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267 Episodes
On this episode of the American Shoreline Podcast, we preview the 2020 Social Coast Forum coming up in Charleston February 3-6.  Peter and Tyler welcome the organizers, Rebecca Roth, Executive Director of the National Estuarine Research Reserve Association (NERRA), and Lisa Auermuller, President of NERRA and a manager at the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve (JC NERR) in Tuckerton, New Jersey.  Partnering with NOAA's Office of Coastal Management, Lisa and Rebecca have led the team to develop the Social Coastal Forum, one of the most forward-looking coastal conferences in America.  Tackling challenges along the American shoreline is ultimately a human problem and the forum address the complex human considerations in coastal management.  Check out this unique and in-depth discussion on the American Shoreline Podcast.
On the first episode of 2020, Simone and Jacques speak with Brad Barth, Operations Assistant Administrator for the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA). Brad talks about one of Louisiana’s cornerstone restoration projects: the Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion. The CPRA recently completed modeling that showed this project protecting 47 square miles of land over 50 years.
On this episode of the American Shoreline Podcast, Peter and Tyler sit down with Kathleen Ligon, Special Assistant to the Administrator of the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB), the state agency responsible for water planning and administering the state revolving funds for drinking water and clean water (i.e. sewage treatment) facilities.  In the good old days, flood planning, mitigation, and flood control projects were largely handled by local governments -- cities, counties, drainage and levee districts and the like.  The state did not play a leading role in either planning or funding flood projects.  That all changed in the 2019 legislative session after the trauma of major flood events, including Hurricane Harvey (2017) and Hurricane Imelda (2019), which drowned the city of Houston and surrounding communities.  Faced with an outcry of "never again," the Texas legislature passed Senate Bills 7 & 8 in June 2019 and voters in November 2019 passed Proposition 8, a constitutional amendment that pumped $800 million into a new state Flood Infrastructure Fund (FIF).  The new laws add flood planning and response responsibilities to the TWPD portfolio, with billions in new spending authority.  The laws also require creation of new Regional Flood Planning Groups (RFPGs) in every river basin in the state and mandate that  local governments in the basin work together to produce a Regional Flood Plan due January 2023.  By January 2024, the state will compile the State Flood Plan, opening the funding spigots to the regions.  To get the ball rolling, initial flood project applications for FIF grants and loans will be accepted beginning in March 2020.  Along with the General Land Office, another state agency, more than $2 billion in new flood response spending is on the table in Texas, much if it available right now, with significant new funds for coastal communities.  Spinning up these new flood management programs will not be easy but Texas is taking a solid step forward to address flood risks, especially along the coast.  Is it a model for other coastal states?  Find out in this interview with Kathleen Ligon.
Howard and Dan break down the most pressing coastal issues working their way through the Nation's capital. On this episode kicking off the 2020 calendar year, they discuss the federal appropriations bill and work plan, the US dredge budget, BUDM pilot projects, legal issues related to Hurricane Harvey, and conclude with a discussion about all politics being local. Don't miss it!
On this episode of The Capitol Beach, host Derek Brockbank dives in to “GOMESA,” speaking with former Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu, Director of Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, Joe Spraggins, and Mobile, Alabama County Commissioner, Connie Hudson. The Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006 directed federal funding generated from offshore oil production in the Gulf of Mexico to be returned to Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama for coastal conservation. A bill currently in Congress – the COASTAL Act – would increase the percent of revenue going back to the Gulf States and would lift the cap that limits how much funding Gulf States can get. All the guests are strong supporters of GOMESA, and have been advocating for the COASTAL Act, but we also discuss some of the concerns with tying funding for coastal resilience to fossil fuel extraction. Listen to the podcast and decide what you think!
On this episode, Peter and Tyler welcome back to the program David Abel, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist with the Boston Globe, Podcast host, and documentary filmmaker of Lobster Wars and more.  David discuss his latest reporting in the  Globe on the conflict between Maine's  lobstermen and federal regulators who are trying to save the North Atlantic right whale.  Listen in with David Able, a true insider and  insightful observer of one of the most complicated coastal resource management issue on the American shoreline.  Only on the American Shoreline Podcast!
