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Peter and Tyler are joined by Derek Brockbank (Executive Director of the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association and host of the Capitol Beach podcast), Shannon Cunniff (recently retired from the Environmental Defense Fund and board member of ASBPA) and Annie Mercer (ASPBA Fellow) to discuss the recently released white paper titled "Local Funding for Coastal Projects: An Overview of Practices, Policies, and Considerations." Listen here for a sneak peak, and read the whole paper at ASBPA.org.
This week Jacques and Simone are joined by filmmakers Dom and Nadia Gil with Encompass Films to discuss "Last Call for the Bayou" their 5 short documentaries about Louisiana's land loss crisis. The films are currently being shown at festivals around the country. One film, "On a Wing and a Prayer" was released online by CNN's "Great Big Story," while the other films will be released online later this year. You can learn more about the films at lastcallforthebayou.com.
On this episode of the American Shoreline Podcast, we preview the 2020 Social Coast Forum coming up in Charleston February 3-6. Peter and Tyler welcome the organizers, Rebecca Roth, Executive Director of the National Estuarine Research Reserve Association (NERRA), and Lisa Auermuller, President of NERRA and a manager at the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve (JC NERR) in Tuckerton, New Jersey. Partnering with NOAA's Office of Coastal Management, Lisa and Rebecca have led the team to develop the Social Coastal Forum, one of the most forward-looking coastal conferences in America. Tackling challenges along the American shoreline is ultimately a human problem and the forum address the complex human considerations in coastal management. Check out this unique and in-depth discussion on the American Shoreline Podcast.
On the first episode of 2020, Simone and Jacques speak with Brad Barth, Operations Assistant Administrator for the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA). Brad talks about one of Louisiana’s cornerstone restoration projects: the Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion. The CPRA recently completed modeling that showed this project protecting 47 square miles of land over 50 years.
On this episode of the American Shoreline Podcast, Peter and Tyler sit down with Kathleen Ligon, Special Assistant to the Administrator of the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB), the state agency responsible for water planning and administering the state revolving funds for drinking water and clean water (i.e. sewage treatment) facilities. In the good old days, flood planning, mitigation, and flood control projects were largely handled by local governments -- cities, counties, drainage and levee districts and the like. The state did not play a leading role in either planning or funding flood projects. That all changed in the 2019 legislative session after the trauma of major flood events, including Hurricane Harvey (2017) and Hurricane Imelda (2019), which drowned the city of Houston and surrounding communities. Faced with an outcry of "never again," the Texas legislature passed Senate Bills 7 & 8 in June 2019 and voters in November 2019 passed Proposition 8, a constitutional amendment that pumped $800 million into a new state Flood Infrastructure Fund (FIF). The new laws add flood planning and response responsibilities to the TWPD portfolio, with billions in new spending authority. The laws also require creation of new Regional Flood Planning Groups (RFPGs) in every river basin in the state and mandate that local governments in the basin work together to produce a Regional Flood Plan due January 2023. By January 2024, the state will compile the State Flood Plan, opening the funding spigots to the regions. To get the ball rolling, initial flood project applications for FIF grants and loans will be accepted beginning in March 2020. Along with the General Land Office, another state agency, more than $2 billion in new flood response spending is on the table in Texas, much if it available right now, with significant new funds for coastal communities. Spinning up these new flood management programs will not be easy but Texas is taking a solid step forward to address flood risks, especially along the coast. Is it a model for other coastal states? Find out in this interview with Kathleen Ligon.
Howard and Dan break down the most pressing coastal issues working their way through the Nation's capital. On this episode kicking off the 2020 calendar year, they discuss the federal appropriations bill and work plan, the US dredge budget, BUDM pilot projects, legal issues related to Hurricane Harvey, and conclude with a discussion about all politics being local. Don't miss it!
On this episode of The Capitol Beach, host Derek Brockbank dives in to “GOMESA,” speaking with former Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu, Director of Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, Joe Spraggins, and Mobile, Alabama County Commissioner, Connie Hudson. The Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006 directed federal funding generated from offshore oil production in the Gulf of Mexico to be returned to Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama for coastal conservation. A bill currently in Congress – the COASTAL Act – would increase the percent of revenue going back to the Gulf States and would lift the cap that limits how much funding Gulf States can get. All the guests are strong supporters of GOMESA, and have been advocating for the COASTAL Act, but we also discuss some of the concerns with tying funding for coastal resilience to fossil fuel extraction. Listen to the podcast and decide what you think!
On this episode, Peter and Tyler welcome back to the program David Abel, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist with the Boston Globe, Podcast host, and documentary filmmaker of Lobster Wars and more. David discuss his latest reporting in the Globe on the conflict between Maine's lobstermen and federal regulators who are trying to save the North Atlantic right whale. Listen in with David Able, a true insider and insightful observer of one of the most complicated coastal resource management issue on the American shoreline. Only on the American Shoreline Podcast!
On this episode of the Beach Shack (recorded on New Years Day), Tyler sits down with Lucy Bellwood at his favorite beach shack in Ventura, CA to discuss the power of cartoons in education, in particular in the areas of science and maritime culture. Lucy is a professional Adventure Cartoonist, author, and educator based in Portland, Oregon. Her work brings enthusiastic tales of exploration to thousands of readers online, in print, and in person.
At 17, Bellwood fulfilled a lifelong dream of becoming a sailor by joining the crew of the tall ship Lady Washington. Three years later she fell in love with making comics at the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, Vermont and began aligning her passions for art, storytelling, and the natural world.
Since then, Bellwood has brought humor, generosity, and an irrepressible lust for life to a wide variety of projects. Her comics are often written and drawn in the field, leading to immersive snapshots of tall ship sailing and cutting-edge ocean science. Her first graphic novel, Baggywrinkles: a Lubber’s Guide to Life at Sea, collects educational stories from her time aboard the Lady Washington. The book received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly and opened the door for a new generation of mariners to find their place at sea.
Learn more about Lucy at lucybellwood.com.
Come along with Peter and Tyler as they celebrate some of the best moments from the past year on the America Shoreline Podcast. Here is Part 2 of our Best of 2019:
1. Revolutionary Naval Historian Dr. Bill Fowler (0:1:10)
2. At What Point Managed Retreat with Radley Horton (0:9:15)
3. Dutch Solutions on the American Shoreline with Kiah Collier (0:17:14)
4. The Arithmetic of Coastal Retreat with Rob Young (0:27:40)
5. Right Whales v. Lobstermen: NOAA Responds to Lobstermen Leaving Right Whale Recovery Team (0:41:07)
6. Patrice McCarron, Maine Lobstermen's Association, Responds to NOAA's Right Whale Rules. The Age of Anxiety has arrived. (0:51:29)
7. Scenario Planning for Climate Change with Dr. Nardia Haigh (1:04:11)
Thank you to all our great guests in 2019. And, especially thank you to all of our listeners. We look forward to a great 2020!
