CZMA at 50 Episode 1: Why the CZMA is important? With Dr. Rick Spinrad and Tony MacDonald

April 4, 2022

Kicking off a five part series on the CZMA!

If you work on the coast, you should know about the Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA). And who better to provide an overview of the CZMA than NOAA Administrator, Dr. Rick Spinrad, and former CSO Executive Director and current Director of the Urban Coast Institute at Monmouth University, Tony MacDonald? Rick and Tony join The Capitol Beach to provide perspective on one of our nation's landmark conservation laws as it celebrates its 50th anniversary and they launch a 5-part series that explores the CZMA’s past, present and future.

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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.