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On today’s episode of Delta Dispatches, hosts Jacques and Simone are joined by Mark Sickle, Corporate and Government Relations for Weeks Marine and Bernie Pinsonat, formerly a partner at Southern Media & Opinion Research, Inc. and now commissions polls for Bernie Pinsonat Inc. Mark kicks off the show to talk about Weeks Marine’s new dredge, which will be used for the upcoming Terrebonne Basin Barrier Island project, which includes West Bell Headlands, Timbalier Island and Trinity East Island. On the second half the show, Bernie joins the show to talk about the results of the recently completed poll of Louisiana voters. This poll found that voters are deeply concerned about the state’s coastal land loss crisis and support coastal restoration efforts to address it. You can read the results of the poll at http://mississippiriverdelta.org/coastal-poll-2019/.
On this special Texas Coast episode, Peter and Tyler sit down with Texas General Land Commissioner George P. Bush for an update on the now completed legislative session. Peter and Tyler also debrief the Galveston meeting of the Texas Chapter of the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association, which included a presentation with new District Commander, Col. Tim Vail, as well as discuss the growing GOMESA reform effort underway in Gulf states.
On this episode, Derek Brockbank and Jenna Valente join Tyler Buckingham for a quick round (or three) to discuss the upcoming ASBPA National Conference (October 22-25, 2019. Myrtle Beach, SC. Be there!), our individual and systematic approaches to reducing our respective carbon footprints, and summer vacay thoughts of 2019. Cheers!
On this episode, Jacques sits down with Margaret Orr, Chief Meteorologist at WDSU News and a New Orleans institution. Margaret talks about why she became a meteorologist, the unique relationship New Orleans has with weather, and what the increase of extreme weather and rain events means for everyone living in the city. In the final segment of the show, Jacques also sits down with Hansel Harlan from Marsh Dog. After a brief pause in production, your dog’s favorite nutria treats are back. Be sure to listen to find out which stores are stocking the new flavors!
On this episode, Peter and Tyler speak with Rob Young, Director of the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines at Western Carolina University. Rob and his teammates have recently completed a the first in a series of case studies aimed at "examining the feasibility and economics of targeted acquisition strategies in oceanfront, resort communities." The first study, released last month, targets the north end of North Topsail Beach, North Carolina, an area battling severe coastal erosion. We talk with Rob about his methods, findings, and conclusions.
Dan Martin, host of Next Gen Waterfronts, welcomes to the show Mary Ludgin, the Senior Managing Director at Heitman, a global real estate investment firm with $44 billion in assets under management. Founded in 1966, they have 10 offices worldwide and are an active participant in three key segments of the global real estate property and capital markets, especially along the coasts. Dan and Mary discuss how emerging coastal risks are impacting coastal real estate investments and how these risks are taken into account. Get the inside line on the billion dollar coastal real-estate market and the changing conditions ahead
Jenna Valente is back with another great episode of the Sea Change Podcast. Travel with Jenna and Caitlin Manley to tour one of the premier national seashores in America, New York's Fire Island. It's fun, informative, and entertaining. The Trifecta!
Peter and Tyler take a tour of the top shows on American Shoreline Podcast Network and take a look at the week ahead. Plus, they dive deep into The Living Coast, which premiered in Austin August 2. Composer Justin Sherburn joined forces with filmmaker Anlo Sepulveda to produce an original film about the Texas Gulf coast accompanied by a live concert score. It was a phenomenal event that will be going on tour soon so we share a bit about what you too can see.
Peter Ravella, host of the Local Control Podcast, talks with the Mayor Steve Alongis and his wife and City Council member, Debbie Alongis, leaders of the Town of Quintana Beach, Texas, population 8 (yes, eight!). Not a single T-shirt shop, not a single hotel, no restaurants and no bars. With two miles of beautiful beaches, a mile-long beachfront park, and an annual budget of $1.2 million, there is no other beach town in America like Quintana. It is a quiet beach town known to a few. And, there is a reason why.
On this very special 100th episode of Delta Dispatches, Jacques and Simone mark the occasion by sitting down with Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards to get his thoughts on Hurricane Barry, the state's coastal restoration and protection efforts, and much more!
On this episode, Peter and Tyler sit down with collaborators Justin Sherburn and Anlo Sepulveda who together have created an immersive concert/motion picture experience called The Living Coast. The project explores the fabric of the Texas Coast, weaving together the stories of the surfers and sailors, shrimpers and oilmen, poets and scientists. The show features Sherburn’s original music, stunning video by Sepulveda (Yakona), and archival photography of the Great Galveston Hurricane. The Living Coast premieres August 2nd at the Stateside at the Paramount in here in Austin. Learn more about this awesome project at https://montopolismusic.com/thelivingcoast.
Dan Martin, host of the Next Gen Waterfronts Podcast, was in Austin and we couldn't pass up the chance to do a special episode of the Friday Happy Hour Podcast. So, it's hot all over the country this week, even in Dan's hometown of Chicago, and coastal communities are bursting with tourists cooling off at the beach. So, what about this climate change question? Is it for real and does it impact coastal policy or the decisions of everyday Americans when it comes to coastal investments or travel? We check in with Dan on this key topic on the American shoreline.
On this episode, Howard Marlowe and Dan Ginolfi break down the latest developments in Federal coastal policy and politics. This month, they look at the details of the recent budget deal between Congress and the Whitehouse, discuss a new program in the Coastal Barrier Resources Act, and talk about the flooding in the Mid-West and the water levels of the Great Lakes. And, of course, its not a WaterLog podcast without a D.C. legislative update.
On this episode, Peter and Tyler sit down with Texas Tribune reporter Kiah Collier on the heals of the release of her deep dive on influence of Dutch coastal management techniques and philosophy on the Texas Coastal Protects plan. Her reporting for Can the “masters of the flood” help Texas protect its coast from hurricanes? took Kiah, along with a delegation of students and U.S. coastal leaders, to the Netherlands to see with their own eyes the Dutch approach. What lessons can be applied to the management of the American shoreline? We discuss in this special episode.
The Sea Change Podcast is back! During this episode, Jenna Valente, sits down with Joe Leahy, engineer, visual storyteller, and former Coastguardsman to discuss innovation, an unwavering sense of adventure, and harnessing creativity to spark positive and sustainable change. This show is sure to inspire.
On this episode of The Capitol Beach, Derek Brockbank interviews Representative Garret Graves. Rep. Graves has a long history working for coastal restoration and resilience, most notably in leading Louisiana's Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority and currently as Congressman. On the podcast, he talks about new laws that allow FEMA money to be spent on Army Corps projects, why investing in resilience should be done before a storm, and how the Army Corps of Engineers is improving and where he'd like to see the Corps go. He also shares why he wanted Cajuns listed as an endangered species and how the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State is like the Coastal Louisiana wetlands.
Peter and Tyler run through the hot coastal social media stories that are dominating our news feeds this summer, from shark attacks to flesh eating bacterial on the beaches. Then they discuss new developments in the Port of Miami channel deepening drama.
On this special edition of the American Shoreline Podcast, Peter shares some of his field notes in podcast from from the week of the July 4th holiday, Peter was enjoying the coastline of British Columbia aboard his brother-in-law's SV Malikai.
Host Dan Martin speaks with Keith Winsten, the Executive Director of the Brevard Zoo. He is leading an effort to create a new, state-of-the-art aquarium in Port Canaveral and explains the many considerations that go into such an enterprise.
Peter and Tyler welcome Radley Horton to the show. Radley was the co-chair of the At What Point Managed Retreat? Resilience Building in the Coastal Zone Conference at Columbia University that took place in June and discusses how the conference was received and what some of the take-aways are.
Radley Horton is a Lamont Associate Research Professor at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. His research focuses on climate extremes, tail risks, climate impacts, and adaptation. Radley was a Convening Lead Author for the Third National Climate Assessment. He currently Co-Chairs Columbia’s Adaptation Initiative, and is Principal Investigator for the Columbia University-WWF ADVANCE partnership, and the NOAA-Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments-funded Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast. He is also the Columbia University lead for the Department of Interior-funded Northeast Climate Science Center, and is a PI on an NSF-funded Climate Change Education Partnership Project. Radley has been a Co-leader in the development of a global research agenda in support of the United Nations Environmental Program’s Programme on Vulnerability, Impacts, and Adaptation (PROVIA) initiative. He serves on numerous national and international task forces and committees, including the Climate Scenarios Task Force in support of the 2018 National Climate Assessment, and frequently appears on national and international television, radio, and in print. Radley teaches in Columbia University’s Sustainable Development department.
On this special day after July 4th episode of Friday Happy Hour, Tyler and Derek and chat about everything from the managed retreat conference at Columbia University last month to the spirit of the American Shoreline and favorite July 4th memories. Cheers!
Peter talks with Trisha Howarth, the President of the July 4th Commission for the community of Southport, North Carolina. The patriotic spirit of America is alive and well in the City of Southport. For over 200 years this small maritime community has celebrated our nation's independence in a big way. The celebration has grown from colonial times when ships lay anchor in her harbor and shot their cannons to today's festival where 40,000 to 50,000 people come each year to bathe in the richness of spirit commemorating Old Glory. Incorporated as the N.C. 4th of July Festival in the year 1972 the festival committee strives to keep the focus of the festival on honoring our nation's birthday with a little fun thrown in.
In today’s episode, hosts Jacques Hebert and Simone Maloz dive deep into the Mississippi River with Tristan Baurick to discuss his 5 part investigative series about the Upper Mississippi River. From the Headwaters in Minnesota to Davenport, Iowa, Tristan focused on stories of different ways we’ve tried to control the Mississippi River. At the end of the show, Melissa Mylchreest, associate director at the Institute for Journalism & Natural Resources to talk about the importance of environmental journalism and how IJNR provides immersion training programs for environment and natural resource journalists.
Peter and Tyler kick of ASPN's Independence Day Weeklong Celebration with a history lesson provided by Revolutionary Naval Historian Dr. Bill Fowler. For the upstart colonists, the Atlantic Ocean was the primary theater of war, and the American Shoreline as the front line for the fight for independence against the most powerful global power of the time, the Royal Navy. Professor Fowler has taught courses dealing with the history of Boston, maritime history, and the history of New England. He is the former Gay Hart Gaines Distinguished Fellow in American History at Mount Vernon. He has taught at Mystic Seaport Museum and has lectured at the Smithsonian Institution, the United States Naval War College, and the Sea Education Association. He is a trustee of the Ralph Waldo Emerson Association, The Paul Revere Memorial Association, The Rhode Island Historical Society, Leventhal Map Center at The Boston Public Library, and the Old North Church Foundation. He is a member of the City of Boston Archives Advisory Commission and an honorary member of the Boston Marine Society, as well as an editor of The New England Quarterly.
Peter and Tyler welcome C.J. Lewis and Professor David Kaye, Founder & Artistic Director of PowerPlay's Interactive Labs at the University of New Hampshire. Powerplay is an exercise in "applied theater" and UNH is using this innovative method to reach and educate the public on climate change. Theatre has long been used to educate and inform, as well as entertain, but not quite in the way these guys are doing it. David Kaye and C.J believe Applied Theatre is an effective tool reach people on tough complex issues in non-traditional theatre environments like community meeting spaces. The objective of Applied Theatre is to put the audience in the position of "Witness;" to observe teachable moments in a non-judgemental way and create opportunities for professional development, conflict resolution, and social awareness, and change. PowerPlay Interactive Development hopes to spark new thinking and promote dialogue about climate change in ways that help overcome barriers to action.
