Nantucket and Madaket Harbors Action Plan Update
UHI, in partnership with Woods Hole Group, is working with the town of Nantucket to engage members of the public in harbor planning activities. The plan will cover a wide range of topics including public access, water quality, natural resource management, commercial and recreational fishing and boating, climate change, dredging, and water quality. A draft plan is expected in the Spring 2024.
For more information on the Nantucket planning process or to provide a comment, see the harbor plan website or contact Kim Starbuck at Kimberly.Starbuck@umb.edu.
Manchester-by-the-Sea Harbor Management Plan
UHI recently kicked off the harbor planning process with the Town of Manchester-by-the-Sea, where the UHI team has started researching issues and planning for public engagement. For more information about the Manchester-by-the-Sea plan, contact Shannon Hogan at Shannon.Hogan@umb.edu.
Mashpee Harbor Management Plan
UHI, in partnership with Woods Hole Group, is working with the town of Mashpee to engage members of the public in harbor planning activities. The plan will cover a wide range of topics including public access, water quality, natural resource management, commercial and recreational fishing and boating, climate change, dredging, and water quality. A draft plan is expected in the Spring 2024.
For Mashpee harbor plan information and to sign up for updates on the planning process, visit the plan website or contact Allison Novelly at Allison.Novelly@umb.edu.
UHI is part of a large team that is implementing a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded 4-year project entitled Cool Science. Cool Science is a free public art competition held each fall for K-12 artists to improve public understanding of the science behind extreme weather. Over the last seven years, Cool Science piloted a small-scale program in Massachusetts. The program was honored by the White House as an exemplary project to improve climate literacy across a community.
Because of its proven popularity and effective engagement with all ages, Cool Science added partners in the nation’s heartland in Kansas and Missouri. Now, buses with children’s winning artwork will ride in four regions (Merrimack Valley, Worcester, Kansas City, and Topeka). During each year of this 3-year program, roughly hundreds of youth, hundreds of adult mentors, and tens-of-thousands of bus riders will have the chance to learn about the science of extreme weather. More details can be found on www.coolscience.net.
Other Cool Science team members include: the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Boston’s School for the Environment; UMass Lowell’s College of Education and Art and Design Department; the Massachusetts College of Art and Design; the Transportation Center at the University of Kansas; the Center for Environmentally Beneficial Catalysis, University of Kansas; Kansas State University; and Goodman Research Group, Inc.
Regional Collaboration to Address Marine Debris in the Gulf of Maine
The Gulf of Maine Association (GOMA) is partnering with UHI, Surfrider Foundation, Center for Coastal Studies, Blue Ocean Society, NH Coastal Program, and Huntsman Marine Science Centre to create an international collaborative approach to addressing the environmental problem of plastic and other marine debris in the Gulf of Maine ecosystem. Partners will work together to implement gulf-wide and targeted actions to reduce and prevent the introduction of marine debris into the Gulf of Maine in support of the 2019 Gulf of Maine Marine Debris Action Plan. Funding is provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. More details can be found here.
UHI Webinar Series
UHI hosts a webinar series (3 - 4 per year) to share new, groundbreaking research being conducted by UMass Boston professors/staff and other professionals from around the world. The webinar topics include: climate change, marine debris, fisheries, municipal planning, waterfront issues, community outreach, and more. The 60-minute webinars are free and geared towards professionals in the ocean science field, yet open to all. To be informed of upcoming webinars, please sign up for our newsletter.
Citizen Planner Training Collaborative
UHI serves as the administrative coordinator for the Citizen Planner Training Collaborative (CPTC), a collaboration of citizens, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies dedicated to providing essential and advanced training to individuals involved in municipal planning and land use. To learn more about CPTC and available trainings, including monthly webinars, visit the CPTC website.
National Working Waterfront Network (NWWN)
A founding member of the NWWN, UHI is leading several initiatives to advance the resilience of working waterfronts in partnership with Network members. Specifically, UHI staff are coordinating the NWWN Research Internship Program (which will begin in February 2024) and helping to organize the NWWN conference to be hosted in San Diego in early 2025. Join the NWWN listserv to receive information about the conference and future NWWN activities. With funding from the Walton Foundation, specific emphasis for much of this project is on promoting the resilience of sustainable commercial fishing communities.
Stone Living Lab
The Stone Living Lab is a partnership working to advance coastal resiliency to climate change through research, education, outreach, and policy. The majority of the Lab’s work is conducted in Boston Harbor and surrounding communities and focuses on exploring both the natural and socio-economic impacts of nature-based approaches to addressing the impacts of climate change. Staff from UHI are working with the Lab to coordinate research and communications activities and provide overall management for the Lab. The Institute’s work is funded by the James M. and Cathleen D. Stone Foundation.