The 20th Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Assoc. Annual Meeting with Brad Pickel

And, ASPN will be providing live coverage of the meeting!

On this special episode, Peter and Tyler welcome Brad Pickel to the show to introduce the audience to the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association (AIWA), the national, non-profit organization started in 1999 with the mission of securing funding and support for the maintenance of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AIWW). The AIWW extends more than 1,100 miles from Norfolk, Virginia to Key West, Florida. Some lengths consist of natural inlets, salt-water rivers, bays, and sounds; others are man-made canals. Congress authorized the creation of the AIWW in 1919 and the entire waterway was completed in 1940. The US Army Corps of Engineers is responsible for maintaining the waterway. Each year, AIWA holds an annual meeting for stakeholders, policy makers, industry, and government managers. This year, the 20th annual meeting, ASPN will be covering the event with live coverage! So, come and join us at the meeting, November 21-22, the in Savannah, GA.

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.