Welcome to the Fall 2013 edition of the Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Program newsletter
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Dec. 3 & 10 - Rescheduled dates for Salem Sound Coastwatch's Climate Change in New England Lecture Series

Dec. 16 - Maine Sea Grant Green Crab Summit Orono ME
Saving Paradise: Cape Cod's Water at Risk The Association to Preserve Cape Cod, Mass Bays' Cape Cod regional partner, released the first in a series of videos about the importance of and threats to Cape Cod's water resources. Check it out and pass it on!

NEW Assoc. of National Estuary Program (ANEP) ANEP logowebsite  A new and improved website features info for all 28 National Estuary Programs. ANEP works collaboratively to address estuarine concerns nation-wide.

Research/Project Info Available We updated our website to include summaries, project partner info, and final products for the four years of our Research & Planning Grant Program. Check out the great original research on a wide variety of topics across the Mass Bays region.

Div. of Ecological Restoration Priority Projects RFR DER seeks restoration projects for Priority Project nomination. Review the RFR on Comm-PASS. Search for "DER 2014-02" under Solicitations. Due Dec 19.

Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resiliency Competetive Grants The Dept. of Interior seeks proposals to support projects that reduce communities’ vulnerability to the growing risks from coastal storms, sea level rise, flooding, erosion and associated threats through strengthening natural ecosystems that also benefit fish and wildlife. Review the RFR. Due Jan 31.
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News from the Bays

Fall 2013

Focus on Sea Level Rise Impacts to Great Marsh

The Great Marsh Symposium on November 14th in Ipswich focused on how natural resources can help minimize the potential impacts of sea level rise. Organized and run by the Great Marsh Coalition, of which Mass Bays is a member, the well-attended Symposium gave planners and officials background on how coastal resources will be affected by sea level rise; an understanding of the importance of estuarine restoration to allow natural resources the ability to respond naturally to sea level rise; and tools such as funding sources and mapping software to use as they plan for sea level rise impacts. The information, although tailored to the Great Marsh area, can be applied to other Mass Bays regions. Go to the Coalition's website to view the agenda and presentations (found under the "Resources" tab).

Record Year for Herring at Stony Brook

2013 marked an exciting year for herring monitoring in Mass Bays' Cape Cod region. Mass Bay's Cape Cod regional partner, the Association to Preserve Cape Cod (APCC), reports that the Stony Brook (Brewster) herring run count results indicate the largest increase in a herring run size estimate since recording began in 2007. The Stony Brook run has received much attention in recent years through salt marsh restoration, the removal of tidal restrictions, and the addition of a fish ladder. It's great to see these efforts may be paying off. For more information see APCC's recent press.

A Story of Hay Staddles and Gundalows

Investigating the environmental history of the Great Marsh ecosystem is a priority of our Upper North Shore Hay Staddle in the Great Marshregional partner, the Merrimack Valley Planning Commission. Using historic ledgers from coastal farmers, local historian Will Winn highlights the critical role the salt marsh played in feeding livestock and supplementing income. This intriguing report will help inform future management decisions. Look for the final report coming soon!

Making Connections: River Herring Network

A group of about 50 representatives from 19 towns, three state agencies, one federal agency, and four non-profits met on October 24th for the third annual River Herring Network meeting. This group, which got its jumpstart from a 2011 Mass Bays Research & Planning Grant, met to report on the season's herring run counts, assess count methods, and discuss the current regulatory framework and law enforcement concerns. To review the meeting agenda, notes or presentations, go to the Network's website.

Off Billington Street Dam Removed

Congratulations to the Town of Plymouth and its many partners for removing this dam on Town Brook. Now there is just one dam upstream (Plymco dam) and one downstream (Holmes dam) before the entire length of Town Brook runs unimpeded. Read the press release.
The Mass Bays Program is an EPA National Estuary Program dedicated to protecting, restoring, and enhancing the estuarine resources of Massachusetts and Cape Cod Bays. We facilitate partnerships to prompt local, state, and federal action and stewardship, convening stakeholders on the local and regional level, providing scientific basis for management decisions, and educating decision makers about problems and solutions.
The Massachusetts Bays 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.

United States Environmental Protection Agency - Gina McCarthy, Administrator
Commonweatlh of Massachusetts - Deval L. Patrick, Governor; Timothy P. Murray, Lieutenant Governor
Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs - Richard K. Sullivan Jr., Secretary
Office of Coastal Zone Management - Bruce K. Carlisle, Director
Massachusetts Bays Program - Pam DiBona, Executive Director
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