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NOAA Boosts Coastal Hardiness

The Takeaway: The agency and its partners help coastal communities lessen hazard dangers, curb carbon emissions, and protect the coast’s environmental and economic assets.

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Related to: Coastal Zone Management, National Estuarine Research Reserves, Conservation, Data and Tools, Economics, Grants, Natural Infrastructure, Training and Education, Florida, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Washington

3D Model of Bay Sheds Light on Eelgrass Restoration, Adaptation Strategies

The Takeaway: A NOAA-supported analysis of California’s Morro Bay estuary found links between seagrass collapse and later erosion that will inform bay-area adaptation strategies and could influence global seagrass conservation strategies.

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Related to: Digital Coast, Conservation, Data and Tools, Grants, Natural Infrastructure, Partnership, California

Programs Improve Public Access for All

The Takeaway: NOAA safeguards coastal public access and inclusive adventures through the efforts of the National Coastal Zone Management Program and National Estuarine Research Reserve System.

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Related to: Coastal Zone Management, National Estuarine Research Reserves, Conservation, Grants, Natural Infrastructure, Partnership, California, Florida, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Nationwide

Environmental Educators Tailor Lessons to Diverse Student Needs

The Takeaway: Students of the coast love to learn when educators reach them where they are—whether that’s online, in the field, or through the wisdom of their own culture and stewardship traditions.

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Related to: Coastal Zone Management, National Estuarine Research Reserves, Conservation, Data and Tools, Grants, Natural Infrastructure, Research, Training and Education, California, Florida, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Virginia

Four NOAA Research Reserves Produce $165 Million in Yearly Economic Benefits

The Takeaway: The four Florida and Oregon reserves studied feature innovative programs and a combined 423,475 acres of habitat, all of which keep nature-based businesses, researchers, and nonprofits humming along.

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Related to: Florida, Oregon, Conservation, National Estuarine Research Reserves, Training and Education, Data and Tools, Economics, Partnerships, Grants, Research

NOAA Provides Assistance to Coastal Communities

The Takeaway: Some U.S. coastal communities have plentiful data for creating robust resilience plans. Others are struggling to catch up. NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management is focused on providing equal access to the data, tools, and expertise they deserve.

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Related to: Coastal Zone Management, Digital Coast, National Estuarine Research Reserves, Conservation, Data and Tools, Grants, Partnership, Research, Training and Education, Alaska, Mississippi, New Hampshire, U.S. Virgin Islands, Virginia, Washington

NOAA Reserve Hosts First-Ever Carbon-Offset Initiative by U.S. Pro Football Team

The Takeaway: The Philadelphia Eagles football team will expand mangrove and seagrass restoration efforts at Puerto Rico’s Jobos Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in order to offset travel-related emissions, in a partnership with the Ocean Conservancy and The Ocean Foundation.

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Related to: Puerto Rico, Conservation, Natural Infrastructure, National Estuarine Research Reserves, Training and Education, Digital Coast, Data and Tools, Economics, Partnerships

Ohio Water-Quality Grades Educate and Inspire Action

The Takeaway: “A to F” report cards enlighten residents on the “where” and “what” of water-quality problems, as well as actions to take that could help improve grades.

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Related to: National Estuarine Research Reserves, Conservation, Data and Tools, Natural Infrastructure, Research, Training and Education, Ohio

NOAA Commemorates Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month

The Takeaway: Community pride and the centuries-old practices of Native Pacific Islanders inform several NOAA-supported projects to protect this region’s natural treasures.

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Related to: Coastal Zone Management, Coral Reef Conservation Program, National Estuarine Research Reserves, Conservation, Grants, Natural Infrastructure, Research, Training and Education, American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Hawaii

Research Reserve Restoration Funds Strengthen Tribal Partnership

The Takeaway: California’s Elkhorn Slough Research Reserve was awarded $1.3 million to safeguard habitat and bolster stewardship efforts in a partnership with the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band.