On this episode of the Beach Shack (recorded on New Years Day), Tyler sits down with Lucy Bellwood at his favorite beach shack in Ventura, CA to discuss the power of cartoons in education, in particular in the areas of science and maritime culture. Lucy is a professional Adventure Cartoonist, author, and educator based in Portland, Oregon. Her work brings enthusiastic tales of exploration to thousands of readers online, in print, and in person.  At 17, Bellwood fulfilled a lifelong dream of becoming a sailor by joining the crew of the tall ship Lady Washington. Three years later she fell in love with making comics at the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, Vermont and began aligning her passions for art, storytelling, and the natural world. Since then, Bellwood has brought humor, generosity, and an irrepressible lust for life to a wide variety of projects. Her comics are often written and drawn in the field, leading to immersive snapshots of tall ship sailing and cutting-edge ocean science. Her first graphic novel, Baggywrinkles: a Lubber’s Guide to Life at Sea, collects educational stories from her time aboard the Lady Washington. The book received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly and opened the door for a new generation of mariners to find their place at sea.  Learn more about Lucy at 
Come along with Peter and Tyler as they celebrate some of the best moments from the past year on the America Shoreline Podcast.  Here is Part 2 of our Best of 2019: 1. Revolutionary Naval Historian Dr. Bill Fowler (0:1:10) 2. At What Point Managed Retreat with Radley Horton (0:9:15) 3. Dutch Solutions on the American Shoreline with Kiah Collier (0:17:14) 4. The Arithmetic of Coastal Retreat with Rob Young (0:27:40) 5. Right Whales v. Lobstermen: NOAA Responds to Lobstermen Leaving Right Whale Recovery Team (0:41:07) 6. Patrice McCarron, Maine Lobstermen's Association, Responds to NOAA's Right Whale Rules. The Age of Anxiety has arrived. (0:51:29) 7. Scenario Planning for Climate Change with Dr. Nardia Haigh (1:04:11) Thank you to all our great guests in 2019. And, especially thank you to all of our listeners. We look forward to a great 2020!
Come along with Peter and Tyler as they celebrate some of the best moments from the past year on the America Shoreline Podcast.  We look back at some of our favorite guests: 1. Dr. Susan Hovorka, Senior Research Scientist at the Bureau of Economic Geology, University of Texas at Austin, a leading international researcher on secure geologic sequestration of carbon.  Is there a way to reduce atmospheric greenhouse gases?  Listen to a pro.  (0:1:34). 2. The Surfing Cowboy Ellis Pickett,  Founding Chairman of the Surfrider Foundation in Texas and current Chairman of Surfrider's  Upper Texas Coast Chapter.  Coastal advocacy from an 'Ol hand. (0:15:52) 3. Student Filmmakers Arjun and Abi Subramanian from the International Ocean Film Festival on our coastal future. If there are more young people like these two, we're going to be fine. (0:29:18) 4. U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) from EarthX on what it takes to advance climate policy on Capitol Hill.  There is a quiet bipartisanship forming. (0:41:10) 5. Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, the man who leads coastal policy in this "Third coast" state, on making coastal politics work. (0:55:36) 6. Gary Glick, President of Friends of the RGV Reef, on the making of the largest artificial reef in the Gulf of Mexico. (1:06:08) ‍
On this special show, we look back on some of the best moments captured on the Sea Change podcast.  1. Danni Washington is an American activist, artist and presenter who campaigns for cleaner, plastic-free oceans. She founded the Not-for-Profit Big Blue & You, and presents the STEM-themed TV show Xploration Nature Knows Best. (0:0:38) 2. Daniel Lanzilotta is a New York City based artist, known for his work with plastic waste, detritus, rubbish, fragments of litter, trash, flotsam and jetsam. (0:12:40) 3. Live form EarthX in Dallas, Texas, Jenna speaks with members of Heirs to Our Oceans. (0:24:31) 4. Alex Palumbo is a talented visual artist and storyteller who is setting his sights on not only spreading awareness about environmental challenges but pairing them with solutions and actions that everyone can take to improve the health of their community. Explore the intersection of art and advocacy with Jenna and Alex. (0:30:53) 5. Jenna celebrates her 20th episode of the Sea Change Podcast by sitting down for a lively conversation with her dear friend and colleague, Sarah Winter Whelan. Sarah is the Ocean Policy Program Director and Healthy Oceans Coalition Director for the American Littoral Society. (0:43:08) 6. Sherry Gilmore is the Owner of the Acadia Institute of Oceanography, a marine summer camp that introduces young people to the exciting world of marine science through a unique hands-on curriculum that combines biological, physical and chemical oceanography with field, classroom, offshore, and laboratory work. (0:49:47)