Come along with Peter and Tyler as they celebrate some of the best moments from the past year on the America Shoreline Podcast. We look back at some of our favorite guests:
1. Dr. Susan Hovorka, Senior Research Scientist at the Bureau of Economic Geology, University of Texas at Austin, a leading international researcher on secure geologic sequestration of carbon. Is there a way to reduce atmospheric greenhouse gases? Listen to a pro. (0:1:34).
2. The Surfing Cowboy Ellis Pickett, Founding Chairman of the Surfrider Foundation in Texas and current Chairman of Surfrider's Upper Texas Coast Chapter. Coastal advocacy from an 'Ol hand. (0:15:52)
3. Student Filmmakers Arjun and Abi Subramanian from the International Ocean Film Festival on our coastal future. If there are more young people like these two, we're going to be fine. (0:29:18)
4. U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) from EarthX on what it takes to advance climate policy on Capitol Hill. There is a quiet bipartisanship forming. (0:41:10)
5. Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, the man who leads coastal policy in this "Third coast" state, on making coastal politics work. (0:55:36)
6. Gary Glick, President of Friends of the RGV Reef, on the making of the largest artificial reef in the Gulf of Mexico. (1:06:08)
On this special show, we look back on some of the best moments captured on the Sea Change podcast.
1. Danni Washington is an American activist, artist and presenter who campaigns for cleaner, plastic-free oceans. She founded the Not-for-Profit Big Blue & You, and presents the STEM-themed TV show Xploration Nature Knows Best. (0:0:38)
2. Daniel Lanzilotta is a New York City based artist, known for his work with plastic waste, detritus, rubbish, fragments of litter, trash, flotsam and jetsam. (0:12:40)
3. Live form EarthX in Dallas, Texas, Jenna speaks with members of Heirs to Our Oceans. (0:24:31)
4. Alex Palumbo is a talented visual artist and storyteller who is setting his sights on not only spreading awareness about environmental challenges but pairing them with solutions and actions that everyone can take to improve the health of their community. Explore the intersection of art and advocacy with Jenna and Alex. (0:30:53)
5. Jenna celebrates her 20th episode of the Sea Change Podcast by sitting down for a lively conversation with her dear friend and colleague, Sarah Winter Whelan. Sarah is the Ocean Policy Program Director and Healthy Oceans Coalition Director for the American Littoral Society. (0:43:08)
6. Sherry Gilmore is the Owner of the Acadia Institute of Oceanography, a marine summer camp that introduces young people to the exciting world of marine science through a unique hands-on curriculum that combines biological, physical and chemical oceanography with field, classroom, offshore, and laboratory work. (0:49:47)
On this special show, Derek looks back at some his favorite Capitol Beach interviews of 2019. Here are some of the best segments of the year!
1) United States Senator Tom Carper
2) United States Representative Garret Graves
3) Eric Bush & Joe Redican of the US Army Corps of Engineers Planning and Policy Division
4) Renee Orr, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
5) Mark Osler, Senior Advisor for Coastal Inundation and Resilience at NOAA
6) US Coastal Research Program (USCRP): Julie Rosati with US Army Corps of Engineers, Hilary Stockdon with US Geological Survey, and Nicole Elko with American Shore & Beach Preservation Association.
On this episode we talk to one of Delta Dispatches' favorite guests, Dr. Alisha Renfro! Alisha talks to Simone about how a crevasse at Fort St. Phillip is one of the few areas of Louisiana that's growing new land. Alisha also talks about the important River Reintroduction into Maurepas Swamp project, which is up for public comment now. On the second half the show, Mary Elise Schlesinger joins the show from the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation to talk about last Saturday's Lights on the Lake event!
2019: What A Year! Peter and Tyler close out 2019 with a wide-ranging retrospective on the year, including the biggest coastal trends, the best podcast guests of the year, our favorite shows on ASPN, and the highlights from the 219 podcasts released this year!
ASPN and Coastal News Today grew beyond our dreams in 2019 and we hope we were able to capture the complexity of the coastal conversation in America and around the world. The coastal space is the most dynamic environment on the planet and a land of immense opportunities and intricate challenges. We hope we have brought a flavor of this world to you, our readers and listeners, in 2019.
In this Year-End-In Review, Peter and Tyler delve deep into ASPN's 2019 coverage, especially our must-show coverage of the Maine lobster industry, which encapsulates the complexity of coastal resource management, economics, and environmental protection all along the American shoreline. Over seven shows, we took an in-depth look at the lobster harvest explosion, the science behind the fishery, lobster shell disease, the seemingly existential threat posed by climate change, and critical efforts by the NOAA Take Reduction Team to protect the last 400 North Atlantic right whales threatened by "vertical lines" from lobster traps and other risks. We call it the "ASPN Treatment."
And, we pause to thank our great ASPN Hosts who made this year so memorable: Jenna Valente, Host of the Sea Change Podcast; Derek Brockbank, Host of the Capitol Beach Podcast; Dan Martin, Host of Next Gen Waterfronts Podcast; Dan Ginolfi & Howard Marlowe, Co-hosts of the Water Log Podcast; Jacques Hebert & Simone Maloz, Co-hosts of the Delta Dispatches Podcast; Thane Tienson and Brad Warren, Co-hosts of the Changing Waters Podcast; Peter Ravella and Tyler Buckingham, Co-hosts of the American Shoreline Podcast; Rob Nixon, Host of the Next Swell Podcast; Bob Frump, Host of the Ship to Shore Podcast; Leslie Ewing, Host of the Shorewords! Podcast; Peter Ravella, Host of the Local Control Podcast; and Tyler Buckingham, Host of both the Beach Shack Pod and the Friday Happy Hour Podcast.
Together, these hosts drew some amazing guests to ASPN. Among our favorites were Danni Washington, ocean educator and activist; Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards; Ken Graham, Director of the National Hurricane Center; Senator Sheldon Whitehouse from Rhode Island; Dr. Susan Hovorka, a carbon sequestration specialist from the University of Texas Bureau of Economic Geology; Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and international climate change activist; Gilbert M. Gaul Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Geography of Risk; Patrice McCarron, Executive Director of the Maine Lobstermen's Association; Shanee Stopnitzky, Director of the Community Submersible Project; Dr. Joe Kunkel, a lobster scientist from UMASS, and so many, many more.
