Maryland's Chesapeake & Coastal Program News - September 2011

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Volume 3, Issue 7 

September 2011


IN THE ZONE is a service from the 

Maryland Department of Natural Resources'

Chesapeake & Coastal Program (CCP)

that delivers timely information, tools and resources to those who live, work and play in Maryland's coastal zone.

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Informing Decision-Making on Offshore Wind  
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.


ocean surveySince 2009 Maryland has worked with a diverse set of stakeholders and resource managers to identify areas off the Atlantic Coast that would support offshore renewable wind energy development and potential submarine transmission pathways, while minimizing natural resource and human use conflicts.  To help inform decision-making, the Chesapeake and Coastal Program (CCP) partnered with the Maryland Geological Survey (MGS) during summer 2011 to conduct ocean habitat survey work.  By using primarily acoustic remote classification instruments and benthic grab samples in an approximately 3x3 square nautical mile area off Ocean City, a better map of benthic types has started to emerge.


Starting in Fall 2011, the Department of Natural Resources' Power Plant Research Program (PPRP) is partnering with Versar to take preliminary remote classification data and conduct biological sampling in some of the habitat types identified from the sonar maps.  CCP staff went out on boat field sampling days with MGS and Versar to collect information and conduct sampling.  Most recently, in September, CCP staff went out with Versar to participate in biological sampling of coarse sand, fine sand and mud habitats.  A great diversity of living resources were sampled including bay and striped anchovy, butterfish, cannonball jellyfish, hogchoker, horseshoe crabs, weakfish, windowpane flounder, spider and lady crabs and many other species.


By combining the results of these two projects and leveraging funding sources, this will allow Maryland to begin to more effectively characterize the biological communities associated with the benthic habitats off Maryland's Atlantic Coast.  The information from these projects will inform decisions about potential submarine transmission corridors and other ocean use work.  CCP and MGS will expand this work through 2012 to process all of the benthic data and samples and survey another section of State Atlantic Ocean waters.


For more information on this project and related activities in Maryland's ocean waters, e-mail or click here to visit CCP's Coastal Resources webpage. 



CCP Provides New Resources to Coastal Communities Impacted 


fact sheet
The CoastSmart Recovery and Freeboard factsheets are available on CCP's website at:

Recent storms and flooding have reminded people all along the East Coast about the risks associated with living in the coastal zone.  While Hurricane Irene did not produce the amount of storm surge in the Chesapeake Bay as previous storms have, it is important to remember that coastal flooding will continue to be a threat and is expected to affect areas further inland in the future due to changing sea-levels and the potential increase in storm intensity and frequency.  



The CoastSmart Recovery factsheet is intended to highlight changes in building design that can minimize the impacts of coastal flooding in the future.  While some of these changes can be substantial, incorporating them during the rebuilding process will minimize additional costs and help reduce the chance of repetitive losses on your property. To learn more, click here to view the CoastSmart Recovery factsheet.

The What is Freeboard? factsheet explains the benefits of elevating a building's lowest floor above predicted flood elevations by a small additional height.  Beyond protecting a structure from higher amounts of coastal flooding, freeboard can help prepare a building for ongoing sea level rise and reduce the long-term cost of maintaining a coastal property.  Increasing freeboard can also create significant savings on flood insurance premiums.  For more information about freeboard, click here to view the What is Freeboard? factsheet. 

To help communities minimize their vulnerability to coastal hazards and adapt to a changing climate, the Chesapeake and Coastal Program has created two factsheets that describe hazard-resilient building practices that can be incorporated into the design of coastal properties. These factsheets provide timely information that can be included in any rebuilding efforts.


Local Governments, Decision-makers and Coastal Residents Gathered in St. Michaels to Learn How Other Communities are Addressing Coastal Issues 


cci exchangeOn Friday, September 16, fifty-five participants representing local, state and federal governments, universities, consultants, and nonprofit organizations attended this interactive workshop at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Maryland. The purpose of the Coastal Communities Exchange was to serve as a venue to highlight projects completed or underway in Maryland's coastal zone (many of those supported by CCP funding made possible through NOAA grants); to share ideas and lessons learned; to discuss best practices; and to share products and outcomes that might be applicable to - or replicable in - other coastal communities.


The Coastal Communities Exchange featured the following:

  • Anne Arundel County presented on their on their project to develop a Sea Level Rise Strategic Plan 
  • Talbot County shared details of their project to conduct Coastal Management for Traditional Villages  
  • Presenting on their ongoing efforts to establish stormwater utilities in their communities was Ocean City and the Town of Centreville
  • The University of Maryland Environmental Finance Center presented on the Watershed Assistance Collaborative's launch of the Stormwater Financing Unit
  • New CoastSmart Communities Planner, Jeff Allenby, introduced the new factsheet resources available through the CoastSmart Communities Online Resource Center and reported on the development status of the CoastSmart Communities Scorecard, a community self-assessment tool
  • The City of Cambridge shared their experience from being selected as a pilot community for EPA's Sustainable Building Blocks Workshop and discussed their current project: "Code and Ordinance Modification to Address Nonpoint Source Pollution and Storm Surge and Sea Level Rise"
  • The Georgetown Law Center presented their work developing a Model Zoning Sea Level Rise Ordinance for Maryland
  • Providing an example from another coastal state was the Delaware Sea Grant College Program who presented on a pilot project in the City of Lewes, Delaware for Hazard Mitigation and Adaptation to Climate Change
  • The Critical Area Commission shared their work on the development of a Buffer Resource Guide
  • The Lower Eastern Shore office of the Maryland Department of Planning shared how CCP and MDP were able to partner to provide Chesapeake Bay Critical Area Ordinance Updates for Seven Small Lower Eastern Shore Municipalities
  • The Town of Queenstown reviewed their projects to develop an Integrated Community Design Document and a Transportation Element for their Comprehensive Plan
  • Lastly, members of the Coastal and Watershed Resources Advisory Committee (CWRAC) described the role and recent involvement of CWRAC in influencing coastal policy and invited Exchange attendees to get involved with CWRAC and to attend the next meeting on October 28, 2011.

CCP is working on making the day's agenda, the presentations and handouts available for download on our website.  Check back in October. 



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CCP Coast Day Team (L to R): Chelsie Papiez, Sarah Lane and Catherine McCall.

On September 17, the Chesapeake and Coastal Program participated in the 15th Annual Maryland Coast Day and Assateague Island Clean-Up.  These two events, co-organized by Assateague Coastal Trust, Assateague State Park and Assateague Island National Seashore, demonstrate what visitors and residents can do to protect the coastal bays and Atlantic coastline.  Every year Maryland's Coast Day events attract about 3,000 visitors and exhibitors from more than 30 organizations including Surfrider Foundation, Salisbury Zoo, Maryland DNR Scales and Tales and others.  As it is every year, the family-friendly event featured live music, arts and crafts, live animal exhibits and best of all, it's FREE.


CCP staff began the day joining other volunteers to collect washed up marine debris and other trash within Assateague Island National Seashore.  Removing this problematic litter and other refuse prevents it from entering waterways where it could contribute to beach closures, habitat degradation, interruption of fishing activities and negatively impact aesthetics.  Marine debris is also known to have negative impacts on marine life, such as marine mammals and migratory birds who mistake plastic and other forms of debris as food.     


Coastal Clean-up Highlights: 

  • This year's beach cleanup removed 2,500 pounds of refuse from re-entering Atlantic Ocean and Maryland's Coastal Bays
  • A total of 247 people volunteered their Saturday morning to help clean the beaches of Assateague Island
  • Some of the most unusual findings included: $10 bill, parts of a catamaran hull that crashed on the north jetty, car bumper, bag of rancid squid and a bingo ball

After the clean-up, CCP headed over to Assateague State Park to take part in Coast Day.  There, CCP staffers Chelsie Papiez, Catherine McCall and Sarah Lane provided information on the Coastal Atlas, CELCP, and Ocean Planning and Renewable Offshore Energy. 


Investing in Research and Development as a Way to Improve Efficiency and Maximize Return on Investment


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Heated flooring system being installed at the UMES research poultry house.

Airborne nitrogen is comprised of nitrogen oxides, ammonia and organic nitrogen and contributes one-third of the total nitrogen load to the Chesapeake Bay.  Ammonia is emitted from agricultural production, energy generation and other industrial processes.  Controlling ammonia emissions from poultry houses is one strategy in Maryland's Watershed Implementation Plan to improve water quality in the Chesapeake Bay.  To assist with this strategy the State teamed up with AHPharma, Inc. as part of its Innovative Technology Fund.  Under this partnership the Maryland Industrial Partnership (MIPS), University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES), AHPharma and DNR demonstrate their commitment to reducing ammonia pollution in the Chesapeake Bay.  Dr. Jeannine Harter-Dennis of UMES will continue working with AHPharma to refine a radiant floor heat technology in chicken houses that decreases ammonia emissions by reducing litter moisture.  By investing in research and development the Innovative Technology Fund aims to accelerate Bay restoration through the advancement of new technologies.

DNR has been partnering with the MIPS program for almost four years to administer research and development projects under the Innovative Technology Fund.  MIPS has played a critical role in administering the Innovative Technology Fund by identifying potential projects, working with University researchers and providing business development reviews.  The next round of research and development proposals is due October 17, 2011; please visit the MIPS webpage for application instructions. 


For more information, e-mail Sarah Lane or click here to visit the Innovative Technology Fund website.

Next Meeting: Friday, October 28, 2011

cwracMaryland's next CWRAC meeting will be Friday, October 28, 2011 (10 to 12:30 pm at the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Tawes State Building, Conference Room C-1 in Annapolis, MD.   


CWRAC, established in 1976, is an advisory committee comprised of representatives of local government, concerned local citizens, special interest groups, state and federal agencies and academic institutions. Located administratively under the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, CWRAC acts as an independent advisory body to the Secretary of Natural Resources and to Maryland's 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 with the Chesapeake & Coastal Program or call 410.260.8740.

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A publication of the Maryland Coastal Zone Management Program pursuant to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Award No. NA10NOS4190204. 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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