On this special show, Derek looks back at some his favorite Capitol Beach interviews of 2019. Here are some of the best segments of the year! 1)  United States Senator Tom Carper 2) United States Representative Garret Graves 3)  Eric Bush & Joe Redican of the US Army Corps of Engineers Planning and Policy Division 4)  Renee Orr, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management 5)  Mark Osler, Senior Advisor for Coastal Inundation and Resilience at NOAA 6) US Coastal Research Program (USCRP): Julie Rosati with US Army Corps of Engineers, Hilary Stockdon with US Geological Survey, and Nicole Elko with American Shore & Beach Preservation Association. 
On this episode we talk to one of Delta Dispatches' favorite guests, Dr. Alisha Renfro! Alisha talks to Simone about how a crevasse at Fort St. Phillip is one of the few areas of Louisiana that's growing new land. Alisha also talks about the important River Reintroduction into Maurepas Swamp project, which is up for public comment now. On the second half the show,  Mary Elise Schlesinger joins the show from the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation to talk about last Saturday's Lights on the Lake event!
ASPN's 2019 in Review

ASPN's 2019 in Review


2019:  What A Year!  Peter and Tyler close out 2019 with a wide-ranging retrospective on the year, including the biggest coastal trends, the best podcast guests of the year, our favorite shows on ASPN, and the highlights from the 219 podcasts released this year! ASPN and Coastal News Today grew beyond our dreams in 2019 and we hope we were able to capture the complexity of the coastal conversation in America and around the world.  The coastal space is the most dynamic environment on the planet and a land of immense opportunities and intricate challenges.  We hope we have brought a flavor of this world to you, our readers and listeners, in 2019. In this Year-End-In Review, Peter and Tyler delve deep into ASPN's 2019 coverage, especially our must-show coverage of the Maine lobster industry, which encapsulates the complexity of coastal resource management, economics, and environmental protection all along the American shoreline.   Over seven shows, we took an in-depth look at the lobster harvest explosion, the science behind the fishery, lobster shell disease, the seemingly existential threat posed by climate change, and critical efforts by the NOAA Take Reduction Team to protect the last 400 North Atlantic right whales threatened by "vertical lines" from lobster traps and other risks.  We call it the "ASPN Treatment."  And, we pause to thank our great ASPN Hosts who made this year so memorable:  Jenna Valente, Host of the Sea Change Podcast; Derek Brockbank, Host of the Capitol Beach Podcast; Dan Martin, Host of Next Gen Waterfronts Podcast;  Dan Ginolfi & Howard Marlowe, Co-hosts of the Water Log Podcast; Jacques Hebert & Simone Maloz, Co-hosts of the Delta Dispatches Podcast; Thane Tienson and Brad Warren,  Co-hosts of the Changing Waters Podcast;  Peter Ravella and Tyler Buckingham,  Co-hosts of the American Shoreline Podcast; Rob Nixon, Host of the Next Swell Podcast; Bob Frump, Host of the Ship to Shore Podcast; Leslie Ewing, Host of the Shorewords! Podcast; Peter Ravella, Host of the Local Control Podcast; and Tyler Buckingham, Host of both the Beach Shack Pod and the Friday Happy Hour Podcast.   Together, these hosts drew some amazing guests to ASPN.  Among our favorites were Danni Washington, ocean educator and activist; Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards; Ken Graham, Director of the National Hurricane Center; Senator Sheldon Whitehouse from Rhode Island; Dr. Susan Hovorka, a carbon sequestration specialist from the University of Texas Bureau of Economic Geology; Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and international climate change activist;  Gilbert M. Gaul Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Geography of Risk; Patrice McCarron, Executive Director of the Maine Lobstermen's Association; Shanee Stopnitzky, Director of the Community Submersible Project; Dr. Joe Kunkel, a lobster scientist from UMASS, and so many, many more.   There's no way to adequately summarize the breadth, width and depth of ASPN's 2019 coverage.  Over the holiday when you have time traveling in the car or sitting back on a quiet afternoon, meander through the ASPN catalogue of shows and listen to a few .  .   . there are real treasures there. Finally, Peter and Tyler reflect on the coastal and ocean trends of 2019 and the last decade, and what we might expect to see in 2020 and beyond.    Wow, what a year!  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to all our hosts, our guests, and our readers and listeners!  Thank you and on to the next decade. 