There's no way to adequately summarize the breadth, width and depth of ASPN's 2019 coverage. Over the holiday when you have time traveling in the car or sitting back on a quiet afternoon, meander through the ASPN catalogue of shows and listen to a few . . . there are real treasures there.
Finally, Peter and Tyler reflect on the coastal and ocean trends of 2019 and the last decade, and what we might expect to see in 2020 and beyond.
Wow, what a year! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to all our hosts, our guests, and our readers and listeners! Thank you and on to the next decade.
On this special Friday HH, Tyler and Peter welcome Carmella Guiol to the show, host of the new ASPN show Enchanted Island, a profile of Puerto Rico. Carmella has Caribbean salt in her veins. She grew up in Miami, sailing throughout the Caribbean with her father, visiting the islands of the region and learning how the shorelines were transforming each day. Cheers to ASPN's newest show! And, cheers to a great weekend!
Simone and Jacques open the show talking to Clair Hebert Marceaux, Port Director for the Cameron Parish Port. Clair talks about her career and how she went from an English teacher to one of Louisiana’s coastal leaders. In the final segment of the show, they’re joined by Emma Reid, director of the new documentary, In the Blind, which follows the history of duck hunters’ role in coastal restoration in Louisiana.
Having returned from a recent trip, Peter shares with Tyler his take on the Yucatan Peninsula and the Riviera Maya, the most popular International tourist destination in Mexico. Tourism on this 80 miles of shoreline from Cancun to Tulum is booming with big time beachfront development but, as on all shorelines, challenges are emerging. Nearshore water quality is declining, some reefs are suffering, resorts this year were overwhelmed by Sargassum, and state regulators in Quintana Roo are concerned about interference with public beach access and damage to critical mangroves. Get a first hand account of this dynamic and mostly beautiful coastline on this episode of the American Shoreline Podcast. And as a bonus, Peter and Tyler take a look back at the 2019 and share hints on the new show coming next year to the American Shoreline Podcast Network. Viva Mexico on ASPN!
This week on the Next Gen Waterfronts Podcast, Dan Martin is joined by Paul Labovitz, Superintendent of Indiana Dunes National Park, the newest national park in America, created just this year. Indiana Dunes is first national park in Indiana and was originally advanced by Stephen Mather, the first Administrator of the National Park Service appointed in 1917. Dan and Paul discuss the origins of the park, it's importance, threats to this unique area, and what the designation means to management of the shoreline.
On this episode of the Sea Change Podcast, Jenna Valente is joined by the brilliant Kate Fritz, Executive Director of the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, to give some well-deserved attention to American Estuaries. Tune in to this episode to join Jenna and Kate's inside look into their conservation careers and management of the largest estuary in the United States, the Chesapeake Bay.
Peter and Tyler welcome Rob Morris to the show to learn about ropeless fishing technologies that are currently in production and can greatly reduce the risks to Northern Atlantic Right Whales associated with fishing gear entanglements. His firm, Edgetech, offers the Ropeless Fishing System, which enables fishermen to transmit a sonic signature from their boat to a submerged trap trap. The signal releases the trap's door, and rope and buoy come to the surface where its business as usual. We learn about this system. How it works and how much it costs. And, we discuss how fisheries of all types will need to embrace new technologies as management keeps pace with climate change.
On this special Back Friday edition of Friday Happy Hour, Tyler is joined by Jenna Valente and Brian Yurasits for drinks and reflection on the things we're feeling thankful for over the Holiday weekend.
On this episode of the WaterLog Podcast, hosts Howard Marlowe and Dan Ginolfi being us the latest from DC, including the impeachment proceedings, an update on Federal funding, how Congress is eyeing coastal resilience, a new bill in Congress that could slash State's input on the Clean Water Act, discussion on the National Food Insurance Program, and much more!
Peter and Tyler wrap up ASPN's coverage of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association's 20th Annual Meeting in Savannah, Georgia by recapping the meeting with Paul Barger (the outgoing Board Chair), David Kennedy (the incoming Board Chair), and Brad Pickel (AIWA's Executive Director). We discuss this year's meeting, our take-aways, and how the organization is continuing to evolve to best advocate for the AIWW.
Our coverage of the AIWA 20th Annual Meeting continues as Peter sits down with three team members from the Seven Mile Island Living Laboratory, a collaboration between the Wetland Institute, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District, and local and New Jersey state partners. This innovative project is endeavoring to develop better methods for beneficial use of dredge material, a common problem for managers of the AIWW (or the New Jersey Intracoastal Waterway, in this case). Joining Peter are Monica Chasten, project manager in the USACE Philadelphia District Operations Division, Dr. Lenore Tedesco, Executive Director of the Wetlands Institute, and Steve Rochette the Public Affairs Officer for the USACE Philadelphia District.
Coverage of the AIWA 20th Annual Meeting continues from Savannah with Peter and Tyler speaking to Dennis Barbour, a coastal and marine legend in North Carolina. Dennis is a board member of AIWA and so much more. Over his 50 plus years on the Carolina coast, Dennis has served as the Mayor of Carolina Beach, Chairman of the Hanover County Port, Waterway, and Beach Commission, and is currently a board member of the North Carolina Beach, Inlet and Waterways Association. He is also the proud owner of the Island Marina and Island True Value Tackle and Hardware. Let's say Dennis has been there and done that. We discuss his thoughts on being the mayor of a beach town, his thoughts on the state of the AIWW, how to collaborate and make the system work, and what inspires him on the water. Always great to talk to the wise folks on the American shoreline.
Meet Captain William Van Puffelen, CEO, and his wife Lindsay Van Puffelen, COO, owners and operators of a Biblia, Inc., a family-owned marine towing and transportation company headquartered here in Savannah, Georgia. The company has been in the Van Puffelen family for generations and operates extensively on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway and from Maine to Mexico. We learn how a family-owned barge and tug company can survive in the complex regulatory world of modern American shipping and how AIWA has worked to improve the condition of the waterway over the past 20 years. (Capt. Van Puffelen attended the first AIWA meeting two decades ago). We also take a peek into the exciting future of the AIWW with expansions coming to the Port of Savannah, the third busiest container port in America and soon to be home to the $2 billion Elba Island LNG Export Terminal. There's a lot happening down here on the Georgia Coast.
Peter is joined by Melissa Danko (Executive Director of the Marine Trades Association of New Jersey), David Dickerson (Vice President and State Government Relations Director at the National Marine Manufactures Association), and David Kennedy (Director of Government Affairs for the Boat Owners Association of the United States). They discuss the importance of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway for recreational boaters and the value that recreational users bring to the broader economy of the Nation. Hint, its not a small contribution! And, they talk about the wonderful access to nature afforded when traveling the AIWW.
