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This week Jacques talks to the owners of two eco-tourism companies. First, he speaks with Barbara Johnson, founder of the Great Delta Tours. Barbara has been a respected practitioner, civic leader and consultant in New Orleans for more than 30 years. Tours by the Great Delta Tours cover coastal restoration and bird and wildlife viewing. Next on the show is Marie Gould, founder of Lost Lands Tours. Mary has spent more than 25 years boating and kayaking in the wetlands surrounding New Orleans. Lost Lands Tours focus on educating people on the importance and impact of the Louisiana wetlands, and the devastation that's been caused by human alterations to the Louisiana coast.
On this episode, Peter and Tyler catch up with Dr. David Bidwell, University of Rhode Island / Department of Marine Affairs to talk about the coming wind power boom along the Northeast shoreline of the U.S. David's been studying the emerging industry for years and has the pulse on the issue. Recent federal actions -- a NEPA review slowdown and new FERC rules that punish renewable power producers -- may not slow the inevitable outcome. Along the NE coast where dense urban communities line the shoreline, wind power is cheaper and more efficient than the old coal power plants. Europe is light years ahead of the U.S. when it comes to wind, dominating both the race to market and the technology to install and run the systems. Seems the U.S. is happy to bring up the rear these days but that is beginning to change.
During Jenna's first Sea Change Podcast episode of the year, she sits down with a dear friend, fellow Mainer, and avid outdoorswoman, Morgan Taylor. We invite you to kick back, relax, and join these two as they trade conservation stories from their times working on a remote wildlife refuge, being the only female at hunting camp, exploring the Northeast wilderness, and so much more.
On this epidode of the Capitol Beach podcast, Derek Brockbank sits down with Jeff Peterson, author of the book A New Coast: Strategies for Responding to Devastating Storms and Rising Seas. Drawing on four decades of experience at the Environmental Protection Agency and the United States Senate, Peterson presents the science behind predictions for coastal impacts. He explains how current policies fall short of what is needed to effectively prepare for these changes and how the Trump Administration has significantly weakened these efforts. While describing how and why the current policies exist, he builds a strong case for a bold, new approach, tackling difficult topics including: how to revise flood insurance and disaster assistance programs; when to step back from the coast rather than build protection structures; how to steer new development away from at-risk areas; and how to finance the transition to a new coast
Jacques and Simone start the show talking about the hottest debate in coastal Louisiana: is dipping crawfish a crime against humanity or merely deeply unsettling. Once that’s settled, they talk to Stacy Ortego with the Louisiana Wildlife Federation to talk about the progress made on one of our favorite restoration projects: the River Reintroduction into Maurepas Swamp. Finally, they dig deep with Brian Ostahowski, Theodore Marks, and Peyton Finch about about archaeological efforts across Louisiana's coast.
On this episode, Peter Ravella and Tyler Buckingham are joined by Kimberly Miller, the Chair of the American Planning Association's Harvey Recovery Task Force and Senior Planner at Halff Assocates. Kimberly is organizing a symposium on coastal planning titled "Navigating a Wetter World: A Resilient Rebirth of the Texas Coast" which will take place at the Saltwater Pavillion in Rockport, Texas on February 21st. We talk about the program and how planners from the around the American shoreline are learning from each other to improve resilience.
Join two Oregonians, Big Tourism show host Arica Sears and her guest Andrew Grossmann, Destination Development Manager at Travel Oregon, as they open up a conversation about destination management through the lens of tourism. Does the tourism industry have an official definition for ‘Destination Management’? What unique partnerships can be formed to address tourism challenges? How can out-of-the-box thinking lead to unheard of ideas? This conversation starts on the Oregon Coast and quickly jumps to the Faroe Islands, Vancouver Island, and Chile.
On this special episode of the Shorewords! podcast, host Lesley Ewing is joined by the guest editors of the latest issue of Shore & Beach Magazine, Tiffany Roberts Briggs and Lindino Benedet. The issue is dedicated to 2017 and 2018 hurricane season and the the scholarly work and scientific research that came about in their wake. Tiffany Roberts Briggs is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geosciences at Florida Atlantic University. And, Lindino Benedet is the Principal at Coastal Protection Engineering.
On this special episode of the American Shoreline Podcast recorded live from the Social Coast Forum 2020 in Charleston, South Carolina, Peter Ravella and Tyler Buckingham are joined by a panel of authors of America's Third Coast a series that offers important insights on Gulf Coast history, life, and culture. In particular, the Series is designed to highlight the economic activities and the environmental stewardship of the residents of this culturally diverse geographic region. Books explore major relevant topics in a format accessible to policy makers, residents desperate for information about their rapidly deteriorating environment, and an increasingly alarmed and, in many instances, outraged general public.