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Related to: National Estuarine Research Reserves, Conservation, Grants, Natural Infrastructure, Partnership, Training and Education, California

The Digital Coast Strengthens Students’ Case Studies

The Takeaway: NOAA’s Sea Level Rise Viewer and other resources deepened student insights on the environmental and societal implications of climate change, and on potential adaptation strategies.

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Related to: Digital Coast, Data and Tools, Research, Training and Education, Florida

Restoration Dollars Bring Six Times the Return on Investment

The Takeaway: A 2020 follow-up study confirms 2011 projections by calculating that a NOAA habitat restoration investment of $10 million is powering up the local economy by at least $57 million, with more benefits every year.

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Related to: Other, Conservation, Data and Tools, Economics, Grants, Natural Infrastructure, Research, Michigan

Washington Coastal Resilience Project Ups Hazard Readiness

The Takeaway: New sea level rise projections and guidance are informing community policies, plans, development, and funding projects, with help from NOAA programs and grants.

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Related to: Coastal Zone Management, National Estuarine Research Reserves, Data and Tools, Grants, Training and Education, Washington

Redesigned Parking Lot Improves Stormwater Management

The Takeaway: When flooding caused parking and runoff issues, the Florida Coastal Management Program stepped in to fund a parking lot redesign with irrigation, a rain garden, and porous pavement that allows rainwater to pass into the ground below.

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Related to: Coastal Zone Management, Conservation, Grants, Natural Infrastructure, Training and Education, Florida

A Road-Flooding Fix Is Coming to California State Park

The Takeaway: Park visitors and bayside neighbors will enjoy a safer, more accessible area because a group organized by NOAA’s Science Collaborative studied and rated various adaptation options.

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Related to: National Estuarine Research Reserves, Conservation, Data and Tools, Grants, Research, Training and Education, California

New Metrics and Models Help Quantify Coastal Ecosystem Benefits

The Takeaway: Research reserves are using these aids to understand and communicate how their projects promote cleaner water, improve resilience, expand habitat, and more.

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Related to: National Estuarine Research Reserves, Conservation, Grants, Research, Training and Education, Florida, Hawaii, North Carolina

California Opens Up Public Access in a Big Way

The Takeaway: Adventurers now exploring 1,000-plus miles of land and waterway trails owe much to the three agencies of California’s coastal zone management program.

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Related to: Coastal Zone Management, Conservation, Data and Tools, Grants, California

South Carolina Produces Award-Winning Report on Living Shorelines

The Takeaway: Data, case studies, and a decision tree will improve regulations, the permitting process, and the ability of homeowners to select effective treatments for various shoreline conditions.

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Related to: Coastal Zone Management, National Estuarine Research Reserves, Conservation, Data and Tools, Grants, Natural Infrastructure, Research, South Carolina

Role-Play Workshops Accelerate County’s Adaptation Action

The Takeaway: Officials and residents in South Carolina’s Georgetown County practiced working through adaptation-related decisions and trade-offs with the help of a South Carolina research reserve and NOAA’s Science Collaborative program.

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Related to: National Estuarine Research Reserves, Conservation, Data and Tools, Grants, Training and Education, South Carolina

New Hampshire “Green Credits” Process Okayed by Two Regulators

The Takeaway: “Credit for Going Green” provides a strategy for earning regulatory credits by installing natural buffers, plus a way to calculate buffer pollution-removal rates, with support from four national estuarine research reserves and NOAA’s Science Collaborative program.

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Related to: National Estuarine Research Reserves, Conservation, Grants, Natural Infrastructure, Research, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island

Community Leadership Paves the Way to Promising Erosion Treatment

The Takeaway: A project that mimics aspects of cobble sand beaches virtually stopped the erosion of shoreline uplands in pilot studies aided by NOAA and Washington State’s coastal zone management program.

