Highlights from the Corps of Engineers at ASBPA’s Coastal Summit

Our microphone brings you highlights from the ASBPA Summit

An annotated “highlight reel” of presentations by the US Army Corps of Engineers at the recent National Coastal Summit hosted by American Shore and Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA). Most of the episode is Chief of Engineers, General Todd Semonite talking about how the Corps is changing to embrace Natural & Nature Based Features in construction and Engineering With Nature principles, as well as how he’s working to “revolutionize” Corps operations. We also hear from Amy Guise with Baltimore District, Jackie Keiser from Jacksonville District, and Scudder Mackey with Ohio DNR about regional coastal resilience studies in the North Atlantic, South Atlantic, and Great Lakes regions. Finally, you’ll learn whether Ice Tsunamis are something Jon Snow has to deal with from the Night King or something Great Lakes coastal managers have to plan for during a normal winter (spoiler alert: the Midwest can get very cold!)

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.