News and ResourcesPlanning for community, economic development - March 10, 2014
Now, we’re working on updating the plan to reflect the work we have done already and the new issues, actions and policies for our future.
The comprehenisve plan is made up of four major sections: Water Quality, Fish and Wildlife, Recreation and Navigation, and Community and Economic Development. To aid citizen input, Coastal Bays has a questionnaire at www.mdcoastalbays.org where citizens can help rate priorities and comment on actions. We will also be holding two workshops this spring to collect citizen feedback.
This week, we’re concentrating on the Community and Economic Development section. Some of the highest priority actions the program and its partners are taking in order to do this include:
Comparing multiple measures of economic contributions to local economic sectors. The Coastal Bays and their watershed are a major economic engine for local economies. The partners will help conduct economic analysis of the value of the Coastal Bays Program to the watershed, as well as analyze the economic contributions of farming, forestry, commercial and recreational fishing, tourism and other natural resource-dependent economic sectors.
We will work to determine the cost of sprawl in the watershed due to development and formulate a statewide, zero-waste strategy by developing policies and actions to increase recycling rates.
Making the enforcement of environmental laws more consistent. Coastal Bays will help implement supplemental environmental projects in locations where environmental damage to be mitigated has occurred, as well as provide technical assistance to the general public to facilitate compliance and minimize the need for enforcement action.Reducing the threat of development to cultural and natural resources. Coastal Bays and its partners are working to encourage aesthetically pleasing and ecologically beneficial low-impact developments, parking facilities and other architectural standards for commercial areas. The program is also continuing to retain strong agricultural zoning to protect natural and cultural resources in our watershed.
Enhancing coastal resiliency to natural disasters, sea level rise and climate change. In order to best protect our natural and other resources, the partners will track changes in the ecosystem, from climate change through monitoring of chemical, ecological and spatial trends, and will work with city, county and state officials to ensure planning efforts. These efforts will include adaptation to climate change to protect infrastructure, health, agriculture, wetlands and forests, as well as developing recovery plans to support ecosystem conservation and resilience in the wake of natural disasters.
Enhancing coordination between Delaware, Maryland and Virginia. We will work with Delaware, Maryland and Virginia to coordinate activities related to ecosystem-based management, technology needs, climate change, habitat corridors, water quality improvements and much more.
Promoting energy conservation and alternative energy production, and reducing airborne pollution. The partners will work together to develop educational materials on home and workplace energy conservation practices for the public and will help advance the use of clean energy sources.Increasing public and stakeholder participation in local, state and federal decision making. Coastal Bays and its partners will help protect the bays by conducting surveys to gather data on citizen perceptions, concerns and understanding of watershed conditions while informing residents, stakeholders and government officials about the economic and ecological value of the coastal bays.
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