This month, Howard Marlowe and Dan Ginolfi provide an update on the appropriations process, bring us up to speed on funding and changes to the Nation Flood Insurance Program, an important Supreme Court decision regarding property takings, and a new study showing that increased funding for dredging has resulted in less sand being moved.
Thanks for tuning into the latest episode of Delta Dispatches! In this episode, Jacques and Simone catch up on the latest coastal news, followed by two more interviews from the EVERLAB conference. Simone sat down with Kristin Tracz of the Walton Family Foundation to talk about their environmental efforts in Louisiana and across the country. Later in the show Simone is joined by Liz Williams Russell from Foundation for Louisiana talks about the LA Safe program, LEAD the Coast, and other programs being done across the coast.
On this episode, Peter and Tyler welcome Dr. Joe Kunkel back to the podcast on the heels of a two-week scientific research mission aboard the NOAA Ship Henry B. Bigelow. Joe shared his experience, cruise history, what they are studying, and what the data gathered on the mission might mean. Cool show..
On this episode of the Catch Curve, host Robert Jones is joined by Anne Mosness, a legendary pioneer fisherwomen in Bristol Bay, Alaska. Anne fished Bristol Bay for 28 years and is now a wild fish advocate and activist for small scale, family fishers. Robert and Anne discuss her start in the commercial salmon fishery, the role of women in the industry, aquaculture and more. They also discuss the proposed Pebble Mine project, a massive copper, gold and palladium mine that poses to this world-renowned Bristol Bay salmon fishery. The Pebble Mine region has a long history of earthquakes and the mine is causing great concern to the tribes and fisherfolk of the most productive fishery in the world.
Jenna is back this week with Harry Nelson, Vice President of Aquatic Markets for Fluid Imaging Technologies, Inc. a company that manufactures industry-leading particle analysis instrumentation based on digital imaging technology. Their flagship product, the FlowCam, is the first automated particle analysis instrument to use digital imaging for measuring size and shape of microscopic particles in a fluid medium. Jenna and Harry talk about the many ocean conservation uses of FlowCam, and how new technologies are unlocking our scientific understanding at the microscopic level.
In this episode, we hear more interviews from the EVERLAB conference. In the first segment of the show, you’ll hear Simone’s interview with Chett Chiasson, Executive Director at Port Fourchon to talk about the importance of industry on Louisiana’s coast and the ways Port Fourchon partners with the state of Louisiana and other exciting things happening with the port. Following that interview, Simone sits down with #1 avid listener, Chip Kline, who talks about the passing of the 2019 Annual Plan, barrier islands and more. They also talk about Terrebonne Parish’s Coastal Day, happening on June 19th.
Peter Ravella and Tyler Buckingham welcome Shannon Cunniff to the show and dive deep into the issue of coastal resiliency, risk management, federal flood policy, and why we continue to see imprudent development on high-risk shorelines. There are few topics on the American shoreline -- or shorelines anywhere in the world -- that are more multi-dimensional. There are stubborn reasons we can't seem to limit poor development decisions. Shannon knows her way around this subject as well as anyone and offers both a diagnosis of the problem and some reasons for hope.
During this extra special Father’s Day episode, Jenna welcomes her dad, Peter Valente, to the show to discuss his Coast Guard career, fatherhood, and his current work in oyster aquaculture and ocean conservation. Join them as they kick off Father's Day Weekend by reflecting on their family adventures around the country and on water.
Tyler calls up his best friend, Drew Westphal, to talk "best beach memories from the good old days" (90s and early 2000s) in Southern California, and Drew's experience living in Manhattan during Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Drew and Tyler grew up in the same small town in California and spent countless days on the beach together. Drew still lives in New York City and reports that cleanup and rebuilding from Sandy are still ongoing. He runs the JoCo Cruise, a nerdy seven night cruise aboard Holland America Line’s ms Nieuw Amsterdam, with music, comedy, and other performances and events. Learn more about it at jococruise.com.
In this episode of the Delta Dispatches, host Simone Maloz sits down with several guests from the EVERLAB conference in New Orleans. EVERLAB brings together corporate leaders, financial services professionals, governmental officials, and economic development and environmental practitioners to discuss environmental finance, investment, and risk management. Simone welcomes Michael Hecht, President & CEO of Greater New Orleans, Inc., Chip Kline, Chairman of the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA), and Steve Cochran, Associate VP of Coastal Resilience with the Environmental Defense Fund. It's a powerful show.
On this episode, Peter and Tyler talk with Jace Tunnell, Director of the Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve and founder of the Nurdle Patrol, a citizen science project looking to gather information about where nurdles are located, remove nurdles from the environment, and create awareness about the nurdle pollution. Nurdles are small plastic pellets used in the pre-production of plastic products. They are released into the environment by the millions every year. Nurdle Patrol trains citizen scientists of all ages to survey their beach for nurdles and share findings on social media.
On this episode of Changing Waters, host Brad Warren sits down with Dr. Ray Hilborn, a marine biologist and fisheries scientist, known for his work on conservation and natural resource management in the context of fisheries. He is currently professor of aquatic and fishery science at the University of Washington. He focuses on conservation, natural resource management, fisheries stock assessment and risk analysis, and advises several international fisheries commissions and agencies. Dr Hilborn is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and widely published.
Derek Brockbank, host of Capitol Beach, joins forces with Dan Ginolfi and Howard Marlowe, co-hosts of the WaterLog Podcast, for a very special combo episode from Washington, D.C. The show dives deep into the grandest of coastal organizations, the U.S. Army Corps off Engineers, with a couple key figures in the Corps's Planning and Policy Branch: Eric Bush, Acting Director, and Joe Redican, Deputy Director, who both bring district experience to their roles in leading planning and policy nationwide. They explain what planning means at the Corps, how local coastal communities and stakeholders can work with Corps planners, and how best to tap into the agency's extensive technical expertise. They also discuss regional coastal resilience studies (happening or being planned for the North Atlantic, South Atlantic, Great Lakes, Louisiana and Texas), and touch on STEM education starting as early as Pre-K (those summer interns really do get younger every year!) Don't miss this special "mash up" edition of the Capitol Beach & The Water Log podcast. Only on ASPN.
Today’s first guest is frequent guest Dr. Alisha Renfro, Coastal Scientist with the National Wildlife Federation! Jacques and Alisha talk at length about the current state of the Mississippi River. They cover everything from the opening of the Bonnet Carre Spillway, the Old River Control Structure and the upcoming (and historic) opening of the Morganza Spillway. In the final segment, Rachel Rhode, Analyst for Coastal Projects and Programs for the Environmental Defense Fund joins the program to discuss several topics including the anatomy of a delta.
On this episode, Peter and Tyler are joined by Jim Blackburn to discuss the Texas Coastal Exchange, a nonprofit organization designed to be both a new land conservation tool and a means to establish and mitigate for carbon dioxide emissions by creating a framework that allows landowners who provide ongoing carbon sequestration, on a metric ton/acre/year basis, a financial incentive. The money comes from donations from individuals and organizations seeking to mitigate their carbon footprints and facilitate land conservation.
Jim Blackburn is a professor in the practice of environmental law in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Rice University, teaching courses in sustainable development and environmental law. He is also a practicing environmental lawyer with the Blackburn & Carter law firm in Houston and a Rice faculty scholar at the Baker Institute. At Rice, he serves as the co-director of the Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disaster (SSPEED) Center and as director of the undergraduate minor in energy and water sustainability.
Tomorrow, June 1st, marks the first day of the 2019 Hurricane Season, so on this special episode of Friday Happy Hour we welcome Ken Graham, Director of the National Hurricane Center, to the show to talk about the upcoming season and how his agency is working hard to keep us all informed. Then, Peter and Tyler have a round (or two) discussing Ken's remarks and look at the some of the interesting stories that have passed over the Coastal News Today desk this week.
Summer is finally here, so we’re talking sunscreen and body products - the things that so many of us use but rarely think about how they affect our own health and impact the environment around us. To help inform this conversation, Jenna Valente is joined by an expert in eco-conscious body products, Mike Malterre, Executive Vice President of Stream2Sea, which is a body care company that makes human and water safe body products.
On today’s show, our hosts Simone Maloz and Jacques Hebert have a conversation with David Moore, the Aviation Director of SouthWings. SouthWings is a non-profit conservation organization that provides a network of volunteer pilots to advocate for the restoration and protection of the ecosystems and biodiversity of the Southeast through flight. David talks about his journey to SouthWings and how you can join their network of pilots! Later in the show Kat Loomis, Outreach Assistant for Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL), to talk about their upcoming events including this week’s Shell-A-Bration!
Happy Memorial Day! We hope that everyone is enjoying the holiday weekend. Enjoy Part 2 of our Memorial Day Summer Kickoff. On this episode, we check in on Manasota Key, Florida where a quaint, fold Florida community is transitioning to an engineered beach for the first time. Then we go to South Padre Island to speak with the frontrunner in the town's mayoral election, Darla Jone. Next, its Andra Belknap in Ojai, California where we talk about special beach memories that encapsulate Southern California beach culture. Read her blog at AndraBelknap.com. We conclude the show in Camden, Maine to check in with Paul Leper, an environmental consultant and part-time lobsterman.
In celebration of Memorial Day, Peter and Tyler tour the American Shoreline to learn what summer has in store. We begin with Dr. Robert Buckingham, Tyler's father, who is enjoying the holiday weekend in Hilo, Hawaii. We then zip over to Galveston Island in Texas to speak with Reuben Trevino, Director of Operations for the Galveston Park Board of Trustees. Reuben explains the work that his team will undertake to ready the beaches, accesses, bathrooms, and parking for one of the busiest weekends of the year. Next, it's up to Astoria, Oregon to speak with Steve Fick, the owner of Fishhawk Fisheries company that processes salmon, Dungeness crab, ground fish, and shrimp. We discuss the the current and future prospects of his business as the fisheries of the Northwest are impacted by Climate Change. It's a great start to kick off the Memorial Day weekend!
Today’s first guest is Robin Barnes, Executive VP and COO of GNO, Inc. She preview’s GNO, Inc.’s upcoming Everlab conference (June 4th), at the NOPSI hotel. In the second half, Marissa Allweiss Wendte, Development and Membership Director at CRCL joins the show to discuss an upcoming event, the CRCL Shell-A-Bration.
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On this episode of the American Shoreline Podcast, Peter and Tyler sit down with Gary Glick, President of Friends of the RGV Reef, a non-profit that is building the first "industrial scale" nursery reef in the Gulf of Mexico. With the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Friends has established a 1,650 acre artificial reef site about 12 miles off of South Padre Island and new reef materials are being added every year. The goal is to recreate the low-relief reef structures that have been scrapped away over time to benefit Red Snapper and other commercial and recreational species. The RGV reef is the only one off the Texas coast being built with "graduated habitat stepping stones" of increasingly complex and taller reef structure designed to support fish species through their life cycles. Scientists estimate that the reef has helped 240,000 juvenile snapper reach adult stage from 2017 to 2019. Meet Gary Glick, who has lead the charge on this episode of ASP.
On this episode of Friday Happy Hour, Derek Brockbank, Peter Ravella, and Tyler Buckingham grab a few rounds and shoot the breeze. Subjects discussed: beaches that are loved too much and managing throngs of tourists; what this summer season means for Florida and its new Governor, Ron DeSantis; and, the curious cultural rift between conservation activists and big businesses that are beginning to think green.
