from federal, state and local partners helping to advance coastal management in Maryland.


At the end of September, four CoastSmart Communities (CCI) grant recipients for FY2011 completed their projects and have turned in their final reports. These documents are great examples of how to integrate climate change and coastal hazards into local planning.


The City of Annapolis finalized a two-year grant which investigated the effects of sea-level rise on the city, focusing on the City Dock and Eastport areas.  The City hired a consultant to assess the vulnerability of these low-lying areas and to develop planning and regulatory responses to the anticipated impacts of sea level rise in the City.  The City took an innovative approach by compiling a list of relevant policies and regulations that will need to be modified to accommodate higher sea levels.  The report details the issues with each policy as it is currently written and provides recommendations on revisions to the City's code that should be considered.


Anne Arundel County also completed the second part of a two year project, following up on their Phase I Vulnerability Assessment completed last year using a CCI grant.  The Phase II Sea Level Rise Strategic Plan identifies the major planning issues the County will face related to sea level rise and recommends future actions to protect resources and minimize impacts.  The plan prioritizes each recommendation to identify actions that need to be taken in the next few years, in the next five years, and in the longer term.


The Talbot County Planning and Zoning Department finished a project investigating storm water management, shoreline conditions, and threats from sea level rise in the villages of Bellevue, Newcomb and Royal Oak.  The project team identified specific water pollution, flooding and shoreline erosion problem sites within the three villages and evaluated them for potential solutions, keeping the effects of sea-level rise in mind.  As part of the report, estimated costs and potential funding sources were identified for each solution as well as determining next steps for how to implement it.


All three of these reports describe innovative methods for addressing sea-level rise and coastal hazards that could be replicated at the county or municipal level.  These reports, as well as other policy and planning resources will be available in early December in the CoastSmart Communities Online Resource Center.   


The next request for proposals for the CoastSmart Communities Initiative grant program will go out in early 2012 and will be looking to help fund projects that address sea-level rise and coastal hazard planning at the local level.


Communities interested in learning more about CoastSmart Communities and steps they can take to address vulnerability to climate change impacts and resources available to help tackle climate change related risks at the local level should e-mail Jeff Allenby with the Chesapeake & Coastal Program.  



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The Maryland Coastal Training Program, in partnership with CCP, the DNR Shoreline Conservation program, and the Marine Contractors Association, hosted a workshop in October titled "The Nuts and Bolts of Living Shorelines."  The workshop was held in Centreville and attended by over 20 marine contractors.  Highlighted during the training were four different living shorelines projects on the Corsica River.  Future workshops to be held in 2012 are in development.   

CCP, along with the Coastal Training Program, are committed to increasing awareness about living shorelines and providing information to property owners and professionals venturing into these projects. Since 2007, CCP has conducted eight living shorelines workshops for waterfront homeowners, partnering with seven coastal counties and reaching over 500 Maryland residents.
For anyone interested in more information about the workshops, services provided, or for information on hosting workshops, please contact Chris Cortina with the Chesapeake & Coastal Program or Sasha Land with the Coastal Training Program.


letter of intent screen capCCP provides a number of technical and financial assistance programs to help coastal and Bay communities conduct sound coastal management and nutrient reduction initiatives.  While CCP manages a number of competitive grant programs that target specific coastal objectives, our staff is always looking for ways to help good projects get matched with the right funding source. When project proposals that fall just outside of the scope of a particular grant program, every effort is made to explore alternate funding sources for solid proposals or to help improve the proposal for future consideration.


If you have a project that needs funding, but do not think it fits neatly into CCP's existing portfolio of grant programs, we invite you to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI).  Simply create a profile in CCP Grants Online and at Question #16 (Funding Source/RFP) select "General Need/LOI Only".  Submitting a LOI is similar to our other grant applications and you should follow the steps through to completion. 


There is no application deadline for letter of intent, they are accepted on a rolling basis. Funding is, of course, not guaranteed but information provided in your LOI will help CCP staff try to match you with an appropriate funding source or recommend other resources that may be available.


