ASBPA advocates for healthy coastlines by supporting national and regional policies that will improve the United States ability to protect, restore and maintain coastal systems. Our focus is in three areas:
- federal investment in restoration, resilience and research funding;
- expediting coastal projects by improving regulatory and review process for coastal projects;
- implementing regional and state coastal plans.
Investing in Our Coast
Healthy coasts are a wise investment. Healthy coastlines bring multiple returns on the investment made by the federal government, state and local project sponsors and private investors. Including these multiple benefits in benefit-cost ratios (BCRs), as well as looking for cost efficiencies through collaboration, are critical to preserving our coasts. ASBPA advocates to ensure federal funding for coastal restoration, resilience and research is, at minimum, maintained at current annual levels, and a policy or commitment for long-term coastal funding has been introduced in Congress. Additionally ASBPA is building support for the Congressional Coastal Communities Caucus.
Expediting Coastal Projects
Coastal restoration and resilience projects are often delayed, made more expensive or left unbuilt due to inefficiencies and inconsistencies in federal regulatory and review processes. Improving regulatory and review will allow beneficial coastal projects to be implemented quickly, efficiently and in an environmentally sound manner. ASBPA advocates to have permitting and approval time for federal and non-federal coastal protection projects expedited.
To be most effective, coastal restoration projects must fit within a science-based regional plan and be implemented in coordination with other projects to achieve maximum benefits. ASBPA advocates for the implementation of Gulf Coast restoration as outlined in the RESTORE Comprehensive Plan developed by the RESTORE Council and individual states’ coastal plans, and the implementation of North Atlantic coastal protection and resilience as outlined in the North Atlantic Coast Comprehensive Study developed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Additionally, building off of these regional coastal planning efforts, ASBPA advocates for planning in the South Atlantic, Pacific and Great Lakes regions.