On this episode of Shorewords!, host Lesley Ewing meets up with Vince Beiser at the Berkeley Book Festival to discuss his book The World in a Grain, which earned him the rank of finalist for the PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award and a California Book Award. His work has appeared in Wired, Harper’s, The Atlantic, Mother Jones, and the New York Times, among other publications.
On The Capitol Beach, Derek Brockbank welcomes Renee Orr from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM). Renee is the Chief of the Office of Strategic Resources, and is currently serving as acting Deputy Director for BOEM. After touching on offshore energy production, the conversation shifts to sand. BOEM manages the Outer Continental Shelf sand resources which have been used to restore over 330 miles of U.S. coastline and has supplied 152 million cubic yards of sand, including the largest coastal restoration project by volume in U.S. history with Gulf Island National Seashore restoration as part of the Mississippi Coastal Improvement Program (MsCIP). How much sand was used? Just imagine a sandcastle the size of the Empire State Building. And then imagine 12 of them in a row!
Peter Ravella and Tyler Buckingham welcome Doug Myers, Senior Marine Scientist for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation/Maryland Office, to the American Shoreline Podcast to take a dip into the exceedingly complex challenge of bringing the Chesapeake Bay back to life. It is the largest of more than 100 estuaries in the United States and third largest in the world. The Bay itself is about 200 miles long, stretching from Havre de Grace, Maryland, to Virginia Beach, Virginia.The Bay's watershed covers 64,000 square miles and encompasses 6 states, the District of Columbia, and hundreds of towns and counties. Upland land practices drive much of the degradation of the bay. How can this vast, overlapping, uncoordinated collection of states and communities work together to restore one of America's greatest bay systems? Hear the inside line from a scientist who tries to make it work day-in and day-out. Only on the American Shoreline Podcast.
This week’s Friday Happy Hour is a family affair! During this extra special Mother’s Day episode, Jenna sits down with her mom to discuss their family’s experience as a Coast Guard family. Join them as they ease into the weekend and reflect on their adventures out on the road and water.
On this episode of Sea Change, Jenna Valente welcome Alex Palumbo to the show, a traveling editorial and commercial photographer and filmmaker from Long Island, New York. They discuss the importance of film in the coastal and ocean activism arena.
On this episode of Ship to Shore, Robert Frump is joined by Gilbert M. Gaul to discuss his new book, The Geography of Risk, Epic Storms, Rising Seas, and the Cost of America's Coasts. Gaul reveals what he characterizes as the confounding array of federal subsidies, tax breaks, low-interest loans, grants, and government flood insurance that shift the risk of life at the beach from private investors to public taxpayers, radically distorting common notions of risk. Gaul argues that these federal incentives have resulted in one of the worst planning failures in American history, and the costs to taxpayers are reaching unsustainable levels.
Gaul twice won the Pulitzer Prize and has been short-listed for the Pulitzer four other times. For more than thirty-five years, he worked as an investigative journalist for The Washington Post, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and other newspapers. He is the author of three previous books and lives in New Jersey.
Simone Maloz is joined by guest host Chris Cook, Lighthouse Director at Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation. Chris talks about his path to LPBF, his passion for history, and his work at Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation’s historic light house. Chris and Simone also talk about LBPF’s upcoming Beach Sweep and other upcoming volunteer opportunities. Rebecca Triche, Executive Director at the Louisiana Wildlife Federation joins Simone to talk opportunities happening across the coast including the Conservation Leadership Corps.
Jim Blackburn is a professor in the practice of environmental law in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Rice University, teaching courses in sustainable development and environmental law. He is also a practicing environmental lawyer with the Blackburn & Carter law firm in Houston and a Rice faculty scholar at the Baker Institute. At Rice, he serves as the co-director of the Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disaster (SSPEED) Center and as director of the undergraduate minor in energy and water sustainability. At the SSPEED Center, Blackburn has been responsible for the development of landscape-scale green space solutions for surge damage mitigation, including the Lone Star Coastal National Recreation Area, a web-based ecological services exchange and structural alternatives.
On this special edition of the American Shoreline Podcast we bring two interviews with the senior command of the USACE Southwestern Division. Up first, Colonel Lars Zetterstrom, Commander of the Galveston District discussed the historic slate of coastal projects slated for the Texas and Louisiana coast, including the "coastal spine" project to protect Houston. Then, we bring to you a conversation with Brig. Gen. Paul E. Owen, the Commander and Division Engineer of the Southwestern Division (SWD). The Division, which is headquartered in Dallas, is one of nine Corps of Engineers regional commands. With four District Offices (including the Zetterstrom's Galveston District), it encompasses all or part of seven states, and covers some 2.3 million acres of public land and water. As the SWD Commander and Division Engineer, Owen oversees hundreds of water resources development and military design and construction projects.
At EarthX, we sit down with Amber Sparks Jackson to discuss Blue Latitudes, an organization dedicated to converting old offshore oil rigs to reef habitat. Amber is an oceanographer, environmental scientist and entrepreneur. She has a B.A. in Marine Science from UC Berkeley and a M.A.S in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. In 2018, Amber was recognized on Forbes 30 Under 30 list in the energy sector for her work with Blue Latitudes to develop sustainable, creative, and cost-effective solutions for the environmental issues that surround the offshore energy industry.
Amber also has a strong background in technology. A former Ocean Curator at Google, she engineered and launched intelligent layers in Google Earth and Google Maps that distill and relate complex concepts in ocean science for a variety of audiences. Today she uses those skills in the oil and gas industry to map fishing activity in proximity to offshore structures and inform decommissioning decisions in relation to commercial fisheries.
Mrs. Sparks has extensive experience as a project manager specializing in ecological impact assessments, marine biological monitoring and habitat restoration through the Rigs to Reefs program. She is certified as an AAUS scientific diver.
At EarthX, Tyler and Peter had the opportunity to interview Rev. Mitchell Hescox, who serves as President/C.E.O. of The Evangelical Environmental Network and speaks nationally on creation care, especially on the environmental life threatening impacts on the poor and defenseless. Rev. Hescox co-authored Creation Care: The Evangelical’s Guide to Climate Change and a Healthy Environment with Paul Douglas, published numerous articles and contributed to Sacred Acts: How Churches are working together to Protect Earth’s Climate by New Society Publishers. He has testified before Congress, appeared on CNN, NPR, PRI and numerous radio programs both Christian and secular. Named one of the ten Environmental Religious Saints in the Huffington Post, Mitch lead the 300 mile Creation Care Walk from West Virginia to Washington, DC and the 80 mile Gulf Coast Prayer Walk during the Deep Water Horizon Oil Spill.
Dr. William J. Parker III is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Defense University Foundation. Peter and Tyler has the opportunity to sit down with Bill at EarthX on Dallas to discuss the proliferation of noise pollution in the World's oceans and how the U.S. Navy, along with other militaries around the globe, can help combat it.
On this episode, Dan Martin welcomes Greg Cory to the show to discuss the trends of coastal development and what we can expect built shorelines of the future to look like. The Principal of Land Use Economics, Greg is a veteran market analyst who closely monitors emerging trends in land development, demographics, capital markets, and real estate operations in global markets. He has over 30 years of experience in all aspects of national and international real estate development in 50 international markets, including hospitality, resort development, tourism, urban mixed use, and redevelopment strategies.
Today on Delta Dispatches, Simone and Jacques speak with journalist and author Ken Wells. He talks about his history with both the Houma Courier and Wall Street Journal, how journalism has changed and tells some stories from his years as a journalist. Ken has also written nonfiction books including “Gumbo Life: Tales from the Roux Bayou.” Earlier this month, Ken is now a freelance journalist and wrote an insightful article in U.S. News about Louisiana’s land loss crisis. Later in the show, they’re joined by John Price, regional director of operations with Providence Hotels and The Old No. 77 Hotel in New Orleans to talk about their current promotion with Restore the Mississippi River Delta.
Peter and Tyler have the pleasure of welcoming the Senator from the great coastal state of Rhode Island Sheldon Whitehouse to the show while at EarthX. The Senator is optimistic about the future, but cautions his fellow leaders that urgent action is needed to address climate change, pointing out that our position in the global order requires us to lead on the issue.
The Inland Ocean Coalition began as the Colorado Ocean Coalition in 2011. Founded by Vicki Goldstein after a family move to landlocked Boulder, CO in 2009, the Coalition’s aim was to inspire and empower Colorado citizens to promote the health of our ocean through education and community involvement.
Rod is the COO of Deep Isolation (www.deepisolation.com), a startup company focused on the storage and disposal of spent nuclear fuel deep underground. His responsibilities include interactions with communities, utilities and government entities as we prepare to license a disposal facility.
At EarthX, Peter and Tyler sat down with Tim Kruger, founder and CTO of Origen Power, a UK firm developing a process that uses natural gas to generate electricity in a way that removes carbon dioxide from the air. Tim also founded and runs the research institute at University of Oxford.
At ASPN's EarthX podcasting studio, Peter and Tyler are thrilled to welcome to the show Dr. Marcius Extavour to the show to discuss the NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE, which is in the final phase of competition. This fascinating discussion covers the benefits of games to promote creative solutions to climate change as well as discussing how the Carbon XPRIZE seeks to find sustainable models to remove CO2 from the atmosphere while creating business opportunities.
Peter Ravella and Tyler Buckingham are joined for this special episode by Jenna Valente and Brian Yurasits to kickoff ASPN's coverage of Earth X. We look forward to bringing you the inside scoop of this massive environmental conference (the largest in the world). Stay tuned for much more from Earth X and Ocean X over the coming days.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District will host five public scoping meetings starting April 30 to inform the public about the Buffalo Bayou and Tributaries Resiliency Study (BBTRS) and to seek input from the public on the study scope, potential alternatives that should be considered, and environmental resources of concern. Peter Ravella sat down with BBTR Study project manager, Andrew Weber, to learn more about this important flood control system and the City of Houston will rely on for decades to come.
Co-hosts Howard Marlowe and Dan Ginolfi bring us the latest coastal news and analysis from inside the Beltway. This month, we dive into the Disaster Supplemental, discuss the Democrats big infrastructure plans, and the new WRDA guidelines.
On today’s episode of Delta Dispatches with Simone and Jacques are joined by two participants in the second-annual 10X Water Summit. First, they sit down with David Festa, senior vice president, ecosystems at the Environmental Defense Fund to talk about issues of water management from Louisiana to California. Later, they’re also joined by Justin Ehrenwerth, president and CEO of The Water Institute of the Gulf to talk about his work and this year’s 10X Summit in Phoenix.
This week, Peter and Tyler are back at the University of Texas Bureau of Economic Geology to talk carbon sequestration. They welcome Dr. Katherine Romanak, the lead risk analyst on UT's sequestration research program. A former volcanologist, Dr. Romanak now devotes her time to determining how to safely put atmospheric CO2 into "secure geologic storage," an initiative many believe is essential to responding to climate change.
Tyler and Jenna, two happy hour regulars, meet up and discuss the impact of Beyonce's new album and Netflix documentary on Jenna's daily vive over the week. The conversation then shifts to the intersection of art and the coast and how/why the American Shoreline inspires creativity, in particular music. Tyler talks about coastal America's musical cultures and regional contributions. Then, one more round looking ahead to Earth X, where Tyler and Jenna will be podding, bringing this immense conference to the listeners.
