Building Resilience: How Better Sediment Management Can Help Coastal Communities

March 5, 2023

Sediment - the magic material of the coast.

In this episode of the American Shoreline Podcast, co-hosts Peter Ravella and Tyler Buckingham discuss the new report “Sediment Placement Regulations of U.S. Coastal States and Territories: Towards Regional Sediment Management Implementation” with two expert guests, Derek Brockbank and Nicole Elko. The report includes regulations from all 35 states and territories that govern sediment placement, as well as recommendations and case studies for better managing and innovatively using dredge material in coastal restoration and beach nourishment. This wonky but important topic intersects policy and implementation for coastal restoration and will be a helpful resource for the coastal community.

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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.