Mass ECAN News August and Save the Date


Mass ECAN News

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Melissa Ocana
Climate Adaptation Coordinator, UMass Amherst

Mass ECAN Conference 2018

Save the Date!
Tuesday, October 30th
Framingham State University

Building off of last year's successful event, our second annual Mass ECAN conference will be all day on Oct. 30th.
Registration and more details coming soon!
If you are interested in being a sponsor, please contact
Mass ECAN Member Spotlight
Every month, we'll highlight someone in our community of practice so you can learn about the variety of adaptation work going on and "meet" a new colleague!
Julia Knisel
Coastal Shoreline and Floodplain Manager
MA Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM)
Bio:  Julia is committed to not only expanding knowledge in the fields of coastal geology and shoreline management, but also planning and coordinating adaptation efforts to reduce vulnerabilities along the diverse shoreline of Massachusetts. She oversees CZM’s StormSmart Coasts Program, which helps communities prepare for and address flooding and erosion along developed shorelines. Julia co-chairs the Northeast Regional Ocean Council’s (NROC) Coastal Hazards Resilience Committee that coordinates resilience efforts across New England. Previously, she served as a marine scientist at the U.S. Geological Survey in Woods Hole and worked with Maine and North Carolina coastal programs as a marine policy grad student and NOAA Coastal Management Fellow.

Climate change adaptation project she's currently excited about:  a northeast regional effort to advance nature-based approaches to reduce impacts of coastal storms and sea level rise. A recent National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration award is supporting work of The Nature Conservancy, state coastal zone management programs in New England, and NROC to develop information on suitability of natural infrastructure (living shorelines) to provide coastal storm damage protection. Over the next three years, Julia and her team will monitor dune restoration, fringing marsh enhancement, and coastal bank stabilization projects implemented through CZM’s Coastal Resilience Grant Program.


Funding Opportunity -  MEMA and DCR recently announced availability of three FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance Programs, including the 2018 Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant program, the 2018 Flood Mitigation Assistance program, and the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. Learn more about the grant programs here. An official Notice of Funding Opportunity will be issued later in August on the MEMA Website and on COMMBUYS. Informational webinar on Sept. 10 at 10am. Please RSVP to

New group Massachusetts Association for Floodplain Management  - A new floodplain management group has been forming over the past year and is now ready to go public! Check out their first newsletter here, and stay tuned for more information about their kick-off/training event planned for early November.

Conference  - Don't forget that the National Adaptation Forum call for proposals is open for Symposia, Training Sessions, Working Groups, Oral Presentations, Posters, and the Tools Cafe until Sept. 4. I'm Program Co-Chair this year and would love to see many Mass submissions! Hope to see you in Madison, WI, April 23-25, 2019!

Conference  - Northeastern Transportation & Wildlife Conference is being held at UMass Amherst September 9-12. Co-hosted by the MA Department of Transportation and the MA Department of Fish & Game. This year's theme is "Partnering for Resilient Infrastructure and Ecosystems." Come learn about what your Mass ECAN peers are working on!

News - Governor Signs the Environmental Bond Bill -  The bill makes into law a requirement for Massachusetts to adopt a statewide plan to address the impacts of climate change, and also codifies the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Program, a grant and technical assistance program for cities and towns to develop their own plans. Read more here.

EventLaw and Governance Meets Climate Adaptation is being hosted at the UMass Club in Boston on September 28 from 7:15-11:45 am. This latest Forum will focus on the development of new rules, regulations, and governance needed to respond to our changing climate.

Job Opportunity - Senior Manager, Climate Risk Engagement with Ceres in Boston


Catch up on previous newsletters by visiting our
Past News archive!

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Happenings Around the Country

If you're interested in what's going on in the rest of the country, it's regional adaptation fora season! The Northeast Local Solutions conference already happened, but our peers in other regions are at: