CSO Members,

Thanks for reading another edition of the CSO Newsletter Members Only Section. Please see the below Members Only announcements and information. Also, please remember to check out the regularly updated CSO Members Only website.

From my perspective, 2018 was both a challenging and rewarding year in the coastal management community. Of course, we faced a range of chronic issues and extreme natural events in nearly all regions. We also saw increased appropriations, a galvanized national voice for coastal management on many fronts, and of course, the important and impactful work of our state coastal management programs continued stronger than ever. I suspect 2019 will bring similar challenges and opportunities, and I look forward to working with and on behalf of you all during the next twelve months.

Please see the below updates and thank again for reading.

Regards,

Bradley

CSO Work Group Updates:

Please note that each CSO Work Group now has a dedicated page in the CSO Members Only website with up to date information.

Coastal Nonpoint Work Group:  This week, the conditionally approved states met and discussed best practices for developing submissions for NOAA/EPA review. The full CSO Coastal Nonpoint Work Group will meet next week Monday, January 14th at 2PM. An agenda for this meeting is coming soon.

Communications Work Group: The Communications Work Group continues work on the Extreme Weather Fact Sheet. We still need photos and success stories. We would like to have one story per region and need stories and photos from the membership. Let us know if you have a project or initiative that you would like to highlight. Please send information to mmolnar@coastalstates.org

Reminder – if your program uses social media – Please follow the CSO pages and re-share, retweet, repost our posts. We post items that benefit the overall CZM community and need your help to ensure that we reach as large of an audience as possible. We thank you in advance for your assistance.

Coastal Hazards Planning and Adaptation Work Group:  Happy New Year! In response to CHPA Work Group member interests, we are developing a webinar series focused on Beneficial Use and resiliency. To kick off this series, we are working with the Army Corps to host a webinar on the BU Pilot Projects announced in December (see the Federal Register notice). This opportunity will be open to all CSO and ASBPA members. Given the uncertainty in DC, we ask that you pencil in Thursday, January 24th from 3 – 4:30 ET as the date and time for this first webinar. To make the Corps engagement as useful as possible for our members, we would like to provide prompts to the speaker on specific topics of interest to coastal programs. Please submit any questions or comments about the Pilot Projects or any other relevant BU issues to Bri (bcotti-rausch@coastalstates.org) no later than Thursday, January 17th. And look for more information regarding this webinar series to be provided in future correspondences.

Other Updates:

Atlantic Flyway Shorebird project: CSO staff continue work on the NFWF funded Atlantic Flyway Shorebird project. Staff are working with interested states to identify dates for the instate workshops. We look forward to continuing the discussion on how to address shorebird concerns instate.

CSO Members Only Website Update: A new members only calendar / event listing is now live on the CSO members only website. Please see the event listing on the left side of the Members Only homepage, and click the link for the full event calendar. If you would like to share an event with CSO members through the calendar and/or the biweekly newsletter, please send information to John Ryan-Henry (jryan-henry@coastalstates.org).

Oil and Gas Lease Sales for the Gulf of Mexico : On December 26, 2018, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) released a Call for Information and Nominations (PDF) and accompanying Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement Notice of Intent (PDF) for a set of outer continental shelf (OCS) oil and gas lease sales for the Gulf of Mexico proposed to take place in 2020. The Call for Information seeks industry interest and public comment on areas to lease in the Gulf of Mexico OCS planning areas, excluding areas in the eastern Gulf under statutory moratorium. The comment period is open for 30 days until January 25, 2019. This is the first step in the approval process for the first new set of lease sales outside Alaskan waters under the proposed 2019-2024 Leasing Program. The 2019-2024 Leasing Program must be approved before the proposed lease sales can take place. However, BOEM routinely begins the pre-sale approval process (up to but not including the lease sale itself, and including the federal consistency determination) prior to full approval of the leasing program. More information about the OCS leasing process, including the approval processes for the 2019-2024 Leasing Program and lease sales, is available on the members only website.

Spring 2019 Roundtable on Managed Retreat Policies as a Strategy for Adapting to Coastal Change: In Spring 2019, Georgetown Climate Center will host a roundtable event in Washington D.C. with academic experts and state and local leaders to discuss opportunities and challenges associated with retreat as a strategy for adapting to sea-level rise. GCC is interested to hear from any CSO members that would be interested in participating or presenting. If you are interested in joining this event, please reach out to John Ryan-Henry at jryan-henry@coastalstates.org.

Coordination with State Water Agencies – Association of Clean Water Administrators 2 Question Survey: CSO is seeking out NGO partners to work with more closely to develop tools and resources that can help further the Coastal Management Program reach. We have identified the Association of Clean Water Administrators as a potential partner for future work.

Please answer this short survey to help us understand how you are currently working with ACWA members (state water agency officials) and what your shared interests and priorities may be.

National Estuary Programs and Coastal Program Integration Project Update: As described at the CSO Fall Members Meeting, the USEPA is seeking to comprehensively understand the integration between National Estuary Programs (NEPs) and state CZM Programs, nationally. We are seeking to create a national view of the partnership landscape that can be used to message to USEPA leadership and external stakeholders about tangible on-the-ground examples of cooperative federalism. And we are employing a two-step approach to complete this work. The first step involved an analysis of existing NEP and CZM Program materials that are publicly available. This literature review helped us develop a high-level view of the 28 NEPs and their 20 state CZM Program partners, including the nature of their institutional alignments and overlapping priority areas.

In January, the project will be moving into a second phase whereby Bri Cotti-Rausch and contractors from Industrial Economics (IEc) will be reaching out to individual CZM Program Staff and NEP Staff. We will be conducting brief interviews with the appropriate Staff to collect more details about how the two programs work together in several states. These interviews will help IEc create a database of success stories that highlight lessons learned and tangible outcomes that have resulted from working together. Among other things, we hope to understand the following:

  • The value-added of each program to their partnership work;
  • Different opportunities to work together that have resulted given the unique institutional placements found across the partnership landscape;
  • Examples of how funding resources are leveraged to complete on-the-ground projects;
  • How NEPs serve as delivery mechanisms for USEPA data, tools, funding, and other resources; and
  • Opportunities to enhance NEP-CZM collaborations in the future.

The national programmatic overview and individual success stories will be synthesized into a whitepaper report, informational one-pagers, as well as an online geospatial Story Map viewer. We intend for these tools to help USEPA message about how these collaborations are achieving overlapping goals of NEPs and CZM Programs that include improving waters, habitats, and living resources while balancing the needs of coastal communities. From the CSO perspective, we hope to use this partnership with EPA to increase the visibility of coastal programs nationally and to find opportunities to strategically leverage federal resources and investments in the coastal zone that will further the reach of coastal programs. Please be in touch with bcotti-rausch@coastalstates.org with any thoughts or questions.

Thank you for reading another edition of the CSO Member’s only newsletter and please be in touch with myself or relevant staff on any of the items above.

Regards,

Bradley Watson
Executive Director
Coastal States Organization