February 13, 2013NOAA Pacific Services Center – Training Room                                               Office of Plan...
Agenda• Purpose of the NERR• Overview of NERR designation process• Current status of NERR designation process• Overview of...
National Estuarine Research Reserve System• State – Federal Partnership Program• 28 Reserves in the United States and Cari...
National Estuarine Research Reserve System                                      Office of Planning                        ...
NERR System Goals• Ensure stable environment for research• Address significant coastal management issues• Enhance public a...
Purpose of the NERR• Research  • “Living laboratory” for scientists and students  • Natural resource management issues (i....
Overview / Status – NERR Designation Process                                                    Site Selection            ...
Hawaiʻi Site Evaluation & Selection Process                                                         OP-led Small Group Pha...
Schedule / Timeline          • Draft Criteria                    • Site Selection Cmte.                 • Boundary        ...
Stakeholders• Public / Immediate Community where NERR sited• Office of Planning / CZM Program• B&F• DLNR• DOH• University ...
Expectations from Stakeholders• Active involvement in entire designation process• Open and timely communication• Attend al...
Questions / Discussion                         Office of Planning                         State of Hawaiʻ  i
Office of PlanningState of Hawaiʻ  i
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Office of Planning Presentation re National Estuarine Research Reserve Site Designation Process

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At the requests of Governor Neil Abercrombie and former U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye, the Office of Planning is seeking the designation of a National Estuarine Research Reserve System site in the state of Hawaii. This presentation outlines the project objectives and timeline for this project.

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Office of Planning Presentation re National Estuarine Research Reserve Site Designation Process

  1. 1. February 13, 2013NOAA Pacific Services Center – Training Room Office of Planning State of Hawaiʻ i
  2. 2. Agenda• Purpose of the NERR• Overview of NERR designation process• Current status of NERR designation process• Overview of Hawaii site evaluation and selection process• Schedule of site evaluation and selection/designation process• Expectations from stakeholders Office of Planning State of Hawaiʻ i
  3. 3. National Estuarine Research Reserve System• State – Federal Partnership Program• 28 Reserves in the United States and Caribbean• State agency manages the reserve on a day-to-day basis• NOAA provides funding, national guidance, and technical assistance Office of Planning State of Hawaiʻ i
  4. 4. National Estuarine Research Reserve System Office of Planning State of Hawaiʻ i
  5. 5. NERR System Goals• Ensure stable environment for research• Address significant coastal management issues• Enhance public awareness and understanding of estuarine areas• Promote federal, state, public , and private use for research• Conduct and coordinate estuarine research within the system Office of Planning State of Hawaiʻ i
  6. 6. Purpose of the NERR• Research • “Living laboratory” for scientists and students • Natural resource management issues (i.e., non-point source pollution, habitat restoration, invasive species)• Education • Adults – Training on estuarine issues • K-12 – Field classes • Teachers – Professional development in marine education• Coastal Stewardship • Assist communities in developing strategies to deal with natural resource management issues Office of Planning State of Hawaiʻ i
  7. 7. Overview / Status – NERR Designation Process Site Selection Document Letter of Interest Criteria Development Boundary Screening Site Selection Delineation Process & Nomination Site Selection Process Nomination LetterManagement Plan & Designation EIS (NEPA) Process Office of Planning State of Hawaiʻ i
  8. 8. Hawaiʻi Site Evaluation & Selection Process OP-led Small Group Phase I Consultant to develop draft site criteria NERR Site Selection Committee NERR Site Evaluation Committee• Facilitate • Using approved site criteria: • Review draft site criteria committees • Identify potential sites • Approve final site criteria• Support • Evaluate potential sites committees• Prepare • Review site rankings and • Site Ranking / Recommendations committee material recommendations • Preferred site • Select Preferred site • Alternative sites• Develop report of selection process and determination Office of Planning State of Hawaiʻ i
  9. 9. Schedule / Timeline • Draft Criteria • Site Selection Cmte. • Boundary Phase IIPhase I Phase III reviews site list Delineation • Secure Consultant • Site Selection Cmte. • Develop • Form Site selects preferred site Management Plan Evaluation & Selection Cmtes. • Public meeting in vicinity of preferred • Prepare EIS (NEPA) • Public solicitation Document site of potential sites • Forward site • Site Eval. Cmte. selection document examine and to Governor analyze sites • Governor nominates • Forward site list to site to NOAA Site Selection Cmte. Office of Planning State of Hawaiʻ i
  10. 10. Stakeholders• Public / Immediate Community where NERR sited• Office of Planning / CZM Program• B&F• DLNR• DOH• University of Hawaiʻi• NOAA Office of Planning State of Hawaiʻ i
  11. 11. Expectations from Stakeholders• Active involvement in entire designation process• Open and timely communication• Attend all scheduled meetings Office of Planning State of Hawaiʻ i
  12. 12. Questions / Discussion Office of Planning State of Hawaiʻ i
  13. 13. Office of PlanningState of Hawaiʻ i

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