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ASPN, a service of Coastal News Today, is the platform for top minds in coastal business, policy, science, and advocacy. With ASPN, you'll be better prepared, better informed, and better equipped to thrive, no matter what you do on the coast. See the complete coastal landscape with ASPN and CNT and gain insight into the critical issues affecting the American shoreline.

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Clayton Harris III is the Executive Director for the Illinois International Port District at the Port of Chicago. In this role, Clayton and the Illinois International Port District are committed to developing and maintaining a world-class port that operates as a modern, strategically driven facility and is focused on generating and expanding economic activity and employment for the benefit of the City of Chicago and State of Illinois.
Today hosts Jacques Hebert and Simone Maloz are joined by frequent guests Dr. John Lopez of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation and Dr. Alisha Renfro of the National Wildlife Federation. In this episode, we talk about the science of coastal restoration including 2019's high river, the impacts of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (MRGO), the upcoming State of the Coast conference, and volunteer opportunities to help our coast!
On this episode of the American Shoreline Podcast, Peter and Tyler speak with Dr. Shimrit Perkol-Finkel, an Israeli marine biologist and CEO at ECOncrete Tech LTD, who created a new environmentally-friendly concrete to protect and rejuvenate coastlines and foster growth of marine life. The low-carbon, bio-enhanced concrete is custom-made for urban waterfronts, port redevelopment projects, and offshore energy platforms. Its chemical composition provides a more favorable environment for rich and diverse marine life.  Innovation is the key to the future.   Meet Shimrit, innovator, scientist, entrepreneur, wife and mother of three.  She has over 20 years of experience in ecological engineering, sustainability with an emphasis on eco-design, evaluation and monitoring of man-made habitats and reducing the ecological footprint of coastal and marine infrastructure like breakwaters and seawalls.  There's a better way, find it own this episode of the American Shoreline Podcast.
In the first of Changing Waters' series on the plight of southern resident killer whales, National Fisheries Conservation Center's Deputy Director Julia Sanders interviews NOAA researcher Laurie Weitkamp about the food web effects caused by recent heat waves in the Pacific ocean, including the "warm blob." These changing conditions have caused major disturbances all the way up the food web: starting with microscopic plankton and ending with our beloved Orca whales. Learn more about what's happening in our changing waters as temperatures rise and fisheries face abrupt disruptions -- including the Chinook salmon that southern resident killer whales rely on.
Jenna Valente is back at it again with a new episode of the Sea Change Podcast, this time joined by Maggie Ostdahl, Conservation Policy Manager for the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Maryland. Tune in to hear their lively discussion about the Mid-Atlantic, Chesapeake Bay, National Aquarium, and so much more!
On today's show, Jacques and Simone are talking to future leaders in coastal restoration! Today’s first guest is Milan Mardia, senior at Jesuit High School. Milan has presented to the CPRA Board about educating younger generations of coastal advocates and is learning how A.I. (artificial intelligence) could enhance how we approach coastal projects. Check out Milan’s website dedicated to Louisiana’s coastal restoration here: https://www.lacoastalerosion.com/. Next up is Martin Mantz, Coastal Restoration Program Manager at Nunez Community College. He brings on a professor and a few students to talk about their new Coastal Studies and GIS Technology program and other opportunities to build a career in coastal restoration at Nunez. You can learn more on their website: https://www.nunez.edu/academics/coastal-studies-and-gis-technology-450799
As Peter and Tyler prepare to attend the AIWA annual meeting in Savannah, Georgia, they speak with Paul Barger, the organization's board chairman, about his history with the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, the organization he helps lead, and what we can look forward to at this year's annual meeting. 
Live from the CSO Fall Membership meeting, Peter and Tyler speak with Patti Snow and Brian Lynn, coastal program managers for Oregon and Washington respectively. We discuss the unique shoreline features of the Pacific Northwest and how both of these coastal management programs are planning for sea level rise and climate change. 
On this episode, we sit down with Sandra Fuimaono-Lutu, the Deputy Director of the Resource Management Division for American Samoa's Department of Commerce, and her "left and right hands," Rienette Thompson-Niko. Together, these two women lead coastal management for the  55,000 people who live on the seven islands of American Samoa.  We discuss how coastal management is done in American Samoa and how Sandra is working to spread the word that a "healthy coast is a wealthy coast" and how to integrate indigenous culture and community practices into coastal management.  Get the unique perspective from the South Pacific Islands on this episode of the American Shoreline Podcast.
Rear Admiral Shepard M. Smith is the Coast Survey director for NOAA. As director, Smith is dedicated to advancing the Coast Survey initiatives of modernizing digital charting, increasing use of autonomous systems for hydrography, and improved integrated navigation services for seaports.Rear Adm. Smith serves as a presidentially-appointed member of the Mississippi River Commission that oversees navigation and flood control projects on the largest river system in the United States. Smith also serves as the chair of the International Hydrographic Organization’s (IHO) Council that comprises 30 leading IHO member nations and oversees performance management and the business side of the IHO.Hallmarks of Smith’s career have been his leadership in the modernization of NOAA’s charting systems and transformation of NOAA’s hydrographic technologies. That leadership and experience expands Coast Survey’s data capabilities and supports a data-enabled maritime economy, among other challenges. Smith was commanding officer of NOAA Ship Thomas Jefferson, on which he served three tours during his NOAA career. During his latest tour, Smith became NOAA’s first commanding officer to operationalize autonomous surface vehicles for mapping shallow areas previously inaccessible and uncharted. While chief of Coast Survey’s Marine Chart Division, he changed the nation’s charting tradition, established in the 19th century, by restructuring chart production and distribution. This modernization makes U.S. navigational data more accessible to the public through a wider range of electronic formats.Smith holds a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Cornell University and earned a master of science degree in ocean engineering from the University of New Hampshire. He received a direct commission to the rank of ensign in the NOAA Corps in 1993.
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