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Related to: Coastal Zone Management, Conservation, Data and Tools, Economics, Natural Infrastructure, Research, Washington

Fire Safety Initiative Showcases Cultural and Ecological Connections

The Takeaway: Collaboration between Oregon’s South Slough Research Reserve and local tribal groups ensures a maximum use of forest resources and plentiful opportunities for environmental education.

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Related to: National Estuarine Research Reserves, Conservation, Grants, Natural Infrastructure, Training and Education, Oregon

Estuary Education Goes Virtual

The Takeaway: NOAA’s National Estuarine Research Reserve System provides online tours, activity books, and more to teachers and students.

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Related to: National Estuarine Research Reserves, Conservation, Training and Education, California, Florida, New Jersey, New York, South Carolina, Virginia

Officials and Tribal Groups Restore Wisconsin Point

The Takeaway: This revitalized Lake Superior peninsula—a win for cultural, ecological, and recreational reasons—was made possible by $1.5 million in grants administered by Wisconsin’s coastal zone management program.

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Related to: Coastal Zone Management, Conservation, Grants, Natural Infrastructure, Wisconsin

Hudson and Harbor Day Offers Hands-On Estuary Education

The Takeaway: Thousands of students equipped with waterproof waders and chemistry kits, sketch pads, and data sheets record estuary wonders with the help of New York’s Hudson River Research Reserve.

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Related to: National Estuarine Research Reserves, Research, Training and Education, New York

Historic Pollution Settlement Awards $1 Million to Nurdle Patrol

The Takeaway: The Mission-Aransas Research Reserve’s Nurdle Patrol documented plastic pellet pollution, evidence used to help reach an unprecedented $50 million settlement of a Clean Water Act lawsuit.

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Related to: National Estuarine Research Reserves, Top Stories, Conservation, Data and Tools, Training and Education, Texas

Study of 15 Research Reserves Finds Crabs Pose No Large-Scale Salt Marsh Threat

The Takeaway: While specific crab species can cause local damage, rising seas appear to be a bigger threat to salt marshes nationwide.

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Related to: National Estuarine Research Reserves, Top Stories, Data and Tools, Research, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia

Ohio Efforts Enhance Lake Erie Ecology and Economy

The Takeaway: Two NOAA-supported projects bring together wetlands restoration and research with landscape conservation strategies.

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Related to: Coastal Zone Management, National Estuarine Research Reserves, Conservation, Economics, Grants, Natural Infrastructure, Research, Ohio

New Program Enriches 25 Years of Environmental Education

The Takeaway: A stewardship program for older schoolchildren soon will join a popular, two-day field trip for fourth graders at Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay Research Reserve.

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Related to: Coastal Zone Management, National Estuarine Research Reserves, Conservation, Training and Education, Maryland

Debris Removal Leaves Weeks Bay Cleaner and Safer

The Takeaway: Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve worked with partners to haul away hazardous abandoned boats and other marine debris while raising boat owners’ awareness.

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Related to: National Estuarine Research Reserves, Conservation, Grants, Alabama

Coastal Grant Initiates Bat-Monitoring Towers across Pennsylvania

The Takeaway: Approximately 50 monitoring towers provide the “missing link” in bat migration data—a must for Lake Erie offshore planning—and NOAA, the Pennsylvania Coastal Program, and Texas Tech made the first two towers possible.

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Related to: Coastal Zone Management, Conservation, Data and Tools, Grants, Pennsylvania

Wetlands Restoration Is Fulfilling a Community Vision

The Takeaway: Heʻeia’s restored wetlands on Oahu are already providing benefits such as increased food security, water quality, and native species.

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Related to: Coastal Zone Management, National Estuarine Research Reserves, Conservation, Natural Infrastructure, Partnership, Hawaii

Filtration System Keeps Saipan Lagoon Cleaner

The Takeaway: The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands’ coastal program made the system feasible by updating environmental regulations and fining those who don’t comply.

