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June 4:  New England Aquarium Lecture: Notes from the Field: Conditions and Trends in Massachusetts Bay and Cape Cod Bay
June 7: World Ocean Day Celebration, Boston
June 14: Salem Sound Coastwatch's Run for the Beach

June 23: Northeast Coastal Acidification Network (NECAN) workshop, North Shore: a meeting to inform and learn from fishermen, clam harvesters, aquaculturists, and coastal water quality volunteer programs regarding ocean and coastal acidification. Contact Cassie Stymiest to request an invitation.

July 12: North and South Rivers Watershed Association's Annual Great River Race.
MassBays hosted 100 attendees at the State of the Bays Symposium on April 15. Proceedings, in the form of a State of the Bays Report, will be available in early June. To review the agenda and see graphic recordings made onsite, visit the Symposium webpage.
APCC presents its third video in a series describing wastewater challenges on the Cape, Sea Level Rise: Changing Cape Cod’s Groundwater.
The MA Division of Ecological Restoration has published a new report on the economic and community benefits generated through six stream barrier removal projects in Massachusetts
Regional Coordinators & Service Providers

Upper North Shore:
Peter PhippenMerrimack Valley Planning Commission

Lower North Shore:
Barbara WarrenSalem Sound Coastwatch

Metropolitan Boston:
applications under review

South Shore:
Sara GradyNorth and South Rivers 
Watershed Association

Progress on the Great Marsh 

Hurricane Sandy resiliency work in full swing 
In June 2014, MassBays and project partners—including the National Wildlife Federation, the Merrimack Valley Planning Commission, the MA Department of Conservation and Recreation, the Ipswich River Watershed Association, and the University of New Hampshire—received $2.9 million to restore and enhance the Great Marsh ecosystems as part of the Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resiliency Competitive Grant Program. MassBays' Upper North Shore Regional Coordinator Peter Phippen reports that projects are now well underway in Plum Island Sound, Essex Bay, and neighboring communities, including green crab surveys, currents and sediment monitoring, marsh edge analyses, pepperweed mapping, and dune planting to help stabilize dunes susceptible to erosion. Since early May, participants from the Student Conservation Association have helped with analysis and restoration, and task forces have been assembled in each of the Great Marsh communities to begin identifying environmental resources and infrastructure that are vulnerable to sea level rise.  Future projects include evaluation and assessment of culverts and other barriers to flow in the Great Marsh watersheds. Keep an eye on this space for continuing updates; for a more comprehensive overview, see the January 2015 National Wildlife article.
Stony Brook herring run May 2015
Award-winning efforts on the Cape
Stony Brook Restoration Project in Brewster has increased the herring run by 1000 fold, according to the MA Division of Marine Fisheries. This means more work for the Stony Brook Herring Monitors, who have been selected to receive the 2015 Gulf of Maine Council Art Longard Volunteer Award!  2015 Stony Brook herring video courtesy of the Association to Preserve Cape Cod
Climate Ready Water Utility
Manchester-by-the-Sea selected for EPA pilot
Manchester-by-the-Sea’s wastewater treatment plant is near sea level – current sea level – and is in danger of inundation as sea level rises. When an opportunity arose through EPA’s Climate Ready Water Utilities program, MassBays' Regional Coordinator for the Lower North Shore, Barbara Warren, recommended the town for a technical assistance pilot program. As a result, Manchester-by-the-Sea is one of two New England utilities (along with Portsmouth, NH)–and only 19 nation-wide–selected for the program. Over the next year, Barbara will participate alongside municipal staff as they are trained to use the Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool. For more information, contact barbara.warren@salemsound.org.
Marking time on the marshes
MassBays supports condition assessment

The Jones River Watershed Association received funding from MassBays to conduct surveys and set up cameras to document salt marsh erosion. Researchers compared vegetation data reported by MassBays' South Shore Regional Coordinator Sara Grady in 2000 to current (2014) conditions. Visit the project webpage for more details.
Researchers collected salt marsh cores (left) at high- and low-marsh sites along each of 10 sampling transects. Photo provided by Jones River Watershed Association and the North and South Rivers Watershed Association
See your embayment in a new way  using MassBays' new online Estuary Viewer. The viewer provides an interactive map for each of the 47 embayments in the region to help visualize and compare the location of stressors (like road crossings and wastewater discharges) with resources (such as bird nesting sites or shellfish beds). Below: Scituate Harbor stressor and resource map
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 - Charles D. Baker, Governor; Karyn E. Polito, Lieutenant Governor
Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs - Matthew A. Beatton, Secretary
Office of Coastal Zone Management - Bruce K. Carlisle, Director
Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Program - Pam DiBona, Executive Director
Copyright © 2015 Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Partnership, All rights reserved.

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