Host Dan Martin takes us on a trip down to Puerto Rico with Tim Brangle, President and CEO of The Chicago Consultants Studio, a master development group expert in, among other things, urban design, tourism and entertainment facilities, and mixed-use projects. Tim is leading the planning team for the largest coastal project in the Caribbean: the Roosevelt Roads Redevelopment. A former naval base, Roosevelt Roads includes 8,000 acres of pristine waterfront land along Puerto Rico’s eastern coast within what's called the “Green Triangle.” Dan and Tim discuss this new "Caribbean Rivera," how coastal natural spaces should be used, and how the redevelopment plan has evolved. An incredible discussion on a fascinating project by two pros.
On today’s show Anne Hawes, Outreach & Engagement Director & Public Information Director of CPRA, joins hosts Jacque Hebert and Simone Maloz to talk about her background, CPRA’s work to protect & restore coastal Louisiana, how many projects that are currently in construction across the coast, and CPRA's new blog and tools. In the second half the show, Dr. John Lopez, Director, Coastal Sustainability Program of Pontchartrain Basin Foundation also stops by to talk with Jacques & Simone about the Pontchartrain Estuary Atlas, the Swamp Restoration Suitability, Oyster Habitat Suitability, the Lights on the Lake event that occurs every December.
This week, Peter and Tyler talk with Tony Keane ahead of Earth X (April 19-28), the largest environmental conference of its kind. EarthX brings together environmental organizations, businesses, academic institutions, government agencies, speakers, interactive programming, and subject matter experts along with live music, art and food - you can think of it like SXSW for the environment. We talk with Tony about this year's event and what attendees can expect. ASPN will be in attendance this year, and look forward to bringing some of the conference to you!
On this episode of Changing Waters, co-host Thane Tienson, a along time coastal lawyer/professional from Portland, Oregon, sits down with Randy Fisher, Executive Director of the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSMFC). Established in 1947 by consent of Congress, PSMFC is an interstate compact agency that helps resource agencies and the fishing industry sustainably manage the valuable Pacific Ocean fisheries in California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Alaska.
On this episode of Sea Change, Jenna Valente welcomes Mateo Velez, Founder and Executive Director of Orvel, a nonprofit organization working to raise awareness about plastic pollution and other environmental problems in low-income and underserved coastal communities. Jenna always brings us a powerful but often overlooked viewpoint on the American Shoreline. Do you live or work on the shoreline? Get caught up with the coming conversation with Jenna Valente. She'll keep you current.
Hosts Peter Ravella and Tyler Buckingham chat about the noteworthy coastal news themes of early-2019 before welcoming Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush to the show. Bush has wide-ranging responsibilities on the Texas Coast, from enforcing the Texas Open Beaches Act to preparing for and responding to major storms. In this conversation, we learn about Bush's lifelong connection to the American Shoreline, from Maine to Florida to Texas, as well as discussing how he plans to lead the General Land Office's implementation of the Texas Coastal Resiliency Master Plan, and more.
Spring is here and it’s a great time for reflection and renewal. Crack open your favorite beverage and join Jenna Valente, host of the Sea Change Podcast, as she guides us through insights into strong leadership and conservation success during this Friday Happy Hour episode.
Coral reef ecologist, National Geographic Explorer, Co-Founder of the Hydrous, and Teaching Fellow at the Stanford d.school, and the Stanford Center for Ocean Solutions, meet Dr. Erika Woolsey, one of the most-forward thinking guests we've ever had on the American Shoreline Podcast. On this episode, Peter and Tyler explore Erika's wide-ranging work as a scientist, designer and innovator, including her non-profit -- called the Hydrous -- that focuses on harnessing innovative technology to create immersive, beautiful visualizations, 3D photogrammetry, and virtual reality to engage the public on important ocean conservation issues.
On this episode of the Next Swell, Rob Nixon speaks with Matt Love, a coastal beach advocate in the great state of Oregon - one of the states with a powerful open beaches tradition and the legal framework to back it up. Matt is the author/editor of 19 books about Oregon, teaches writing workshops, writes grants for various nonprofit organizations, and counsels aspiring authors. In 2009, Love won the Oregon Literary Arts’ Stewart H. Holbrook Literary Legacy Award for his contributions to Oregon history and literature. Join Rob and Matt and take a trip to the Pacific Northwest and one of the greatest places on the American Shoreline.
This week Simone and Jacques talk with Erin Plitsch of Coastal Restoration and Protection Authority. Erin is a Coastal Resources Scientist with CPRA’s Operations Division in New Orleans and also serves as Chair of the Caernarvon and Davis Pond Freshwater Diversion technical working groups.
Dr. Kelly Burks-Copes is the Project Manager for the largest, most expensive coastal protection project ever undertaken by the US Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District. A 28-year coastal pro with the Corps, Kelly and her team of 120 engineers, planners, geologists, and scientists, have bee charged with protecting Galveston and more importantly the city and port of Houston from the next big hurricane. That'll keep you up at night!
The Coastal Texas Protection and Restoration project is expected to be a $32 billion effort and is likely to involve bates across the two-mile wide Galveston Ship Channel entrance, 160,000 acres of habitats restoration (marches, oyster reefs, beach and dunes, and a flood protection ring of some sort abided Galveston Bay system. Let's just say there is a lot to talk about.
On this episode of the WaterLog Podcast, co-hosts Howard Marlowe and Dan Ginolfi examine whether Trump's ‘Better Budget for America’ is really a better budget, considering almost zero attention is given to the coasts and 50% of our population lives there. They also take up NFIP reform and new data on the value of coastal real estate.
Do you love art, food, and conservation? Then you're sure to love this episode of the Sea Change Podcast. Jenna Valente sits down for an impassioned and energetic conversation with Daniel Lanzilotta, a New York City-based artist and chef that has dedicated his life's work to finding creative ways to call attention to the global plastic pollution epidemic and sustainable eating habits. Fascinating, fun, and inventive.
On this episode, Peter and Tyler dive deeper into the changes facing the Maine lobster fishery by welcoming David Abel to the show. Peter and Tyler were introduced to David and his film "Lobster War," which tells the story of the border dispute between the US and Canada in waters rich with lobster, at the International Ocean Film Festival earlier in the month.
David is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter who covers fisheries and environmental issues for The Boston Globe. Abel’s work has also won an Edward R. Murrow Award, the Ernie Pyle Award from the Scripps Howard Foundation, and the Sigma Delta Chi Award for Feature Reporting. He co-directed and produced “Sacred Cod,” a film about the collapse of the iconic cod fishery in New England, which was broadcast by the Discovery Channel in the spring of 2017. He also directed and produced two films about the Boston Marathon bombings, which were broadcast to national and international audiences, on BBC World News, Discovery Life, and Pivot. Before "Lobster War" his made “Gladesmen: The Last of the Sawgrass Cowboys.” Abel was the director, producer, and co-director of photography of "Lobster War."
An annotated “highlight reel” of presentations by the US Army Corps of Engineers at the recent National Coastal Summit hosted by American Shore and Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA). Most of the episode is Chief of Engineers, General Todd Semonite, talking about how the Corps is changing to embrace natural & nature-based engineering and how he’s working to “revolutionize” Corps operations.
We also hear from Amy Guise, Chief of Planning with the Baltimore District of the Corps, Jackie Keiser from Jacksonville District, and Scudder Mackey with Ohio DNR about regional coastal resilience studies in the North Atlantic, South Atlantic, and Great Lakes regions. Finally, you’ll learn whether ice tsunamis are something Jon Snow and other Great Lakes coastal managers have to plan for during a normal winter (spoiler alert: the Midwest can get very cold!)
Peter and Tyler sit down with Crystal Sanders, Fisheries Scientist and Founder of Fish Revolution. Crystal is a marine scientist dedicated to sustainable fisheries. She works directly with the commercial fishing community, the distributors, wholesalers, businesses, and chefs to incorporate sustainable seafood practices into the economy. She has helped shift buyers and consumers away from harmful fishing and farming methods to more sustainable options. It's complex and hard work but makes a real difference in fishery health. Meet Crystal and find out how it's done.
Welcome to Delta Dispatches with hosts, Jacques Hebert and Simone Maloz. On today’s episode, Dr. Kristine Strickland, Chancellor of Fletcher Technical Community College joins the show today to talk about workforce development, coastal literacy, and much more! Dr. Strickland was awarded Educator of the Year by Lafourche Chamber of Commerce at its 2017 Annual Awards Banquet. She’s followed by Martin Mantz, Coastal Restoration Program Manager at Nunez Community College who discusses ongoing and upcoming coastal restoration projects.
On this episode, we return to Fort Mason in San Francisco for a fascinating discussion with David McGuire of Shark Stewards and Maria Brown, Superintendent of the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary.
A marine biologist and shark advocate, David McGuire is the founder of the Ocean Health and Shark Conservation non profit Shark Stewards. As a sailing captain, dive master and filmmaker, David has explored the world ocean on numerous sailing voyages producing media with an emphasis on sharks and ocean awareness.
Maria Brown has been the Superintendent of the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary since 2002. She is a life long lover of wildlife and the outdoors. She received her B.S. in Conservation and Resource Studies from the University of California, Berkeley and her M.A. in Urban and Environmental Studies from Tufts University.
Gabby Goss and Kaden Anderson are both Bay Area high school students and filmmakers. Peter and Tyler sat down with Gabby and Kaden to discuss their films and how they decided to dedicate themselves to making films about the ocean. Kaden's film is Why Seagoers Hate the Color Purple - 1st Place High School. Gabby's film is Plastic Sea, 2nd Place High School.
One of the highlights of the festival was getting the opportunity to meet and speak with student filmmakers. Arjun and Abi Subramanian made the film The Ennore of Today, a rich film about their grandmother's coastal hometown of Ennore, India, which has undergone a tremendous transformation as three coal-fired power plants have been built along the shore.
These two young filmmakers (ages 15 and 12) are remarkable and offer a thoughtful and nuanced perspective about the changes impacting coastal communities in India and around the world. Seriously, a stunning and surprising conversation with the next generation. They sat down with Peter and Tyler at the Ft. Mason Firehouse during the International Ocean Film Festival in San Francisco.
Learn more about Ennore here.
While at IOFF, Peter and Tyler sat down with Hendrik and Claudia Schmitt of The Jetlagged. These adventurers/underwater photographers/filmmakers from Germany have attended the the past four festivals. This year, the festival screened Fragile - Why Turtle Hatchlings Need The Sea. Here is our (quiet) conversation at the Firehouse.
Gaelin Rosenwaks is a marine scientist, explorer, photographer, and filmmaker. Always fascinated by the marine world, Gaelin began diving at 14 and has since continued exploring ocean ecosystems. She began her career at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution where she researched over-wintering patterns of Southern Ocean zooplankton. Gaelin earned her Master’s Degree in Coastal Environmental Management from Duke University working with the Tag-A-Giant program and conducting research on the migratory movements of Giant Bluefin Tunas. She has conducted fieldwork throughout the world from the Antarctic to the Arctic on icebreakers to both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans on fishing vessels. To Gaelin, there is nothing better than being in the open ocean surrounded by endless blue water and passing wildlife. Alarmed by the changes happening in the oceans, Gaelin founded Global Ocean Exploration (GOE) to share her passion for ocean exploration, marine conservation and photography. GOE is a company devoted to bringing cutting-edge expedition science to the public through photography, writing, and film. She now participates and conducts expeditions in every ocean to alert the public not only to the challenges facing the oceans, but also to what science is doing to understand these changes.
Gaelin is a US Coast Guard Licensed Captain, and a Fellow of both the Royal Geographical Society and the Explorers Club where she served as Secretary of the Board of Directors. She also serves on the Conservation Committee of the Explorers Club and has been honored to carry the Explorers Club Flag on two of her expeditions to the Arctic. Gaelin has published articles and photographs in scientific journals, newspapers and magazines. She has also appeared as a scientific consultant, angler and on-camera presenter on the National Geographic Channel Series, Fish Warrior. Gaelin is an accomplished public speaker having delivered lectures at various institutions including the Explorers Club and Patagonia, Inc. Her fine art photography has shown in galleries along the East Coast and can be found in many prestigious collections. Gaelin's passion for the ocean and conservation is infectious and she hopes to inspire others to care about our planet through her work.
Gerry Cushman (F/V Bug Catcha) is a lifelong resident of Port Clyde, Maine and remains a tireless advocate for keeping community-based fishermen on the water with viable fishing businesses. His father was a groundfish fisherman, and Gerry is committed to having a healthy Gulf of Maine ecosystem and a healthy fishing fleet in the future. You can find Gerry fishing for lobster most days of the year.
On this episode of Local Control, Peter Ravella speaks with Robert Young, the Director of the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines, a joint Duke University/Western Carolina University venture. He is also a Professor of Geology at Western Carolina University and a licensed professional geologist in three states (FL, NC, SC). The Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines (PSDS) is a research and policy outreach center serving the global coastal community. The primary mission of PSDS is to conduct scientific research into coastal processes and to translate that science into management and policy recommendations through a variety of professional and public outreach mechanisms. The Program specializes in evaluating the design and implementation of coastal engineering projects. Dr. Young received a BS degree in Geology (Phi Beta Kappa) from the College of William & Mary, and MS degree in Quaternary Studies from the University of Maine, and a PhD in Geology from Duke University where he was a James B. Duke Distinguished Doctoral Fellow.
Welcome to Delta Dispatches with hosts, Jacques Hebert and Simone Maloz. On today’s show, Kristi Trail of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation talks to Jacques and Simone about the unprecedented opening of the Bonnet Carre Spillway for the third time in four years. Chip Kline, chairman of the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) also stops by to talk about the Bonnet Carré opening is an opportunity for people to pay attention to what we’re trying to do in the Master Plan. Finally, Alisha Renfro, National Wildlife Federation, closes the show with a bigger picture conversation about the high water event in the Mississippi River and what to expect next.
Peter, Lesley, and Tyler sit down with Elaine Forbes, Executive Director, Port of San Francisco. Elaine leads the Port to responsibly manage the waterfront as the gateway to a world-class city and advances environmentally and financially sustainable maritime, recreational, and economic opportunities to serve the City, Bay Area region, and California.
At the recommendation of the Port Commission, Mayor Edwin Lee appointed Elaine Forbes Executive Director of the Port on October 12, 2016. Forbes is one of eight women Port Directors in the United States. Before her appointment as Executive Director, she served as Deputy Director for Finance and Administration for the Port for six years.
Prior to joining the Port, Mrs. Forbes held executive management and leadership positions at both the San Francisco Planning Department and the San Francisco International Airport. She also worked for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors Budget Analyst’s Office providing fiscal and policy analysis and evaluating and reporting on complex municipal issues.
Before beginning her tenure with the City and County of San Francisco in 2000, she worked as a redevelopment agency planner for the City of Oakland. She also has worked for several non-profit land use policy and economic development organizations including the Urban Strategies Council and the California Budget Project.
Mrs. Forbes holds a Master’s degree with honors from the University of California, Los Angeles in Community and Economic Development, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from Mills College in Oakland. Mrs. Forbes is also a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society. She was born in San Francisco and resides in the Castro neighborhood with her partner.
It's the final day of the International Ocean Film Festival. Peter and Tyler break down some of the memorable moments from the past 24 hours and then are joined by Ana Blanco, the Executive Director of the fest to look ahead to the final night.
On this special episode of the American Shoreline Podcast, Peter Ravella, Lesley Ewing, and Tyler Buckingham sit down and discuss the goings on at the International Ocean Film Festival, some of our favorite films so far, and who we look forward to speaking with on the podcast network over the next day of the fest.
Peter and Tyler are tucked away behind the Cowell Theater for a quick edition of the Friday Happy Hour. Topics of discussion include our first impressions of the film fest so far and a look ahead to the coverage we have in store for the rest of the festival! Cheers, everyone!
Lesley Ewing kicks off the Shorewords! podcast with Dr. Gary B. Griggs, longtime Professor of Earth Sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz and author of a dozen books, over 100 articles, and several scientific reports. Join us as Gary talks about how books changed his life, the coastal topics that have dominated his writing, his approach to writer’s block, and his favorite types of sand and beaches. A great debut episode. Welcome to ASPN, Lesley!
On this episode of the Capitol Beach, Derek Brockbank welcomes Bradley Watson, Executive Director of Coastal States Organization (CSO) to the show. ASBPA and CSO are close allies and frequently partner on policy issues. The conversation includes discussion about ASBPA and CSO's joint policy position, the history of the Coastal States Organization including how the Coastal Zone Management Act helped launch the organization.
We also share where you can get 25 cent martinis in New Orleans.
On this episode of the American Shoreline Podcast, Peter Ravella and Tyler Buckingham welcome Dr. Joseph G. Kunkel to the show. Joe, as he prefers to be called, is the professor emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Research Professor University of New England in Biddeford, Maine. As part of our ongoing coverage of the American Shoreline's fisheries, we have been following the "mass migrations" of sea life seeking preferred water temperatures. Lobsters are no exception, and scientists, like Joe, are trying to understand how climate changes are impacting the fishery and if policy changes might be able to preserve the fishery for future generations. One primary concern is Lobster Shell Disease. On this show Dr. Kunkel deep dives on the issues facing the American Lobster, a multi-billion dollar industry facing an uncertain future.
Welcome to happy hour. On this Millennial Edition of the show, Tyler Buckingham and Jenna Valente grab drinks and chat about what's on their Millennial minds. Jenna gets the first round, and tells us about a cool birthday party she went to recently in Boston. The party was unique in that all the attendees were required to deliver a presentation on a subject of their own choosing. Of course, Jenna presented on three interesting ocean creatures and shares some fun facts on the pod. Tyler gets the second round, and, feeling a bit tipsy, talks about the Green New Deal and how Millennials like AOC are putting their fingerprints on the new congress.
Howard Marlow and Dan Ginolfi sit down for their monthly federal update on ASPN. On this episode, Howard and Dan discuss whats going on with the boarder wall and the USACE, and how the ripples created by the President's decision to direct money towards the wall have spread as throughout the Defense Department. They then how discuss how public private partnerships and other "alternative" financing tools will play important roles as the climate changes and seas rise. They conclude with a brisk discussion about the positions of the Congress and the President on the issue of climate change. It's a great episode!
On today’s show Kara Lankford, Director of Gulf Coast Restoration at National Audubon Society, stops by to about Audubon's latest Comprehensive Gulf Restoration Plan. The report highlights projects and programs critical to helping the region. Later on the show, Erik Johnson, Director of Bird Conservation for Audubon, Louisiana, joins the show to talk about the elusive Black Rail and why coastal restoration is so important for shorebirds.
On this episode of the American Shoreline Podcast, Peter Ravella and Tyler Buckingham sit down with Dr. Susan Hovorka, Senior Research Scientist at the Bureau of Economic Geology, Jackson School of Geosciences, at The University of Texas at Austin. She has worked on diverse topics related to water quality protection, waste storage in bedded salt, and reservoir characterization. Her current research focuses on assessment of effectiveness of subsurface geologic sequestration of CO2 as a mechanism for reducing atmospheric greenhouse gas emissions. Hovorka is the principle investigator of the Gulf Coast Carbon Center (www.gulfcoastcarbon.org) an industry/academic partnership working on economically viable approaches to geologic sequestration of CO2.
On this episode of Sea Change, Jenna Valente catches up with her longtime friend Erika Zambello, Communications and Marketing Coordinator for the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance. Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance is a non-profit organization responsible for sustaining healthy local waterways through monitoring, education, restoration, and research. We learn about the Choctawhatchee Basin and broader region of Florida that depends on it.
Welcome to the Changing Waters podcast, a new show on ASPN about the ocean, the people who depend on it, and the people who are working to keep it healthy. On this special inaugural episode we are treated to a conversation with the former President of Ireland, Mary Robinson, a self-proclaimed climate justice activist. The interview is conducted by Camorah King, a graduate student at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies
On today’s show, Peter Ravella and Tyler Buckingham stop by to tell listeners about Coastal News Today and the American Shoreline Podcast Network, which will now be featuring the Delta Dispatches podcast. Listen in to hear all about the work Tyler and Peter are doing for the coast and what’s coming up in Delta Dispatches.
On this episode of the American Shoreline Podcast, Peter Ravella and Tyler Buckingham speak with Ana Blanco ahead of the 16th Annual International Ocean Film Festival. Ana, the Festival's Executive Director, explains how the festival was started and how its evolved over the years. Then she give us a sneak peak into this year's festival, March 7-10 in San Francisco. Since its launch in 2004, IOFF has attracted thousands of spectators of all ages from around the world, including film enthusiasts, water sports fans, educators, and environmental supporters.
On this episode of the Catch Curve, Robert Jones is joined by Emily Muehlstein, Public Information Officer for the Gulf Fisheries Management Council, and Patrick Banks, the Assistant Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, for an introductory discussion into the world of fisheries management. Unlike the management of terrestrial resources which can be more easily observed, regulating fisheries requires users to put their faith in scientifically based rules. Emily, Patrick, and Robert discuss how the sausage is made, covering everything from the goals and objectives of effective fisheries management to enforcement and compliance.
On this episode, Dan Martin is joined by Greg Weykamp of Edgewater Resources. Greg Weykamp has more than 24 years of experience in the planning and design of the public realm, with an emphasis on implementation of sustainable built landscapes and urban waterfront environments. His project experience spans waterfront parks, marinas, master planned communities, urban revitalization, streetscapes, parks and recreation facilities, medical and university campuses, and military installations.
On this special episode, Peter Ravella and Tyler Buckingham welcome Jacques Hebert and Simone Maloz to the show to introduce themselves and their show, Delta Dispatches, to the ASPN audience. Delta Dispatches has been telling the story of the Louisiana coast over a year, discussing its shoreline, its people, wildlife and jobs, and why restoring it matters.
Jacques P. Hebert works as the National Audubon Society’s communications director for the Restore the Mississippi River Delta Coalition. In that capacity, Jacques helps raise awareness to Louisiana’s ongoing environmental land loss crisis, its implications on people, wildlife and the economy, and the restoration solutions available to address it. In the wake of the BP oil spill settlement, Jacques leverages public communications and outreach to build support for large-scale restoration efforts in Louisiana and across the Gulf Coast. Prior to joining Audubon, Jacques worked as the Public Affairs Manager at Mother Jones in San Francisco, where he raised awareness to the news organization's reporting and helped elevate its profile. Previously, he worked for five years at Google initially in its advertising department and then on the company's corporate communications team focusing on YouTube. Jacques graduated from Dartmouth College with a dual major in Spanish and Latin American Studies. Jacques is a native son of Louisiana, having grown up in the town of Braithwaite in Plaquemines Parish, where his family had lived for generations and which has also been ground zero for coastal land loss, hurricanes, and the BP oil spill. In 2015, he was selected for and completed Greater New Orleans Foundation’s Emerging Leaders program along with other area nonprofit leaders. In 2016, Jacques participated in the Institute for Environmental Communication at Loyola University New Orleans.
