Joint TBEP TAC and Agency on Bay Management Meeting

JOINT MEETING AGENDA

February 12, 2015
9:00 AM
Habitat Restoration Committee
Captain Peter Clark, Chair

1. CALL TO ORDER / WELCOME
2. PUBLIC COMMENT/ ANNOUNCEMENTS
3. A COASTAL BLUE CARBON ASSESSMENT FOR THE TAMPA BAY ESTUARY

Steve Emmett-Mattox and Steve Crooks, Restore America’s Estuaries, will discuss blue carbon- the ability of tidal wetlands and seagrass habitats to sequester and store carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from the atmosphere in order to mitigate the effects of climate change- in the Tampa Bay estuary. This assessment will quantify CO2 emissions and reductions associated with land use changes, identify restoration and management opportunities for climate change benefits, guide and prioritize conservation and restoration site selections, and integrate restoration with climate change adaptation planning.

Action: Provide feedback on the Coastal Blue Carbon Assessment

4. POTENTIAL BENEFITS OF A RECOVERING ESTUARY IN BUFFERING OCEAN ACIDIFICATION PROCESSES

Ed Sherwood, TBEP, and Kim Yates, USGS, will discuss a proposed OA monitoring program in Tampa Bay. Long-term water quality monitoring data indicates that seawater pH in Tampa Bay decreased from approximately 1970 to the early 1980s when seagrass habitat cover was at its lowest level. However, pH has steadily risen in Tampa Bay since then, as local management strategies have improved water quality and seagrass beds have increased. The proposed monitoring program will examine the extent to which seagrass recovery has helped buffer against the chemical impacts of ocean acidification, may confer some resiliency to organisms (particularly shellfish and other economically important fish species) that are particularly sensitive to OA, and may serve as an important, regional OA refuge.

Action: Provide feedback on the proposed OA monitoring program and consider opportunities to partner

5. CLIMATE CHANGE ARCTIC PROGRAM

Dr. George Atkinson, Institute on Science for Global Policy, will provide an overview of the Climate Change Arctic Program. St. Petersburg has been selected as one of 20 communities to participate in a program designed to promote community discussions regarding the mitigation of and adaptation to the local effects of climate change. The program is organized in four stages: survey/data collection, community-wide meetings, a sailing expedition, and reports of lessons learned from the expedition voyage.

Action: None. Information only.

6. TBEP COMPREHENSIVE CONSERVATION AND MANAGEMENT PLAN UPDATE

Nanette O’Hara, TBEP, will summarize the process and timeline for revising the CCMP and share staff recommendations regarding changes to the CCMP goals.

Action: Provide feedback on proposed revisions to CCMP goals

7. OTHER ITEMS

ONE BAY Resilient Communities/ DHS Infrastructure Resilience to Climate Change Exercise

8. ADJOURN

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