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Related to: Coastal Zone Management, Conservation, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands

Eye in Sky Monitors Resource Threats

The Takeaway: Is it a bird? A plane? No, it’s an unmanned aerial vehicle used by a Pacific commonwealth’s coastal program to spot natural resource dangers.

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Related to: Coastal Zone Management, Coral Reef Conservation Program, Conservation, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands

Wild Rice Initiative Will Restore Native Coastal Wetland Species

The Takeaway: A NOAA-supported project to map Lake Superior locations of wild rice and foster its cultivation preserves the cultural legacy of the region’s Native Americans.

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Related to: Coastal Zone Management, Digital Coast, National Estuarine Research Reserves, Top Stories, Conservation, Data and Tools, Grants, Partnership, Training and Education, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan

Digital Coast Aids Post-Maria Resilience Three Ways

The Takeaway: Puerto Rico is building back stronger with a Digital Coast tool and trainings in flood mapping and green infrastructure.

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Related to: Coastal Zone Management, Digital Coast, Natural Infrastructure, Data and Tools, Training and Education, Puerto Rico

Targeted Outreach Tackles Invasive Eucalyptus Threat

The Takeaway: The Elkhorn Slough Research Reserve’s approved plan to remove some invasive eucalyptus and replant with native species will leave a healthier, more diverse ecosystem.

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Related to: National Estuarine Research Reserves, Training and Education, Conservation, California

Flood-Control Investments Bring Big Returns

The Takeaway: A Lake Superior city has likely avoided millions of dollars in flood damage through smart stormwater planning.

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Related to: Top Stories, Natural Infrastructure, Economics, Grants, Coastal Zone Management, Minnesota

Veterans Benefit from Nature’s Power to Heal and Teach

The Takeaway: Programs help military veterans adjust to civilian life through on-the job training and outdoor activities.

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Related to: Coral Reef Conservation Program, Coastal Zone Management, National Estuarine Research Reserve, Conservation, Training and Education, Partnership, Alabama, Florida, Michigan, Mississippi, Puerto Rico

Parasite-Host Findings Aid Knowledge of Temperature Impacts

The Takeaway: Research reserve data from seven states contributed to one of the first U.S. studies to quantify how temperature-parasite interactions affect the survival of both parasites and their hosts.

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Related to: National Estuarine Research Reserves, Research, Partnership, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, North Carolina, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Virginia

NOAA Expands Coastal Opportunities for People with Disabilities

The Takeaway: Creating sign language for “estuary” and other coastal terms, and trails that accommodate wheelchairs and the needs of the visually impaired—these are just two of the contributions from research reserves and coastal zone management programs.

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Related to: Coastal Zone Management, National Estuarine Research Reserve, Top Stories, Grants, Partnership, Alabama, California, Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Virginia

Learning about Estuarine Ecosystems in American Sign Language

The Takeaway: Three New England research reserves, the Center for Research and Training at The Learning Center for the Deaf, and Boston University created an immersive instructional experience for educators of the Deaf. The benefits keep adding up.

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Related to: National Estuarine Research Reserves, Training and Education, Grants, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island

Nature-Based Shoreline Workshops Given Top Marks

The Takeaway: An overwhelming majority of Lake Erie shoreline engineers, designers, and landowners surveyed intend to apply what they learned.

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Related to: Coastal Zone Management, National Estuarine Research Reserve, Natural Infrastructure, Training and Education, Ohio

Creating a Flood-Ready Community

The Takeaway: A leadership training, now in its fifth year, has taught one hundred-plus participants ways to lessen local flood risks by enacting practical plans, codes, and ordinances.

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Related to: Coastal Zone Management, National Estuarine Research Reserves, Training and Education, Delaware

NOAA Rehabs Puerto Rico Reefs,Trails, and Flood Maps

The Takeaway: The agency joined with partners to reattach more than 7,000 coral reef fragments, restore a research reserve’s entire trail system, and provide flood-risk maps and training.

