CZMA at 50 Episode 3: Into the weeds – what does each section of the CZMA do? | Capitol Beach

April 18, 2022

Diving deep into the weeds of what makes the CZMA tick.

Like most major legislation, the Coastal Zone Management Act includes multiple sections that are often just referred to by number (306, 306a, 309, 310, etc.) by the federal and state staff charged with administering the law. Joelle Gore with NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management and Braxton Davis, the coastal zone manager for North Carolina, explain what some of the most critical sections of the CZMA do, and explain how coastal resources are directly affected by the details of the law.

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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.