Maryland Environmental Plastics, LLC partners with University of Maryland for research and development to increase survivability of submerged aquatic vegetation


inn tech pic - plasticsMaryland's Innovative Technology Fund recently concluded a research and development project with the University of Maryland and Maryland Environmental Plastics, LLC. By investing in research and development the Innovative Technology Fund aims to accelerate Bay restoration through the advancement of new technologies. Under this partnership the Maryland Industrial Partnership (MIPS) identified potential projects, worked with University researchers and provided business development reviews.


The overall purpose of the project was to test the use of pots made from biodegradable plastics as an aid for improving the success of planting coastal vegetation species for restoration efforts. The project focused on redhead grass, an important submerged aquatic plant species in the Chesapeake Bay and throughout the eastern United States. Work has taken place with microcosms in the experimental greenhouse facility on the University of Maryland at College Park campus along with some field testing at several locations in the Chesapeake Bay.


Pots made from injection molded Polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) have a volume of 11.4 ci, wall thickness of 0.030", and weight 9.5 grams. The PHA material will degrade in the Chesapeake Bay within a summer season. Degradation happens by anaerobic bacteria and other microbes found in the Bay naturally. PHA molded parts can be designed to fit any application specific to size and a degradation timetable. This project is designed for growing high energy submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) sod patches for automated transplanting to the Bay bottom. Results show a greater biomass (above- and belowground) developed in the microcosms planted with the pots as compared with microcosms planted without pots.


PHA's have applications beyond seed pots. In VA during the 2011 crabbing season PHA was successfully tested as an escape door for lost crab traps. This application can help stop the loss of marine life from "Ghost Traps". The company is also investigating how PHA can be used to hold oyster shells together while a reef is forming.


If you are interested in learning more about the Innovative Technology Fund, please e-mail Sarah Lane with the Chesapeake & Coastal Program or call 410.260.8788. 


trust fund project picMaryland's Watershed Grant Program, an important component of the State's larger Watershed Assistance Collaborative, received 10 applications from local governments and watershed organizations for a total request of over $377,000 for the first round grant cycle in fiscal year 2012.  


Since 2009, The Chesapeake Bay Trust and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources has offered technical planning and design assistance associated with protection and restoration programs and projects that lead to improved water quality in the Maryland portion of the Chesapeake Bay watershed and the Maryland Coastal Bays. Local governments and non-profit organizations are invited to submit requests for assistance two times every fiscal year - spring and fall.  Decisions on funding recipients for this current round will be announced in December.  If you are a local government or non-profit organization and need financial assistance for watershed planning or project design, please visit The Chesapeake Bay Trust and click on grants, and watershed assistance. 

To learn more about Maryland's efforts in providing assistance to locals to implement pollution reduction projects and programs to meet water quality standards, please click here to visit the Watershed Assistance Collaborative website or e-mail Brent McCloskey with the Chesapeake & Coastal Program.


SGG screenn captureMaryland's redesigned Smart, Green & Growing website is providing citizens, businesses, organizations and local governments with a one-stop connection the State's sustainable programs, services and tools as well as a terrific platform for highlighting green successes and ideas.  


Governor O'Malley launched Smart, Green and Growing in 2008 to engage every Marylander in the State's efforts to create a more sustainable future - one that recognizes the inherent connection between our quality of life, our economy and our environment.  


The program is currently seeking partners -- organizations that are helping create a more sustainable future by promoting SGG information to their members, customers and constituents, adopting sustainable practices and sharing their own innovative ideas and successes.


Become an SGG Partner, learn about our state's genuine progress, check out the green registry and more at Contact us at for more information.  

Next Meeting: Friday, December 9, 2011

cwracMaryland's next CWRAC meeting will be Friday, December 9, 2011 (10 to 12:30 pm at the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Tawes State Building, Conference Room C-1 in Annapolis, MD.   


CWRAC, established in 1976, is an advisory committee comprised of representatives of local government, concerned local citizens, special interest groups, state and federal agencies and academic institutions. Located administratively under the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, CWRAC acts as an independent advisory body to the Secretary of Natural Resources and to Maryland's 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 with the Chesapeake & Coastal Program or call 410.260.8740.

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Maryland Department of Natural Resources

A publication of the Maryland Coastal Zone Management Program pursuant to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Award No. NA11NOS4190151. 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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