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Related to: Top Stories, National Estuarine Research Reserves, Coral Reef Conservation Program, Digital Coast, Puerto Rico, Conservation, Data and Tools

San Diego County Benefits from Adaptation Strategy

The Takeaway: Fourteen adaptation planning initiatives are taking place in nine cities with the help of a NOAA grant and a local research reserve.

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Related to: Coastal Zone Management, National Estuarine Research Reserves, Grants, Natural Infrastructure, Partnership, California

NOAA Advances “Blue Carbon” Approach to Conserving Wetlands

The Takeaway: Happenings include research reserve tools and workshops and the addition of coastal ecosystem carbon to the U.S. greenhouse gas inventory.

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Related to: National Estuarine Research Reserves, Digital Coast, Top Stories, Conservation, Economics, Grants, Natural Infrastructure, Research, Training and Education, Alabama, Alaska, Florida, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Texas, Washington

Tool Reduces Ocean Conflicts

The Takeaway: Offering a cohesive approach to offshore management, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Action Plan aids industries connected to offshore energy, tourism, undersea cables, and marine traffic.

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Related to: Digital Coast, Top Stories, Data and Tools, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Virginia

Tide Station Data Can Be Lifesaving

The Takeaway: Near-real-time data, plus research reserve expertise, helped a Maine fire chief decide to evacuate residents during a fierce nor’easter.

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Related to: National Estuarine Research Reserves, Data and Tools, Training and Education, Maine

Three Reserves Beat Back Green Crab Threat

The Takeaway: Early detection and action (more than 192 traps at 83-plus sites) stops this predator from wrecking the shellfish industry.

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Related to: National Estuarine Research Reserves, Research, Partnership, Alaska, Oregon, Washington

First-Ever National Marsh Assessment Tool

The Takeaway: Research reserves determine methodology for calculating sea level rise impact on the marsh and test it in 16 locations. Methodology standardizes the effort and creates a national approach.

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Related to: National Estuarine Research Reserves, Top Stories, Data and Tools, Research, California, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Virginia, Washington, Nationwide

Adaptation Plan Cuts Irma Damage and Saves Money

The Takeaway: NOAA’s Sea Level Rise Viewer, trainings, and tidal gauge helped Tybee Island boost safety and lower flood insurance costs.

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Related to: Coastal Zone Management, Digital Coast, Top Stories, Data and Tools, Training and Education, Georgia

Planning for Florida’s Rising Tides

The Takeaway: Flagler County is using GIS and marsh migration modeling in their adaptation planning efforts.

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Related to: National Estuarine Research Reserves, Top Stories, Data and Tools, Research, Florida

Storm Preparations Pay Off

The Takeaway: Emergency permitting program helped state return to normal, faster, after Hurricane Mathew.

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Related to: Coastal Zone Management, Top Stories, Data and Tools, Economics, South Carolina

Games at Three Research Reserves Supercharge Estuary Education

The Takeaway: These interactive games, co-developed with 140 University of Delaware students, help users understand how specific actions can help, or hurt, wetland creatures and habitats.

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Related to: National Estuarine Research Reserves, Conservation, Data and Tools, Grants, Research, Training and Education, Delaware, Florida, Texas

First-Ever Coral Recovery Plan Gets Buy-In

The Takeaway: Hawai‘i and the NOAA Coral Program’s cooperative agreement made this possible. Network of no-take zones and fishery management areas represent top two recommendations.

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Related to: Coral Reef Conservation Program, Conservation, Hawaii

Course Graduates Protect Western Burrowing Owl

The Takeaway: Most participants in this Elkhorn Slough Research Reserve workshop later use skills to bolster species protection and habitat conditions.

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Related to: National Estuarine Research Reserves, Conservation, Training and Education, California

Citizen Scientists Catch Eels—and Valuable Data

The Takeaway: Over 700 people participate in this catch, count, and release effort. Data collected helps further our understanding of habitat losses or gains, shifts in the food web, and other ecosystem changes.

