News from Our Partners
Because of a dam, the Musconetcong River used to cover a Pohatcong Township playground and baseball field with water after a heavy rain. That is no longer the case. The Musconetcong River Restoration Partnership worked to remove the dam and restore 3.4 miles connecting the Musconetcong to the Delaware River. The group was recently recognized by Coastal America for its work on the dam and its ongoing work for the watershed.
For over a decade, New Partners has worked to bring together a variety of thinkers, practitioners, activists, and more to guide a strong and diverse movement grounded in the values of sustainable communities. Their national conference, New Partners for Smart Growth, stems from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Smart Growth Program and focuses on environmentally sensitive growth and development. Early-bird registration is now open for the conference to be held in Denver, Colorado, February 13 to 15, 2014.
After a successful inaugural event in 2011, the Southeast Tidal Creeks Summit is back to share more research, best practices, lessons learned, and trends in the field of tidal creek research. Make sure to register before December 2 to get the early-bird rate. Registration will close on December 5. The Southeast Tidal Creeks Summit will be held December 16 to 17, 2013, in Wilmington, North Carolina.
When you hear the words “climate change” you might think of rising seas or strong storms. For one town in Alaska, however, climate change means a completely different way of life. Less sea ice, warmer temperatures, thawing permafrost, and the destruction of roads and buildings is how the town of Barrow, Alaska, is witnessing climate change firsthand. Find more stories like this at Climate.gov.
We have often looked toward manmade solutions for the coast’s vulnerability issues, but why not look to the coasts themselves for answers? Natural areas can play a big role in risk reduction and now with the help of the Coastal Resilience 2.0 suite of tools, decision-makers can assess risks and identify nature-based solutions to reduce socioeconomic vulnerabilities. The tools allow users to interactively examine storm surge, sea level rise, natural resources, and economic assets to develop solutions for risk reduction and restoration. The core partners in the development of these tools include the Nature Conservancy, University of Southern Mississippi, Natural Capital Project, NOAA Coastal Services Center, and Association of State Floodplain Managers.
It’s been over a year since Sandy hit the Atlantic coast of the U.S., and we’re gathering more lessons learned every day. One of those lessons includes how natural and nature-based features can provide both engineering and environmental functions in the context of storms and coastal resilience. Join the National Wildlife Federation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s webinar series on November 13, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. (Eastern) as they welcome the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to discuss their North Atlantic Comprehensive Study and how these natural features can be used to protect our coasts.
Sandy demonstrated that community resilience is an important aspect of coastal planning all over the country. One year later, the Urban Land Institute prepared After Sandy: Advancing Strategies for Long-Term Resilience and Adaptability, offering guidance on community building in a way that responds to climate change.
The idea seems basic: use interested and engaged citizens to help scientists and organizations increase their internal resources. This form of citizen science can bring new and unique perspectives to advance science and technology or even generate solutions to complex challenges. If you think citizen science could help but you’re not sure where to start, join the Commons Lab of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars as they present New Visions for Citizen Science. The event is scheduled for November 20, 2013, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. (Eastern). It will be held in Washington, D.C., at the Wilson Center and will also be webcast.
With today’s increasingly difficult coastal concerns, two heads are definitely better than one. Or in this case, two organizations. Join The Coastal Society and Restore America’s Estuaries as they team up for Summit 2014. This collaboration allows restoration and coastal managers to come together for a discussion to address common issues. Mark your calendars for November 1-5, 2014, in the metro D.C. area.
Scientists agree that climate change is causing not only increased storms but also other phenomena such as extreme drought. How we manage these extreme threats is still a question. Join the NOAA Sectoral Applications Research Program for its webinar series, Climate Information for Managing Risks in Water Resources. The next webinar, “A Focus on Groundwater,” is November 21, 2013, from 1 to 2 pm (eastern).