Maryland's Chesapeake & Coastal Program News - August 2010

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Volume 2, Issue 7

August 2010

IN THE ZONE is a service from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources' Chesapeake & Coastal Program that delivers timely information, tools and resources to those who live, work and play in Maryland's coastal zone.
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CCP Spotlight is a feature of the In the Zone e-mail service that highlights programs that have been developed by the Chesapeake & Coastal Program or through partnership and support from federal, state and local partners helping to advance coastal management in Maryland.


CWPThe Watershed Assistance Grant Program welcomes requests for technical planning, design and financing strategy activities directly related to watershed restoration and protection efforts. 

Click here to view the Request for Proposals.
Special Funding Opportunity Also Available through Chesapeake Bay Green Street-Green Jobs Initiative
In addition, a special funding opportunity for green streets and other urban green infrastructure projects is now available. This announcement is soliciting proposals for urban green infrastructure-driven technical planning and design assistance associated with watershed restoration projects. The Chesapeake Bay Green Street-Green Jobs Initiative supports supports implementation of the President's Chesapeake Bay Protection and Restoration Executive Order
The Watershed Assistance Collaborative is a partnership among Maryland's state agencies, the Chesapeake Bay Trust, the University of Maryland, NOAA and EPA. The Collaborative exists to provide coordinated capacity-building opportunities to local implementers.
Click here to view the Request for Proposals.  
The deadline for both RFPs is September 24, 2010. 
Local communities interested in learning how the Collaborative can connect them to the financial and technical resources they need to undertake comprehensive watershed restoration projects in Maryland should e-mail Carrie Decker with the Chesapeake & Coastal Program or call 410-260-8723.
WAC pageCCP invites you to visit their new Watershed Assistance Collaborative webpage to learn more about the technical and financial assistance provided through the Collaborative to local communities and governments for advancing watershed protection and restoration activities in Maryland.
The Collaborative webpage will direct and connect communities to the following resources and information:
Planning and Design Grants
(RFP currently open as noted in CCP Spotlight) Learn about the planning and design assistance available for protection and restoration projects that lead to improved water quality in Maryland.
Technical Assistance
Find out about the project management and coordination assistance available through the Collaborative for implementation efforts in Maryland.
Stakeholder Development & Financing Strategies
Learn how the Collaborative assists with project implementation, watershed plan development, stakeholder development and financing strategies. 
Program Highlights
See what the Collaborative has done to ensure local communities get the information and the resources that they need - putting the resources at the level where the work gets done.


Suite of Mapping Tools Now Features Ocean, Shorelines and Estuaries Mappers



CCP has launched the Estuaries mapping tool, part of the suite of applications that comprise Maryland's Coastal Atlas. "Estuaries" joins the already live Ocean and Shorelines mapping tools of the Coastal Atlas that were launched in June 2010. "Estuaries" allows users to access information and maps identifying critical tidal and near-shore aquatic resources and habitats and their surrounding landscapes to focus conservation and management activities. The aquatic resources and habitats available through this tool are available for both the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays. 
Among the data found in "Estuaries", the tool delivers the results of the recently completed Blue Infrastructure Near-shore Assessment - a detailed spatial assessment of coastal habitat, critical natural resources and associated human uses in the tidal waters and near-shore area of Maryland's coastal zone. This assessment evaluated and prioritized coastal habitats in Maryland's Chesapeake and Coastal Bays, tidal waters and Ocean and is currently being integrated in to coastal conservation work. One example is the assessment's application in land acquisition targeting. The map products will be used to enhance the scope of information and aquatic resource values considered in land acquisition in coastal areas. CCP staff will be on hand at the upcoming Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) conference in Ocean City on August 19th to demonstrate the Estuaries mapping tool to county parks and recreation representatives and to provide some brief training.
Maryland's ocean and estuarine environments today face an era of unprecedented activity. Wind farms and other energy facilities, commercial fishing, diverse recreational uses, and shipping highways are all competing for use and space. To ensure the protection of Maryland's critical ocean and estuarine resources, otherwise known as our Blue Infrastructure, and the coastal economies that depend on them, the Coastal Atlas has been developed to provide direct access to available data needed for coastal and ocean planning efforts.
By providing access to this data, the Estuaries mapping tool can help coastal managers and planners identify coastal habitats where conservation and restoration activities can maintain and improve coastal resources. 

