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. It was wonderful to see nearly all of you last week at the CSO Winter Meeting in what was a coastal management themed week here in the Nation’s Capital.



CSO 2019 Winter Membership Meeting Look Back:

By all accounts, last week’s CSO Winter Meeting was a productive and informative endeavor. CSO members heard tailored presentations from FEMA, USACE, NCCOS, USFWS, Sea Grant, and others. The CSO team is circling the wagons and following up on the wide range of items and opportunities that arose from last weeks discussions. If you have a specific item that we have

not yet responded to, please don’t hesitate to contact anyone on the CSO team about it. With that said, we have not been able to respond to all follow up items just yet, so, please don’t think we have forgotten you.

For the third consecutive year, the Coastal Celebration on Capitol Hill was an invigorating event attended by Senators, Members of Congress, Hill staff, agency officials, industry representatives, coastal management partners, and others. At a snapshot, this year we had (in addition to Hill staff): over 120 people from NGOs, industry and academia; over 90 people from local communities, states and local coastal/estuary programs, and over 115 people from NOAA, USACE, BOEM, USFWS, EPA, FEMA and other federal agencies. This event would not be possible without the support of our sponsors, so a big thank you to: Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company, the National Wildlife Federation, Ocean Conservancy, Association of National Estuary Partnerships, National Audubon Society, Gulf of Mexico Alliance, Ducks Unlimited, Coastal Strategies, Restore the Mississippi River Delta, the National Estuarine Research Reserve Association, The Nature Conservancy, and Restore America’s Estuaries.

During both the CSO Winter Meeting and the Program Managers Meeting last week, multiple discussions focused on the importance of communication. Please remember that CSO can help spread your message. Send us updates on projects, meetings, initiatives, and partnerships – we can include them in the newsletter, add them to the calendar of events, and where appropriate post to social media. We are here to help enhance your messaging capacity.

From The Hill:

The Senate Commerce Committee will hold a hearing on Wednesday, March 27th at 10:00 Eastern to discuss the Blue Economy. Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant will be testify. More information and the live broadcast can be found at: https://www.commerce.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/2019/3/our-blue-economy-successes-and-opportunities Hearings on the president’s budget are also expected beginning in April and we will keep you informed on when those are announced.

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: CSO’s CNPS Work Group will meet next week, Monday, March 25 at 2pm ET. Our next conditionally approved state call will be hosted on Tuesday, April 23rd from 3-4pm ET. This is a friendly reminder that there has been a change to the schedule of CSO’s coastal nonpoint-related meetings. Specifically, every other month, work group members representing approved, disapproved, and conditionally approved states will participate in regularly scheduled CNPS Work Group meetings (March, May, July, September, November, January). In the intervening months (April, June, August, October, December), Work Group members representing the conditionally approved states will meet separately in order to provide additional support. Please contact Bridget Faust (bfaust@coastalstates.org) if you have questions.

Communications Work Group: The Communications Work Group has started discussion of the 2019 work plan. Items include continued Social Media Campaigns, revised fact sheets, and the potential for new Fact Sheets on Federal Consistency, and the CZMA. 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. The CSO social media pages are: @CoastalStatesOrganization @coastalstates_cso @Coastal_States

Coastal Hazards Planning and Adaptation Work Group: Please be on the lookout for the next installment by the Coastal Hazards Planning and Adaptation Work Group for the Beneficial Use and Resiliency Webinar Series. If you are interested in sharing about BU projects occurring in your state, please contact Bri Cotti-Rausch (bcotti-rausch@coastalstates.org).

Other Updates:

*CSO is now on LinkedIn: click here.

