For World Ocean Day, Share Your Ideas with the National Ocean Council at a Listening Session Near You
by Andy Lipsky
Experts from the National Ocean Council’s 27 Federal agencies and offices have been busy drafting strategic action plans to achieve nine national priority objectives that address some of the most pressing challenges facing our ocean, coasts, and Great Lakes. Having already received your initial comments before we got started, we’d now like to hear from you again—this time with your thoughts on the strategic action plan outlines we’ve developed. That’s why we’re hosting a dozen Regional Listening Sessions at this still-early stage of the drafting process. The strategic action plan outlines will be released in early June for a 30-day public comment period during which you will have the chance to chime in at one of the 12 Regional Listening Sessions or via the Web through a public comment portal.
Can’t make it to an event in person? You can do it online – the Chicago session will be done as a webinar. Register here.
Here are the dates and locations for the listening sessions:
- DATE, LOCATION, VENUE
- June 9, 6:00pm-8:30pm
Washington, DC, Women’s Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery
- June 9, 4:00pm-9:00pm
Barrow, AK, North Slope Borough Offices
- June 10, 4:00pm-9:00pm
Anchorage, AK, Wilda Marston Theatre, Z. J. Loussac Library
- June 13, 1:00pm-5:00pm
Chicago, IL, U.S. EPA Regional Headquarters
- June 15, 5:00pm-9:00pm
Jacksonville, FL, University of North Florida
- June 16, 1:00pm-4:00pm
Honolulu, HI, The Neal Blaisdell Center
- June 27, 11:30am-3:00pm
Exeter, NH, Exeter High School
- June 27, 5:00pm-8:30pm
Galveston, TX, Galveston Convention Center
- June 27, 8:30am-5:00pm
Ocean Shores, WA, Quinault Beach Resort and Casino
- June 30, 1:00pm-5:00pm
San Francisco Bay Area, CA, TBD
- June 30, 10:00am-5:00pm
West Long Branch, NJ, Monmouth University
- July 1, Time TBD
Portland, OR, Portland State University
Identifying the critical actions our national stewardship requires will take cooperation across all levels of government and stakeholder communities. Stay tuned for more information on how to comment on these outlines, and we hope to see you at one of the listening sessions!
Andy Lipsky is an Ocean Policy Advisor at the National Ocean Council
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