NWWN and NOAA webinar on Economic Resources for Working Waterfront Communities:
On Tuesday, October 13 @ 2:00 – 3:00 ET, the National Working Waterfront Network (NWWN) and NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management hosted a webinar on economic resources for working waterfront communities available via the Digital Coast. The webinar highlighted publicly-available economic data sets, learning opportunities (including economic trainings and e-learning modules), and case studies that demonstrate how these resources can inform local decision-making. Recently released marine national economy statistics, which offer the most inclusive national estimates for all ocean, coastal and Great Lakes economic activity by major industry, were also be discussed. Click here to view this webinar.
Identifying the Waterfront Economy in Gloucester, MA
Sarah Garcia, former Community Development Director and Harbor Planning Director, Gloucester, Massachusetts, was interviewed to document the community’s experience in completing an economic assessment to better understand the economic contribution of waterfront activities. Ms. Garcia discusses the history of Gloucester, the long standing polarization around waterfront issues, and the harbor planning effort which included the economic assessment. For Gloucester, the economic assessment was key to understanding the value and continued economic importance of the community’s waterfront. Click here to listen to this podcast.
Mapping Working Waterfronts in Maine
Shey Conover, of the Island Institute in Maine, describes the Maine Working Waterfront Mapping Inventory effort that her organization, with many partners, conducted in the mid 2000s. Conover describes the attributes that were collected, the importance of community engagement in this process, and how it revealed some alarming data about the small amount of prime working waterfront access in the state. She explains how this and other initiatives of the Maine Working Waterfront Coalition have informed both community efforts and the National Working Waterfront Network. Click here to listen to this podcast.
Preserving Gig Harbor’s Net Sheds
Peter Katich, Senior Planner for the City of Gig Harbor, Washington was interviewed to document the City’s experience with the establishment of a historic working waterfront shoreline district through its Shoreline Master Program. Mr. Katich discusses the community’s efforts to balance traditional waterfront uses with new development demands and highlights the City’s use of its shoreline management plan and local zoning ordinances to preserve 17 historic net sheds. Click here to listen to this podcast.
Preserving Maritime History in Fishtown
Laurie Sommers, folklorist and historic preservation consultant, was interviewed to document the experience of Fishtown, Michigan, in establishing the Fishtown Preservation Society. Bringing together local expertise, the Fishtown Preservation Society has combined historic preservation efforts along with folklore to promote stewardship of the historic Fishtown waterfront. Ms. Sommers also shares historic preservation challenges, such as identifying the next steps after property acquisition. Click here to listen to this podcast.
Protecting the Davis Wharf in Maine
Wayne Davis, commercial lobsterman from Tremont Maine, was interviewed to capture his family’s experience using the Maine Working Waterfront Access Protection Plan (WWAPP) to secure the Davis wharf’s future as a commercial fishing pier in perpetuity. In a part of the coast where most working waterfronts have been converted to non-compatible uses, Davis shares the deep gratitude his family and the community feel as a result of this public funding helping ensure that the wharf will remain a working waterfront into the future. Click here to listen to this podcast.
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