Rhode Island Ocean Plan

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Getting on Board with Offshore Wind: A Reality in Rhode Island
by Tricia Jedele

I am proud to announce that construction on the nation’s first offshore wind farm is officially underway in Rhode Island! Today, incoming Conservation Law Foundation President Bradley Campbell and I have the honor to be a part of history in the making. We’re going to be boarding a ferry out to the Deepwater Wind project site with United States Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, the Director for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Abigail Ross Hopper, our congressional delegation, Rhode Island state and local leaders, and many of our environmental colleagues. Together, we will be celebrating a landmark project years in the making and the ocean management plan that made it possible.

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Northeast Regional Planning Body dives into development of ocean management plan
by Aimee Bushman

“Aspirational…inspirational…perspirational…” These were the words embraced and repeated often by members of the Northeast Regional Planning Body during a public planning session in Mystic, Connecticut, on June 3 and 4. The Northeast Regional Planning Body was first convened in 2012, following President Obama’s 2010 Executive Order announcing the National Ocean Policy, which called for the development of regional ocean management plans nationwide. The goal: to create a uniquely New England ocean management plan.

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Report: Rhode Island Leads Atlantic Coast States in Drive to Tap Offshore Wind Energy
by Jason Shemenski

Rhode Island is a leader in the race to reap the environmental and economic benefits from offshore wind, according to a new report from the National Wildlife Federation, Catching the Wind: State Actions Needed to Seize the Golden Opportunity of Atlantic Offshore Wind Power. The report, cosponsored by Conservation Law Foundation, Environment Rhode Island and the Environmental Council of Rhode Island (ECRI), compares the actions by Atlantic Coast states toward progress on offshore wind, and Rhode Island ranks in the top tier for its commitment making offshore wind a reality. The report also contains a new analysis showing how the strong, consistent winds offshore can provide power to Rhode Island – bringing down energy costs and local pollution.

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Conservation Law Foundation Statement On Obama Administration’s “Our Ocean” Conference Announcements
by Jason Shemenski

This week the Obama Administration is convening a two-day conference of global leaders to discuss and recommend actions that will improve the health of America’s and the world’s oceans and coasts. The Obama Administration is focusing on significant problems of ocean health such as the need to protect ocean habitat and to reduce the effects of climate change and ocean acidification. The President is expected to announce this afternoon that he will seek to extend the area of protected ocean under U.S. jurisdiction in the Pacific Ocean.

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An Historic Night! Rhode Island Stands Up to Be Counted With Approval of Its First Offshore Wind Project
by Tricia Jedele

Last night was an historic night in Rhode Island! The State of Rhode Island made its unanimous voice heard in a vote that is certain to be heard around the country. Rhode Island’s Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) approved Deepwater Wind’s application to build the Block Island Wind Farm and Block Island Transmission System. By…

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Ocean Planning: The Path Forward for Deepwater Wind
by Tricia Jedele

Thomas Edison, in his quest to produce a reliable, long-lasting source of light said, “Hell, there are no rules here, we’re trying to accomplish something.” As environmental advocates we are constantly battling against this idea that rules and process delay progress and chill innovation. As advocates for ocean planning, we have argued that just the…

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Northeast Regional Planning Body Meeting to Develop Ocean Plan for New England Wednesday and Thursday, January 22 & 23
by Jason Shemenski

Representatives from New England states, federal government, tribal nations, the fishing industry, recreational boaters, offshore renewable energy developers, conservationists and others will convene for a two-day meeting to continue development of the Northeast Regional Ocean Plan. Among the important topics that will help to decide the future management of New England’s ocean and coasts are the Plan Framework and Workplan goals, objectives, and actions. Topics will include measures needed to ensure healthy coastal and ocean ecosystems, improved decision making about ocean uses, stakeholder engagement around ocean planning and an in-depth discussion of elements of the two year Draft Workplan designed to produce an ocean plan for New England’s ocean waters. Each day, members of the public will have the opportunity to offer formal public comment and provide input on specific aspects of the Draft Workplan.

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Congress Can Let New England States Plan for Future Storms, or Not
by Sean Cosgrove

A little over a year ago Superstorm Sandy barreled up the east coast and wreaked havoc on coastal communities and in many states inland. The impacts were notably fierce in New Jersey and areas in and around New York City, but Rhode Island and other states also suffered serious impacts. Homes, businesses and the local…

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A Climate of Change and the Need for a Plan
by Robin Just

Flipping through the latest issue of Commercial Fisheries News recently, I was somewhat surprised to find several stories about climate change interspersed with the ads for diesel engines and winches. These articles weren’t of the “Do you or don’t you believe” variety, or predictions of how high the seas would rise or how bad the…