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Ocean Planning in the Northeast

Website for the Northeast Regional Planning Body Get Involved Draft Plan Comment Meetings

Public Release Webinar

The Northeast Regional Planning Body (RPB) convened a webinar on Wednesday, May 25, 2016. The purpose of this webinar was to:

  • Announce the availability of the Draft Northeast Ocean Plan.
  • Describe the public comment process and opportunities to discuss the draft.
  • Provide a brief overview of the draft.

Key Documents

Review the Draft Plan here.

Public Comment Meetings

To offer additional opportunities for public discussion of the draft, the RPB held public meetings in each New England state throughout the month of June.

If you were unable to attend one of the meetings below, the RPB has created a summary of the public meeting series, as well as a video recording of one of the public meetings.

List of Comment Meetings

Monday, June 6 – Maine
Location: Rockland Public Library, 80 Union Street, Rockland, ME
Time: 5PM to 8PM

Wednesday, June 8 – Connecticut
Location: Conference Room, Marine District Headquarters, 333 Ferry Road, Old Lyme, CT
Time: 7PM to 9PM

Monday, June 13 – Massachusetts
Location: Maritime Gloucester, 23 Harbor Loop, Gloucester, MA
Time: 6PM to 8:30PM

Tuesday, June 14 – Massachusetts
Location: Executive Office of Environmental Affairs, 100 Cambridge Street, 2nd Floor, Hearing Rooms C & D, Boston, MA
Time: 2PM to 4:30PM

Wednesday, June 15 – Massachusetts
Location: New Bedford Public Library, 613 Pleasant St., New Bedford, MA
Time: 6PM to 8:30PM

Monday, June 20 – Maine
Location: Ellsworth Public Library, 20 State Street, Ellsworth, ME
Time: 5:30PM to 8PM

Monday, June 27 – New Hampshire
Location: NH DES Office, 222 International Drive, Suite 175, Portsmouth, NH
Time: 6PM to 8:30PM

Wednesday, June 29 – Rhode Island
Location: Auditorium, Coastal Institute, URI Narragansett Bay, 218 South Ferry Road, Narragansett, RI
Time: 6PM to 8:30PM

Thursday, June 30 – Maine
Location: Glickman Library, University of Southern Maine, 314 Forest Avenue, Portland, ME
Time: 5:30PM to 8PM

Northeast RPB News

November 15 Northeast RPB Data Workshop Remote Access Webinar Available

November 14, 2017— Webinar available for remote access to November 15 RPB Data Workshop.


Ocean Planning Timeline

  • November 2012 Inaugural Northeast RPB Meeting: Develop common understanding about the RPB; provide context and lay foundation of regional ocean planning; engage stakeholders and the public, discuss initial focus.
    April 2013 Northeast RPB Meeting: Northeast RPB Meeting: Identify draft goals for regional ocean planning and mechanisms for receiving public input about those draft goals; provide opportunities for public input about topics under consideration.
    May/June 2013 Public Comment Meetings: Ten public meetings throughout New England to discuss draft regional ocean planning goals.
  • January Northeast RPB Meeting: approve goals and objectives; move forward on related tasks.
    May/June Public Engagement: Natural Resources Workshops and focused engagement to discuss progress toward goals of effective Decision-Making and Healthy Ocean and Coastal Ecosystems.
    June Northeast RPB Meeting: Review progress toward all goals.
    Fall Public meetings/workshops and Northeast RPB meeting: Feedback on progress toward each goal.
  • Spring Stakeholder Forum: Review progress on the use of marine life and ocean use data, regulatory coordination, and future scenario development.
    June Northeast RPB Meeting: Review approach to developing draft plan by considering agency use of ocean plan data products; discuss draft outline for regional ocean plan.
    Fall Northeast RPB meeting and public meetings: Review revised products for each goal; discuss future work of the RPB.
  • Winter EBM Working Group: Review progress on Draft Northeast Ocean Plan, marine life and habitat data product development, including IEAs Framework.
    Spring Northeast RPB Meeting (via webinar): Release Draft Plan for public review.
    Summer Collect public comment on the Draft Plan through public meetings and other opportunities.
    Fall September public webinar to review changes to the Draft Plan and October submittal of revised Plan to the National Ocean Council.
  • Winter Northeast RPB members and federal principals of the National Ocean Council sign Plan Adoption Memo.
    Spring See Events and Meetings
    April Informational webinar to prepare for stakeholder forum.
    May Stakeholder forum and RPB public meeting.

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