A discussion of Sediment Management policy on The Capitol Beach

Part One of the ASBPA-CSO Policy Confab

“Beaches and inlets are dynamic features that change based upon the flow of sediment through coastal systems. Properly valuing and managing sediment supports balanced coastal uses, which is essential to the ecosystem health, economic vitality, and resilience of coastal states and communities.” The first of a five part series reviewing coastal policies essential for improving beach and inlet management, taken from American Shore & Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA) and Coastal States Organization’s (CSO) new “Joint Policy.” Derek Brockbank is joined by Rachel Keylon, CSO Federal Affairs Director, and Tony Pratt, ASBPA President. Be sure to listen to the other episodes on Permitting, Funding, Shoreline Development, and Research for a comprehensive review of what Congress and the Administration need to do to improve resilience for coastal beaches and inlets.

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Derek Brockbank

As Executive Director of ASBPA, Derek Brockbank is responsible for the growth, strategic planning, and government affairs goals of the nation’s leading organization advocating for beach and coastal restoration. With a background in climate and coastal conservation and experience as a grassroots organizer, Derek is getting ASBPA to lead coastal communities and coastal decision-makers in the tough but necessary conversations about how they will address sea level rise, increasing storm intensity, and other climate impacts. Prior to starting with ASBPA, Derek worked as campaign director for a coalition effort to restore the Mississippi River Delta and Coastal Louisiana, and was part of a gulf-wide campaign to pass the RESTORE Act, securing billions of dollars for Gulf Coast restoration. This followed up on his work with National Wildlife Federation on climate adaption. Derek started his career as a grassroots organizer. He attended the University of Chicago, getting a degree in political science and environmental studies, while frequently running along Lake Michigan in weather more suited to skiing. Derek grew up in New York City and got his coastal education from an early age playing on the beaches of Long Island, and kayaking and fishing in Peconic Bay.