Co-Hosted by MACAN and OA Alliance
April 12, 2021
(1) Welcome and Introductions
Avalon Bristow, Co-Coordinator, MARCO (5 minutes)
(2) Updates and perspectives from the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators, Coastal Working Group (5 minutes)
- Brief overview of NCEL
- Update on formation of Coastal Working Group
(3) Brief overview of OA Action Plans as Envisioned by the OA Alliance and report out from U.S. State meeting
Confirmed Speaker: Jessie Turner, Project Manager, OA Alliance (8 minutes)
- Recap of 2020 virtual meeting of U.S. states and pending CMJ OA themed edition
- Which states participated
- Report out from federal partners NOAA and EPA
- Importance of regional monitoring
- What might states need from State Legislatures in OA Action Planning?
- Engagement and support developing priorities
- Implementation and funding support
- Political and public awareness of the OA as a critical ocean and climate issue
(4) OA Action Planning in the State of Maryland (10 minutes)
Confirmed Speaker: Dr. Jim George, Policy Advisor, Water and Science Administration, Maryland Department of the Environment
- Framework and impetus for OA Action Plan
- Monitoring, data and information and supported plan
- Assessing Risks to Keystone Species
- Measures of Success and Potential Remediation Tools
- Why is it important that OA Action be reflected in existing climate, land and coastal management?
(4) OA Action Planning in the State of New Jersey (10 minutes)
Confirmed Speakers: Megan Rutkowski, Environmental Specialist, Bureau of Climate Resilience Planning, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Dr. Grace Saba, Assistant Professor, Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, Rutgers University
- Reducing and responding to climate change in New Jersey
- Engaging NJ Climate Change Resource Center at Rutgers University
(6) Regional Collaborations to Bridge Science, Monitoring and Research Needs that Support OA Action Planning Efforts
- Brief description of MACAN 2021-2022 work plan and priorities
- Overview and core themes for upcoming MACAN Workshop October 2021:
- Provide a forum for researchers and state agencies to connect regarding OA action plans and associated data needs.
- Identify opportunities for Mid-Atlantic states to coordinate on monitoring and/or data sharing at the regional (water body) scale and not by state boundaries.
- Connect the Mid-Atlantic states to share their progress, lessons-learned and next steps regarding state OA Action Planning efforts.