Capitol Beach & WaterLog Mashup with USACE Planning and Policy Leadership

October 4, 2020

ASPN's full DC Team | WaterLog and Capitol Beach

On this special joint podcast from The Capitol Beach and Water Log, hosts Derek Brockbank, Howard Marlowe and Dan Ginolfi have a discussion with the leadership of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Planning and Policy.  Eric Bush, Acting Director, and Joe Redican, Deputy Director, bring district and division experience to their roles in leading Planning and Policy nationwide. They explain what planning means at the Corps, how local coastal communities and stakeholders can work with Corps planners to solve problems and tap into the extensive technical expertise at the Corps. They also discuss the value of regional coastal resilience studies (happening or being planned for the North Atlantic, South Atlantic, Great Lakes, Louisiana and Texas), and touch on STEM education starting as early as Pre-K (those summer interns really do get younger every year!).

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Derek Brockbank

Derek Brockbank is Executive Director of Coastal States Organization (CSO), which represents the nation’s Coastal States, Territories, and Commonwealths on ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes issues. With two decades of experience in Washington DC on coastal adaptation policy and organizational development, Derek is connecting state coastal management programs with federal agencies and resources in order to address the greatest coastal challenges facing society. He previously served as executive director for the American Shore & Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA) where he led the strategic planning and outreach, government affairs, and development goals of the nation’s leading organization advocating for beach and coastal restoration. 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 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.