Introducing Lesley Ewing

Lesley will host ASPN's new show on coastal literature

On this episode, Peter Ravella and Tyler Buckingham introduce the audience to Lesley Ewing, host of ASPN's newest podcast, Shorewords!, a coastal literature show. Lesley is a coastal engineer and swimmer. She has published numerous papers on coastal issues relevant to California, where she lives, and beyond, covering subjects such as tides, sea level rise, El Niños, coastal hazards, tsunamis, and methods to enhance and restore beaches. She worked on the monitoring efforts for the El Segundo Groin project and the surfing reef that was undertaken as mitigation for long-term impacts to surfing.

She is a director and past president of the California Shore and Beach Preservation Association, a director and treasurer of the Association of Coastal Engineers, and director of American Shore and Beach Preservation Association. She co-chairs the Coastal Zone Management Committee for the American Society of Civil Engineers/Coasts, Oceans, Ports and Rivers Institute, and is on the Board of Directors for the Coastal Zone Foundation.

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.