Leo Asuncion welcomes members and takes roll call.
Members present: Leo Asuncion (HI); Steve Couture (NH); Ronda Wuycheck (MI); Jill Andrews (GA); Kathleen Leyden (ME); Don Benczkowski (PA); Mike Friis (WI); Kevin Claridge (FL); Patty Snow (OR; Brian Lynn (WA)
CSO staff present: Bradley Watson; Grant Williams; Norma Longhi; John Ryan-Henry; Kristin Raub
Approval of minutes from July 12th, 2017
Steve Couture moves to approve the July minutes; Jill Andrews seconds the motion; minutes are approved unanimously.
Kevin Claridge reminds members that the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is soliciting information and requesting comments on the preparation of a new five-year National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program (National OCS Program) for 2019–2024. He notes that the comment period is open until August 17th.
Mr. Claridge also mentions that this week he is hosting the 38th Coral Reef Task Force Meeting in Fort Lauderdale and welcomes everyone to participate.
Mr Asuncion shares that the Hawaii NERR has been formally designated and that an opening ceremony is scheduled for later in the month.
Mike Friis announces that Wisconsin has been awarded $840,000 in NOAA Coastal Resilience Grant.
Mr. Couture reviews the document included in the Treasurer’s Report and states that income and expenses are on track.
Chair’s Initiative Update – CSO Strategic Plan
Mr. Asuncion states he is still working on a document that covers the details of the retreat. He states that a final draft will be shared with members before the upcoming Fall meeting.
Grant Williams reminds members that Congress is out for the month. He shares his concerns on the current appropriations numbers from the House but states that CSO continues to push for the Senate numbers. He asks members to review the letter attached on the meeting announcement and also asks if they have any objections on using that language for advocacy purposes. Followed by a discussion, members do not express any concerns on using this language to support future advocacy outreach.
Mr. Williams informs members that Ms. Longhi has updated CSO’s website and added a form, where new signatories can now fill out and sign on to CSO’s letter of support online in. He also adds that participants can upload images and share the link widely.
NOAA-Led National CZM Strategic Plan (July 18 – 19)
Mr. Asuncion reminds members about the upcoming call to recap and discuss the in person NOAA-led meeting in Silver Spring. Mr. Watson states that a period for discussion of this topic has been added to the Fall meeting agenda and includes representatives from NOAA OCM.
Mr. Couture adds that the in person was very positive and believes that CSO’s input was appreciated. Jill Andrews agrees and adds that she expects to see the discussion results translated into the final document. Mr. Claridge and Ronda Wuycheck concurred.
Work Group Updates
Mr. Williams shares that the next NPS meeting is scheduled for September 11. He shares that the group decided to hold its meetings on a bi-monthly basis and that the Work Group will be working on gathering information about what steps were taken by each state to get their program approved. The idea is to have a repository of information that can be readily useful for all.
Kristin Raub provides an update on the final version of the whitepaper and asks members if they have any additional comments before the document is submitted to different publications. Mr. Asuncion reminds members that the Adaptation Work Group held a meeting few weeks ago and that comments were incorporated on the current version attached to the meeting announcement. Mr. Watson shares that a final review deadline for review is next week.
John Ryan-Henry provides an update on the Silver Jackets program.
Mr. Watson reminds members that early last week, CSO submitted the comments to NOAA supporting the Federal Consistency process.
Mr. Watson updates members on current status of the 306A past Chairs Initiative and states that NOAA is working a final draft to be shared, possibly, by September.
RAE Coastal Summit
Mr. Watson states that the summit planning committee is being formed and shares that about 8 or 9 participants are members of CSO. He also adds that RAE is proposing an event on women and minorities in coastal management at the summit and that some CSO members, including Ms. Lutu, may be participating on planning that events.
Winter Mtg. 2018
Mr. Watson announces that ASBPA has moved their membership meeting so that both organizations can jointly hold the Coastal Celebration event in D.C.
Fall Meeting Planning Committee and Regional Island Realignment. Mr. Watson states that the next planning meeting is scheduled for August 21st.
Mr. Asuncion discusses the current issues on how CSO’s regional representation is set up. He suggests that a modification is made at the Fall meeting to reflect the same distribution as the NOAA regional representation.
Mr. Asuncion thanks the Executive Committee and adjourns the meeting at 4:30 pm. The next EC meeting is scheduled for September 13th.