Exploring Opportunities In the National Coastal Resilience Fund with Erika Feller

Healthy coastal lands means less risk to coastal communities

Sometimes, the quickest way to understand federal coastal policy is to follow the flow of funds from DC to communities along the American shoreline. On this episode of the Capitol Beach, Derek Brockbank welcomes Erika Feller, Director of Marine and Coastal Conservation at the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Together, they explore the National Coastal Resilience Fund, a critical new program established in 2018 to fund conservation projects that restore natural features such as coastal marshes and wetlands, dune and beach systems, oyster and coral reefs, forests, coastal rivers and barrier islands. A healthier coastal environment, so goes the thinking, can help minimize the impacts of storms and other events on coastal communities.  For coastal communities facing increasing storm risks -- and that's about all of them -- this program can be a tremendous asset.  Get the inside skinny from Erika Feller, the professional at the top of the program.  Only on the Capitol Beach Podcast and only on ASPN!

Derek Brockbank

As Executive Director of ASBPA, Derek Brockbank is responsible for the growth, strategic planning, and government affairs goals of the nation’s leading organization advocating for beach and coastal restoration. With a background in climate and coastal conservation and experience as a grassroots organizer, Derek is getting ASBPA to lead coastal communities and coastal decision-makers in the tough but necessary conversations about how they will address sea level rise, increasing storm intensity, and other climate impacts. 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 started his career as a grassroots organizer. He attended the University of Chicago, getting a degree in political science and environmental studies, while frequently running along Lake Michigan in weather more suited to skiing. 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.