Peter and Tyler are live from the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association Annual Meeting, which is taking place in the beautiful city of Savannah, Georgia. Over the next two days we will bring the insights and conversations from this meeting (the 20th annual) to you. The Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway is one of the oldest transportation features on the American Shoreline, and plays a major role for recreational, commercial, and industrial stakeholders to this day. Stay tuned for all of our coverage, beginning with this show!
Clayton Harris III is the Executive Director for the Illinois International Port District at the Port of Chicago. In this role, Clayton and the Illinois International Port District are committed to developing and maintaining a world-class port that operates as a modern, strategically driven facility and is focused on generating and expanding economic activity and employment for the benefit of the City of Chicago and State of Illinois.
Today hosts Jacques Hebert and Simone Maloz are joined by frequent guests Dr. John Lopez of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation and Dr. Alisha Renfro of the National Wildlife Federation. In this episode, we talk about the science of coastal restoration including 2019's high river, the impacts of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (MRGO), the upcoming State of the Coast conference, and volunteer opportunities to help our coast!
On this episode of the American Shoreline Podcast, Peter and Tyler speak with Dr. Shimrit Perkol-Finkel, an Israeli marine biologist and CEO at ECOncrete Tech LTD, who created a new environmentally-friendly concrete to protect and rejuvenate coastlines and foster growth of marine life. The low-carbon, bio-enhanced concrete is custom-made for urban waterfronts, port redevelopment projects, and offshore energy platforms. Its chemical composition provides a more favorable environment for rich and diverse marine life. Innovation is the key to the future. Meet Shimrit, innovator, scientist, entrepreneur, wife and mother of three. She has over 20 years of experience in ecological engineering, sustainability with an emphasis on eco-design, evaluation and monitoring of man-made habitats and reducing the ecological footprint of coastal and marine infrastructure like breakwaters and seawalls. There's a better way, find it own this episode of the American Shoreline Podcast.
In the first of Changing Waters' series on the plight of southern resident killer whales, National Fisheries Conservation Center's Deputy Director Julia Sanders interviews NOAA researcher Laurie Weitkamp about the food web effects caused by recent heat waves in the Pacific ocean, including the "warm blob." These changing conditions have caused major disturbances all the way up the food web: starting with microscopic plankton and ending with our beloved Orca whales. Learn more about what's happening in our changing waters as temperatures rise and fisheries face abrupt disruptions -- including the Chinook salmon that southern resident killer whales rely on.
Jenna Valente is back at it again with a new episode of the Sea Change Podcast, this time joined by Maggie Ostdahl, Conservation Policy Manager for the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Maryland. Tune in to hear their lively discussion about the Mid-Atlantic, Chesapeake Bay, National Aquarium, and so much more!
On today's show, Jacques and Simone are talking to future leaders in coastal restoration! Today’s first guest is Milan Mardia, senior at Jesuit High School. Milan has presented to the CPRA Board about educating younger generations of coastal advocates and is learning how A.I. (artificial intelligence) could enhance how we approach coastal projects. Check out Milan’s website dedicated to Louisiana’s coastal restoration here: https://www.lacoastalerosion.com/. Next up is Martin Mantz, Coastal Restoration Program Manager at Nunez Community College. He brings on a professor and a few students to talk about their new Coastal Studies and GIS Technology program and other opportunities to build a career in coastal restoration at Nunez. You can learn more on their website: https://www.nunez.edu/academics/coastal-studies-and-gis-technology-450799
As Peter and Tyler prepare to attend the AIWA annual meeting in Savannah, Georgia, they speak with Paul Barger, the organization's board chairman, about his history with the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, the organization he helps lead, and what we can look forward to at this year's annual meeting.
Live from the CSO Fall Membership meeting, Peter and Tyler speak with Patti Snow and Brian Lynn, coastal program managers for Oregon and Washington respectively. We discuss the unique shoreline features of the Pacific Northwest and how both of these coastal management programs are planning for sea level rise and climate change.
On this episode, we sit down with Sandra Fuimaono-Lutu, the Deputy Director of the Resource Management Division for American Samoa's Department of Commerce, and her "left and right hands," Rienette Thompson-Niko. Together, these two women lead coastal management for the 55,000 people who live on the seven islands of American Samoa. We discuss how coastal management is done in American Samoa and how Sandra is working to spread the word that a "healthy coast is a wealthy coast" and how to integrate indigenous culture and community practices into coastal management. Get the unique perspective from the South Pacific Islands on this episode of the American Shoreline Podcast.
Rear Admiral Shepard M. Smith is the Coast Survey director for NOAA. As director, Smith is dedicated to advancing the Coast Survey initiatives of modernizing digital charting, increasing use of autonomous systems for hydrography, and improved integrated navigation services for seaports.
Rear Adm. Smith serves as a presidentially-appointed member of the Mississippi River Commission that oversees navigation and flood control projects on the largest river system in the United States. Smith also serves as the chair of the International Hydrographic Organization’s (IHO) Council that comprises 30 leading IHO member nations and oversees performance management and the business side of the IHO.
Hallmarks of Smith’s career have been his leadership in the modernization of NOAA’s charting systems and transformation of NOAA’s hydrographic technologies. That leadership and experience expands Coast Survey’s data capabilities and supports a data-enabled maritime economy, among other challenges. Smith was commanding officer of NOAA Ship Thomas Jefferson, on which he served three tours during his NOAA career. During his latest tour, Smith became NOAA’s first commanding officer to operationalize autonomous surface vehicles for mapping shallow areas previously inaccessible and uncharted. While chief of Coast Survey’s Marine Chart Division, he changed the nation’s charting tradition, established in the 19th century, by restructuring chart production and distribution. This modernization makes U.S. navigational data more accessible to the public through a wider range of electronic formats.
Smith holds a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Cornell University and earned a master of science degree in ocean engineering from the University of New Hampshire. He received a direct commission to the rank of ensign in the NOAA Corps in 1993.
Peter and Tyler kick off ASPN's coverage of the Coastal States Organization Fall Member and Guest Meeting in South Padre Island. We discuss what this CSO meeting has in store, as well as debrief the field trip to the SpaceX launch facility, the Port of Brownsville, and a tour of the brand new Isla Blanca Park.
On this episode of the WaterLog Podcast, Howard Marlowe and Dan Ginolfi debrief the ASBPA National Conference in Myrtle Beach (don't miss ASPN's full coverage of the conference!), as well as discuss the Energy and Water Probations Bill, the Office of Management and Budget, and the insurance's role in creating coastal resilience.
