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JANUARY 2015

Thursday, January 22, 8:30 - 10:30am

North Coastal Bacterial TMDL and MS4

Peabody Institute Library, Gordon Room

15 Sylvan Street, Danvers, MA 01923

Free and Open to the Public

 

TMDL stands for Total Maximum Daily Load and all the North Coastal Watershed which extends from Salisbury down to Revere is under a TMDL for Pathogens, that is, BACTERIA. What does this mean and how does it relate to MS4 permits?

This informational session is a great opportunity to learn what this means for our communities as they manage stormwater that flows into our coastal waters. We are pleased to have both representatives from MassDEP and EPA provide a TMDL overview and implementation, plus what this means for stormwater permitting. Andrea Traviglia will provide implementation possibilities while Barbara Warren will share some local initiatives.

1. TMDL Program Overview, Development and Implementation

Presentation by

Christine Duerring, MassDEP TMDL Section Chief

 

2. Stormwater Permitting and Implementation of Best Management Practices
Presentation by

Andrea Traviglia, EPA, Massachusetts TMDL and 303d Coordinator

 

3. Local Case Studies for the Reduction of Bacteria

Presentation by

Barbara Warren, MassBays Regional Coordinator for the Lower North Shore & Salem Sound Coastwatch Executive Director

 

In 2012, EPA approved this bacteria limiting TMDL that was written and submitted by MassDEP (Department of Environmental Protection) in 2010 after studying water quality and conducting public comment for many years.

 

There will be time for questions and community exchange. This is being held in conjunction with the MAPC North Shore Taskforce.

 

Contact us at 978-7900 or info@ salemsound.org for more information.

 

Rescheduled to April 29 due to snow
Wednesday, January 28, 7:00 - 8:30pm

Underwater in Salem Sound Lecture Series:

"Rock, Gravel, Sand - The Geology of Our Local Beaches"

Presenters: Dr. Lindley Hanson

Professor of Geology, Salem State University

 

Abbot Public Library, lower level meeting room

235 Pleasant Street, Marblehead, MA 01915

Free and Open to the Public.

 

Have you ever noticed that our local beaches can vary from largely mud, sand, gravel or sometimes boulders? And that each beach takes on a different form?  What causes these variations? How and why does each beach respond differently to storm activity?  Dr. Lindley Hanson, from Salem State University Geological Science Department, will describe and explain the array of beaches on the North Shore to address the variability and dynamics of our local beaches. In addition, she will show evidence of a higher sea level in our past and discuss the future of our beaches with expected sea level rise.

 

Dr. Hanson is a geomorphologist with a thorough understanding of  New England geology and recently gave a lecture at the Northeast Marine Science Center on Barrier Beaches. She is also investigating the role of climate change and urbanization on increased flooding in New England. In her spare time, she explores different ways of presenting content for all age groups and has completed some intriguing online glogs. She has a Ph.D. in Geology from Boston University with the fields of study in Regional Geology and Sedimentation and Stratigraphy. Her M.A. in Geology is also from Boston University with concentrations in Hydrology, Geomorphology and Coastal Geology.

 

"Underwater in Salem Sound," Lecture Series, begun in 2013, is jointly sponsored by Salem Sound Coastwatch and the Abbot Public Library in Marblehead, MA. Four lectures will be presented in 2015, at the Abbot Public Library, on the last Wednesday of each month, from January through April, (January 29th, February 25th, March 25th, and April 29th) from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm. All the lectures are free and open to the public.

 

We are pleased to be able to continue the Lecture Series that was originally funded in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Environmental Trust (MET). MET is funded through the sale of environmental license plates.

 

FEBRUARY 2015

February 9 - 13

2015 Darwin Festival
Salem State University Department of Biology

Schedule of Events on SSU website includes

 

 

Tuesday, February 10, 7:00 - 8:15pm

Public Lecture - - Organic Pollutants in the Ocean: How do they End Up on our Dinner Plates?

Presented by Dr. Loretta Fernandez, Assistant Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Northeastern University

Northeastern University Marine Science Center, Murphy Bunker Classroom

430 Nahant Road, Nahant, MA 01908

Free and Open to the Public; sponsored by ME Marine Science Center

 

Persistent organic pollutants include pesticides, oils, flame retardants, herbicides, and innumerable other products and byproducts of modern civilization. As their name implies, these compounds are highly stable, making them long-lived and able to be transported throughout the biosphere in our fluid atmosphere and oceans. Determining how likely chemicals from a given contaminated site are to be transferred to the tissues of native organisms is a question scientists have been struggling to answer for decades. Progress in methods of sampling environmental compartments such as natural waters and sediments has identified a promising indicator of that likelihood, freely-dissolved concentrations.

 

 

Wednesday, February 25, 7:00 - 8:30pm

Underwater in Salem Sound Lecture Series:

"On the Rocks - Life Underwater"

Presenters: Ted Maney

Marine Biologist, Salem State University

 

Abbot Public Library, lower level meeting room

235 Pleasant Street, Marblehead, MA 01915

Free and Open to the Public.

