CSO Members,

I hope everyone is enjoying a safe and productive summer. Thank you for reading another edition of the “From CSO” Section of the newsletter and hope you find the content below helpful.

From the Hill: With the Senate passing the budget deal and the President signing it into law, we expect that the Senate Appropriations Committee will hold markups when they return in early September. Both the House and Senate are on recess until September 9th.

Rachel Keylon has been ramping up to speed and has had introductory meetings with Senate Appropriations Committee staff, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee minority staff, and Senator Markey’s staff. She will be continuing to hold introductory meetings with committee and member staff over the next few weeks while also advancing CSO’s FY20 appropriations request.

Relevant legislation Introduced since the last newsletter:

  • H.R. 4093 National Oceans and Coastal Security Improvement Act of 2019 (CSO memo pending)
  • S. 2429 A bill to reauthorize the Coral Reef Conservation Act of 2000 and to establish the United States Coral Reef Task Force, and for other purposes (CSO memo pending)
  • H.R. 4160 A bill to reauthorize the Coral Reef Conservation Act of 2000 and to establish the United States Coral Reef Task Force, and for other purposes (CSO memo pending)
  • H.R. 4032 Great Lakes Coastal Resiliency Act of 2019 (CSO memo pending)

CSO 2019 Fall Meeting: The 2019 CSO Fall Meeting is in South Padre Island, Texas, from November 4-8. The venue is Pearl South Padre Hotel & Resorts and member registration can be found here and a bare bones preliminary agenda has been emailed out already. Please contact [email protected] if you need it resent. 

CSO Work Group Updates:

Coastal Nonpoint Work Group:  The Conditionally Approved States subgroup will hold its next call on Tuesday, August 27. The focus for the call will be the requirements for voluntary implementation approaches for management measures; please reach out with any feedback or ideas for this topic. The next full work group meeting will be Monday, September 9. John Ryan-Henry ([email protected]) has come on as staff point of contact for the work group; please contact him with any questions or concerns.

Communications Work Group: The Communications Work Group continues work on the Federal Consistency Fact Sheet and is starting work on a Beneficial Use Fact Sheet. We have an example for the BU Fact Sheet and would like to include other state / territory examples of Beneficial Use of Dredged Materials and the role CZ Programs played. To add some visual flair – photos of those projects would be nice. Please send an email to [email protected] if you have an item you would like to highlight.

We continue our efforts to improve our mutual Social Media presence. If you have projects or events that you would like to highlight – please send a brief description of the item (including web links to information, and photos) to [email protected] Also, please be sure to follow/like our social media pages.

Social Media Metrics (2/6/19 – 7/10/19)
Platform Total Posts Med. Likes Med. Shares Med. Aud. Max


Max. Shares Max Audience
Facebook 85 7 2 127 220 26 2954
Instagram 40 10 0 NA 30 0 NA
Twitter 69 3 2 NA 145 0 4654

Coastal Hazards Planning and Adaptation Work Group Updates: After a bit of a break, the CHPA Work Group is planning to host webinars this fall and winter! Upcoming webinar topics will most likely include tidal restrictions projects and resources from federal and state perspectives, climate change risk identification with EPA, and addressing social vulnerability in hazards planning. If there are additional topics you and your staff would like to learn more about, please contact [email protected].

Chair’s Initiative Update:

Please join one of the two upcoming meetings regarding the Chair’s Initiative on Tuesday, August 13th and Thursday August 15th at 3:00 ET (2:00 p.m. CT, noon PT, 10:00 a.m. HST, and 6:00 a.m. ChST). Please note that:

  • Chair’s Initiative Work Group Members and open to all CSO delegates and alternates
  • Both meetings will cover the same information so please select one to participate in.

Call-in Information: Number: (605) 313-5107 – Passcode: 859205#

The agenda will include an introduction of the new Federal Affairs Director and a review of actions, next steps, and timeline. As a reminder, the strategy and policy memos for Member feedback can be found here on the Members Only site.

Grant Info:

Please be aware that the NOAA Marine Debris Program’s FY20 Marine Debris Removal federal funding opportunity is now open. This year, applicants must submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) describing the proposed removal project and receive an invitation from NOAA to submit a full proposal. LOIs are due September 4, 2019. Basic info is here and the full download is here.

Other Updates: 

Public Comment Opportunity: NOAA has released a draft version of the 2020-2026 NOAA Research and Development (R&D) Plan. The draft is open for public comment until Monday, August 26. NOAA has requested that coastal management programs provide feedback on the draft and share it with their state and regional coastal networks. Please send comments to [email protected].

CRS Resources Update: The CRS Users Group Directory is now available for Members under the CRS Resources portion of the member’s only website.

Thank you for reading another edition of the CSO Member’s Only Newsletter!


Bradley Watson
Executive Director
Coastal States Organization