Click here to access the Coastal Atlas' Estuaries mapping tool.
For more information on training events or to comment on the Coastal Atlas, please e-mail Chris Cortina with the Chesapeake & Coastal Program or call 410.260.8774.


Next Meeting: Friday, August 27 


cwracThe Coastal and Watershed Resources Advisory Committee (CWRAC) is scheduled to meet on Friday, August 27 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Calvary United Methodist Church in Annapolis, Maryland.  The main topics are Enforceable Policies of the Maryland Coastal Program (Routine Program Change),Chesapeake Bay Shoreline Erosion Management Guide, and Developing Legislative Proposals for 2011 Session.  The Committee will also get updates on the following:  WIP Advisory Committee and Climate Change Insurance Advisory Committee.
CWRAC, established in 1976, is comprised of representatives of local government, concerned local citizens, special interest groups, state and federal agencies and academic institutions. CWRAC acts as an independent advisory body to the Secretary of Natural Resources and to Maryland's Chesapeake & Coastal Program on policy issues affecting the coastal areas of Maryland. Funding is provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration under the Coastal Zone Management grant. 
If you are interested in attending the upcoming meeting or in need of more information on CWRAC, e-mail Joe Abe or call 410.260.8740.

Maryland's Tributary Teams and EPA are Hosting Seven Public Meetings  
Maryland's Chesapeake Bay Phase I Watershed Implementation Plan is being developed to restore and protect a healthy Bay for future generations.  The six Chesapeake Bay watershed states and the District of Columbia are to submit draft Phase One reports by September 1, 2010 in support of the development of the draft and final Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (Bay TMDL).  Maryland's Tributary Teams and EPA are hosting seven public meetings to learn more about the TMDL WIP process in Maryland. 
The public meeting schedule is as follows:
  • September 27, 2010, Hosted by the Upper Potomac Trib team
    South Hagerstown High School auditorium, 820 Commonwealth Ave., Hagerstown, 21740
    Public Meeting from 7:00 to 9:00 pm
  • September 30 2010, Hosted by the three Eastern Shore Trib Teams
    Talbot County Community Center, Wye Oak Meeting Room
    10028 Ocean Gateway (eastbound US Route 50) Easton, 21601
    Public Meeting from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
  • October 4, 2010, Hosted by the Upper Western Shore and Patapsco Back Trib Teams
    Maryland State Fair Grounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium, 21093
    DNR Building/State Fair Museum; use the York Road gate
    Public Meeting from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
  • October 6, 2010, Hosted by the Patuxent River Commission and the Middle Potomac, the Lower Potomac and Lower Western Shore Trib Teams
    Prince George's Soil Conservation District, 5301 Marlboro Race Track Road
    Upper Marlboro, 20772   (301) 574-5162 X3
    Public Meeting from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
EPA Hosted Regional Meetings and Webinar*
  • October 12, Easton, 2 to 4 pm
    The Easton Club, 28449 Clubhouse Dr, Easton
  • October 13, Annapolis, 2 to 4 pm
    The Sheraton Annapolis, 173 Jennifer Road, Annapolis
  • October 14, Hagerstown, 2 to 4 pm*
    Hagerstown Hotel and Convention Center, 1901 Dual Highway, Hagerstown
    * this is also Maryland's Webinar meeting
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Maryland Department of Natural Resources

A publication of the Maryland Coastal Zone Management Program pursuant to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Award No.NA09NOA4190170. This publication is funded (in part) by a grant/cooperative agreement from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The views expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of NOAA or any of its sub-agencies.

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