Pioneering Ocean Planning

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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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Making Room for All the Fish (and More) in the Sea
by Laurie O'Reilly

In New England, the ocean is an integral part of our lives, economy, and communities. But today, our need for the ocean’s resources is growing. So New England is leading the way in creating the country’s first regional ocean plan to balance ocean protection with responsible development.

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Massachusetts Releases the MA Ocean Management Plan 2.0 – Leading the Nation
by Allison Lorenc

In 2008, Governor Deval Patrick signed the landmark first-in-the-nation Oceans Act mandating the state to develop and implement a science-based comprehensive ocean management plan to protect ocean wildlife and habitat and promote sustainable use of the ocean and its resources.  The following year, the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EOEEA) issued the MA…

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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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Conservation Matters Spring 2014: Year in Review

Hitting Its Stride: The Transformation of Our Energy System is Reaching its Tipping Point… Clean Solutions for Dirty Water: Stopping Nutrient Pollution from Laying Waste to Our Waterways… Pioneering Ocean Planning: Making Room for All the Fish (and More) in the Sea…Funding on the Move: Solving New England’s Transportation Puzzle… A Model Investment: Building Healthy Communities One Neighborhood at a Time

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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…