THE EMERGENCE OF CMSP IN TEXAS Kate Zultner, Texas General Land Office International Marine Spatial Planning Symposium May 16, 2012
OVERVIEW Texas & Coastal Management Program Section 309 Program Enhancement Strategy Development What we are hoping to address through CMSP Strategies Drivers Pathway Tools to enhance and be enhanced in this process Challenges
THE TEXAS COAST Coastal Zone (1/10 of state)= 367 mi of Gulf shoreline, > 3,300 miles of bays/estuaries , out to 10.3 mi More than 1/2 the nations chemical products & gasoline comes from plants along the Texas GIWW Commercial fishing brings in more than $150 million of fish and shellfish/yr 18 coastal counties home for 6 million residents (24% of state pop.)
TEXAS COASTAL MANAGEMENT PROGRAM To ensure the long-term ecological and economic productivity of the coast. Awards approximately $2.2 million annually in grants Eligible for Program Enhancement money – Sec. 309 CZMA Contracted HRI (A&M) to conduct 309 Assessment & Strategy Report
309 ASSESSMENT & STRATEGY REPORTAssessment : Looks at projects funded over the past 5 yrs and recommends areas of high priority for future fundingStrategy: Proposed Strategy for addressing identified priorities, within the enhancement areas, for the next 5 yrs (2011-2015) 309 Assessment & Strategies report (2011-2015)
CZMA Section 309 Enhancement AreasCumulative & Coastal Public Access Wetlands Secondary Hazards Impacts Ocean Marine Debris Energy & Aquaculture Resources Government Facility SitingNote: Texas cannot create SAMPs
ASSESSMENT: IDENTIFIED HIGH PRIORITY NEEDSWetlands Coastal Public Marine Cumulativ Energy &• Freshwater Hazards Access Debris e& Gov’t inflows data • Public • Public • Storm-water Secondar Facility education access data discharge y Impacts Siting• Develop about habitat hazards data • Community • Coastal and restoration • Effects of planning in marine plans SLR on coastal spatial • Statewide • Data on public areas to planning for sea level rise impacts to access mitigate offshore assessment wildlife vulnerability energy siting • Coastal • Planning for to coastal • Debris hazards continued hazards removal planning for accessibility response local • Sediment communities managemen t plans
COASTAL & MARINE SPATIAL PLANNING (CMSP) To develop an integrative, adaptive, ecosystem based Strategy for pro-active and comprehensive long-term planning and management for our coastal resources Regulatory/permit streamlining across networked agencies Update Resource Mgmt. Codes (RMCs) Plan for renewable energy siting (currently wind) Coastal hazard mitigation planning Habitat/wetlands restoration planning Sediment management planning
STRATEGIES Use Texas’ marine and coastal natural resources efficiently by encouraging responsible and sustainable economic development. Protect, restore, and enhance the diversity, quality, quantity, functions and values of marine and coastal natural resources. Provide for enhanced water quality, water supply, healthy beaches and safe seafood in our watersheds and coastal areas by promoting and implementing sustainable practices on land. Allow for adaptability to accommodate changing environmental conditions and impacts, including those associated with climate change, seal-level rise; and new and emerging uses, advances in technology, availability of information and policy changes. Support state, regional and national priorities and partnerships.
DRIVERS: Secure dedicated funding source for CMP Renewable energy (offshore wind leases) Coastal resiliency (SLR, storm surge, oil spills, infrastructure & asset protection) Habitat & wetlands protection & restoration CWA penalties/ BP NRDA $ (coordinated approach to spending) Erosion & sediment management Regional (GOMA) and national (NOP) initiatives
HOW DO WE GET THERE? Inventory Existing Information on Coastal Resources Information Review & Assessment Determine Data Gaps & Needs Analyze Existing Laws, Regulations and Programs Examine Texas’s Role in Regional Coastal Management Issues Develop Framework for Future Coast-wide Planning Efforts Create Central Portal/Platform for this Information * Public and local input and technical review will occur throughout these steps
RESOURCE MANAGEMENT CODES RMCs assigned to state-owned tracts in Texas bays and estuaries, and Gulf waters, representing development guidelines for activities within the tracts. Codes enhance protection of sensitive natural resources by providing recommendations for minimizing adverse impacts from mineral exploration and development activities.