President Obama Names New Members of Federal Climate Change Task Force
Three members of the National Association of Counties now serve on a task force designed to provide recommendations to the administration on how the federal government can help state and local governments on resilience and preparedness issues. President Obama appointed these members to his Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience in early November. The task force comprises state, local, and tribal officials that are experienced in climate issues.
Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resiliency Competitive Grant Program
More than $100 million in grants is available for the region affected by Hurricane Sandy. Grants from $100,000 to $5 million will be awarded to projects that assess, restore, enhance, or create wetlands, beaches, and other natural systems to better protect communities, as well as fish and wildlife species and habitats, from future impacts. The program is funded by the Hurricane Sandy disaster relief appropriation and is administered by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.
Musconetcong River Restoration Partnership Given Federal Award for Dam Removal
Because of a dam, the Musconetcong River used to cover a Pohatcong Township playground and baseball field with water after a heavy rain. That is no longer the case. The Musconetcong River Restoration Partnership worked to remove the dam and restore 3.4 miles connecting the Musconetcong to the Delaware River. The group was recently recognized by Coastal America for its work on the dam and its ongoing work for the watershed.
Don’t Miss the New Partners for Smart Growth Conference
For over a decade, New Partners has worked to bring together a variety of thinkers, practitioners, activists, and more to guide a strong and diverse movement grounded in the values of sustainable communities. Their national conference, New Partners for Smart Growth, stems from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Smart Growth Program and focuses on environmentally sensitive growth and development. Early-bird registration is now open for the conference to be held in Denver, Colorado, February 13 to 15, 2014.
Registration Open for Southeast Tidal Creeks Summit
After a successful inaugural event in 2011, the Southeast Tidal Creeks Summit is back to share more research, best practices, lessons learned, and trends in the field of tidal creek research. Make sure to register before December 2 to get the early-bird rate. Registration will close on December 5. The Southeast Tidal Creeks Summit will be held December 16 to 17, 2013, in Wilmington, North Carolina.