Hurray, it's Spring! Lectures and conferences, walks and workshops to keep you busy... and introducing the new Coastal Monitoring Coordinators' Network!
Spring 2017 Issue
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April 11-12, 2017: Boston Harbor & Islands Science Symposium

Join colleagues from around the region for two days of networking and learning about what we study and how we study the Boston Harbor estuary and islands. The event will feature field trips, a Science Café, keynote presentations, lightning talks, concurrent presentations, and panels. Keynote speakers are Anne Giblin from the Marine Biological Laboratory and Rich Batiuk from the Chesapeake Bay Program. The event is hosted by the National Parks of Boston and Northeastern University with additional sponsorship from Boston Harbor Now, UMass Boston, and MassBays.
March 28:  Walk, Bring in Spring nature walk, Dennis
March 30:  Conference, Green Infrastructure for Coastal Resilience, Nahant
March 30:  Workshop, Let's Build a Garden, Dennis
April 1:  Expo, Gardening Green, Scituate
April 1, May 10:  Volunteer training, Adopt-a-Beach, Salem
April 11:  Conference, Boston Harbor and Islands Science Symposium, Boston
April 18:  Workshop, Marine debris, Salem
April 20: Workshop, Intro to fly tying, Norwell
April 26:  Lecture, Eelgrass Distribution and Mapping in Salem SoundMarblehead
April 29: Walk, Brook Trout walk, Hanover
April 30, May 6, May 20: Beach cleanups, Marblehead, Swampscott & Salem
May 13: Workshop, Clamming the North River, Scituate
June 13: Workshop, Marine invasive species, Salem

Restoring Cape Cod habitats

APCC works with towns to move the needle

In 2015, the Association to Preserve Cape Cod (APCC) developed a comprehensive Cape-wide inventory of coastal restoration projects based on input from all 15 towns. This initial list included 140 projects, everything from stormwater remediation to salt marsh and fish run restoration, to improvements to water quality conditions and coastal resilience.Committed to tackling the long list of possible restoration projects, APCC established the Restoration Coordination Center (RCC). RCC staff assist towns by providing coordination, project management, technical assistance, outreach, and other services to promote implementation of holistic, cost-effective, and ecologically sound restoration projects.

This past year, MassBays provided RCC with funding under the Healthy Estuaries Grant Program to update the inventory -- now counting more than 170 projects -- and conduct a formal prioritization of restoration projects; identify two top priority projects to develop for planning and construction; and partner with municipalities to submit requests for implementation funding through restoration grant programs.

Keep an eye on the RCC's current projects page to track restoration initiatives around the Cape.
A herring jumping from the water

Help count the fishes!

It's spring in the estuaries, and APCC and NSRWA are seeking volunteers to count herring as they make their way upstream. Shifts are only 10 minutes each, several times a week during the month-long run. While we usually begin to see herring around April 1, migration may begin earlier this year due to warmer spring temperatures.

Results of volunteer counts inform fisheries management, document the need for restoration or improvement of fish runs, and track impacts of restoration projects.   

To volunteer on Cape Cod, call or email Jo Ann (
On the South Shore, visit the NSRWA website and sign up for training using this form.

Photo: L. Keeran

A new network for coastal volunteer monitoring programs

In September 2016 MassBays convened monitoring coordinators from 17 organizations for a Citizen Monitoring Coordinators' Summit (read the meeting summary) and to launch a new Network to support collaboration and provide direct and in-kind resources for their work.

MassBays is committed to building capacity across the Network, not only to improve the extent and quality of data available for our State of the Bays reporting, but to increase partner organizations' ability to generate their own questions and utilize their own data to take local action.

Based on attendees' statement of need (see chart below), MassBays is hosting a Network listserv, producing a periodic newsletter, and actively connecting scientists with local groups for monitoring plan design and sampling protocol QA/QC.

We are seeking funding to take up several other initiatives, including: 
  • Securing centralized, web-based tools for data management.
  • Creating opportunities for equipment exchange and joint training for volunteers.
  • Helping to sustain long-term programs and jump-start lapsed ones.
For more information, contact Pam DiBona.
Results of survey of monitoring program coordinators
Citizen Monitoring Coordinators' Summit attendees were asked to develop a job description to gain expertise that would bring their citizen monitoring program to the next level. Responses from 24 participants (more than one expertise was possible) are depicted here.
Regional Coordinators & Service Providers
The Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Program is a cooperative venture of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Commonwealth of Massachusetts - Charlie Baker, Governor; Karyn E. Polito, Lieutenant Governor
Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs - Matthew A. Beaton, Secretary
Office of Coastal Zone Management - Bruce K. Carlisle, Director
Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Program - Pam DiBona, Executive Director
Copyright © 2017 Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Partnership, All rights reserved.

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