Sunday, January 10, 2010

Close to home: One NOAA fellow will be based in Michigan

Beginning in August 2010, Michigan will be one of six coastal states to host a NOAA Coastal Management Fellow. The fellow will be based in Lansing, MI and will work for two years on working waterfront issues throughout the state.

In Michigan, as in other coastal states, working waterfronts are becoming increasingly privatized.  Working waterfronts allow coastal access for commerce and recreation, combining the busy landscape of water-dependent businesses – ranging from commercial fishermen, to charter boat operations and marinas – with public access points and a variety of services.  The gradual loss of public access to the coasts has never been quantified and communities have few tools for managing competing uses for their coasts.  

Read more about working waterfronts in Michigan - here.

Interested in applying to work on this or five other coastal projects, including ones in Puerto Rico, Washington, Maine and Wisconnsin?  Visit the program website or contact Lynn Vaccaro for more information about the fellowship.  Note:  applications are due January 29, 2010!

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