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Related to: National Estuarine Research Reserves, Conservation, Research, New York

NOAA Training Graduates Are Safeguarding Coastal Communities

The Takeaway: Ninety-six percent of survey respondents credited Digital Coast Academy with providing job skills and knowledge.

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Related to: Coastal Zone Management, Coral Reef Conservation Program, Digital Coast, National Estuarine Research Reserves, Top Stories, Training and Education, Nationwide

Adaptation Training Brings On-the-Ground Results

The Takeaway: Course graduates say it helped them jump-start resilience initiatives and better discern which adaptation strategies can work locally. READ MORE

A recent survey showed that the “Adaptation Planning for Coastal Communities...

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Related to: Digital Coast, Training and Education, Nationwide

NOAA-Funded Helicopter Tool Tracks Shifting Sands

The Takeaway: New technology approach, funded through a coastal management grant, provides information helpful for addressing an annual $3 million problem associated with sand movement and resulting dredging needs.

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Related to: Coastal Zone Management, Top Stories, Data and Tools, Economics, Illinois

Dredging and Seeds Help Restore Marsh Ecology

The Takeaway: Restoration project uses dredged sand to deepen channel and build up marsh banks being lost to sea level rise.

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Related to: Coastal Zone Management, National Estuarine Research Reserves, Natural Infrastructure, Rhode Island

Living Shorelines Move from Plans to Reality

The Takeaway: A new accomplishments report proves that the state’s living shorelines strategy is bearing fruit.

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Related to: Coastal Zone Management, National Estuarine Research Reserves, Natural Infrastructure, Training and Education, North Carolina

Habitat and Ecotourism Flourish at Lake Erie Bluffs

The Takeaway: Coastal Zone Management leadership and NOAA grants helped purchase a 600-acre site that is good for wildlife, good for the public, and good for the environment.

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Related to: Coastal Zone Management, National Estuarine Research Reserves, Natural Infrastructure, Training and Education, Ohio

Partnership Increases Impact, Saves Money

The Takeaway: The Rookery Bay Research Reserve and Florida International University make resources go farther by sharing staff, facilities, and other assets.

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Related to: National Estuarine Research Reserves, Economics, Partnership, Research, Training and Education, Florida

Assessment Reveals Estuary’s Economic and Social Value

The Takeaway: Research reserve study says area households would be willing to pay millions for restoring estuary health, reaping rewards for fisheries and quality of life.

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Related to: Coastal Zone Management, National Estuarine Research Reserves, Conservation, Economics, Grants, Research, New Hampshire

Accessible Launch Boosts Local Ecotourism and Revitalization

The Takeaway: People of all mobility levels can use the new paddle-sports launch, which will draw visitors to the area’s trail system. READ MORE

The City of South Haven’s new paddle-sports launch enables people of all mobility levels to...

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Related to: Coastal Zone Management, Economics, Grants, Michigan

NOAA Assesses Tidal Marsh Resilience

The Takeaway: In a first, NOAA scientists standardized a multi-measurement assessment of tidal marsh resilience to sea level rise.

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Related to: National Estuarine Research Reserves, Data and Tools, Research, Nationwide

Superstorm Sandy NOAA Disaster Relief Appropriations

The Takeaway: The $2.4 million award emphasized partnerships and region-based, multifaceted solutions. The projects, many focused on natural infrastructure, frequently led to changes to local and state ordinances.

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Related to: Coastal Zone Management, Top Stories, Grants, Natural Infrastructure, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey

NOAA Funding Benefits Massive Flood-Control Initiative

The Takeaway: A NOAA grant was used to assess natural infrastructure performance after Hurricane Sandy. Also developed: a web-based tool used to analyze natural infrastructure investments and identify parcels likely to provide the most benefits.