 

A variety of sea creatures live on the ocean floor and cling to the underwater rocks and hard surfaces. Influxes of newcomers have created a competition for this limited real estate. In this presentation, Salem State University Marine Biologist and SCUBA diver, Ted Maney, will share the results of long-term ecological monitoring projects at rocky subtidal communities including nearby Halfway Rock and off East Point in Nahant.

 

He will also describe efforts to set up an offshore mussel farm on sub-tidal long lines in the Gulf of Maine.

 

Ted Maney is a biology instructor and underwater researcher at Salem State University. He was previously the Diving Safety Officer at Northeastern University and is a past President of the American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS). Ted has been training scientific divers and conducting underwater research for over 30 years. Current research projects involve offshore mussel aquaculture and benthic marine ecology studies of rock walls, kelp beds, and eel grass communities. Ted earned his M.S. at UMass Boston studying the ecology of the marine gastropod Lacuna vincta and its role as a member of the kelp bed community.

 

"Underwater in Salem Sound," Lecture Series, begun in 2013, is jointly sponsored by Salem Sound Coastwatch and the Abbot Public Library in Marblehead, MA. Four lectures will be presented in 2015, at the Abbot Public Library, on the last Wednesday of each month, from January through April, (January 29th, February 25th, March 25th, and April 29th) from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm. All the lectures are free and open to the public.

 

We are pleased to be able to continue the Lecture Series that was originally funded in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Environmental Trust (MET). MET is funded through the sale of environmental license plates.

 


MARCH 2015

Friday & Saturday, March 6 thru 7

Boston Sea Rovers Clinic

Doubletree Hotel in Danvers

Details at bostonsearovers.com

Day time talks and Saturday evening film festival.

 

The Boston Sea Rovers hosts a yearly show dedicated to raising public awareness of the underwater world. The annual Boston Sea Rovers Clinic is the New England's premier dive show and attracts over 3,500 attendees yearly to see the many presentations, exhibit hall, and the world-renowned film festival.

 

Tuesday, March 10, 7:00 - 8:15pm

Public Lecture - Impact of Ocean Acidification on Marine Shell-Builders

Presented by Dr. Justin Ries, Associate Professor of Marine & Environmental Sciences, Northeastern University

Northeastern University Marine Science Center, Murphy Bunker Classroom

430 Nahant Road, Nahant, MA 01908

Free and Open to the Public; sponsored by ME Marine Science Center

 

Anthropogenic elevation of atmospheric carbon dioxide is making the oceans more acidic, thereby reducing their degree of saturation with respect to calcium carbonate (CaCO3) minerals. There is mounting concern over the impact that future CO2-induced reductions in the CaCO3 saturation of seawater will have on marine calcifiers' ability to produce their protective shells and skeletons. Experimental research in the Ries Lab strives to better understand the potential consequences that ocean acidification will have on various shelled marine organisms.

 
Wednesday, March 25, 7:00 - 8:30pm

Underwater in Salem Sound Lecture Series:

"Horseshoe Crabs - The Ancient Blue Bloods"

Presenters: Dr. Sara Grady

Watershed Ecologist, North & South Rivers Watershed Association

 

Abbot Public Library lower level meeting room

235 Pleasant Street, Marblehead, MA 01915

Free and Open to the Public


Horseshoe crabs are unique and prehistoric creatures whose populations have declined over the past few decades due to overharvest for bait. Come learn how they are not really crabs at all, how their blue blood helps keep us all safe from infection, their shift from a bad reputation for eating clams to a good reputation for aerating our mudflats, and what state and federal fisheries management are doing to try to monitor and protect them.

 

Sara P. Grady, Ph.D. is the South Shore Regional Coordinator for the Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Program and Watershed Ecologist at the North and South Rivers Watershed Association in Norwell, MA. She received her Bachelor of Science in Aquatic Biology from Brown University in 2001 and her Ph.D. in Biology from the Boston University Marine Program in Woods Hole in 2006. Her dissertation was on horseshoe crab population ecology on Cape Cod. Her specialties include coastal and estuarine ecology, invertebrate zoology, and ecological restoration. Sara lives in Plymouth with her husband Joe, her daughter Molly, and their dog Bacchus.

 

"Underwater in Salem Sound," Lecture Series, begun in 2013, is jointly sponsored by Salem Sound Coastwatch and the Abbot Public Library in Marblehead, MA. Four lectures will be presented in 2015, at the Abbot Public Library, on the last Wednesday of each month, from January through April, (January 29th, February 25th, March 25th, and April 29th) from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm. All the lectures are free and open to the public.

 

We are pleased to be able to continue the Lecture Series that was originally funded in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Environmental Trust (MET). MET is funded through the sale of environmental license plates.

 

 

 

APRIL 2015

 

April 22, Wednesday

Earth Day

More events will be scheduled for April.

 

 

Wednesday, April 29, 7:00 - 8:30pm

Underwater in Salem Sound Lecture Series:

"Rock, Gravel, Sand - The Geology of Our Local Beaches"

Presenters: Dr. Lindley Hanson

Professor of Geology, Salem State University

 

Abbot Public Library, lower level meeting room

235 Pleasant Street, Marblehead, MA 01915

Free and Open to the Public.

