As directed in the Oceans Act of 2008, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) is undertaking a first-in-the-nation effort to develop a comprehensive plan to manage development in state ocean waters. To keep the public fully informed this process, EEA will be releasing these Ocean Planning Alerts, along with a quarterly electronic newsletter (both also available in print). To get on the mailing list for these products, and for direct notice of public meetings, please email [email protected]. In the near future, the EEA web page will provide information about all aspects of the ocean planning process.
The ocean plan development process is just beginning, and the first step is to go out to the public and hear from Commonwealth citizens on their goals for the ocean plan. These public meetings will be held throughout the state, beginning in mid-September and continuing throughout October.
The first listening session is scheduled for Thursday, September 18, at 7:00 p.m. in Boston’s Faneuil Hall.
Other listening sessions will be scheduled shortly and will be in the following communities (subject to venue availability):
Martha’s Vineyard – Oak Bluffs
Coming soon: Web site for public input – EEA is also working to develop a website to enable public input and provide on-line links to ocean-plan related information.