On this show, we take a trip to the island of Kauai to talk with Jessica Else, the environmental reporter for The Garden Island Newspaper (established 1901), and learn about the trending news stories in paradise. In particular, we discuss the Waipa Stream Restoration Project. This community project is restoring the Waipa Stream to a management condition similar to how ancient Hawaiians managed streams to provide sustainable drinking water, irrigation, and fishery habitat. We also talk about how the County of Kauai is preparing for sea level rise and "over-tourism".
On this episode of the Changing Waters Podcast, host Thane Tienson welcomes to the show Tony Johnson, Chairman of the Chinook Tribal Council in Washington state. They explore the history of the Chinook Indian Nation, its people, and the tribe's network of coastal communities that historically lined the Pacific Northwest coastline. The Chinook people and their communities were linked by canoe routes and the tribe developed a rich culture of canoe-making, seafaring, and coastal travel, a culture Tony is working to sustain and extend to the next generation. Tony explains the importance of of the PNW rivers and coastal habitats to his ancestors and why the tribe's rich traditions are more important now than ever before. Tony shares how he became a founding member of his "canoe family" and his role as chair of the tribal council. It's a can't miss show!
Simone Maloz is joined by Kristin Tracz, Program Officer with the Walton Family Foundation, as a guest co-hosts! Together, they welcome Dr. Robert Habans, Economist with The Data Center, and Dr. Loren C. Scott, President of Dr. Loren C. Scott and Associates, to discuss new economic reports with relevance on Louisiana's coast. Three new reports that show that coastal restoration is not just helping protect communities, industries and wildlife but also generating jobs and opportunity in the process. When it comes to coastal restoration, it's about environmental stewardship (sure) but it's also about money -- the cash positive benefits to the economy. Learn how.
For nearly fifteen years, Dr. Nardia Haigh has been working at the intersection of climate change and strategy. She has taught hundreds of executives and business students how to strategize for climate change resilience using scenario planning. Haigh's straight-forward, step-by-step method is now available in her book, Scenario Planning for Climate Change. Nardia earned her Ph.D. in Business Management at the University of Queensland Business School in Brisbane, Australia. As a doctoral student, she investigated organizational strategies in response to climate change issues. She is a tenured Associate Professor of Management at the University of Massachusetts Boston.
For our final show of ASBPA 2019, we sit down with Rudi Rudolph, the Shore Protection Manager for Carteret County, North Carolina. Carteret County has distinguished itself as being one of the best managed beaches on the American shoreline. We discuss how the county developed its system of management and funding.
On this show, we are joined by Eve Eisemann (US Army Engineer Research and Development Center), and Taylor Zimmerman and Dana Rose Brown (both of the Stevens Institute). We learn about what these students and young pros learned at this years conference, what they are working on/studying, and what we can expect from them in the future. The future of the American Shoreline is bright with these bright and motivated young people entering the space.
On this show, we chat with several of the outstanding vendors and exhibitors here at ASBPA 2019. Here's a list and timestamp if you want to skip around: Bill Precht, Director, Marine & Coastal Programs at Dial Cordy & Associates (0:0:27); Ted Harris, VP Sales & Marketing at Arete Structures (0:17:01); Frank Hopf, Ed Hintlain, and Ron Farrar of Dune Science Group (0:26:20); Greg Bell, Sales & Marketing Director at Guardian Retention Systems (0:42:11); Scott Jenkins, Sales Manager at AccessRec (0:55:51); and, Steve Mercer, Joe Gaughan, and Annie Mercer of Coastal Transplants (1:05:38).
Dr. Jonathan Simm, based in the UK, has responsibility for developing technical capabilities across all aspects of resilience in the water environment (including for engineering structures and assets but also socio-economic and environmental aspects of resilience and embracing areas previously encapsulated within thinking on performance, risk, sustainability etc.). He joined HR Wallingford in 1992 after an early career working with consulting engineers in feasibility studies, design and construction supervision of coastal and maritime works and became a Technical Director in 2001 and Chief Technical Director for resilience in 2017.
Richard Lewis, based Houston, Texas, is the Business Manager for the Americas.
For more than four decades, Spencer Rogers has helped property owners, builders, designers, and governmental agencies to develop hurricane-resistant construction methods, understand shoreline erosion alternatives and implement marine construction techniques. Rogers also is recognized from the Carolina coast to Australia as an expert on rip current science and outreach. He a founding member and Sea Grant network representative on a task force on rip current safety that includes partners from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Lifesaving Association.
Frannie Bui is a resiliency expert with more than a decade of experience. Her work includes coastal flood hazard studies, hazard mitigation planning and practices, and water resources planning efforts. “I’m passionate about working with communities and agencies that are taking strides towards becoming more resilient,” she says. Frannie works regularly with agencies like the US Army Corps of Engineers to address vulnerabilities and put boots on the ground to help New Jersey recover from Superstorm Sandy, working from the FEMA field office and developing technical guidance to help target critical federal assistance in the days following the storm.
On this episode, Peter and Tyler touch down in Myrtle Beach to kick off coverage of the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association National Conference. Arriving a day early, our duo explore Ocean Blvd., the local charm, the local beach access profile, and generally enjoy the vibe and charm of Myrtle. They discuss all of that, and their anticipation of the conference on this special episode.
On this episode, Peter and Tyler welcome Jenny McGee to the show to learn about her work on the Wheeler North Reef, an artificial reef project intended to mitigate environmental impacts from the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. Jenny is the Southern California Edison project manager for the project, and explains the regulatory purpose of the reef, its design, funding sources, construction, and monitoring. It's a massive project that will hopefully provide substrate suitable for kelp to attach and grow, providing essential habitat for the regions marine life.
Lesley Ewing is back with the Shorewords Podcast, ASPN's books and literature pod, and she sits down with James Nestor, author of DEEP: Freediving, Renegade Science, and What the Ocean Tells Us about Ourselves. DEEP was an Amazon Best Science Book of 2014, BBC Book of the Week, BuzzFeed 19 Best Nonfiction Book of 2014, ArtForum Top 10 Book of 2014, New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice. In 2015, the PEN American Center recognized DEEPas one of the five best books of Literary Sports Writing. The book follows clans of extreme athletes, adventurers, and scientists as they plumb the limits of the ocean's depths and uncover weird and wondrous new discoveries that, in many cases, redefine our understanding of the ocean and ourselves. It has been translated into German, Chinese, Italian, Polish; editions in French and Portuguese will be released in 2018. Nestor is also a journalist who has written for Outside Magazine, Men's Journal, National Public Radio, The New York Times, The Atlantic, Scientific American, Surfer's Journal, Dwell Magazine, The San Francisco Chronicle, and more. Catch this incredible discussion with one of the most insightful and original writers in the realm. It's a blast.