Introducing the New CSO-EPA OWOW Fellow: Justine Lundsted is originally from Pennsylvania but pursued her childhood dream of becoming a marine scientist in South Carolina. She obtained her Bachelor’s in Marine Science with minors in Biology and Spanish at Coastal Carolina University. Subsequently, Justine began a joint Peace Corps Masters International and Master of Science in Environmental Studies program at College of Charleston. The program consisted of one year on campus and 27 months of Peace Corps service abroad. Justine served in the Philippines where she worked as a Coastal Resource Management Advisor for the local government unit. Her work consisted of evaluating marine protected area effectiveness, conducting socio-economic assessments, and assessing coastal ecosystem health. Upon finishing her Peace Corps service, Justine applied for the Knauss Fellowship and completed her master’s degree. Her fellowship is a joint position with the Coastal States Organization (CSO) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

A portion of Justine’s portfolio will focus on Environmental Justice (EJ) in which she will develop an understanding of what states are already doing in this arena, highlight the accomplishments, and share resources with Coastal Program’s EJ initiatives. Toward this end, please fil out this short (6 question) survey to help Justine collect preliminary information regarding Coastal Programs’ work related to EJ. Thank you in advanced for your time and assistance, and, please contact Justine directly at jlundsted@coastalstates.org if you want to learn more or discuss further.

NCRF Technical Reviweer Opportunity: As noted in my email on 3-21-19 at 1:02 PM Eastern, NFWF has asked CSO to solicit interest from State Coastal Programs to participate as Technical Reviewers of proposals under the NCRF. Please see that email or contact me for more information.

ANPR Call Reminder: Please note that there is an Advanced Notice of Proposed rulemaking call scheduled for tomorrow, Friday, March 22nd at 2pm Eastern. Please contact John Ryan-Henry (jryan-henry@coastalstates.org) with any questions.

CSO ED on Podcast:

In January, I sat down with Derek Brockbank, Executive Director for ASBPA to record a podcast. The podcast went live yesterday and can be found here: https://www.coastalnewstoday.com/podcasts/bradley-watson-and-the-coastal-states-organization

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).

Atlantic Flyway Project:

CSO staff worked with state partners to convene shorebird workshops in Georgia, Virginia, and Delaware. An additional workshop is planned this week for Massachusetts. The workshops drew a great mix of federal, state, and NGO partners. We’ve heard that the Georgia workshop has already yielded success with the USACE agreeing to beneficially use dredge materials to enhance shorebird sites, and the Navy expressing interest in helping enhance a dredge deposit island to create a roosting site.

USACE Interagency Project Opportunity: As in previous years, USACE is seeking proposals for interagency nonstructural flood risk management projects. This program provides an opportunity for coastal programs to collaborate with Silver Jackets teams and/or other relevant federal and state entities through interagency projects to reduce flood hazard vulnerability, through such activities as vulnerability analysis, planning, public outreach, education, and non-structural mitigation projects. Not a grant program, the proposal process instead allocates USACE floodplain management services (FPMS) funding to Districts to participate on the proposed interagency projects.

Proposals are due for submission by USACE Districts to their Divisions on April 12. Proposals are short and simple. Districts submit 2-page descriptions of the project, with non-USACE partners completing 1-page partner support forms detailing planned role in the project and in-kind contributions.

CSO staff and USACE Silver Jackets leadership are ready to support any CSO members that are interested in using this opportunity to increase collaboration with their state Silver Jackets teams. CSO staff can support interested members by connecting with state Silver Jacket team points of contact and assisting in the development, review, and submission of proposals.

* Proposals are due from Districts by April 12 (deadline extended due to the government shutdown).

* For more information on the application process and the types of projects that have been funded, see the webinar recording here. * See examples of past interagency projects here.

Please contact John Ryan-Henry with questions or concerns: jryan-henry@coastalstates.org.

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CSO/OCM Webinar Reminder: CSO will be co-hosting another webinar with NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management on Tuesday, April 2 from 2-3pm ET. Join us for “CZMA 101 – Resources for Recent Hires and Other CZM Program Newcomers.” Please register to receive follow-up materials and information on how to join the webinar: https://goo.gl/forms/NQeP7NWafYTzI8s62. Contact Bridget Faust (bfaust@coastalstates.org) with any 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.


Bradley Watson

Executive Director

Coastal States Organization