 

Have you ever noticed that our local beaches can vary from largely mud, sand, gravel or sometimes boulders? And that each beach takes on a different form?  What causes these variations? How and why does each beach respond differently to storm activity?  Dr. Lindley Hanson, from Salem State University Geological Science Department, will describe and explain the array of beaches on the North Shore to address the variability and dynamics of our local beaches. In addition, she will show evidence of a higher sea level in our past and discuss the future of our beaches with expected sea level rise.

 

Dr. Hanson is a geomorphologist with a thorough understanding of  New England geology and recently gave a lecture at the Northeast Marine Science Center on Barrier Beaches. She is also investigating the role of climate change and urbanization on increased flooding in New England. In her spare time, she explores different ways of presenting content for all age groups and has completed some intriguing online glogs. She has a Ph.D. in Geology from Boston University with the fields of study in Regional Geology and Sedimentation and Stratigraphy. Her M.A. in Geology is also from Boston University with concentrations in Hydrology, Geomorphology and Coastal Geology.

 

"Underwater in Salem Sound," Lecture Series, begun in 2013, is jointly sponsored by Salem Sound Coastwatch and the Abbot Public Library in Marblehead, MA. This is the last of four lectures presented in 2015, at the Abbot Public Library, on the last Wednesday of each month, from January through April from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm.

 

All the lectures are free and open to the public.

 

We are pleased to be able to continue the Lecture Series that was originally funded in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Environmental Trust (MET). MET is funded through the sale of environmental license plates.

 

MAY 2015

 
 

 

 

 JUNE 2015

 
Sunday, June

5th Annual Run for the Beach 5K !

Start at Dane Street Beach, Lothrop St, Beverly, MA

 

Date to be determined soon

 

 

Fast course with ocean views, few rolling hills, one water stop and ocean views along Beverly’s Dane Street Beach.
Music, food, kids' races and more! All proceeds benefit Salem Sound Coastwatch's Adopt a Beach program.
For more information, coming soon.
If you are willing to volunteer, contact us at 978-7900 or
info@ salemsound.org

 

 

 


AUGUST 2015

 

Saturday, August 29

10th Annual Swim & Fin – Open Water Swimming Races

 

Salem Harbor

Forest River Park, 98 West Ave, Salem, MA;

 

Join us for SSCW’s annual fundraiser and signature event It’s very festive and is a great day in the park. There will be music, food, free admission to the park, an underwater touch tank, and of course, races for all ages and levels.

The races are 500 meters, 1 mile and 5k (3.1 miles), with excellent viewing opportunities. For race details and to register will be on swimandfin.org later in the year.  If you are willing to volunteer, contact us at info@salemsound.org or 978-741-7900


 

 

SEPTEMBER 2015

 
 

 

 

 

Saturday, September 20

Trails and Sails – Beach Seining Demonstration

11:00 am, Forest River Park, Salem

What fish live in Salem Harbor? At this beach seining demonstration, Salem Sound Coastwatch staff and volunteers will walk a large seining net into the water and then drag it back to shore where we'll lay it out, gather around to examine the catch, and talk about what we found. Seining is used by marine scientists to gather information about species living in a body of water. SSCW staff will answer questions and share information about the Salem Sound estuary, marine habitats and the ecology of Salem Sound.

Free and all ages welcome.

 

Join our COASTSWEEP beach clean ups.

RSVP at 978-7900 or info@ salemsound.org

 

 

 

OCTOBER 2015

  

 

Volunteer at one of our COASTSWEEP beach clean ups.

RSVP at 978-7900 or info@ salemsound.org

 

Contact Barbara Warren, the MassBays Lower North Shore Regional Coordinator at 978-7900 or info@ salemsound.org.

 

 
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 28

King Tide Photo Contest

Mark your calendars. More info to follow! The highest tide this year will be WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 28 just after noon (12:02 in Portland ME at 11.8 feet, 12:12 in Boston at 12.3 feet).
October 29 is the bad-weather fallback (11.7 feet in Portland and 12.2 feet in Boston).

 

NOVEMBER 2015

 

 

 

DECEMBER 2015

 

December 5, Saturday 8:30 – 10:00 am

Winter Ocean Bird Training Session

Winter Island, Salem MA 01970

For directions, click here to link to a Google Map.

 

Join Salem Sound Coastwatch for this opportunity to view and learn about the many interesting waterfowl, ducks and geese that winter over in Salem Sound's coastal waters. Experienced birders will set up spotting scopes, help you identify the birds, and answer questions.

 

Novices are welcome--no birding experience needed!

Bring binoculars if you have them. Meet at the gazebo at the water's edge in the Winter Island parking lot.

 

The session will be canceled if there is heavy rain or snow.
Make sure you RSVP so we can let you know if we have to cancel.

 

RSVP at info@salemsound.org or 978-741-7900

Free and open to the public.