ASBPA advocates for healthy coasts on a variety of topics and educates decision-makers at all levels of government about the importance of healthy, restored beaches and shorelines. Our 2020 vision for ourcoast includes recommendations to Congress and numerous federal agencies.
In an era of unprecedented coastal hazards stemming from a changing climate and developed coastline, the federal government is woefully underfunding coastal resilience. A clear vision for our coast includes funding new infrastructure, restoration of ecological systems, opportunities to move vulnerable infrastructure, and applied research.
Coastal projects that enhance resilience need to be completed as quickly as possible. As coastal climate threats increase, doing nothing or even moving projects too slowly increases communities’ vulnerability. A clear vision for resilience means collaborative, risk-informed decision-making that prioritizes action over inaction and reframing regulatory standards to tolerate short-term environmental impacts for long-term environmental gains.
Coastal vulnerability doesn’t end with political boundaries. Improving regional resilience will take science and policy working together across state lines and collaboration across jurisdictions.
See our detailed 2020 Legislative and Federal Affairs Agenda (PDF 292kb)
Text version (printer friendly) of our 2020 Legislative & Federal Agency Agenda (pdf 450KB)
Or read what we accomplished last year in our “2019 Government Affairs Year in Review“