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Related to: Coastal Zone Management, Data and Tools, Grants, Natural Infrastructure, New York

Imitating Nature to Decrease Future Flooding

The Takeaway: A $450,000 NOAA grant was used to ID alternative erosion-control approaches and where sea level rise is mostly likely to impact salt marsh.

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Related to: Coastal Zone Management, Data and Tools, Grants, Natural Infrastructure, New Jersey

City Planning Includes Updated Resilience Strategies

The Takeaway: A $425,000 NOAA award provided the resources needed to identify vulnerabilities and develop evacuation plans, revise stormwater management plans, and implement living shorelines. Also created—a vulnerability index map for all 239 coastal municipalities.

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Related to: Coastal Zone Management, Data and Tools, Grants, Natural Infrastructure, New Jersey

“Greening” of Barren Hillsides Lets Sun Shine Bright on Corals

The Takeaway: Project funded and led by NOAA corals program turns dusty hillsides green again, dramatically lessening sediment runoff that had formerly blocked sunlight and buried corals in layers of soil.

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Related to: Coral Reef Conservation Program, Natural Infrastructure, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands

Clean-Water Turnaround for Northern Lake Erie Coast

The Takeaway: A project aimed at lessening flooding and improving water quality through stormwater reduction resulted in water-absorbing plants and other “best practice” methods being installed in various spots across Lake Erie’s northern coast.

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Related to: National Estuarine Research Reserves, Natural Infrastructure, Research, Ohio

Offshore Renewable Energy Planning

The Takeaway: The Oregon Coastal Management Program will help ensure that ocean uses and natural resources are considered in wave energy plans.

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Related to: Coastal Zone Management, Partnership, Research, Training and Education, Oregon

Relocation of Highway 1 in San Luis Obispo County

The Takeaway: California’s coastal zone management program was part of the team that negotiated this sensitive effort. End results included a road moved inland and new park and visitor facilities.

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Related to: Coastal Zone Management, Conservation, California

Fautasi Coastal Challenge Leads Stewardship Efforts

The Takeaway: A race of traditional long canoes creates a platform for islanders to learn about coastal challenges. The effort was established by American Samoa’s coastal zone management program.

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Related to: Coastal Zone Management, Conservation, Training and Education, American Samoa

Project Rescues Wetlands from Sea Level Rise

The Takeaway: The restoration also expands otter habitat and safeguards a super-efficient “blue carbon” source, with help from the Elkhorn Slough Research Reserve.

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Related to: National Estuarine Research Reserves, Conservation, California, Economics, Coastal Zone Management, Grants

A Future for Native Oysters along the Pacific Coast

The Takeaway: Data and tools from three West Coast research reserves allow officials to choose restoration “sweet spots” for bringing back declining oyster grounds. READ MORE

Native oysters are in decline along the Pacific Coast....

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Related to: Coastal Zone Management, National Estuarine Research Reserves, Data and Tools, Grants, Research, California

Water Trails Spur Ecotourism

The Takeaway: Water trails represent a way to promote use and enjoyment of Michigan’s shoreline and spur economic development.

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Related to: Coastal Zone Management, Michigan

Adaptation Planning Paid Off for This Community

The Takeaway: NOAA tools were used to adjust building codes and land use policies, implement nature-based solutions, and incorporate climate change. Actions paid off when Post-Tropical Cyclone Sandy hit. READ MORE

Bridgeport...

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Related to: Digital Coast, Data and Tools, Natural Infrastructure, Connecticut

A Social Marketing Campaign Targets Litter in Laolao Bay

The Takeaway: Funding from NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program made successful campaign possible; Saipan officials are inspired to use the approach again.

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Related to: Coral Reef Conservation Program, Grants, Training and Education, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands

Getting City Kids to the Shore

The Takeaway: More than 10,000 kids see the beach for the first time and learn about coastal stewardship through this Coastal Management Program-funded effort.

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Related to: Coastal Zone Management, Training and Education, Georgia