Finding the Right Balance: Protecting Maui's Critical Wastewater Infrastructure with Living Shorelines

May 4, 2021

The art of coastal engineering with Russ Broudreau.

This episode, Peter Ravella and Tyler Buckingham welcome Russ Boudreau (Principal, Coastal Fronteers) to the show to discuss the intricacies of coastal engineering through the lens of a project in Maui, Hawaii concerning the Wailuku-Kahului Wastewater Reclamation Facility, the island's primary wastewater treatment plant. Located on the island's coast (think gravity), the facility was identified to be vulnerable to earthquakes, tsunamis, winter waves, flooding, and inevitable sea level rise due to its low-lying beachfront location on the world-renowned high-wind and big-surf North Shore. Russ talks us through how this problem was tackled from an engineering perspective, resulting in an armored living shoreline solution that has shown to be effective.

Show Transcription
This transcription was generated by a computer. Please excuse any errors.
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.