On this special Friday HH, Tyler and Peter welcome Carmella Guiol to the show, host of the new ASPN show Enchanted Island, a profile of Puerto Rico. Carmella has Caribbean salt in her veins. She grew up in Miami, sailing throughout the Caribbean with her father, visiting the islands of the region and learning how the shorelines were transforming each day. Cheers to ASPN's newest show! And, cheers to a great weekend!
Simone and Jacques open the show talking to Clair Hebert Marceaux, Port Director for the Cameron Parish Port. Clair talks about her career and how she went from an English teacher to one of Louisiana’s coastal leaders. In the final segment of the show, they’re joined by Emma Reid, director of the new documentary, In the Blind, which follows the history of duck hunters’ role in coastal restoration in Louisiana.
Having returned from a recent trip, Peter shares with Tyler his take on the Yucatan Peninsula and the Riviera Maya, the most popular International tourist destination in Mexico.  Tourism on this 80 miles of shoreline from Cancun to Tulum is booming with big time beachfront development but, as on all shorelines, challenges are emerging.  Nearshore water quality is declining, some reefs are suffering, resorts this year were overwhelmed by Sargassum, and state regulators in Quintana Roo are concerned about interference with public beach access and damage to critical mangroves.  Get a first hand account of this dynamic and mostly beautiful coastline on this episode of the American Shoreline Podcast.  And as a bonus, Peter and Tyler take a look back at the 2019 and share hints on the new show coming next year to the American Shoreline Podcast Network.  Viva Mexico on ASPN!
This week on the Next Gen Waterfronts Podcast, Dan Martin is joined by Paul Labovitz, Superintendent of Indiana Dunes National Park, the newest national park in America, created just this year.  Indiana Dunes is first national park in Indiana and was originally advanced by Stephen Mather, the first Administrator of the National Park Service appointed in 1917.  Dan and Paul discuss the origins of the park, it's importance, threats to this unique area, and what the designation means to management of the shoreline.
On this episode of the Sea Change Podcast, Jenna Valente is joined by the brilliant Kate Fritz, Executive Director of the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, to give some well-deserved attention to American Estuaries. Tune in to this episode to join Jenna and Kate's inside look into their conservation careers and management of the largest estuary in the United States, the Chesapeake Bay.
Peter and Tyler welcome Rob Morris to the show to learn about ropeless fishing technologies that are currently in production and can greatly reduce the risks to Northern Atlantic Right Whales associated with fishing gear entanglements. His firm, Edgetech, offers the Ropeless Fishing System, which enables fishermen to transmit a sonic signature from their boat to a submerged trap trap. The signal releases the trap's door, and rope and buoy come to the surface where its business as usual. We learn about this system. How it works and how much it costs. And, we discuss how fisheries of all types will need to embrace new technologies as management keeps pace with climate change. 
Black Friday Happy Hour

Black Friday Happy Hour


On this special Back Friday edition of Friday Happy Hour, Tyler is joined by Jenna Valente and Brian Yurasits for drinks and reflection on the things we're feeling thankful for over the Holiday weekend. 
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