Planning for 20 Years of Resilience and Productivity on the American Shoreline: The Coastal Bend Bays Plan

March 25, 2021

Corpus Christi Bay - America's energy export hub

On this episode, hosts Peter Ravella and Tyler Buckingham are joined by Ray Allen (Executive Director) and Kiersten Stanzen (Director of Partnerships) of the Coastal Bend Bays & Estuaries Program to discuss organization's new Coastal Bend Bays Plan. The original Coastal Bend Bays Plan, also known as ‘The Bays Plan’, was adopted in 1998 and has served as a regional framework for the management, protection, and conservation of Coastal Bend bays and estuaries for over 20 years. This new plan revises its predecessor and advances strategies for protecting clean water and healthy habitats in the 12-county area including all bays, estuaries, and bayous in the Copano, Aransas, Corpus Christi, Nueces, Baffin and Upper Laguna Madre systems. This is a story about bringing stakeholders from industry, local government, and academia together to product and preserve one of the most productive regions of the American Shoreline. Only on ASPN!

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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.