Jenna Valente is back with the Sea Change Podcast and a great guest, Sherry Gilmore, Owner of the Acadia Institute of Oceanography, a marine summer camp that introduces young people to the exciting world of marine science through a unique hands-on curriculum that combines biological, physical and chemical oceanography with field, classroom, offshore, and laboratory work. Creating the next generation of marine environmental professionals is critical work and a lot of fun too. Catch Jenna and Sherry and head back to summer camp . . . but beware, it was never this cool.
Welcome to Delta Dispatches, with your host Jacques Hebert. Today’s guests are Jessica Mallindine, Marine biologist at the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), along with John Filostrat, Regional Supervisor for the Office of Public Affairs. In the second half of the show, Jacques is joined by Jonathan Foret, Executive Director of South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center to discuss the upcoming Rougarou Fest, October 26-27 in Houma, Louisiana.
With just over a week before the kickoff of the 2019 ASBPA National Conference, we sit down with Derek Brockbank to get the skinny on we can expect from this year's event in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. ASPN is thrilled to be the official podcasting partner of the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association, and will be coving the proceedings live and bringing the conference to our listeners.
On this episode of the Local Control podcast, Peter welcomes his good friend Reuben Travino to the show give an update on the flurry of beach work happening in Galveston, Texas. Reuben is the master of all things sand in Galveston, serving as the Director of Operations or the Park Board of Trustees, the entity charged with maintaining the Island's beaches. Reuben walks us through the Sand Management Plan and how the Galveston, with strong partnerships with the General Land Office and the US Army Corps of Engineers, has managed to rebuild its beaches and keep them that way.
In this episode of The Capitol Beach, Derek Brockbank interviews Mark Osler with NOAA. As Senior Advisor for Coastal Inundation and Resilience, Mark works across all of NOAA (its four “Services”, two “Departments” and all sub-units) to coordinate and advance coastal resilience throughout the agency. He has a critical behind-the-scenes role with a great perspective on nearly all of NOAA’s coastal work. This 30 minute interview provides an incredibly encompassing look at how NOAA is addressing coastal resilience and serving coastal communities. Thoughtful and thorough, Mark is someone coastal scientists and advocates should get to know. Plus, when asked how NOAA is integrating climate change adaptation into its work, Mark dives deep and takes us all the way back to Thomas Jefferson!
On this episode, Jacques talks with one of the most celebrated coastal scientists in the country, Dr. Don Boesch, Professor and President Emeritus at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. They talk about his distinguished career including his time as the first director of LUMCON, and his experience on the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling in 2010. Jacques is also joined by Victoria Sagrera, Restore or Retreat Special Projects Coordinator to talk about Restore or Retreat’s busy summer.
On this episode, Peter and Tyler conger up their childhood dreams of diving deep into the sea in a submersible. We have the ultimate guide: Shanee Stopnitzky, a real life submarine designer, builder, and pilot and founder of the Community Submersibles Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring a sense of exploration in our oceans.
Sure, its about technology and what it takes to own and operate not one but three subs. Yes, they've developed a sub pilot training school and the expertise to maintain the many systems it takes to dive. But, there's so much more here too understand and it begins with the "wonder" and the "awe" of the sea and the curiosity that drives us to live full lives as cognitive beings. As the visionary founder of the Community Submersibles Project, Shanee's goal is to foster a "Society of Wonderers." And, she's doing it!
One of the best shows ever on ASPN. Take a dive with Shanee and the Community Submersibles Project. You'll love it.
Host Dan Martin welcomes Doug Marcy, Coastal Hazards Specialist at NOAA's Office for Coastal Management. Dan and Doug discuss the amazing work that NOAA and other federal agencies do to gather data and develop tools to make the data usable for the private sector and NGOs. Its a great show!
On today’s episode of Delta Dispatches, Jacques and Simone talk with Lauren Averill, Jefferson Parish Coastal Zone Director, and ASPBA Central Gulf Coast Board member. Lauren discusses the history and importance of coastal management in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana’s most populous coastal parish, and highlights a number of restoration projects underway in the parish.
On this special episode, Peter and Tyler welcome Brad Pickel to the show to introduce the audience to the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association (AIWA), the national, non-profit organization started in 1999 with the mission of securing funding and support for the maintenance of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AIWW). The AIWW extends more than 1,100 miles from Norfolk, Virginia to Key West, Florida. Some lengths consist of natural inlets, salt-water rivers, bays, and sounds; others are man-made canals. Congress authorized the creation of the AIWW in 1919 and the entire waterway was completed in 1940. The US Army Corps of Engineers is responsible for maintaining the waterway. Each year, AIWA holds an annual meeting for stakeholders, policy makers, industry, and government managers. This year, the 20th annual meeting, ASPN will be covering the event with live coverage! So, come and join us at the meeting, November 21-22, the in Savannah, GA.
A floating macroalgae called Sargassum is exploding and forming huge mats of weed across the Caribbean Sea. It washes ashore on pristine beaches prized by tourists, wreaking havoc on the environment and the economy. Scientists believe the explosion is driven in large part by a massive nutrient influx from the Amazon River, higher water temperatures, and increased availability of dissolved CO2 in the water column. Poor land management practices in the Amazon Basin -- land clearing, agriculture, fires, and mining -- are increasing nutrient runoff and driving this natural algae to new levels of growth. The natural system is clearly out of balance and the Caribbean nations are paying a high price. Meet Mariah McBride, the "Sargassum Lady," who is working with Caribbean resort operators, cities and communities to develop ways to contend with this new and disturbing phenomenon. The trick: figure out how to slow the Sargassum growth, keep it off the beaches, and clear and dispose of the tons of it when it coats the beach. Not an easy task. Hear from one of the pros in the trade. Only on ASPN.
On this week’s episode of Delta Dispatches, we’re celebrating #NationalEstuariesWeek! Our friend Kristi Trail, executive director of Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, drops by to talk about one of our favorite estuaries, the Lake Pontchartrain Basin! Learn more about this vital ecosystem and work LPBF is doing to protect it 30 years after the organization's founding. Later in the show, Simone and Jacques are joined by Angela Chalk, executive director of Healthy Community Services to talk about the importance of water management in cities like New Orleans and what YOU can do in your own background or block to help!