Simone Maloz is the Executive Director of Restore or Retreat, a non-profit coastal advocacy group working to identify and expedite the implementation of aggressive, large-scale restoration projects, Terrebonne Parish native Simone works with Restore the Mississippi River Delta on the local, state and federal levels to advocate for the needs of the disappearing Louisiana coast, specifically the Barataria and Terrebonne Basins. Since the devastating hurricanes of 2005 and the 2010 oil spill, she has also been tracking the process of the different planning efforts underway, including the Natural Resources Damage Assessment Act (NRDA), Clean Water Act Penalties, the 2012 and 2017 State Master Plan Update and the Louisiana Coastal Area Study projects, all to ensure the needs of the Barataria and Terrebonne Basins are being adequately met with the necessary sense of urgency in the face of what is at stake. She was appointed to serve on the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Coastal Protection, Restoration and Conservation in the summer of 2014, and is a member and co-chair of the Commission’s Diversion Subcommittee.
On this episode of Ship to Shore, Robert Frump welcomes Michael Carr to the show to discuss his lifelong career of service in the Coast Guard and Army. Michael was an Operations Officer and Diving Officer with the U.S. Coast Guard National Strike Force Dive Team, faculty at Maine Maritime Academy, faculty at U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, faculty at Maritime Institute of Technology & Graduate Studies, a U.S. Army Marine Warrant Officer, a U.S. Army Electronic Warfare Officer, a Master for Crowley Maritime's Alaska and Gulf of Mexico Operations, and he is the author of Weather Predicting Simplified: How to Read Weather Charts and Satellite Images, McGraw Hill International.
On this episode of the Capitol Beach, Derek Brockbank welcomes Brian Caufield to the show to talk about the upcoming ASBPA Coastal Summit, which Brian is co-chairing this year. The 2019 Coastal Summit will be held in Washington D.C. March 12-14 and will feature a packed program complete with break-away groups with Federal agency leaders, lobbying time, and the “Coastal Celebration on Capitol Hill” gathering in the Hart Senate Office Building. Go to ASBPA.org for more information and to register.
On this episode of the American Shoreline Podcast, Peter Ravella and Tyler Buckingham meet up with Ellis Pickett, the Founding Chairman of the Surfrider Foundation in Texas and current Chairman of the Texas Upper Coast Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation. Catching him between meetings at the Statehouse - Texas is in the midst of its 86th Legislative Session - Ellis joins for a great conversation about the unusually progressive public beach laws in Texas and how the future of the Texas coast is shaping up in the face of climate change, the Coastal Spine project, and more.
Ellis's involvement in beach advocacy was ignited by a set of projects proposed in response to erosion caused by Tropical Storm Francis: an 18-mile breakwater off Galveston and a one-mile breakwater off Surfside Beach. With no experience as an activist or lobbyist, his interest in stewardship and conservation led him to organize and advocate protecting what he loved. Ellis’s work has evolved and resulted in some of the most important legislative actions protecting beach access and shorelines in Texas.
Welcome to Ship to Shore, ASPN's ports, shipping, and maritime podcast. On this, the maiden voyage of the show, host Robert Frump welcomes his friend and former colleague Andrew Maykuth to the show to discuss a wide-range of topics including the dredging of the Delaware River, operations at the Port of Philadelphia, and their shared experience covering the maritime world.
Andrew Maykuth is the Philadelphia Inquirer's correspondent at large. He was raised in Columbus, Ohio, and graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He worked for a couple of years at the Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune before he went to Philadelphia in 1982. He was covering local news when The Inquirer sent him on his first international assignment to Nicaragua in 1985. Since then, he has traveled to 49 countries in Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East and south Asia on Inquirer assignments. He also spent four years as the Inquirer's New York correspondent. His work has been recognized by The Overseas Press Club, the Population Institute’s Global Media Awards, Lincoln University’s Unity Awards, the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association and The National Association of Black Journalists. He was a John S. Knight journalism fellow at Stanford University in 2002.
On this episode of NextGen Waterfronts, Dan Martin is joined by Michael Mercadante and Tevere MacFadyen of Main Street Design to discuss the tricks of the trade when it comes to creating interpretive attractions on the American Shoreline. Main Street Design was founded in 1991. Main Street’s two principals, Michael and Tevere, have some 60 years combined experience directing and coordinating all aspects of interpretive planning, design, production, fabrication and installation. Michael and Tevere have a hands-on relationship with the firm’s projects. Tevere directs and supervises the programmatic aspects their work, including interpretive planning and concept development, content research and development, image and artifact selection, and graphic design. Michael assumes primary responsibility for dimensional design, including exhibit and project-related architectural design, and he also monitors project budgets and schedules to ensure compliance with established guidelines.
On this episode of Sea Change, Jenna Valente welcomes Melissa Keyser to the show to discuss her work managing the Haystack Rock Awareness Program in Cannon Beach, Oregon. A popular tourist destination, the monolithic rock is adjacent to the beach and accessible by foot at low tide. The Haystack Rock tide pools are home to a wide variety intertidal animals, and is a nesting site for many sea birds, including terns and puffins. In addition to her work with Haystack Rock, Melissa was recently appointed by Gov. Kate Brown to serve on the Oregon Ocean Policy Advisory Council.
On this episode, Peter Ravella and Tyler Buckingham introduce the audience to Lesley Ewing, host of ASPN's newest podcast, Shorewords!, a coastal literature show. Lesley is a coastal engineer and swimmer. She has published numerous papers on coastal issues relevant to California, where she lives, and beyond, covering subjects such as tides, sea level rise, El Niños, coastal hazards, tsunamis, and methods to enhance and restore beaches. She worked on the monitoring efforts for the El Segundo Groin project and the surfing reef that was undertaken as mitigation for long-term impacts to surfing.
She is a director and past president of the California Shore and Beach Preservation Association, a director and treasurer of the Association of Coastal Engineers, and director of American Shore and Beach Preservation Association. She co-chairs the Coastal Zone Management Committee for the American Society of Civil Engineers/Coasts, Oceans, Ports and Rivers Institute, and is on the Board of Directors for the Coastal Zone Foundation.
On the inaugural episode of the Catch Curve, host Robert Jones sits down with legendary outdoor writer Shannon Tompkins to discuss the environmental, political, and policy changes he has observed over his 40-year career with the Houston Chronicle. Tompkins is a past president of the Texas Outdoor Writers Association and his reporting has won national and state awards to include the Sierra Club’s Lone Star Environmental Reporting Award, multiple Excellence in Craft awards from the Texas Outdoor Writers Association and the Outdoor Writers Association of America, and an award from the Texas bureau of The Associated Press.
On this inaugural episode of the WaterLog Podcast, D.C. insiders Howard Marlowe and Dan Ginolfi dive into the government shutdown and discuss its immediate impacts, future consequences, and the origins of the budget impasse. Then, Howard and Dan look ahead to the 116 Congress and highlight possible actions that will impact coastal funding and policy.
On this special MLK Day episode of the American Shoreline Podcast, Peter Ravella and Tyler Buckingham take a moment to discuss the sandy side of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The Civil Rights Movement was active on the beach, fighting for the integration of segregated shorelines across the country. Peter and Tyler discuss the lasting legacy of the Movement and the on-going work to ensure that our beaches and shores are welcoming of all people. Peter and Tyler also discuss the exciting slate of new shows and content coming to ASPN and dive into a smattering of news stories on CNT.
On this episode of the Sea Change podcast, Jenna Valente is joined by Danni Washington, the co-founder of Big Blue and You, Co-creator of Sea Youth Rise Up, a science communicator, an ocean advocate, and a television personality. A Miami native with Jamaican roots, Danni Washington is deeply passionate about oceans and science communications. She dreamed of studying the oceans since she was six years old. In 2008, Danni graduated from the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science with a B.S. in Marine Science/Biology.
On this episode of the American Shoreline Podcast, Peter Ravella and Tyler Buckingham introduce Robert Frump and his new show Ship to Shore, ASPN's newest show covering the fascinating world of shipping, ports, and waterways. Robert is a nationally recognized journalist who won several major awards while a journalist and investigative reporter at The Philadelphia Inquirer. He grew up in the small farm town of Paxton, Ill, graduated from the University of Illinois and received a master's degree from Northwestern University in Journalism. He received, with Tim Dwyer, the George Polk Award, for his reporting on unsafe U.S. ships, and the Gerald Loeb Award for National Business Reporting. He was also a member of an Inquirer task force that won the Pulitzer Prize. He is the former managing editor of The Journal of Commerce.
Welcome to the Friday Happy Hour, a periodic commentary micopod from the hosts of ASPN. On this special Gov't ****down episode, Jenna Valente, the host of the Sea Change Podcast and full-time ocean policy advocate, sits down during this short, 101-style explainer to share how we got here, thoughts on the budget, and insights from federal employees about how this shutdown is impacting their lives.
On this episode of the Sea Change podcast, Jenna Valente speaks with Lindsay Hirt about her work in environmental education. As a marine biologist and 8th grade science teacher, Lindsay spends one half of her time in a classroom and the other half on the water, working with whale watch companies, conservation organizations, and other ocean-minded folks. She monitors whales, seals, birds, and an assortment of other salty sea life. Her mission is to offer an unforgettable experience with nature while inspiring young people to realize their importance in environmental stewardship.
Before Rob Nixon started the Next Swell podcast, he read and fell in love with The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea. On this episode, Rob Nixon speaks with the man who wrote it, Jack E. Davis, the author of the award-winning An Everglades Providence: Marjory Stoneman Douglas and the American Environmental Century. A professor of environmental history at the University of Florida, he grew up on the Gulf coast, and now lives in Florida and New Hampshire. Hailed as a "nonfiction epic . . . in the tradition of Jared Diamond’s best-seller 'Collapse,' and Simon Winchester’s 'Atlantic'" (Dallas Morning News), The Gulf is "by turns informative, lyrical, inspiring and chilling for anyone who cares about the future of 'America’s Sea'" (Wall Street Journal). Illuminating America’s political and economic relationship with the environment from the age of the conquistadors to the present, Davis demonstrates how the Gulf’s fruitful ecosystems and exceptional beauty empowered a growing nation.
On this episode of the American Shoreline Podcast, Peter Ravella and Tyler Buckingham look ahead to 2019 and chat about the new shows coming to the American Shoreline Podcast Network and exciting plans for CNT/ASPN's first full year. Then, they run through some of the hot news stories currently on CNT, and discuss trends in the news to pay attention to. Subject discussed: Dr. Lesley Ewing's new Shorewords! podcast covering coastal literature and writing; Robert Frump joining ASPN to cover shipping and waterways; deep diving into the National Climate Assessment; Jack E. Davis coming up on the Next Swell podcast with Rob Nixon; opportunities to partner with CNT & ASPN; hot topics in coastal federal policy news; sea level rise and climate change stories; fisheries in the news; trends in coastal access stories; and, more.
