Leo Asuncion welcomes members and takes roll call.
Members present: Leo Asuncion (HI); Brian Lynn (WA); Steve Couture (NH); Ronda Wuycheck (MI); Mike Friis (WI); Patty Snow (OR); Kathleen Leyden (ME);Jill Andrews (GA); Rebecca Prado (FL); Maggie Byrne (IN); Steve Goldbeck (BCDC); Janice Castro (CNMI)
CSO staff present: Bradley Watson; Grant Williams; Norma Longhi; John Ryan-Henry; Mike Molnar
Approval of minutes from August 9th and September 13th
Steve Couture moves to approve the August minutes; Kathleen Leyden seconds the motion; minutes are approved unanimously.
Steve Couture moves to approve the September minutes; Patty Snow seconds the motion; minutes are approved unanimously.
Mr. Asuncion reviews the meeting agenda in detail and points out the longer time allotted for discussion on appropriations strategy and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office for Coastal Management (OCM) strategic plan. He also discusses the He’eia NERR and how the process to delegate the site went.
Treasurer Report & FY18 Budget
Mr. Couture briefly reviews the reports and states that there are no concerns with expenditures. He also discusses the FY 2018 budget and asks if members have any questions. Mr. Couture recommends the approval of FY 2018 budget. Jill Andrews moves to approve the budget, it is seconded by Brian Lynn and approved unanimously.
As for the investment account, Mr. Couture states that the Coastal States Organization (CSO) will work with our current bank manager to seek other investment options, since the current percentage on return is very low. On the grant contract ledger, Mr. Couture reminds members that the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) contract has expired, but that CSO is expecting to pursue another contract in 2018.
Acting Executive Director Report
Bradley Watson provides a background on items that will be reviewed and voted on during the Fall meeting. Mr. Asuncion cites the proposed Bylaws change about regional representatives. Followed by a brief discussion, members agreed to table the issue until the 2018 Winter meeting.
Mr. Watson begins the discussion about the location for the 2018 Fall meeting, and mentions three possible places based on CSO’s needs, including the Northeast Region, and two possible locations in the Gulf Coast, Texas and Mississippi. Further discussion is scheduled for October 20th.
Mr. Watson states that CSO is making strides to reengage and build better communications with NOAA. As for the USACE, Mr. Watson shares that USACE Institute for Water Resources will not participate on FY18 Knauss Fellow recruitment. He announces that CSO and EPA have commenced a dialogue on sharing a Knauss fellow in 2018.
Mr. Watson updates members on the CSO and Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) work on the Green Guide. He adds that this project is set to end by December, but notes that both organizations are jointly pursuing other opportunities to expand and use the project to bring funds and help to state programs on CRS.
Mr. Watson reports that he had a successful meeting with Holly Bamford, Chief Conservation Officer at the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) how CSO can work with NFWF to enable them to work more closely with state coastal programs.
Mr. Watson discusses the current terms of grants being managed by CSSF. He also discusses CSSF’s work and financial capacity and what steps should be implemented to increase the organization’s independent sustainability. Mr. Watson shares that Brian Baird is new President and that Gwynne Schultz was elected as Vice-President.
Mr. Watson begins the discussion on members’ engagement and says that an internal document will be created by staff to address states’ capabilities to engage with state governors, congress, and other organizations. Followed by a through discussion staff notes they will circulate the survey after the Fall meeting.
Government Relations Work Group
Mr. Watson discusses the possibility of creating a new work group to streamline CSO’s ability to be more fluid and responsive on government relations topics. Followed by a discussion, members decided to table the decision for a future meeting.
Grant Williams provides a background on the suggested approach for appropriations and explains that during recent Hill meetings he received a few recommendations on how state programs should have a more specific message to justify cost increases.
Kathleen Leyden raises the issue of Margaret Davidson’s passing.
Mr. Asuncion thanks the Executive Committee and adjourns the meeting at 5:15 pm. The next EC meeting is scheduled for November 8, 2017.