Overview of Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement (BOEMRE) renewable framework-environmental review and leasing processes.
Coastal & Ocean Management Planning
Overview of environmental review process under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
Overview of components of an offshore wind facility, factors that are considered in siting offshore wind facility, and planning initiatives for offshore wind energy development.
Overview of major framework elements of Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) leasing process (competitive and non-competitive).
Response to bidders' questions on the Solicitation for Research Proposals (SRP) for Ecological Baseline Studies.
Overview of Rhode Island Ocean Special Area Management Plan (SAMP).
The work plans identify activities and accomplishments in addressing four priority issue areas: ocean and coastal ecosystem health; coastal hazards resilience; ocean energy planning; and coastal and marine spatial planning (CMSP).
The presidential memorandum establishes an Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force to develop a recommended framework for effective coastal and marine spatial planning (CMSP).
The main purpose of the Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan is to translate the policy direction and specific requirements of the Oceans Act into a comprehensive management approach that can be implemented through existing state programs and regulations. Volume 2 provides the baseline assessment of the current state of knowledge regarding human uses, natural resources, and other ecosystem components of Massachusetts' ocean waters. A science framework builds on the baseline assessment to identify and prioritize the future scientific research and data acquisition that will support continued evolution of the Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan.
The main purpose of the Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan is to translate the policy direction and specific requirements of the Oceans Act into a comprehensive management approach that can be implemented through existing state programs and regulations. Volume 1 identifies use areas and special, sensitive, and unique areas for protection. It also presents the comprehensive management measures that will be implemented. Two Wind Energy Areas (constituting 2,144.5 square miles) are designated for commercial-scale wind energy facilities based on the presence of a suitable wind resource and water depth, and the absence of conflict with other uses or sensitive resources, as derived through an environmental screening process. In addition, Volume I describes how the ocean management plan will be administered, including sections on mitigation measures and the Trust Fund, agency implementation of the plan, the ongoing planning structure, the plan modification process, proposed regulatory changes, and the interaction between the Ocean Sanctuaries Act and the plan.