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Public listening session on Regional Ocean Planning set Feb. 27 in Lewes

Feb 24, 2014

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body (MidA RPB) invites the public to provide input on the Draft Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Planning Framework by participating in a listening session.

Delaware’s representatives to the MidA RPB will host a public listening session from 5 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 27, at DNREC’s Shoreline and Waterway Services Facility, 901 Pilottown Road, Lewes. Registration is strongly encouraged prior to the session, but not required. Visit the website to register.

The MidA RPB seeks robust input and comments on the draft framework, which will provide guideposts for how the MidA RPB moves forward with regional ocean planning. The draft framework proposes a draft vision, an initial geographic focus, and draft principles, goals and objectives.

The draft framework is available for public review and comment on the MidA RPB website through April 15. In addition to attending the listening session, the public is encouraged to email written comments to the MidA RPB at MidAtlanticRPB@boem.gov.

The MidA RPB will consider all comments received in revising the draft framework and will discuss the revised framework during its meeting in spring. Check the website for additional information.

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body is an intergovernmental group created to coordinate and implement regional ocean planning. It includes representatives of six states, The Shinnecock Indian Nation, the Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council and nine federal agencies. The federal agencies designated are: the Department of the Interior, represented by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management; the Department of Commerce, represented by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; the Department of Defense, represented by the U.S. Navy and the Joint Chiefs of Staff; the Department of Homeland Security, represented by the United States Coast Guard; the Environmental Protection Agency; the Department of Energy, represented by the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Program; the Department of Transportation, represented by the Maritime Administration; and the Department of Agriculture, represented by the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Additional information about the Regional Planning Body may be found at www.boem.gov/Mid-Atlantic-Regional-Planning-Body.

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