On this episode of The Capitol Beach, host Derek Brockbank talks to Jeffrey Peterson, the author of A New Coast: Strategies for Responding to Devastating Storms and Rising Seas. Due to climate change, devastating storms and sea level rise will increasingly threaten vibrant communities, critical infrastructure, and vital natural systems. But the United States is not helpless against this coming coastal inundation. Peterson draws a comprehensive picture of how rising seas and stronger storms will drastically alter coastlines, and presents actionable policy guidance on how governments, businesses, and engaged citizens can work together to prepare for a changing coast. We also discuss how a lifelong public servant working on coastal and water issues undertook to write an extraordinarily detailed book on coastal policy.
Jeffrey Peterson has forty years of experience in environmental policy development at the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Congress. Most recently, he was Senior Advisor in the EPA Office of Water responsible for climate change policy.
ASBPA Executive Director, Derek Brockbank, hosts this semi-regular podcast. Prior to starting with ASBPA, Derek worked as campaign director for a coalition effort to restore the Mississippi River Delta and Coastal Louisiana, and was part of a gulf-wide campaign to pass the RESTORE Act, securing billions of dollars for Gulf Coast restoration. This followed up on his work with National Wildlife Federation on climate adaption. Derek started his career as a grassroots organizer. Derek grew up in New York City and got his coastal education from an early age playing on the beaches of Long Island, and kayaking and fishing in Peconic Bay.