Upcoming Events

Improving coastal resiliency through vulnerability assessment and natural adaptation prioritization

Event Date: 
Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 2pm EDT / 11am PDT / 7 UTC

Join us Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 2pm ET for a webinar on Improving coastal resiliency through vulnerability assessment and natural adaptation prioritization

Presented by: Dr. Patrick Crist of PlanIt Forward LLC.

A consortium of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, US federal agencies, and other organizations recently assessed the vulnerability of US coasts to a variety of flooding threats and identified areas of natural value or potential to provide resiliency to human assets and populations. This webinar will present results from seven “targeted watersheds” –Charleston Harbor (South Carolina), Delaware Bay (Delaware and New Jersey), Narragansett Bay (Rhode Island and Massachusetts), Portland and Midcoast Maine, St. Johns River (Florida), San Francisco Bay and Coast, Savannah River (Georgia) – that were assessed by NatureServe using its Vista decision support software. The work included extensive stakeholder engagement via multiple workshops and webinars and produced reports, data packages, and decision support systems for each watershed. These products are now available to the public. This work was led by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) with the collaboration of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA), the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), NatureServe, and the National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center (NEMAC). The webinar will be presented by Dr. Patrick Crist who led the NatureServe projects and is now Principal of PlanIt Forward LLC.

Co-sponsors: OCTO (OpenChannels, The Skimmer, MPA News, EBM Tools Network)

Fighting Marine Debris on the US West Coast – Effective Actions and Tools

Event Date: 
Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at 1pm US EST / 10am US PST / 6pm UTC

This webinar features experts from Washington, Oregon, and California highlighting their clean-up, education, and regulatory actions to curtain marine debris. These efforts include: 1) a project to remove over 382 tons of creosoted wood and other marine debris from the shorelines of the Puget Sound; 2) professional development training workshops for teachers to influence marine debris prevention among students and the community; and 3) the world's first disposable-free dining ordinance that requires that all on-site dining use reusable foodware and promotes reusables for take-out dining by charging for disposable cups.

Presented by: Casey Palmer-McGee of the Samish Island Nation, Cait Goodwin and Tracy Cres of Oregon Sea Grant, and Miriam Gordon of UPSTREAM.

Co-sponsors: OCTO (MarineDebris.info, OpenChannels, The Skimmer, MPA News, EBM Tools Network).

A New Coast: Strategies for Responding to Devastating Storms and Rising Seas

Event Date: 
Thursday, February 13, 1 pm US EST/10 am US PST/6 pm UTC

Join us February 13 at 1pm US EST / 10am US PST for a webinar on A New Coast: Strategies for Responding to Devastating Storms and Rising Seas

Presented by: Jeffrey Peterson, author of A New Coast: Strategies for Responding to Devastating Storms and Rising Seas

Due to climate change, devastating storms and sea level rise will increasingly threaten vibrant communities, critical infrastructure, and vital natural systems. This webinar will present actionable policy guidance for how governments, businesses, and engaged citizens can work together to prepare for a changing coast.

Proposals include gradually phasing out incentives for remaining in areas vulnerable to sea level rise (e.g., coverage under the National Flood Insurance Program), implementing a national permit program to limit building in areas destined to become wetlands or ocean, and a requirement for posting bond to cover costs of removing structures prior to sea level inundation. The final proposal is a comprehensive national program to support an effective response to the short and long-term challenges of worsening storms and sea level rise, as well as an outline of the steps needed to make a national program a reality.

Co-sponsors: NOAA National MPA Center and OCTO (MPA News, OpenChannels, EBM Tools Network)