Joining the show are Criag Gill, the Director of the University Press of Mississippi, the publisher of the Series; Jessica Schexnayder, author of “Fragile Grounds: Louisiana’s Endangered Cemeteries” on how sea level rise and flooding affect Louisiana’s cemeteries; Matthew Bethel, who is working on a book about the native communities along the Louisiana Coast; and Don Davis and Carl Brasseaux, who together are working on a history of the Gulf shrimping industry.
America's Third Coast books are available for purchase wherever fine books are sold.
Live from the Social Coast Forum 2020 in Charleston, South Carolina, Peter Ravella, Tyler Buckingham, and Bill O'Beirne sit down with Dr. Christine B. Feurt, the Coastal Training Director for the Wells National Estuary Research Reserve and the Director of the Center for Sustainable Communities at the University of New England. Her work in the Gulf of Maine watershed focuses on community based ecosystem management. Chris facilitates the creation of collaborative knowledge networks consisting of local, state, and federal government officials, community based conservation groups, non-profit environmental groups, and university students. These networks facilitate the dissemination of scientific information, the sharing of expertise, and the identification and prioritization of management actions directed at protecting water resources.
Live from the Social Coast Forum 2020 in Charleston, South Carolina Peter Ravella, Tyler Buckingham, and Bill O'Beirne talk to Margaret Allen, the Fellowship Coordinator NOAA Office for Coastal Management. The Coastal Management Fellowship was established in 1996 to provide on-the-job education and training opportunities in coastal resource management and policy for postgraduate students and to provide project assistance to state coastal zone management programs. The program matches postgraduate students with state coastal zone programs to work on projects proposed by the state and selected by the fellowship sponsor, NOAA Office for Coastal Management. These two-year opportunities offer a competitive salary ($42K/year), medical benefits, and travel and relocation expense reimbursement.
Live from the Social Coast Forum 2020, Peter Ravella, Tyler Buckingham, and Bill O'Beirne sit down with Ginger Hinchcliff, the chief of the Learning Services Division for NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management and one of the principal organizers of the Social Coast Forum. We talk about the importance of social science in coastal management, the history of the Social Coast Forum, and what the future has in store. It's a great show!
Live from the Social Coast Forum 2020, Peter, Tyler, and Bill sit down with Skip Stiles, Executive Director of Wetlands Watch, a statewide nonprofit environmental group based in Norfolk, VA. Sea levels in Norfolk are rising faster than any other place on the American shoreline. Well beyond Clapper Rails and Spartina, Wetlands Watch is engaged in the difficult issue of managed retreat at the neighborhood level, working cooperatively with land owners to save property values but relocate structures that are soon to be inundated. Turns out protecting wetlands as sea levels rise means creating space for these natural systems to migrate landward. It's a big land management issue requiring specialized skills in property transactions, finance, law and building deep roots of trust in the community. Skip and his team are at the forefront of developing this new tool kit. Check it out. ASPN: Insight and Intelligence for Thriving Shorelines.
Live from the Social Coast Forum 2020, Peter Ravella, Tyler Buckingham, and Bill O'Beirne sit down with Jeanne Herb, the Executive Director of the Environmental Analysis & Communications Group, at the Rutgers University Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. Coastal management is people management and, as Jeanne explains, it is critical to incorporate strong community engagement and collaboration themes into the process of climate change response if we are to succeed.
Jeanne leads applied research projects related to environmental sustainability and policy, health equity, and climate change. She works closely with state and local decision-makers, communities, and non-governmental organizations to implement evidence-based best practices. Jeanne co-facilitates several academically hosted multidisciplinary initiatives that are designed to integrate science and evidence-informed best practices into planning, policy and decision-making: the award-winning New Jersey Climate Change Alliance, the Sustainable Raritan River Initiative, the Planning Healthy Communities Initiative, and the Coastal Risk and Resilience Initiative.
Jeanne is in the first national cohort of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Leaders Program and is in the second year of the Rutgers Leadership Academy. Prior to joining Rutgers, she spent more than two decades advancing environmental policy at the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection where, most recently, she served as the Assistant Commissioner for Policy, Planning and Science through which she oversaw programs related to climate change, coastal management, environmental health, environmental justice and sustainable development. Earlier in her career, Jeanne was the Manager of Public Policy at the Boston-based “think do” tank, Tellus Institute, where she focused on state and federal level environmental policy innovations. Jeanne is the proud graduate of Rutgers University Cook College, received a master’s degree in Science and Environmental journalism from the New York University, and is a New Jersey native and mother of two brilliant young women.
