In advance of its meeting on November 13-14, the Northeast Regional Planning Body (RPB) held a series of public events, as well as a day-long regional stakeholder forum. These meetings included updates on the regional ocean planning effort and a discussion of two topics the RPB focused on at its November meeting: options under the Effective Decision Making goal and the Healthy Ocean and Coastal Ecosystems goal.
In the addition to the series of public meetings (full schedule below), a day-long regional stakeholder forum was held on October 21, 2014 at the University of New Hampshire (UNH), in Durham, NH. Comments were accepted on these options at all public meetings, as well as online at the Public Comment Portal.
Important meeting materials include:
- Summary of public comment (PDF) (69pp, 6.9M)
- Stakeholder forum agenda (PDF) (2pp, 155k)
- Summary of options for discussion under each goal (PDF) (6pp, 339k)
- Background report for Effective Decision Making goal (PDF) (29pp, 793k)
- Background report for Healthy Ocean and Coastal Ecosystems goal (PDF) (5pp, 315k)
This summary is from the following two reports.
Schedule of Public Meetings
- October 6, 2014 – Portsmouth, New Hampshire; 5:00PM – 7:30PM
NH Department of Environmental Services
222 International Dr., Suite 175, Room A
- October 8, 2014 – Belfast, Maine; 1:00PM – 4:00PM
Meeting of the Maine Ocean Advisors Group (open to the public)
80 Belmont Avenue
- October 15, 2014 – Narragansett, Rhode Island; 5:00PM – 7:30PM
215 South Ferry Road, Hazards Room A and B
- October 20, 2014 – New Haven, Connecticut; 6:00PM – 9:00PM
Regional Water Authority
90 Sargent Drive, Welch Room M
New Haven, CT
- October 27, 2014 – Boston, Massachusetts; 3:00PM – 5:00PM
100 Cambridge Street
100 Cambridge Street, Second Floor Conference Room C + D
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Ocean Planning Timeline
November 2012 Inaugural Northeast RPB Meeting: Develop common understanding about the RPB; provide context and lay foundation of regional ocean planning; engage stakeholders and the public, discuss initial focus. April 2013 Northeast RPB Meeting: Northeast RPB Meeting: Identify draft goals for regional ocean planning and mechanisms for receiving public input about those draft goals; provide opportunities for public input about topics under consideration. May/June 2013 Public Comment Meetings: Ten public meetings throughout New England to discuss draft regional ocean planning goals.
January Northeast RPB Meeting: approve goals and objectives; move forward on related tasks. May/June Public Engagement: Natural Resources Workshops and focused engagement to discuss progress toward goals of effective Decision-Making and Healthy Ocean and Coastal Ecosystems. June Northeast RPB Meeting: Review progress toward all goals. Fall Public meetings/workshops and Northeast RPB meeting: Feedback on progress toward each goal.
Spring Stakeholder Forum: Review progress on the use of marine life and ocean use data, regulatory coordination, and future scenario development. June Northeast RPB Meeting: Review approach to developing draft plan by considering agency use of ocean plan data products; discuss draft outline for regional ocean plan. Fall Northeast RPB meeting and public meetings: Review revised products for each goal; discuss future work of the RPB.
Winter EBM Working Group: Review progress on Draft Northeast Ocean Plan, marine life and habitat data product development, including IEAs Framework. Spring Northeast RPB Meeting (via webinar): Release Draft Plan for public review. Summer Collect public comment on the Draft Plan through public meetings and other opportunities. Fall September public webinar to review changes to the Draft Plan and October submittal of revised Plan to the National Ocean Council.