Share Your Ideas with the National Ocean Council at a Listening Session Near You

Summary: 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. 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.

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-4:30pm Ocean Shores, WA, Quinault Beach Resort and Casino
June 30, 1:00pm-5:00pm San Francisco Bay Area, CA, Hilton Union Square
June 30, 10:00am-5:00pm West Long Branch, NJ, Monmouth University July 1, 9:00am-1:00pm 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