The Coastal Zone Management Act at 50 Episode 2: CZMA History – How it Passed & How it’s Changed with NOAA's David Kaiser | Capitol Beach

April 11, 2022

How was it that we came to have a CZMA?

To really understand the Coastal Zone Management Act, you need to know how it came to be and how it has evolved. David Kaiser with NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management joins The Capitol Beach to bring us back to the 1970s (and earlier) and explains how some of the icons of coastal policy and management got the CZMA passed and implemented.

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Derek Brockbank

Derek Brockbank is Executive Director of Coastal States Organization (CSO), which represents the nation’s Coastal States, Territories, and Commonwealths on ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes issues. With two decades of experience in Washington DC on coastal adaptation policy and organizational development, Derek is connecting state coastal management programs with federal agencies and resources in order to address the greatest coastal challenges facing society. He previously served as executive director for the American Shore & Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA) where he led the strategic planning and outreach, government affairs, and development goals of the nation’s leading organization advocating for beach and coastal restoration. 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 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.