In 2018, Florida suffered through the worst harmful algal bloom in recent decades. Millions of fish died, washed ashore, and the "stink, stank, stunk" up the beaches and ran off the tourists. Red Tide and Blue-Green were awash on both the Gulf and Atlantic shorelines with toxic aerosols filling the air and fouling the water in many communities. Dolphins, manatees and even a few whale sharks succumbed to the dastardly blooms. And, coastal businesses dependent on tourism -- like hotels, fishing guides, restaurants and bars -- fared poorly too. Millions of dollars in business profits and local taxes evaporated into the stink-filled air. Dr. James Sullivan -- nicknamed "Dr. Doom of the Algal Bloom" by his wife -- is a leading algal researcher and Executive Director of Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute. He is also the boss of the newly formed Florida Center for Coastal & Human Health at FAU and was recently appointed to the Governor's Blue-Green Algae Task Force. Florida is looking to science to tackle the menace of harmful algal blooms, a good move, and you can hear first hand from one of the experts. many believe the blooms will continue and may get worse and, if so, tough choices are ahead for Florida and other coastal states. He walks us through the science, the risks, and how to understand our changing coastal waters. Great show. Only on the American Shoreline Podcast Network.
Patrice McCarron, Executive Director of the Maine Lobstermen's Association, joins Peter and Tyler for Part 2 of our series on the conservation effort to save the North Atlantic Right Whale. Patrice shares her organization's perspective on the process, the science, and the ongoing negotiation between the Lobstermen, NOAA and state regulators, and advocates. Most significantly, Patrice takes insider the lobstermen community to talk about the challenges they face and the anxiety that seems to marinate their world view. Conversations that matter on ASPN. Listen in.
Tony McNeal has served the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for 34 years and will be retiring in 2020 as the Administrator of the Coastal Construction Control Line Program that regulates construction along Florida's 825 miles of coastline. It is a huge job, high stakes, and occasionally -- maybe more than occasionally -- contentious. Tony was the CCL Program lead for 20 years during his tenure at FDEP, a remarkable accomplishment. Mike Barnett, former Chief of the FDEP Bureau of Beaches and Coastal Systems, nominated Tony for this prestigious award, and joins Tony on the American Shoreline Podcast. It's a long back from two of Florida's best known and respected state agency professionals. We talk about Tony's career in public service, the tough decisions coastal regulators face, and what it takes to handle this challenging job so successfully and for so long. Congratulations Tony from Coastal News Today and the American Shoreline Podcast Network and thank you for all the years of leadership, hard work, and judgement to protect the beaches and dunes of Florida.
On the American shoreline, there are an army or professional consultants that design, evaluate, assess, permit. and build coastal projects -- everything from hotels, to houses, to parks and beaches. Peter Ravella, co-host of the American Shoreline Podcast (his co-host, Tyler Buckingham, is at a Ukrainian wedding and will be back next week) sits down with two women to discuss what it takes to make it in the highly competitive world of coastal consulting. Lois Edwards and Kim Colstad, two pros who dedicate their time to coastal resource protection and project permitting, left the comfy confines of a big firm to strike out on their own, forming Ardea Environmental Consulting in Ft. Pierce, Florida. Now co-owners of their own company, find out how these two fierce and dedicated women have found the balance, the work, and happiness as coastal consulting professionals. It's a great story. And, as a bonus, they talk about how to make the business work, how to keep clients happy, and the value of relationships and trust in serving their clients while protecting the environment. One of the best conversations from the FSBPA conference. Enjoy it. Only on the American Shoreline Podcast Network!
FSBPA President, Pepper Uchino, joins Peter Ravella on the American Shoreline Podcast. Pepper is two-weeks on the job and promises to bring new and dynamic leadership to this venerable organization of coastal professionals and stakeholders. We talk about what brought Pepper to FSBPA, what draws us all to the coastline, and the challenges ahead in Florida, including rising seas, more powerful storms, and tight state budgets. Florida has been considered a leader in coastal management and FSBPA has been a integral part of that story since its founding in 1957. Look down the road with Pepper Uchino and the American Shoreline Podcast. Only on ASPN - Insight & Intelligence for Thriving Shorelines.
From the FSBPA Conference: Managing eroding beaches is an expensive proposition. Lots of money, technical challenges, and then there are the permits and the community support to secure. Doug Smith has been at it almost 20 years as a veteran Martin County Commissioner. Doug joins Peter Ravella on the American Shoreline Podcast to talk about how to maintain beaches, protect property, and not go broke doing it. For coastal towns all along the American shoreline, the challenge can seem daunting, especially for communities new to the process. And, with sea level rise, many more local governments will be pressured to institute beach nourishment programs to maintain their recreational beaches and protect public and private infrastructure. Doug Smith has learned the ropes and shares some of his "secrets to success." It's an uplifting discussion of what can be done with solid management and strong partners. Good show. Don't miss it.
R. Harvey Sasso has been a practicing coastal engineer for more than three decades and now leads one of the many superb firms that serve along the American Shoreline. As they say, he's been there and done that. In this episode from the Florida Shore and Beach Preservation Association meeting, Harvey joins Peter Ravella on the American Shoreline Podcast to talk about what's changed over that time and what hasn't. While the tools of the trade are better -- sophisticated modeling and lots more data -- the profession remains in its essence an art and a discipline infused with the unpredictability to our ever-changing shorelines. Most importantly, the profession faces the true challenge of rising seas and greater risks to their public- and private-sector clients. Is the profession ready? Does resiliency hold the key to the future? Can we afford to do what is likely to be required to protect our coastal communities? Dip your toe -- or a foot -- into the world of the coastal engineers with a great guide, Harvey Sasso, one of the premier coastal engineers in Florida. It's an interesting and surprisingly provacative discussion.
Bill Worsham, head of the Coastal Division at LJA Engineering, and long-time lead coastal engineer for Jefferson County, Texas joins Peter Ravella on the Local Control Podcast. The topic: mastering the state and federal partnerships necessary to successfully complete big coastal projects. It is often said, "No person succeeds alone," and that is certainly true when it comes to complex coastal projects like beach and shoreline restoration. In fact, in almost every state along the American shoreline, local communities play an instrumental role and must have strong partnerships at the community, state and federal levels to effectively tackle tough coastal problems. On this episode, Peter sits down with one of the veterans of the trade to talk about the secrets of partnerships from the local government perspective. We might not like it, but the public process matters in the complicated world of coastal engineering. Get the inside scoop on ASPN!