On this episode of the Beach Shack, Tyler Buckingham visits Brian Brennan, Executive Director of the Beach Erosion Authority for Clean Oceans and Nourishment (BEACON) Organization, a joint powers authority comprised of the counties of Ventura and Santa Barbara; and, the cities of Carpentaria, Oxnard, Port Hueneme, San Buenaventura, Santa Barbara, and Goleta. In addition to his role with BEACON, Brian has spent a career working in local government (city and county), state government (California Coastal Commission), and advocacy (Ventura Surfrider Foundation), which inform a conversation about the BEACON region's management challenges and a fascinating managed retreat project at the famous Surfers' Point.
On this, the inaugural episode of the Capitol Beach podcast, host Derek Brockbank welcomes Senator Tom Carper to the show. Senator Carper, has represented Delaware in the U.S. Senate since 2001. A member of the Democratic Party, Carper served in the United States House of Representatives from 1983 to 1993 and was the 71st Governor of Delaware from 1993 to 2001. He currently is the Ranking Member of the Committee on Environment and Public Works.
On this special New Year's Eve episode of the American Shoreline Podcast, we look back at some of the memorable moments captured during 2018, ASPN's first (partial) year. Thank you to the thousands of listeners who have helped make Coastal News Today and the American Shoreline Podcast Network come to life. We look forward to 2019 and tons more great shows coming your way!
ASP | Endless Summer Show (2:33)
ASP | Robert Jones of the State of Fisheries (7:11)
Sea Change | Tim Dillingham (13:19)
Beach Shack | Carrie Johnson (20:32)
Local Control | Dennis Stahl (27:07)
Sea Change | Her Chesapeake (37:27)
ASP | Michael Poff (42:08)
ASP | ASBPA Round Table Excerpt (51:47)
Next Swell | Shaun Tompson (1:00:00)
On this special episode of the Sea Change podcast, Jenna Valente breaks down the top five climate-related issues of 2018. Subjects discussed include: Conservation Policy and the changes the Trump Administration is making to the policies instituted by his predecessors; the National Ocean Policy (NOP); changes to the Endangered Species Act; the role of the federal government in leading climate policy; protected lands (and waters); energy policy and its impacts on the climate in 2018; the surge of renewable energy in the US; 2018's observable climate change events; and more.
On this special Christmas Eve episode of the American Shoreline Podcast, Peter A. Ravella and Tyler Buckingham take a trip up to the northern most reaches of the American Shoreline (not quite to the North Pole) with Craig Birrell, an adventurer, naturalist, outdoor educator, and all-around interesting guy to discuss his recent solo float trip down the Noatak River in the remote Brooks Range of Alaska. The river's entire course is north of the Arctic Circle. The Noatak basin is the largest undisturbed watershed in the United States. The Noatak National Preserve alone encompasses 6,500,000 acres of public, protected land.
On this episode of the Beach Shack podcast, Tyler Buckingham revisits one of his key early coastal influences, the Junior Lifeguard program of Ventura, California. Tyler is joined by the program's longtime leader, Carrie Johnson, a legend in the California State Parks Service for her work on the Junior Lifeguard program, earning her the Olmsted Award for Leadership and Vision in 2003, the department's highest honor. The Junior Lifeguard Program emphasizes Teamwork, Leadership, and Aquatic Safety while introducing young people to safe marine and aquatic recreation opportunities. The program is designed to provide quality water safety education while improving young people's physical conditioning, their understanding and respect for the environment, and their respect for themselves, their parents, and their peers.
In this episode of the American Shoreline Podcast, Peter A. Ravella and Tyler Buckingham record a lively roundtable discussion following the second day of the Gulf of Mexico Alliance Coastal Resiliency Team Meeting in Austin, Texas. At the table are: Rhonda Price, GOMA Coastal Resiliency Team Chair; Niki Pace, Research Attorney, Louisiana Sea Grant Law and Policy Program at LSU; Tracie Sempier, GOMA Regional Program Manager & Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Coastal Storms Outreach Coordinator; and, Christine Shepard, the Nature Conservancy Director of Science for the Gulf of Mexico.
On this episode of the American Shoreline Podcast, Peter A. Ravella and Tyler Buckingham sit down with Rhonda Price, Coastal Resiliency Team Chair for the Gulf of Mexico Alliance. The Gulf of Mexico Alliance was established in 2004 by the Gulf State Governors in response to the President’s Ocean Action Plan. It was a State-led network of partners working together on projects related to the priority issues identified by the Governors in early discussions. Strongly supported by the White House’s Council on Environmental Quality, 13 Federal agencies led by EPA and NOAA, were identified to work with and support the young effort. In 2006, on the heels of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the five Gulf State Governors signed the Governors’ Action Plan for Healthy and Resilient Coasts. Realizing that the mission could only be achieved by including as many Alliance Partners as possible, other organizations were recruited to join the effort, including academic organizations, non-profits, and business partners. The episode was recorded at the Coastal Resiliency Team's Fall Meeting, where these partners gather to share their work and ideas.
On this episode of the Sea Change podcast, Jenna Valente sits down with Brian Yurasits, Development Director for The TerraMar Project. Brian has conducted research about marine protected areas and worked with the Global FinPrint Project helping survey sharks and rays that live around the world's tropical reefs. He was a fisheries observer with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which many of us lovingly referred to as NOAA, during that time he was onboard commercial fishing vessels where he collected data on fisheries operations in the Northeast United States. Brian now leads TerraMar, an organization dedicated to educate and inspire a global community to promote awareness, transparency and responsibility for the Ocean.
On this episode of the Local Control podcast, Peter A. Ravella is joined by Chris Gibson, President of TI Coastal Services, a coastal engineering firm specializing in providing personalized service to the dredging, coastal, and beach communities. A continuation of ASPN's series on the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, Peter and Chris discuss the storm's impacts from a coastal engineering perspective. Subjects discussed: Chris's experience during the Florence compared to past storms; storm related erosion rates; designing beach restoration on Topsail; the costs associated with rebuilding NC's beaches; coordinating local, state, and federal investments in the beach; and. more.
In this episode of the American Shoreline Podcast, Peter A. Ravella and Tyler Buckingham take a minute to talk about the interesting new content coming to ASPN before the New Year and go over some of the most compelling news stories currently on Coastal News Today. Subjects discussed: ASPN news and reflection on NHC Director Ken Graham's interview; the Hurricane Florence Series of shows; the upcoming BOEM interview and the GOMA Coastal Resiliency Fall Meeting this week (CNT & ASPN will be there!); introducing the new host for the Waterways podcast, Robert R. Frump; the NOAA/NFWF $28.9M National Coastal Resiliency Fund; new shipping routes through the Russian Arctic and what it means; Shannon Tompkins, inducted into the Texas Freshwater Fishing HOF and the importance of outdoor journalism; Shannon's story on warmer winters triggering changes in Texas bays; and, more.
In this episode of the Local Control podcast, Peter A. Ravella is joined by Dennis Stahl, Mayor of the City of South Padre Island on the Texas coast. Dennis and his wife became permanent residents of South Padre Island shortly after Dennis stepped away from the day-to-day operations of his businesses. Needing something to occupy his time and mind, Dennis found local government, first serving on the City Council then running a successful campaign for mayor. Subjects discussed: the charms of South Padre Island; challenges of barrier island governance; the City's beach management program; working with a beach-tourism economy; SpaceX rocket launches; and, more.
On this special episode of the American Shoreline Podcast, Peter A. Ravella and Tyler Buckingham welcome National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham to the show to recap the 2018 season and talk about the NHC's on-going work to better understand storms and better inform the American public. Subjects discussed: storm tracking and intensity methodologies and advancements; the Cone of Uncertainty; NHC's public education challenge; the national media; working with social scientists to improve product design; and more.
Peter A. Ravella and Tyler Buckingham welcome Howard Marlowe and Dan Ginolfi to the show from Washington DC to introduce ASPN's newest show, the Waterlog Podcast. Howard and Dan are experts in the realm of Federal coastal policy and help local governments from across the American shoreline understand and successfully navigate this complicated and confusing - yet critically important - universe. Subjects discussed: expectations for the lame duck period; the NFIP extension; what's on the WRDA radar; the 2019 Corps work plan and process; and, what we can expect to be covered in future episodes of the Waterlog Podcast.
In this episode of the Sea Change Podcast, Jenna Valente sits down with three of her long-time friends and favorite role models to discuss HerChesapeake, an organization that sits at the intersection of feminism and conservation with the goal of cultivating a network of women who elevate, amplify, and empower each other in a fair and impartial pursuit of their collective success and a healthier Chesapeake Bay. Lauren Taneyhill, President and Founder, Stephanie Smith, Vice President, and Catherine Krikstan, Historian discuss what it means to lead by example, cultivate safe space for innovation and vulnerability, and share their advocacy journeys in an episode that is sure you leave you simultaneously fired up, inspired, and refreshed.
On this episode of Local Control, Peter A. Ravella speaks Topsail Beach Commissioner Steve Smith. After a 37 year career with the Eveready Battery Company, Steve and his wife moved into a new home in Topsail Beach. Since then, Steve has served as Co-Chair of Topsail Beach’s 50 Year Celebration and Chairman of Topsail Beach’s Beach, Inlet & Sound Committee, and of course as a city commissioner. He continues to be involved with the Topsail Island community by serving as Secretary for the Kiwanis Club of Topsail Island Area and working with the Historical Society of Topsail Island. Subjects discussed: an overview of Topsail Beach; how the local government manages the shoreline; local funding of the shoreline management program; community engagement and education at Topsail; Hurricane Florence's impact and plans to continue building the beach; community leadership on the issue of sea level rise; and, the importance of local leadership in the aftermath of big storms.
On this episode of the American Shoreline Podcast, Peter A. Ravella and Tyler Buckingham don their boots for a stroll along the Texas coast with Eddie Fisher, a fourth generation coastal Texan who has spent his career working in the public and private sectors along the Lone Star state's beaches and bays. He spent 10 years as the Director of the Coastal Erosion Program for the General Land Office before transitioning to the private sector and is now the Vice President of Gulf Hydrographic and Coastal Consulting. Subjects discussed: impacts of dredging the Freeport Channel to 50'; changes and trends in Cameron Country's development and what might happen in the coming years; Eddie's top coastal project priorities; looking to Louisiana for guidance on Texas coastal management; and, the importance of bringing stakeholders and local voters into the equation.
On this Thanksgiving Special episode of the Beach Shack, Tyler Buckingham speaks with Orrin, Peter, and Jenna Valente about their family coastal "camp" on the rocky shoreline of Maine. Near Acadia National Park, the family's "Seldom Inn" has been a place of gathering and recreation for four generations. For this Thanksgiving Special, Tyler is joined by three generations: Orrin, born in 1933, two years before the family first started acquiring the property that would become the Seldom Inn; Peter, Orrin's son; and Jenna, Peter's daughter. The conversation is a reminder of how much we have to be grateful for on the American Shoreline, which is a venue for so much connection and meaningfulness in our lives.
Rob Nixon is joined by surfing legend Sean Tomson. Sean is the author of the best-selling book “Surfer’s Code“, and the writer and producer of the award-winning documentary film Bustin’ Down the Door. He is a Business Administration and Finance graduate from the University of Natal. He is a World Surfing Champion, an inductee in the Jewish and South African Sports Hall of Fame, the US Surfing Hall of Fame, and has been described as one of the greatest surfers of all time (Surfing Magazine 2004) and one of the most influential surfers of the century (Surfer Magazine 1999). He is a board member and ambassador for Surfrider Foundation, the world’s largest environmental group dedicated to protecting the world’s oceans, waves and beaches and he received the SIMA Environmentalist of the Year Award in 2002. He currently lives with his wife and son in Santa Barbara, California and still finds time to chase the perfect wave.
