News from Our Partners
New Jersey’s economy depends on over a million tourists flocking to its shores and $30 billion in goods shipped through the Port of New York and New Jersey and the Port of Philadelphia and Camden. But all that traffic takes a toll on the ecosystem that is so vital to protecting the community from storms. The Nature Conservancy in New Jersey is working to mitigate the impacts and build resilience in the state through a NOAA-funded project. The conservancy is working with a variety of federal and nonprofit partners to bring tools to the area and help the community.
The resident ocean economy expert on contract with NOAA’s Office of Program Planning and Integration, Jeff Adkins, was interviewed by Speak Up for Blue’s Andrew Lewin to better understand ocean economics. Jeff educates the listeners about the importance of the ocean economy and how using that knowledge can further ocean conservation.
Help the National Estuarine Research Reserves and reserve partner association, NERRA, kick off National Estuaries Week with an ocean and waterways cleanup. Join the world’s largest volunteer effort by participating in the International Coastal Cleanup.
The call for abstracts is now open for Social Coast Forum 2016. Come share social science tools and methods to address our nation’s coastal management issues. The first two forums were standing-room-only events; don’t miss your chance to be a part of the 2016 excitement!
NOAA has compiled a list of all climate-related funding opportunities available as of July 2015. This resource is hosted through the Collaboratory for Adaptation to Climate Change, which is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation and focuses on facilitating interactions among researchers and decision makers in the climate realm.
Louisiana will get a $6.8 billion cut of the $18.7 billion global settlement from the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and the state already knows what the money will be spent on. The bulk of the money will be spent on a coastal master plan for the state. This will include building new barrier islands, marsh and wetland restoration, and sediment diversion. Most of these projects are shovel ready awaiting funds.
Because of the devastation caused by Post Tropical Cyclone Sandy, the Army Corps of Engineers is working on a new line of defense for the New Jersey shore. Many of the channels in the area are already dredged for safe passage of larger ships. Now, the material from those dredged channels will be used for creating marshes, beaches, barrier islands, and other forms of green infrastructure. The corps looked at how marshes and barrier islands mitigated the impacts of Sandy and realized the benefits of creating these forms of protection over concrete structures.
Climate adaptation and preparedness are issues that today’s planners need to be ready to handle. Knowing that, the American Planning Association has leveraged its partnership with the Digital Coast to highlight adaptation and planning tools and resources from the Digital Coast and beyond. Read the blog to learn more, and visit the association’s website to find other valuable resources.
Restore America’s Estuaries put together a report on the state of the nation’s living shorelines and what can be done to increase their usage. The report details what institutional barriers are hindering the broader use of living shorelines and recommends appropriate actions to remove those barriers. The report does not delve into the scientific benefits and technical merits of using living shorelines.
As the focus on hazards and resilience in the world of planning increases, so does the amount of literature on the subject. The American Planning Association posted a review of all of the books published in the last year on this topic. The reviews are intended to highlight new resources, while offering some comparisons on the focus and practical value the authors provide.