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Announcement for U.S. EPA’s Natural Spaces Discussions for Crisfield Residents

 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will be holding discussions April 20, 2024, with residents of Crisfield and the surrounding area to learn how people use and feel about Crisfield’s natural coastal spaces. The discussions are part of a research effort to identify the potential impacts and benefits of nature-based strategies on the Crisfield community, such as marsh restoration, living shorelines, seagrass restoration, sand dune restoration, oyster reefs and artificial reefs.

 

Participants should be people who live, work in, or frequently visit the Crisfield area (Crisfield, Marion Station, or Smith Island), aged 15 and up, and are interested in sharing opinions and perspectives about Crisfield’s natural spaces and coastal habitats. The discussion will be held on Saturday, April 20 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. ET at the Tidal Health Alice B. Tawes Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 201 Hall Highway Crisfield, MD 21817.

 

Participants will receive a stipend of $50 as compensation for time, travel, or other costs. To register for the discussion, please go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HNCVH9B. Please contact Susan Yee (yee.susan@epa.gov) with any questions. Capacity for the session is limited due to space limitations and to facilitate discussions. For more information on the project visit our website at www.epa.gov/water-research/coastal-community-resilience-research.

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The Nature Conservancy (TNC) has partnered with George Mason University (GMU), the University of Maryland's Environmental Finance Center (EFC), and the EPA Office of Research and Development (EPA ORD) to bring flood adaptation support to Crisfield. TNC has been working with key stakeholders in the community for the past two years to develop community resilience goals along developing a decision-making framework. A project video screening and discussion will be held Friday, April 19, 2024 from 5 pm to 7:30 pm at the Crisfield Library, 100 Collins Street.

 The team from TNC, GMU, EFC and EPA ORD has also been working closely with the FEMA Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) Direct Technical Assistance (DTA) team to support the development of the BRIC application for flooding resilience.  The preliminary report from this project, as well as modeling performed by George Mason University, was used in the Southern Crisfield Flood Mitigation application. A final report of the project’s assessment results, flood maps,  and other deliverables  will be available in early 2024.  For more information, please contact TNC Project Leads Liz Van Dolah (e.r.vandolah@tnc.org) or Joe Galarraga (joseph.galarraga@tnc.org).

The Maryland/DC Chapter of the Nature Conservancy has committed to contributing $200,000 towards the match requirement for the FEMA Southern Crisfield Flood Mitigation Project. The proposed project aligns with TNC’s coastal program’s mission of enhancing resilience for vulnerable communities on the frontlines of climate change. These funds will be used towards the design of green infrastructure elements proposed in the application by the City of Crisfield. TNC anticipates co-creating these designs through several community engagement workshops that will also serve as educational opportunities regarding green infrastructure best management practices for interested community members.

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