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Monday, October 17


Technical Session. Using Transportation Networks to Inform Valuation of Water Quality Changes for Saltwater Recreation on Cape Cod, MA
AUTHORS: Justin Bousquin, US EPA/ORISE; Nate Merrill, US EPA; Marisa Mazzotta, US EPA

ABSTRACT: Estimating the non-market value of beaches for saltwater recreation is complex. An individual’s preference for a beach depends on beach characteristics and perception. When choosing one beach over another, an individual balances these personal preferences with any additional costs, in travel time and/or fees to access the beach. This trade-off can be used to infer how people value different beach characteristics and evaluate changes in beach characteristics, such as water quality. Especially when beaches are free to the public, beach value estimates rely heavily on accurate travel times.Our goal is to evaluate the benefits of different levels of water quality improvements to saltwater recreation on Cape Cod. Observed visitation data and beach characteristics will be used to construct a model for how much people prefer different beach characteristics, including water quality and travel time. On Cape Cod, saltwater beach recreation participants include both local residents and those making seasonal day trips from other parts of the region, making the scale of analysis large and transportation congestion significant. We will describe several of the transportation networks and route services available and compare a few based on their ability to meet our specific requirements of scale and seasonal travel time accuracy.

Monday October 17, 2016 10:30am - 11:00am
Nauset V


Technical Session. Ocean Use Mapping in the Northeast
AUTHORS: Nick Napoli, NROC; Jenna Ducharme*, RPS ASA; Rachel Schmookler, RPS ASA; Kelly Knee, RPS ASA; Emily Shumchenia, NROC; Kate Longley-Wood, SeaPlan

ABSTRACT: The Northeast Ocean Data Portal is an online data and information system developed by a consortium of private, nonprofit, and governmental organizations to support ocean planning in New England. The portal provides access to Cloud-based data products and interactive web maps that characterize marine resources and the use of ocean space, while also harnessing and providing access to a range of ocean management and planning resources within and outside of the region. Recently, the Portal has undergone a number of updates to habitat, marine life, economic, and national security data, in conjunction with the draft Northeast Ocean Plan, and has undergone a public comment period. This presentation will discuss the latest additions to the Portal and the culmination of this collaborative 5 year regional ocean planning effort.

Monday October 17, 2016 11:00am - 11:30am
Nauset V


Technical Session. NHD Stewardship in Maine: Focus on the Coast and Estuaries
AUTHORS: Becky Schaffner, Maine Department of Environmental Protection; Vicki Schmidt, Maine Department of Environmental Protection; Anji Auger, MEGIS

ABSTRACT: The NHD Stewardship process in Maine is active and ongoing. The standard editing process prioritizes coastal and urbanized areas where many anthropogenic changes to hydrology have occurred. These changes include development-related modifications such as channelization and diversion of waterways, construction of retention basins and reservoirs, and dam construction and removal. Additional feature edits are driven by the need to correct errors (e.g. missing and mislocated streams) observed during field data collection and monitoring efforts. Layers and methods used to update and correct NHD features include high resolution LiDAR elevation data, high resolution imagery (NAIP, Google Earth), Esri ArcGIS Hydrology Tools, and the TauDEM (Terrain Analysis Using Digital Elevation Models) hydrology tools. In addition to the standard editing process, a special project was undertaken to add and update statewide estuary features. Refining estuarine waters in the NHD was particularly important because state regulations such as Shoreland Zoning are based on the location and status of such waters. More accurate delineations increase the likelihood that such rules fulfill their purpose, without imposing undue burdens on property owners. The location and extent of estuary features was determined based on the best available state-wide salinity, head-of-tide, and habitat datasets.

Monday October 17, 2016 11:30am - 12:00pm
Nauset V


Technical Session. Collaboration and Customizing a Story Map Journal: Southern Connecticut Regional Framework for Coastal Resilience
AUTHORS: Kevin Deneault*, The Nature Conservancy; Mark Hoover, Connecticut Metropolitan Council of Governments; Matt Fulda, Connecticut Metropolitan Council of Governments; Adam W. Whelchel, The Nature Conservancy; Mark Goetz, Connecticut Metropolitan Council of Governments

ABSTRACT: The story map journal provides the ideal platform to combine project processes and final results in a useable and useful format for the public. In this presentation, we will discuss how we customized the story map journal to publicize and summarize a unique and critical coastal resilience project in Connecticut. Topics include using Bootstrap to implement grids, clever ways to use images in the ‘Swipe’ app, as well as ways to work across organizations to collaborate on an application. We will also discuss how all levels of government, as well as other institutions, came together to establish a Regional Framework for Coastal Resilience in Southern Connecticut. The project was driven by two COG's - South Central Regional Council of Governments (SCRCOG) and Connecticut Metropolitan Council of Governments (METROCOG) in partnership with The Nature Conservancy and ten municipalities alongside supporting NGOs, state and federal agencies, academic institutions, youth engagement organizations, businesses, and civic groups. The main objective of this project was to comprehensively assess, prioritize and advance resilience opportunities to simultaneously reduce risk at local and regional scale. Key successes included the integration of natural/green infrastructure concepts, principles, and priority projects into core hazard mitigation, comprehensive planning and capital expenditure efforts.

Monday October 17, 2016 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Nauset V


Technical Session. The Regional Resilience Projects App: Using Technology to Build Community Resilience
AUTHORS: Kevin Deneault, Adam W. Whelchel - The Nature Conservancy

ABSTRACT: In 2014, The Nature Conservancy’s Connecticut Coastal Resilience team successfully secured a large “Sandy” grant to advance a “never before tried” approach for resilience in Connecticut. This team has been advancing a community resilience building project with two core partners – Connecticut Metropolitan Council of Governments and the South Central Regional Council of Governments. Development of a geospatial database, containing 326 green/natural infrastructure projects, identified through field reconnaissance along Connecticut’s coast and associated watersheds, was a central task for the partnership. This “Southern Connecticut Regional Framework for Coastal Resilience” project was funded through the Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resiliency Competitive Grants Program as part of the Department of Interior Sandy Grant. Overall, this project will help to advance "smart" investments in proactive risk assessment, community engagement, and green infrastructure projects. This will help reduce the consequences of large-scale storms and sea level rise, while strengthening the resilience of existing and future natural ecosystems. The project area includes 10 municipalities from Fairfield to Madison, encompassing the two largest population centers in Connecticut (Bridgeport and New Haven). As part of the overall project, the geospatial database has been converted into an interactive web application called the “Regional Resilience Projects App”.

Monday October 17, 2016 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Nauset V


Technical Session. Building Coastal Resilience on Cape Cod Through Innovative Tool Development
AUTHORS: Cally Harper, PhD, CFM, Cape Cod Commission

ABSTRACT: Being resilient requires taking a look back at past damages from hazard events and reviewing models of future climate scenarios. Individuals, governments, institutions and businesses can only change if they have a clear path forward. In this session, the speaker will describe collaborative approaches being used to increase Cape Cod’s resilience to severe storms and climate change impacts. Collaborative efforts involving multiple partners include hazard mitigation planning, vulnerability assessments of transportation assets using an online Sea Level Rise Viewer, and a 3-year grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to build GIS-based resiliency strategies for municipal officials and the general public. Mapping tools developed by the Cape Cod Commission are used to translate technical data into understandable and actionable language, estimate loss of individual and government assets, communicate adaptation strategies, assess people’s willingness to pay, communicate the need for action, and engage the public in selecting and implementing site-specific strategies.

Monday October 17, 2016 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Nauset V