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.

coastal training

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.

Green Infrastructure for Coastal Resilience - Cape Cod

This free, full day training will introduce fundamental green infrastructure concepts and practices that can play a critical role in making Massachusett’s coastal communities more resilient to natural hazards. "Green infrastructure" refers to incorporating the natural environment and constructed systems that mimic natural processes in a way that benefits people and nature.

The workshop will introduce participants to a wide variety of contexts and scales of green infrastructure approaches. It will provide an overview of traditional green infrastructure approaches including low impact development techniques and introduce living shorelines using natural materials to stabilize shorelines.  Through presentations featuring local projects from across the state, activities, and group discussion, participants will learn what they can do to support green infrastructure implementation in their communities.

Target Audience: Local officials including conservation agents, planners, beach managers, natural resource managers, DPW staff and municipal board members, as well as, watershed associations and other non-governmental organizations working on coastal resilience issues

Space is limited! Must be a member of the target audience to reserve a spot. Please register by Tuesday, March 21

a training offered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Office for Coastal Management in partnership with the MA Office of Coastal Zone Management and the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

Professional Credits: Approved for 6 credits by the American Institute of Certified Planners.  Approved for 5 credits by the Association of State Floodplain Managers for certified floodplain managers.

Tonna-Marie Rogers, Waquoit Bay Reserve at or 508-457-0495 x110
Julia Knisel, MA Office of Coastal Zone Management at or 617-626-1191



Price: $0.00

Date: 03/28/2017

Hyannis Golf Course
1840 Iyannough Road
Hyannis, MA
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