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GSAA-World Ocean Council 3rd Industry Forum

Posted by on Apr 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

GSAA-World Ocean Council 3rd Industry Forum

The World Ocean Council (WOC) and the GSAA have partnered to convene a diverse range of ocean industries to improve ocean science, more effectively engage industry in ocean policy and planning, and develop science-based solutions to cross-cutting marine challenges. Following on a GSAA Coast and Ocean Portal Webinar in August 2014 and an Industry Forum in September 2014, the GSAA and WOC hosted an invitation-only session with industry to discuss the Alliance’s Strategic Issue Statements for Improved Data and Planning for Offshore Energy...

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GSAA Featured on OpenChannels.org

Posted by on Mar 24, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

GSAA Featured on OpenChannels.org

The GSAA’s partnership model was featured by an online forum for ocean planning and management, OpenChannels.org.  The GSAA was featured as part of a series of blog posts that are highlighting “new voices” in integrated decision-making for ocean and coastal issues and providing examples of successful models for those exploring marine planning initiatives.  While the GSAA has not established a regional marine planning initiative, the broad engagement of federal, state, and non-governmental partners in the GSAA structure...

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GSAA Issues Wetlands RFP

Posted by on Mar 5, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

GSAA Issues Wetlands RFP

The Governors’ South Atlantic Alliance, via South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, has issued a Request for Proposals to provide support for deliverables of an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Wetlands Program Development Grant focused on improving the quantity and quality of coastal wetlands in the U.S. South Atlantic. Utilizing the GSAA’s framework for regional interagency collaboration, the contractor(s) will directly support the South Atlantic states in their efforts to protect and restore coastal...

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New Resource for Water Quality BMPs

Posted by on Jan 28, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

New Resource for Water Quality BMPs

A new resource is available to professionals whose work involves land-based activities that contribute to nonpoint source pollution in the South Atlantic.  The GSAA Coastal Water Quality Best Management Practices Compendium is now available on the GSAA website.  This Compendium of accepted Best Management Practices (BMPs) includes many of the BMP manuals referred to in the regulations of the South Atlantic states.   Other resources are meant to include the most useful practices for several nonpoint source categories, such as Agriculture,...

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South Atlantic Wetlands Award

Posted by on Jan 27, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

South Atlantic Wetlands Award

The states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida have been awarded funding to streamline coastal wetlands monitoring, build awareness of best management practices for water quality, and enhance the use of living shorelines in the South Atlantic region.   These initiatives are supported by an Environmental Protection Agency Region IV Wetland Program Development Grant to the Governors’ South Atlantic Alliance, with contributions from the Southeast Regional Partnership for Planning and Sustainability, The Nature...

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Webinar Series: Disaster-Resilient Communities

Posted by on Aug 18, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Webinar Series: Disaster-Resilient Communities

The Disaster-Resilient Communities Issue Area Technical Team will be hosting two webinars in the upcoming weeks. Both webinars are open invitation and should be informative for those interested in community resilience planning.  Please join us!   Introduction to Vulnerability, Consequences, and Adaptation Planning Scenarios (VCAPS) Wednesday, August 20th at 2:00 pm Vulnerability and Consequences Adaptation Planning Scenarios (VCAPS) is a facilitated, scenario-building process that enables users to construct and display causal pathways...

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GSAA 4th Annual Meeting

Posted by on Jul 16, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

GSAA 4th Annual Meeting

The Governors’ South Atlantic Alliance (GSAA) held its 4th Annual Meeting September 3-5, 2014, in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, at the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve.  Over 80 participants discussed the most critical issues affecting the South Atlantic’s coast and ocean, including resilience and marine planning.  A meeting summary and presentations are now available on the GSAA website.  Comments on the meeting summary are welcome until October 31st and may be sent to...

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Spotlight on New HVA Product

Posted by on Jul 16, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Spotlight on New HVA Product

Georgia Public Broadcasting highlighted the launch of the GSAA’s new Hazard Vulnerability Assessment (HVA) tool in an interview with the project’s Principal Investigator, Dr. Clark Alexander from Skidaway Institute of Oceanography.  Listen to the interview HERE.

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GSAA Launches New HVA Product

Posted by on Jul 16, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

GSAA Launches New HVA Product

The GSAA has launched a new tool for assessing the South Atlantic’s vulnerability to coastal hazards through a collaborative effort of the states and the region’s academic institutions. The GSAA’s Hazard Vulnerability Assessment (HVA) provides a geospatial tool that can be used by federal, state, and local coastal managers and scientists to improve comprehensive hazard mitigation planning and post-disaster redevelopment, as well as determine areas best suited for restoration and mitigation projects.  HVA can aid decision...

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2014 Work Plans Released

Posted by on Jan 17, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

2014 Work Plans Released

The Governors’ South Atlantic Alliance has released 2014 IATT Work Plans for each of its four priority issue areas  Healthy Ecosystems, Working Waterfronts, Clean Coastal and Ocean Waters, and Disaster-Resilient Communities.  These plans outline the tasks the GSAA’s Issue Area Technical Teams will pursue in 2014 through collaboration with GSAA partners and other stakeholders to implement the Governors’ Action Plan . The 2014 Work Plans promote: Environmental Sustainability Researching valuation studies that economically quantify the...

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