NROC News – monthly news and updates from NROC, its member agencies and partners.

NROC would like you to know –

  • NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management, National Ocean Service, announced approximately $4.5 million in recommended grants designed to make coasts and communities more resilient. This is the final part of a planned $9 million in awards this year. Six Regional Coastal Resilience Grant projects were awarded FY 2015 funds early in February, and the recommendation of six additional projects for FY 2016 was announced in early March. NERACOOS and NROC’s joint proposal High Resolution Coastal Inundation Modeling and Advancement of Green Infrastructure and Living Shoreline Approaches in the Northeast was among those recommended for FY 2016 funds ($891,243). This collaborative project will document and predict coastal storm impacts and increase the implementation of sustainable, nature-based infrastructure approaches (living shorelines). The project will also fill high-priority data and capacity gaps, develop tools for decision-making, and improve communications and outreach.

NROC Partners would like you to know –

  • Resilience and Adaption in New England – RAINE Database Update: New features and information have been added to The Resilience and Adaptation in New England (RAINE) database, a collection of vulnerability, resilience and adaptation reports, plans and webpages at the state, regional and community level. 50 new communities have been added to the database since December 2015, as well as “spotlights” highlighting unique and innovative practices in Scituate, MA and Northfield, VT. You can now also sign up on the RAINE home page to receive periodic updates directly.  Via Ivy Mlsna, EPA
  • LIS Research Conference: Registration is now open for the 2016 Long Island Sound Research Conference. The conference will be held Friday May 13th at the Holiday Inn in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Themes to be addressed at the conference include: clean waters and healthy watersheds; thriving habitats and abundant wildlife; sustainable and resilient communities; sound science and inclusive management. Click here for more information and to register. The deadline for registration is May 10, 2016. Via Syma Ebbin, UCONN.
  • ASBPA’s 2016 National Coastal Conference “Lighting the Way for the Coastal Future”: The American Shore and Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA) announced the Call for Abstracts for its 2016 National Coastal Conference, Oct 25-28th at the Ocean Place Resort in Long Brach, NJ. ASBPA is the nation’s first organization to promote science-based policies for the preservation of coastal areas. Presentations and posters are invited for a broad range of coastal issues related to changes in coastal ecology, science, engineering, economics, and policy. Click here to learn more. Abstracts are due May 9, 2016. Via Derek Brockbank, ASBPA