Pioneering Ocean Planning

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Community Voices: The Clean Energy Landscape
by Laurie O'Reilly

On one of those perfect, blue-sky-and-sunshine summer days that New Englanders dream of all winter long, Peter Baute emerges from a shaded trail into a small clearing overlooking Block Island Sound. At least half a dozen people mill about the clearing, cameras in hand, jockeying for the best angle of the scene before them. They’re…

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First-of-its-Kind Northeast Ocean Plan Officially Approved by Obama Administration

“This is a game changer for the management of our ocean in New England,” said CLF’s Vice President and Director of Ocean Conservation Priscilla Brooks. “Based on the most comprehensive scientific database ever compiled for New England’s ocean and intensive stakeholder input, the Northeast Ocean Plan will effectively enable the region to capitalize on all the ocean has to offer by way of food, clean renewable energy, transportation, recreation, and jobs, while ensuring that the ocean we all depend upon is healthy and thriving. CLF applauds this historic achievement as a critical step toward ensuring an effectively managed, healthy ocean and coastal communities for generations to come.”

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Long Island Sound’s ‘Blue Plan’ Forum Charts Path Forward
by Aimee Bushman

The tradition of ocean planning leadership in New England continues as Connecticut moves forward with the creation of its ‘Blue Plan’ for managing Long Island Sound. Last week, a successful forum was held to kick off public engagement efforts in the development of the plan. In 2015, Connecticut passed a law establishing a process for…

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The Future of Offshore Wind in New England is Bright
by Amanda Yanchury

On a beautiful, brisk, and windy fall day last week, director of ocean conservation Dr. Priscilla Brooks embarked upon a cruise out to the Block Island wind farm for a close-up view of our nation’s first offshore wind farm. The 13-mile ride was bumpy, but well worth it, Brooks said. Standing some 560 feet high,…

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Northeast Ocean Plan emerges as development tool

“For any project that comes up now, the ocean plan will guide the consideration of that project and in very specific ways,” said Priscilla Brooks, vice president and director of ocean conservation at the Conservation Law Foundation, who participated in stakeholder meetings. “It will guide [the project] in terms of agencies using this new Northeast…

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Faces of Ocean Planning: Cape Cod’s Self-Reliance
by Aimee Bushman

The nonprofit’s renewable energy goals are likely to be bolstered by the implementation of the Northeast Regional Ocean Plan. For more than 35 years, Self-Reliance (formerly Cape and Islands Self-Reliance) has worked to educate Cape Cod residents, businesses, and neighborhoods on the economic benefits of renewable energy. Through the implementation of unique “energy action plans,”…

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Obama grants federal protection to section of Atlantic

Environmental advocates, however, lauded the president’s action. “From valleys deeper than the Grand Canyon, to peaks as high as Mount Washington, to the hundreds of diverse and endangered species that call this place home, the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts is the embodiment of a treasure worthy of such permanent protection,” Bradley Campbell of the Conservation…