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    Bruce Carlisle Massachusetts Ocean Management: Capacity to develop and implement plan Bruce Carlisle Massachusetts Ocean Management: Capacity to develop and implement plan Presentation Transcript

    • Massachusetts Ocean Management:  Capacity to develop  and implement plan Bruce K. Carlisle Office of Coastal Zone ManagementExecutive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
    • Outline• Background on Plan  development and  implementation• Brief overview of Plan• Capacity to implement: – Needs – Resources – Partnerships• Take away points
    • Ocean Act of 2008• Ocean Management Task Force 2003‐2004: set of  findings and recommendations• Act directs Secretary of EEA to develop integrated  ocean management plan by December 31, 2009• 15 directives, including:  – Develop siting priorities, locations, and standards for  allowed uses, facilities, activities – Identify and protect special, sensitive, and unique  estuarine and marine life and habitats – Foster sustainable uses – Support infrastructure necessary for economy and  quality of life• All state approvals must be consistent with Plan
    • Jurisdictional  boundaries Ocean planning area
    • Uses, activities and facilities  subject to managementRenewable energy ‐ Wind energy  ‐ Tidal energy ‐ Wave energyExtraction of sand and gravel for beach  nourishment and shore protectionTelecommunication and electric cablesPipelines for natural gasFish and shellfish aquaculture
    • From Ocean Act to Ocean Plan (May 2008 *) (December 2009) Ocean  Ocean Act Plan  Data  Siting and  PlanGoals and  acquisition & compatibility  developmentstrategies development assessmentPlan objectives Develop plan  Natural  Functional compatibility Decision‐making  analysis based on  resourcesguidance synthesis of  Human uses Qualitative cumulative  spatial and Blueprint for  impacts/effects Use siting  management adaptive  preferences Other policy calls elements framework
    • Stakeholder process and participation• Developing DRAFT plan: – Technical workgroups: data, science, technology  – Public meetings throughout coast as well as inland  communities – Ocean Advisory Commission and Science Advisory  Council meetings – More than 100 individual stakeholder meetings – Five public workshops• Vetting DRAFT plan: – Public comments: >300 letters, input – 5 formal hearings – 25 informational meetings
    • Ocean Plan• Draft Plan issued June  2009• Final Plan promulgated  December 2009• Volume I – Management – Administration• Volume II – Baseline Assessment – Science Framework
    • Ocean Plan• Prohibited area: – Uses, activities and  facilities prohibited• Renewable energy  areas: – 2 areas: Gosnold,  Vineyard – Commercial‐scale wind• Multi‐use area: – Siting and performance  standards apply
    • Capacity needs• Internal: – Leadership, senior policy  vetting and decision‐ making – Policy & planning  capabilities across subject  areas – Technical, science  expertise across   disciplines / fields – GIS / mapping – Administration, logistics
    • Capacity needs• External: – Engagement with public,  stakeholders, interests  through different forums – Data and information – Contextual /background:  examples, relevant models,  decision tools – Communication /  interaction support
    • Capacity resources• Internal: – Cabinet level ownership  and engagement  (Executive Office EEA) – Executive and Legislative  branch support – “All hands”: Policy,  planning, technical,  science, GIS and other  staff – ~ $2.5M: state operating  & capital, federal CZM  grant 
    • Capacity resources• External: – Massachusetts Ocean  Partnership   (~$4.5M from Moore  Foundation *) – Ocean Advisory  Commission – Ocean Science Advisory  Council – Federal agencies,  NGOs, Universities, etc.
    • Partnerships• State agency collaboration – Exceptionally strong  joint  work and coordination on key  issues: critical habitats,  fishing, seafloor/geology ,  energy – EEA / CZM lead, other  agencies critical – 56 staff involved• Technical workgroups &  stakeholders – Data and information:  foundation
    • Partnerships• Massachusetts Ocean  Partnership (SeaPlan) – Critical public/private  relationship and support – Stakeholder workshops,  events, discussions – Information support:  – Synopsis, analysis of other  ocean planning  models/tools – Decision support tools:  cumulative impacts, trade‐ offs, valuations, etc.
    • Partnerships• Ocean Advisory  Commission – Fishing, environmental, &  renewable energy reps – Legislators  – Reps from all 6 coastal  regions (RPAs) ‐ including  Mayor of Gloucester,  former Mayor of New  Bedford, Cape Cod and  Martha’s Vineyard  Commissions
    • Partnerships• Science Advisory Council – Academic institutions:  UMass Boston, Dartmouth – Private, non‐profits: CLF,  Batelle, NE Aquarium – Expertise: fisheries,  geology, marine mammals,  ecology, economics• Federal agencies – NOAA, BOEM (MMS),  USGS, Corps, EPA, FWS,  Coast Guard
    • Take away points• High profile: resources = scope / scale of effort – “All‐hands” – Core planning team – GIS: maps and more maps – Massachusetts Ocean Partnership• High level advisory bodies – Ground‐truthing – Politics• Ongoing, sustained attention – Promulgate Plan  … whew … but then work not done – Regulations, coastal program plan, project review – Addressing priority science and data gaps
    • mass.gov/eea/oceanplan Bruce Carlisle 617.626.1205Bruce.Carlisle@state.ma.us