Leo Asuncion welcomes members and takes a roll call.

Members present: Leo Asuncion (HI); Brian Lynn (WA); Steve Couture (NH); Janice Castro (CNMI); Matt Fleming (MD); Jill Andrews (GA); Kathleen Leyden (ME); Mike Friis (WI); Ronda Wuycheck (MI); Rebecca Prado (FL).

CSO staff present: Bradley Watson; Grant Williams; Norma Longhi; John Ryan-Henry; Mike Molnar

Approval of minutes from December 13, 2017
Steve Couture moves to approve the December minutes; Janice Castro seconds the motion; minutes are approved unanimously.

Treasurer Report
Mr. Couture reviews the attached report and reminds members that a final reconciliation will be done in February. Mr. Couture discusses CSO’s money market account, and shares that he and staff are exploring other investment options with higher returns.

Brian Lynn announces that the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, Rear Admiral Timothy Gallaudet, will be visiting Washington State on January 25. He adds that the meeting will focus on aquaculture and that Sea Grant will also attending the meeting.

Chairs Initiative Update
Mr. Asuncion states that the CSO strategic plan is moving forward and that recent inputs are being reviewed. Mike Molnar reminds members that a draft document was sent with the meeting announcement, and that two more rounds of review are scheduled before the final document is distributed to the whole membership.

Hill Report
Grant Williams reports that at this point a government shutdown is still possible and that Congress is still discussing a Continuing Resolution and the need to increase the budget cap.
Mr. Williams reminds members that the FY19 Appropriations and Report Language request email was sent out earlier in the month. He adds that, thus far, only five members have submitted their votes.

Mr. Williams shares that he will meet with the National Estuarine Research Reserve Association (NERRA) to strategize about potential FY2019 Congressional Letters of Support, or Dear Colleagues for Coastal Management. Mr. Watson adds that the Sea Grant Association is open to join the effort as well. Mr. Watson informs members that Sea Grant will work first and foremost advance a Dear Colleague letter specific for the Sea Grant program.

CSO Appropriations Request Update
Mr. Williams states that the internal CSO Appropriations calls have been well attended and that it has given CSO staff the opportunity to educate members at large. He adds that more meetings will be scheduled as a way to increase the number of opportunities for members’ participation and ultimately, their ability to impact their congressional delegation in support of the Coastal Zone Management (CZM) Program.

Other items
John Ryan-Henry discusses the recent oil and gas leasing program announcement by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM). He adds that at this stage, the proposal is not subject to consistency according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office for Coastal Management (OCM) attorneys. Mr. Ryan-Henry states that a call with NOAA representatives and CSO members will be schedule for the end of January.
Mr. Molnar updates members on the current stage of NOAA’s National CZM Strategic Plan and states that the agency has not provided any additional details on time frame.

Work Group Updates
Coastal NPS Work Group
Mr. Williams reports that on the last meeting was on Monday, January 8th and that discussions centered on polling members on what topics the Work Group will work in 2018.
Beach and Inlet Management Work Group
Mr. Watson reports that today there was a Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) related meeting at the U.S. Senate Committee on the Environmental and Public Works and mentions that both House and Senate have begun discussion and some drafting of their respective bills.
CSO Strategic Communications Plan Discussion
Mr. Molnar reports that the Work Group continues to review the various tools used by CSO for messaging and mentions that the next group call has been scheduled for tomorrow. Mr. Molnar thanks the state staff that are taking part in this effort.
CRS Updates
Mr. Ryan-Henry reports that the CRS Green Guide is complete. He reminds members that NACo and CSO still working on gathering responses from the survey sent out late last year for a supplementary project on the CRS focused on the Gulf of Mexico.

Winter Meeting Discussion
Mr. Watson reviews the draft agenda in detail and asks members for input. He shares that CSO will likely meet its fundraising goal for the Coastal Celebration Reception. He also adds that staff is working to secure rooms for the Hill briefings.
Mr. Ryan-Henry mentions the three possible topics for the Legal Council meeting and adds that he will send a draft agenda to Legal Council members asking for their input on topics.

Fall Meeting
Mr. Asuncion shares that staff and members are still working to determine a location for this year’s Fall meeting. Followed by a brief discussion.
Other Items
Mr. Asuncion shares that board members will soon release a job description and will begin its search for CSO’s Executive Director.
Mr. Asuncion announces that he has joined the American Planning Association Board of the Directors for a four year term.

Mr. Asuncion thanks the Executive Committee and adjourns the meeting at 4:05 pm. The next EC meeting is scheduled for February 14, 2018.