Both coastal adaptation professionals and their stakeholders are increasingly asked to deal with uncertainty, surprise and difficult transformative change as they face growing threats from climate change, including sea-level rise and extreme events. They also face a growing psychological crisis. The list of traumatizing disasters grows longer every year: Katrina, Irene, Sandy, Matthew, Maria, Harvey, Florence, Dorian and so on. And even in the absence of a traumatic natural disaster, “just” the inexorable change can result in fear, anxiety, outrage and grief among other responses when facing these growing realities.
As coastal professionals seeking to support our communities in preparing for and dealing with the impacts and necessary adaptations, we ourselves face two profound challenges: (1) coping with what we know (i.e., what science tells us is coming over the short- and long-term and the intimate knowledge of what this means for our communities); and (2) coping with stresses associated with working with the communities most vulnerable to this change.
The Adaptive Mind project was launched in 2017 to help coastal professionals build their psychosocial coping capacities and skills in dealing with this dual challenge. Our paper presents empirical results from a survey of the National Estuarine Research Reserve System, Sea Grant Extension, Urban Sustainability Directors Network and the American Society of Adaptation Professionals on their perceptions of these realities, experiences in their work including burnout, and their needs to cope more effectively with the range of psychosocial challenges associated with the demands of their work at this time. Results to-date characterize the challenge and call for in-depth trainings, peer support and institutional shifts in organizational culture to better support the very individuals whose job it is to support all that is involved in protecting our coasts and communities.
Nicole LeBoeuf is the Assistant Administrator of NOAA's National Ocean Service (NOS), the nation’s premier ocean and coastal science agency. Its mission is to provide science-based solutions through collaborative partnerships to address evolving economic, environmental and social pressures on our marine environment. NOS is a powerhouse agency and Nicole is the leader helping shape the nation's response to climate change. Compelling show, fantastic guest.
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Live from the Social Coast Forum 2020, Peter and Tyler sit down with Rebecca Roth, Executive Director of the National Estuarine Research Reserve Association (NERRA), a national nonprofit established in 1987 to advance the work of the Reserve System. NERRA is the host organization for the Social Coast Forum, the most innovative coastal conference we've attended. And, we take a look at the Research Reserves and the communities and organizations that support them. "Coastal management is people management" and it can be a bit messy sometimes. But, NERRA and its allies work together to enhance our estuaries, strengthen the community networks that rely on estuarine health, and to address the myriad challenges to our estuaries, coasts, and communities. Good work, good show. Check it out.
Live from the Social Coast Forum, Peter and Tyler sit down with the keynote speaker from the opening plenary, Surili Sutaria Patel, Director of the Center for Climate, Health & Equity at the American Public Health Association. From her unique vantage point, Patel documents how climate change is impacting community health today and that the coming changes will likely affect us all, regardless of race, income, age, or geography. Some communities are more prepared; others will face the challenge of climate change less empowered and less equipped. How do we get ready? How do we level the playing field so communities have the chance to adjust, become climate resilient, and remain healthy? Jump into this eye-opening discussion with the leading expert on the topic in America. There is a lot to think about. Another great show from ASPN!
Peter Ravella, Tyler Buckingham, and Bill O'Beirne kick off ASPN's coverage of the Social Coast Forum 2020. Get a feel for what's in the cue, learn what this unique conference is all about, and stretch your mental mussels with an entirely new topic. We have lots of great content coming your way on ASPN, so stay tuned this week!
On this episode, Peter Ravella and Tyler Buckingham talk to Dr. Frederick Steiner, Dean of the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design. He is also the author of Design with Nature Now a celebration of the 50th anniversary of Ian McHarg’s seminal book Design with Nature, which set forth a new vision for regional planning using natural systems.
Howard Marlowe and Dan Ginolfi are back with the January DC update. On this show they discuss the status of the Corps work plan, narrower beaches by design, the Great Lakes coastal resiliency study, California going solar, and finally the Democrats' infrastructure proposal.
Welcome to Delta Dispatches with solo host Jacques Hebert. Today’s first guest is Erik Johnson, Director of Bird Conservation of Audubon Louisiana. Erik talks about the restoration of one of Louisiana’s most important pelican rookeries, Queen Bess Island. They also discuss some of the great work Audubon Louisiana is doing across the coast including an upcoming beach-nesting bird volunteer opportunity. Jacques is also joined by Julia Bland, Executive Director of the Louisiana Children’s Museum. They talk about the museum’s new home in City Park and their Mississippi River exhibit “Move with the River.”
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