Coastal Training Program

The Coastal Training Program (CTP) provides science-based information, tools and skills to regional and local decision-makers to assist them in better managing coastal resources throughout Massachusetts. The intent of the program is to bring science to bear on real-world coastal problems and help develop solutions. The CTP links with and supports other core program areas within the Waquoit Bay Reserve by serving as a conduit for research translation and a catalyst for better coastal stewardship throughout the region.

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The Coastal Training Program is a national initiative administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NOAA/NERRS). Its purpose is to provide training and technical assistance for coastal decision-makers that fosters sound science-based coastal management. The CTP model is implemented in most of the twenty-eight Research Reserves around the country. While the programs share common goals, each is distinct and has unique dimensions determined by regional and local concerns and the priority coastal issues of the biogeographical region.

In Massachusetts the CTP was launched in 2002 building upon a long history of successful coastal decision-maker workshops offered on a variety of topics by the Waquoit Bay Reserve, the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM), and the Woods Hole Sea Grant Program. In preparation for initiating the program, a market analysis of existing training providers and programs available in the state was conducted in order to determine gaps in training and ascertain where the CTP should focus its efforts. The market analysis also identified opportunities for collaboration with other training providers within the state. In addition, formal assessments were conducted to identify needs of various audiences. These foundational studies helped to inform the structure and priorities of the program.

Building Stronger & Safer in the Coastal Zone

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Building Stronger & Safer in the Coastal Zone: Learn about best practices for reducing storm damage, key state regulations and available guidance and tools.

Interpreting FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps and Flood Insurance Studies
Rebecca Haney, Coastal Geologist, MA Office of Coastal Zone Management
This presentation will provide guidance on how to use these tools to better understand the potential effects of flooding on buildings, infrastructure and natural resource areas.

Building Stronger in the Coastal Zone

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Residential Coastal Construction
John Grace, Coastal Engineer, Federal Emergency Management Agency
This will be an overview of the topics contained in FEMA’s Residential Coastal Construction Manual and technical bulletins related to retrofitting buildings before or after a disaster.

State Building Code Requirements in Flood Hazard Areas
Eric Carlson, Assistant Director Flood Hazard Management Program, MA Dept. of Conservation and Recreation
This presentation will discuss the State Building Codes specifically related to NFIP compliance in Coastal Flood Hazard Areas.

What Conservation Commissions Can Do to Protect Land Subject to Coastal Storm Flowage
Lealdon Langley, Director of Water Policy, MA Dept. of Environmental Protection and Rebecca Haney, Coastal Geologist, MA Office of Coastal Zone Management
This will be an overview of the beneficial functions of Land Subject to Coastal Storm Flowage and what can be done under the Wetlands Protection Act to preserve these functions and reduce storm damage to private and public property and infrastructure.

What’s Next; Planning and Funding Opportunities
Sarah White, Mitigation Unit, Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency
Local Hazard Mitigation Planning is the first place for a community to start to factor all of these topics together. This hazard mitigation planning process will help communities be more prepared for grant applications and funding opportunities. This session will also discuss some Federal and State funding programs to help communities implement flood risk reduction projects.

Registration: Please register by May 27th.

Co-Sponsors: Waquoit Bay Reserve Coastal Training Program, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), MA Department of Conservation and Recreation, MA Department of Environmental Protection, MA Office of Coastal Zone Management

Cost: There is no cost to attend this workshop. This course is being fully supported by sponsors.

Price: $0.00

Date: 06/01/2016

Hyannis Golf Course
1840 Iyannough Road
Hyannis, MA
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Water Words That Work

Water Words That Work workshop which targets conservation groups, natural resource managers, local officials and town boards.

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Relearn the language that everyday citizens use and you'll become more confident and successful as  you set out to enlighten the uninformed and persuade the undecided to act on behalf of protecting our land and water resources.

Target Audience:  Land trusts, Conservation organizations, Federal and state agency staff, Local officials and Municipal board members

Cost: $25.00 (includes lunch and materials) Pre-registration required by June 7, 2016

Payments can be made through PayPal or submitting a check to: Waquoit Bay Reserve Foundation (WBRF), P.O. Box 3522, Waquoit, MA02536

Co-Sponsors: Waquoit Bay Reserve Coastal Training Program, Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition, Land Trust Alliance, Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation, Waquoit Bay Reserve Foundation

environmental-awareness-expert-eric-ecklMeet the Speaker
Eric Eckl founded Water Words That Work LLC as a marketing and public relations firm for nature protection and pollution control organizations. Since 2009, the company has assisted more than 50 conservation organizations, including the National Park Service, the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, the Southwest Florida Water Management District, the Minnesota Association of Watershed Districts, the Ogeechee Riverkeeper, and many others.

Before launching Water Words That Work, Eric managed fundraising, media relations, and publishing activities for many conservation organizations. His past employers include Beaconfire Consulting, American Rivers, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

Eric has appeared in countless media stories, including CNN and the New York Times. He is a frequent speaker at environmental, marketing, and technology conferences.


Price: $25.00

Date: 06/10/2016

The Barn at the Brigham Hill Community Farm
37 Wheeler Road
North Grafton, MA Map and Directions

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