Dan Martin launches ASPN's newest show, the Next Gen Waterfronts podcast with a terrific conversation with Rick Hitchcock, Senior Principal and President of the Hitchcock Design Group. Subjects discussed include: differences in economics and development of river-fronts, lakefronts, and oceanfronts; the value of wetlands; planning for waterfront projects with the community; organizing elements; historic shoreline use trends and the new emphasis on recreation; designing in and around flood areas; and, the new commerce of waterfronts across America.
In this episode, Peter A. Ravella and Tyler Buckingham speak with Steve Mercer and Joe Gaughan, residents of Brunswick County, North Carolina. Both work at Steve's company, Coastal Transplants, a dune construction, maintenance, and restoration firm. Hear their stories, and how Hurricane Florence continues to impact the lives of those in its path of destruction. Subjects discussed include: preparing the farm for the storm, historic levels of flooding days after the storm had made landfall; the community coming together and chickens; and, dealing with FEMA and its contractors.
Jenna Valente sits down with Jen Long, Founder of The Whale Guitar Project, an organization dedicated to protecting Earth's oceans and whales by raising awareness of man-made threats and inspiring audiences to take impactful action. The the core of their outreach is the Whale Guitar - a custom electric guitar hand carved to resemble a whale. Jenna and Jen discuss how the idea to create the Whale Guitar came about, how Jen was inspired to become an advocate, and how music can be used to inspire change.
Peter A. Ravella and Tyler Buckingham sit down for a special show in honor of America's veterans. Throughout America's history, our armed forces have intersected with the shoreline - to defend the homeland from attack, to leave the homeland for war "overseas", and to return again, god willing. On this show Peter and Tyler look at some of the numbers of equipment and people at left America though its ports during the years of World War II. Its incredible. Other subjects discussed include: ASPN's ASBPA Conference speaker, session, and SWAG awards; exciting new content coming to the Network; and, a status update on the fire in the coastal community of Malibu.
Peter A. Ravella and Tyler Buckingham wrap up the ASBPA National Conference with a special round table edition. Peter and Tyler are joined by: Rob Nixon, host of ASPN's Next Well podcast; Dolan Eversole, Waikiki Beach Management Coordinator through the University of Hawaii Sea Grant College Program; Liz Skree Ecosystems Communications Manager for the Environmental Defense Fund; Taylor Zimmerman, ASBPA award winner and student from the Stevens Institute of Technology; Corey Aitken, student and ASBPA New Professional Committee co-chair; Jun Cheng, Ph.D. Candidate at the University of South Florida; and Reuben Trevino, Director of Operations with the Galveston Island Park Board of Trustees.
Peter A. Ravella sits down with Scott Jones, Galveston Bay Foundation Director of Advocacy. Scott has been with GBF since September 2008. Previously, Scott worked for eight years at the Galveston Bay Estuary Program and on water quality issues for four years at TCEQ-Austin and the Galveston County Health District. As Environmental Policy and Outreach Specialist, Scott provides education and outreach on the importance of freshwater inflows to Galveston Bay, ensuring that diverse stakeholder groups and citizens at large have a voice in State water planning. Scott also facilitates GBF’s Wetland Permit Review Committee, a group of volunteers that examine Corps of Engineers permit applications to ensure that impacts to our wetlands are avoided, minimized and/or mitigated.
Peter A. Ravella and Tyler Buckingham are joined by Paul Komar, emeritus Professor of Oceanography at Oregon State University, where he has been on the faculty since 1970. He received a M.S. degree in Geology at the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. in Oceanography from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Professor Komar's research interests have focused primarily on coastal processes, including investigations of wave-induced nearshore currents and the resulting transport of beach sediments. His recent research has centered on the climate controls on U.S. West Coast processes and the resulting erosion problems, including those associated with occurrences of major El Ninos and a progressive increase in North Pacific wave heights. As well as having undertaken research along the West Coast of the United States, Professor Komar's investigations have included the Nile Delta of Egypt and the coast of New Zealand. He is author or co-author of over 100 peer-reviewed scientific papers, and two books including Beach Processes and Sedimentation published by Prentice-Hall (1976 and 1998). Paul gave the keynote address at the ASBPA Awards Luncheon at this years National Conference, where we recorded this show.
Rob Nixon sits down with former Commissioner of the General Land Office of Texas Jerry Patterson to discuss the Texas Coast. Subjects discussed include: Jerry career of public service and 12 years as Land Commissioner; the Open Beaches Act and violations in Surfside and Galveston; Hurricane Rita and the infamous “condemnation letter” to property owners who ended up with homes on the wrong side of LOV; challenges to the rolling easement of the OBA in Brennan and Severance Cases; the Texas Supreme Court, Wayne Christian, Hurricane Ike; and, Jerry's thoughts on the future of Texas's open beaches.
Hours before the start of the ASBPA National Conference, Peter A. Ravella and Tyler Buckingham sit down with Derek Brockbank for an exclusive preview of the coming day's events. Subjects discussed: the history of ASBPA and the National Conference; the Certified Coastal Professionals short courses; and, the conference's forecasted highlights!
Peter A. Ravella and Tyler Buckingham are joined by Michael Poff, President of Coastal Engineering Consultants, and host of the Podcast for Building Beaches Better on ASPN. Subject discussed include: Michael's plans for his new show on ASPN (P4B^3); trends in coastal engineering and how the profession can be better; an update on the Charlotte County, FL beach project; and Michael's thoughts on the future of coastal engineering.
Peter A. Ravella launches Local Control with Pat Forbes, the Executive Director of the Louisiana Office of Community Development (LA SAFE), the state's community resiliency program with a budget of $100 million from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Subjects discussed include: Pat's coastal background, the state of the LA coast, and the extent to which land loss is an emergent issue, the importance of coastal and community resiliency and, what other states can learn from Louisiana.
In the first episode of the Beach Shack, Tyler Buckingham chats with Don Scanlin, a real estate expert with more than 25 years experience in acquisition, development, and sale of commercial properties in his role as an independent real estate investor. His current investments include a diverse portfolio of commercial and recreational properties located in the Western U.S. Don ownes a family beach house on Solimar Beach, California. Subjects discussed: Don's family history on Solimar Beach; pre-war condition of the beach and the original small beach shacks; WWII and the Japanese submarine attack; pre-western settlement of the area and the coastal existence of the Chumash people; geology of the Ventura and Santa Barbara County shoreline; and, Don's thoughts on short term renting.
Peter A. Ravella and Tyler Buckingham are excited to return to the ASPN airwaves, feeling refreshed and invigorated from respective vacations. Subjects discussed: news of the weird on the American Shoreline; Pacific Grove to decide on future of short-term rentals with Measure M; St Augustine Florida's Tax collector working to keep up with vacation rental boom; Santa Barbara County Supervisors to consider Coastal Commission changes to county cannabis ordinance; the power of Hurricane Willa and the recent storm we seem to forget so quickly; and, a look ahead at the other great shows coming to ASPN soon.
Jenna Valente welcomes Tim Dillingham for the Sea Change podcast inaugural show. Tim is the Executive Director of the American Littoral Society, making him both an excellent first guest for the Sea Change, and Jenna's boss. Subject discussed: Tim’s background, inspirations, and motivations; American Littoral Society’s background and insights gained from running the organization; and, conservation gains and challenges seen over the years, advice for others looking to pursue a similar role, and what his legacy might be.
Peter A. Ravella and Tyler Buckingham are joined by Dan Martin, host of the new Next Gen Waterfronts coastal economics podcast on ASPN. Dan works directly with clients assisting them and their planning teams to determine the best mix of land uses at a site and to determine and project the market demand and financial outcomes for those specific land uses at the site over time. Subject discussed: what will the next generation of beach users look for at the shoreline; the Millennials are the largest block of US population; climate change and the future of shoreline development; Dan's background and growing up in Boston; development trends on the American shoreline; and rethinking the "highest and best use" idea for the next generation.
For the first episode of The Next Swell Podcast, Rob Nixon welcomes two outstanding guests to talk about the blockbuster Martin's Beach Supreme Court decision. Angela Howe is the Legal Director of the Surfrider Foundation. Sarah Damron manages over 30 Surfrider chapters across the American Shoreline. This episode is a deep dive into the case and what the future may hold for Martin's Beach.
Peter A. Ravella and Tyler Buckingham are joined by Robert E. Jones, Director of the Gulf of Mexico region for the Environmental Defense Fund's Oceans Program, and host of the Catch Curve podcast of ASPN. Subjects discussed include: Robert's background and connection to the coast; the meaning of "catch curve"; red tide in FL; emerging trends in fisheries management; and, the great migration happening beneath the water.
Jenna Valente introduces the brand new Sea Change Podcast on ASPN, a show dedicated to telling the story of coastal advocacy and the people to dedicate their lives to protecting our oceans and shorelines.
Peter A. Ravella and Tyler Buckingham are joined by Derek Brockbank to introduce The Capitol Beach, Derek's podcast focused on federal shoreline policy. Subjects discussed include: the upcoming ASBPA national conference; Derek's vision for The Capitol Beach; federal coastal policy trends; the state of the relationship between coastal states and the feds; and, can we afford to live on the coast and maintain our shorelines.
Peter A. Ravella and Tyler Buckingham are joined by Jenna Valente of the Littoral Society and host of the Sea Change Podcast on ASPN. Subject discussed: Jenna's plan for her show; growing up in a Coast Guard family and splitting childhood memories between Maine and Hawaii; what issues are important in the advocacy community; repeal and replace of the Federal Ocean Policy; offshore energy, including O&G and wind; and, California Surfing Day enshrined into law.
With Hurricane Florence in the news, Peter A. Ravella and Tyler Buckingham share their thoughts on the important role storms play on the American Shoreline. Subjects discussed include: post-storm increases in coastal real estate values; hurricane impacts on coastal community socio-economics; the challenges of local governance before and after disasters strike; local control of shoreline management; and, the federal government's role in insurance, pre-disaster mitigation/investment, and FEMA aid.
Peter A. Ravella and Tyler Buckingham announce some of the new shows and hosts coming to ASPN, discuss how CNT and ASPN can add value to the coverage of the 2018 hurricane season, and talk about recent research papers documenting how coastal real estate markets are adjusting to a changing climate and rising seas.
Introducing The Beach Shack, the newest ASPN show covering the fascinating world of coastal real estate. Where are hottest and coldest coastal markets, and what’s driving them? How does coastal flood insurance work? How are AirBnB, HomeAway, and the other short-term rental companies changing coastal communities across America? And, what are beach communities doing about it? We are excited to explore these questions and more with industry's thought leaders.
Peter A. Ravella and Tyler Buckingham launch the American Shoreline Podcast with an introduction to Coastal News Today and ASPN and think about the most important coastal news stories from summer. Subject discussed: the proliferation of plastic straw bans across coastal America; the growing awareness of sea level rise and climate change; the awesome power of the Hawaiian volcano eruption; ongoing tensions between the public and private interests on the beach; and, the red tide and Blue Green algae disaster in Florida.
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