As the most densely populated state in the nation with significant commercial and industrial areas, New Jersey represents a major load electrical center. However, the state is lacking an onshore wind resource capable of supporting the robust wind turbine generation necessary to address greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. As a result, interest in utilizing the offshore environment for clean energy development has been high in the state since the early 2000’s.
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New York’s GIS Team has developed new (Department of State) Risk Areas for the Lake Ontario coast, data layer available for viewing on the Gateway; Delaware Wetlands Conference; Maryland Passive Acoustic Monitoring study
Since 2014, Kim (Hernandez) Grubert worked in Maryland’s Chesapeake and Coastal Service advancing, among other things, the state and Mid-Atlantic’s ocean coordination and management efforts.
Nicole has played a supporting role for the MARCO management board since 2015, when she started at Delaware Coastal Programs.
Maggie holds a B.S. in Environmental Restoration and Management, with a focus on wetland habitats from the University of Maryland College Park and is currently working on her Masters in Communication and Public Relations at the University of Florida. She began working in the Delaware Coastal Programs in 2014
The Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean is pleased to inform you that the Regional Ocean Partnership Act (H.R.5390) has been introduced to the House of Representatives to formally authorize Regional Ocean Partnerships, including MARCO, as partners with the federal government to address ocean and coastal concerns. The bill has also been introduced in the Senate (S.2166) and is awaiting a vote. MARCO’s Management Board Chair, Kisha Santiago-Martinez, said the following about the bill: “The Regional Ocean Partnership Act represents an important step in the evolution of regional partnerships like the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO), who, for years, has led and fostered collaboration among federal, state, tribal and other stakeholders to meaningfully address ocean management challenges and opportunities. As the Mid-Atlantic ROP, MARCO expresses strong support for this bill, which would enhance its capacity to conduct collaborative activities at the regional level that are critical for conserving ocean health, and increasing the resilience of ocean and coastal areas that support a growing and vital ocean-based economy in the Mid-Atlantic.” You can track the status of the bill...