Nurturing and Sustaining Public
Support in Tidal Restoration

Jeremy M. Bell
Buzzards Bay Coalition
2012 Decision Makers W...
Agenda
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Lessons learned
Why
When
How
Questions
Why do outreach?
• If project is on public land, outreach is a must
(government transparency)
• Can serve to educate the p...
When is the right time?
• Town buy-in, local advocacy is key town
administrator or other decision maker
multiple town staf...
Data Needed
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Tides
Survey
Hydrologic modeling
Images
Issues Often Raised
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Flooding
Salinity intrusion
Safety
Sea level rise
Vegetation changes
Traffic issues
Wat...
Private Landowners
• Direct work on private property requires
signature of the landowner on NOI
• May also need Right of E...
Find Your Audience
• Consider outreach
beyond local area for
projects with
potential regional
significance
• Try to antici...
After the Fact: Tell Your Story
• Outreach should continue after project is
complete
• Media follow-up
• Public presentati...
Questions?

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Jeremy Bell
617-921-6566
jeremy.bell@state.ma.us
http://www.mass.gov/dfwele/der/index.htm
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A presentation about nurturing and sustaining public support in tidal restoration. Presented by Jeremy Bell, restoration ecologist from the Massachusetts Division of Ecological Restoration during the Buzzards Bay Coalition's 2012 Decision Makers Workshop series. Learn more at www.savebuzzardsbay.org/DecisionMakers

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Nurturing and Sustaining Public Support in Tidal Restoration

  1. 1. Nurturing and Sustaining Public Support in Tidal Restoration Jeremy M. Bell Buzzards Bay Coalition 2012 Decision Makers Workshop Series
  2. 2. Agenda • • • • • Lessons learned Why When How Questions
  3. 3. Why do outreach? • If project is on public land, outreach is a must (government transparency) • Can serve to educate the public on value of habitat being restored • Will help to identify issues that may come up during permit process. =
  4. 4. When is the right time? • Town buy-in, local advocacy is key town administrator or other decision maker multiple town staff should be involved • Right before permits are submitted is too late. • Before data collection is too early. • Best time is after some data collection, early in feasibility study, possibly alternative selected.
  5. 5. Data Needed • • • • Tides Survey Hydrologic modeling Images
  6. 6. Issues Often Raised • • • • • • • Flooding Salinity intrusion Safety Sea level rise Vegetation changes Traffic issues Water quality • • • • • Smells Loss of open water Cost-benefit Property rights Rare species
  7. 7. Private Landowners • Direct work on private property requires signature of the landowner on NOI • May also need Right of Entry
  8. 8. Find Your Audience • Consider outreach beyond local area for projects with potential regional significance • Try to anticipate key issues of interest to the community • Invitations to key stakeholders may be worth the effort
  9. 9. After the Fact: Tell Your Story • Outreach should continue after project is complete • Media follow-up • Public presentations • Awards • Signage • Education • Monitoring
  10. 10. Questions? • • • • Jeremy Bell 617-921-6566 jeremy.bell@state.ma.us http://www.mass.gov/dfwele/der/index.htm

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