ASBPA Conference Preview with Derek Brockbank + The Life and Times of Joan Pope

USACE star Joan Pope and ASBPA's Conference

On this episode, Peter Ravella and Tyler Buckingham have a packed show beginning with Derek Brockbank, Executive Director of the American Shoreline and Beach Preservation Association to preview the upcoming ASBPA virtual National Conference. Then 2020 Morrough P. O’Brien Award winner Joan Pope joins the show to talk about her legendary career with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, trends in the field of coastal engineering, and where she sees the future going. It's a can't miss episode this week on ASPN!

Peter Ravella & Tyler Buckingham

Peter and Tyler joined forces in 2015 and from the first meeting began discussing a project that would become Coastal News Today and the American Shoreline Podcast Network. At the time, Peter and Tyler were coastal consultants for Pete’s firm, PAR Consulting, LLC. In that role, they worked with coastal communities in Texas, Florida, and North Carolina, engaged in grant writing, coastal project development, shoreline erosion and land use planning, permitting, and financial planning for communities undertaking big beach restoration projects. Between and among their consulting tasks, they kept talking and kept building the idea of CNT & ASPN. In almost every arena they worked, public engagement played a central role. They spent thousands of hours talking with coastal stakeholders, like business owners, hotel operators, condo managers, watermen, property owners, enviros, surfers, and fishermen. They dived deep into the value, meaning, and responsibility for the American shoreline, segment-by-segment. Common threads emerged, themes were revealed, differences uncovered. There was a big conversation going on along the American shoreline! But, no place to have it. That's where CNT and ASPN were born.