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.


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, CSO’s Coastal Nonpoint Work Group met and discussed questions for our federal partners, the existing development and watershed protection management measures, and updates on the Coastal Nonpoint Repository. Next week, the conditionally approved states will be joined by staff from the Georgia Coastal Management Program for a discussion on what happens once a state has submitted an approvable coastal nonpoint program to NOAA and EPA. For more information, contact Bridget at bfaust@coastalstates.org


Communications Work Group: The Communications Work Group continues work on the Extreme Weather Fact Sheet. We need photos and success stories. The Blue Economy document has stories from the East Coast and Gulf that we can reuse. However, we would like to have one story per region and need stories from the rest of the membership. Let us know if you have a project or initiative that you would like to highlight. 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: Facebook@CoastalStatesOrganization;  Instagram@coastalstates_cso;  Twitter@Coastal_States


Coastal Hazards Planning and Adaptation Work Group:  Driven by the interests of the Coastal Hazards Planning and Adaptation Work Group, CSO is creating a series of Peer-to-Peer Knowledge Exchange webinars. These webinars will feature the ongoing work of coastal management programs and their partners on a range of issues relevant to preparing and adapting to the effects of coastal hazards. The first webinar is announced below.



Webinar Announcements:


#1 – Webinar on Nov 28, 2018 on Projects of Special Merit

Announcing the Best Practices in Coastal Management Webinar Series: OCM, in collaboration with state coastal management programs, is presenting a webinar series that will highlight successes, lessons learned, and best practices from strong coastal management projects, starting with recent Project of Special Merit awardees. For this first webinar, participants will hear about some of New Hampshire’s successful PSM projects and how the New Hampshire coastal management program has been able to utilize the PSM program to advance coastal management program goals addressing coastal hazards. This is a peer-to-peer sharing opportunity, so there will be a chance in the webinar for you to share your best practices as well. The first webinar will be held on  Wednesday, November 28th from 3-4 pm.  The webinar can be accessed using the following information: adobe connect: http://noaacsc.adobeconnect.com/psmwebinars/;

conference line: 1-888-846-8315 and passcode 7047260#.



#2 – Webinar on Nov 29, 2018 on Model Wetland Protection Ordinances

On the Coastal Hazards Planning and Adaptation Work Group’s first webinar, we will learn about the progress and challenges encountered by Indiana’s coastal program during their ongoing 309 Strategy to develop model wetland protections ordinances for local communities. We will also learn about recent work in Wisconsin to understand and address the relationship between wetlands and flood hazards, that contributed to a recently awarded Project of Special Merit to map culverts and understand vulnerabilities to restricted water flow in the coastal zone. This webinar is open to all CSO Members and their staff. Please plan to join us!



Sylvia Collins, Coastal Resources Planner, Lake Michigan Coastal Program, Indiana DNR

Kyle Magyera, Local Government Outreach Specialist, Wisconsin Wetlands Association

Jim Giglierano, GIS Officer, State of Wisconsin

Kate Angel, Coastal Hazards Coordinator, Wisconsin Coastal Management Program


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United States (Toll Free): 
1 866 899 4679 
United States: 
+1 (571) 317-3117 
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#3 – Webinar on Dec. 4, 2018 on Digital Coast 101 and Natural Infrastructure

Using Digital Coast Resources for Coastal Management: Digital Coast 101 and Natural Infrastructure (December 4, 2-3pm ET). This webinar will help coastal managers understand what can be found on Digital Coast, provide tips for navigating the website, and demonstrate how Digital Coast tools, resources, and training can be used to explore a specific topic, using natural infrastructure as an example. Register now at this link: https://goo.gl/forms/cFAERl1S31FDqUJk2.



Other Updates:

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).


Input Requested: Critical needs in coastal ecosystem-based management: Researchers at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, in cooperation with NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS), are conducting an online survey to identify research needs for ecosystem based management in the coastal marine resource management field, and have requested input from state coastal zone managers. The survey should take about 15-20 minutes. Participants may be invited to further share their insight in interviews and regional workshops. Please feel free to share the survey link with others with experience in coastal marine resource management that might also be willing to participate. Please see the Project Information & Survey Link.


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 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.


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. I hope you have a family filled, safe, and enjoyable Thanksgiving.




Bradley Watson

Executive Director

Coastal States Organization