The Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) clarifies jurisdictional understandings and responsibilities between the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement (BOEMRE) and the Coast Guard (USCG) regarding offshore renewable energy projects on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).
Volume 1 describes the physical, biological, and social aspects of the Ocean Special Area Management Plan (SAMP) study area, which includes approximately 3,800 square kilometers of portions of Block Island Sound, Rhode Island Sound, and the Atlantic Ocean. It identifies areas within state waters appropriate for offshore renewable energy projects as well as areas that merit special protection. It also includes an offshore development regulatory framework.
Reports releasable results of the Department of Defense (DOD) assessment of the proposed Virginia Call for Information and Nominations (CFI) Area.
The notice announces that ﾓhigh valueﾔ fishing grounds have been excluded from the Rhode Island-Massachusetts Wind Energy Area (WEA), but the remainder of the Call Area will be considered for leasing and approval of site assessment plans in an environmental assessment (EA).
Overview of military aviation concerns with wind energy and alternative energy goals.
Developed six principles and fifteen recommendations for managing the Commonwealthﾒs ocean resources. Principles for managing human activities include: (1) protect the public trust; (2) value biodiversity; (3) respect the interdependence of ecosystems; (4) foster sustainable uses; (5) make use of the best available information; and (6) encourage public participation in decision making. Policy recommendations were grouped by the themes of governance, management tools, scientific understanding and outreach.
Overview of objectives, requirements, and review process of US Coast Guard's (USCG) Port Access Study (PARS), as well as Coast Guard's role under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
The report assesses the potential impacts to marine radar from the proposed Cape Wind energy project for inclusion in the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS). The Coast Guard (USCG) finds that vessels would be able to navigate safely within and in the vicinity of the proposed wind farm, and that the impact of the proposed wind farm on navigation safety is moderate. Radar operators would need to pay closer attention to the radar scope to distinguish between a valid and false radar return; mitigations to aid the mariner in avoiding collisions would be needed to offset this impact.
Overview of US Coast Guard's (USCG) evaluation process of vessel traffic usage and patterns in the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) blocks that are included in the Call for Information and Nominations (CFI) Area.
The Technical Report is a compendium of separate ocean resource briefings written by staff to the Task Force and includes chapters on the public trust doctrine in Massachusetts, a descriptive overview of traditional and emerging ocean uses, an overview of data trends and needs, a summary of state and federal regulatory authorities relating to ocean resources, and several appendices.