It's National Estuary Week on the America shoreline so Peter and Tyler take you to the Florida panhandle's beautiful Emerald Coast with its stunning beaches and incredible estuaries. ASP welcomes Jim Trifilio, Director of the Pensacola & Perdido Bays Estuary Program; Melinda Gates, Estuary Coalition Manager and Coastal Resource Liaison for Walton County; and, Jim Muller, Bay County RESTORE Act Coordinator. These three adjoining counties are blessed with some of the most unique beaches and bays in America -- crystal clear spring-fed rivers, brilliant white, quartz-sand beaches, and stunning pines and dune swale ponds. But, significant development pressures loom and finding the balance between economic growth and protecting this unique coastal area is the work of these three estuary management officials. Kick off National Estuary week with ASPN and hear from three pros in the trenches. Great way to start the week!
Thane co-hosts the Changing Waters Podcast on ASPN with Brad Warren, both from the Pacific Northwest. Like many parts of the American shoreline, there is a lot to talk about there and the Changing Water hosts are tracking it down. Thane joins Peter and Tyler to talk about an upcoming show with the leader of the Chinook Tribe on the reemergence of indigenous "canoe culture" and efforts to preserve the heritage of PNW coastal tribes. PNW tribes were a seafaring people and sustained a network of ocean trading from California to Alaska. Several PNW tribes are working to resurrect traditional ocean-going and canoe-making skills and the heritage that goes with it. And there's much more from the PNW. Grab a cold one and listen in on the great programs coming up on ASPN. SERIOUSLY, GREAT STUFF COMING UP!
On The Capitol Beach, Derek Brockbank interviews the three co-executive directors of the US Coastal Research Program (USCRP): Julie Rosati with US Army Corps of Engineers, Hilary Stockdon with US Geological Survey, and Nicole Elko with American Shore & Beach Preservation Association. The USCRP is a multi-agency, academic and stakeholder partnership created to leverage and expand collaboration across coastal research sectors and ensure future research plans address stakeholder needs. On the podcast, you’ll hear why 11 federal agencies (from NOAA to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission) are participating, how collaboration on a multi-faceted coastal experiment is utilizing Hurricane Dorian to improve coastal storm modeling and much more, and how academics have received $6.3 million in federal grants through the USCRP and what might be funded next... This podcast may not dive into the weeds on policy, but it explains how the federal government is driving coastal science that will lead to better coastal policy and management.
On this week's episode of Delta Dispatches, we're talking fish! Today’s first guest is Chris Macaluso, Director of the Center for Marine Fisheries for the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. He reflects on the state of Louisiana's fisheries after a historic year of Mississippi River flooding. Simone and Jacques also talk with another prolific fisherman, Todd Masson, host of the Marsh Man Masson YouTube channel. In the last segment, Greg Lambousy, Director of the New Orleans Jazz Museum, joins the show to discuss this weekend's Downriver Festival in New Orleans.
On this episode, Peter and Tyler speak with Dr. Michael Asaro, Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Group Lead at NOAA Fisheries. The subject of discussion is NOAA's effort to safe the North Atlantic Right Whale, of which only some 400 individuals are living. They discuss the current state of the whale, what NOAA is doing to save the species, and the current political situation with the Maine Lobstermen's Association, who just announced last week that they were leaving the recovery implementation team. This is the Part One or a two-part series on the politics of the Right Whale. Part 2 will feature Patrice McCarron, Executive Director of the Maine Lobstermen's Association (MLA). Regulatory pressure to protect the whales seems to falling on the lobstermen and they are not pleased. Cit's a classic resource management conflict on the American shoreline. Get inside this multi-million dollar discussion. Only on ASPN.
Jenna celebrates her 20th episode of the Sea Change Podcast by sitting down for a lively conversation with her dear friend and colleague, Sarah Winter Whelan. Sarah is the Ocean Policy Program Director and Healthy Oceans Coalition Director for the American Littoral Society and brings a wealth of ocean policy experience and expertise to this conversation. Join these two as they navigate the ins and outs of higher education, conservation careers, parenthood, and so much more.
On this week’s episode of Delta Dispatches, we talk with Steve Caparotta, meteorologist for WAFB in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Jacques and Simone are excited to talk to another of Louisiana’s most respected meteorologists. Steve talks about how Louisiana floods, the increase in extreme weather, and how the map of our state has changed. In the final act of the show, we’re joined by David Muth, director of gulf restoration for the National Wildlife Federation. David talks about the Davis Pond Freshwater Diversion and how, despite not being designed or operated to build land, the input of sediment over time has resulted in land gain and increased wildlife habitat.
On this very special 2nd Annual Endless Summer Labor Day Special show, Peter and Tyler celebrate 1 year of the American Shoreline Podcast Network with Arica Sears, Destination Management Coordinator with the Oregon Coast Visitors Association. That's right, for this year's Labor Day special, we're talking about coastal tourism and how visitors associations like Arica's work to find the right balance between tourism and the economic benefits that come with it, with over-tourism and local backlash.
There's no better way to go into the Labor Day Weekend than with a Friday Happy Hour. On this special edition, Peter and Tyler are joined for drinks by Arica Sears, Destination Management Coordinator at Oregon Coast Visitors Association. Arica is in Austin for a wedding, which proved to be our gain at the American Shoreline Podcast Network. We learn a little about her work with the Oregon Coast Visitors Association (more to come on Monday's show) and share reflections on ASPN's final show of our first year. Happy Labor Day Weekend, everybody. Cheers!
On this episode, Peter and Tyler talk with Joe Falcone, Founder and CEO of Phondini Partners, a firm that specializes in mobile application design, development and consulting for coastal communities. Joe and his team have developed a number of interesting mobile apps. The FishLine App connects consumers directly with fisherman at the wharf where seafood can be hand selected out of the hold, and the public can meet and interact with the men and women who harvest our food. The iCoastSide App, a collaboration between Phondini and the Half Moon Bay Coastside Visitor Center, helps inform residents and tourists alike as to the goings on of the San Mateo Coastside region. And, Phondini has developed apps specific to special events, like the famous Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival, which draws over 100,000 visitors into a region with poor cell phone coverage and very limited parking. The app helps communicate with the public and helps visitors maximize their time at the fest. We talk about all of it, on this episode of the American Shoreline Podcast.
$2.54 billion for coastal restoration. If that doesn’t get your attention, nothing will! On this episode of The Capitol Beach, Derek Brockbank interviews Tom Kelsch, Senior VP for the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund (GEBF), at National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF). NFWF has a long history of funding Gulf Coast restoration, and following the BP Oil Spill, a settlement agreement gave NFWF $2.54 billion to work with the five Gulf states (FL, AL, MS, LA, TX) for coastal habitat and wildlife restoration. Six years into the program about half that funding has been obligated. Hear about some of the biggest successes to date, as well as what the future holds, and learn why a private non-profit foundation has as much or more influence in Gulf Coast restoration as many government agencies.
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 Dr. 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.