ASBPA has adopted a three year strategic plan for 2016-2018.
During this time, ASBPA will continue to hold an annual conference and summit, publish Shore & Beach as a peer-reviewed journal and “Coastal Voice” as a newsletter, provide coastal articles on timely issues and advocate for federal funding for coastal restoration, research and shore protection.
Additionally, ASBPA will improve coastal communities’ understanding of resilience, bring together coastal and dune researchers and managers to ensure research is addressing pertinent questions and being applied appropriately, and work to secure new public and private investments in beach and estuarine restoration.
To achieve all its external goals, ASBPA is committed to growing as an organization.
Download the Executive Summary of the ASBPA Strategic Plan. (PDF – 671 kB)
The American Shore and Beach Preservation Association was founded in 1926 by individuals who recognized the need for an organized effort to combat erosion, a serious problem in many coastal areas. Experience had shown that long stretches of shore were affected, making protective efforts by individual property owners or small communities futile. The expertise required to design comprehensive programs of protection was largely lacking. In bygone days, the needs of navigation were regarded as paramount and there was no redress available for damages to adjacent shores by navigation works.
The founding members of the Association were active in persuading the Congress to enact legislation authorizing Federal sharing of the cost, first of erosion studies of specific problem areas and, later, of project works. Then, as now, this required data collection, research on coastal processes, and the development and the use of analytical techniques and hydraulic models (and, today, numerical models as well).
Download the ASBPA 2017 Bylaws. (PDF – 119kb)