The 2020 National Coastal Summit “2020 Vision for our Coast: People. Policies. Practices” was held as a webinar, due to coronavirus, but still brought together coastal insiders from federal agencies and Capitol Hill, as well as state and local officials, to share insights on coastal policies and practice. In this podcast, Derek is joined by Coastal Summit attendees – Lynette Cardoch with Moffatt & Nichol, Dan Adams with the City of Virginia Beach, and Brian Caufield with CDM Smith – to recap the Summit and share highlights. From local stories of successful beach restoration by the 2019 “Best Restored Beach” winners to a briefing from six staffers on different congressional committees with coastal oversight, this Coastal Summit truly exemplified the need to bridge local implementation with federal policy. This podcast is a fun, quick recap of one of DC’s most in-depth coastal policy meetings, and worth a listen, whether you attended the summit and want to hear a fresh perspective, or missed it but want to get a taste of what was presented.
Daniel F. Adams, P.E., is a Civil Engineer with the City of Virginia Beach Department of Public Works and serves as Program Manager for the City’s Coastal Section Capital Improvement Program. Dan is a lifelong resident of the City of Virginia Beach and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Old Dominion University. He holds a Professional Engineering License with the Commonwealth of Virginia and has over thirty years of experience in construction, project, and program management.
Lynette Cardoch, Ph.D. Moffatt & Nichol’s Director of Resilience & Adaptation, she is a coastal ecologist with over 20 years of experience in regulatory & water policies, coastal restoration, and urban & coastal resiliency. With her technical qualifications and collaborative management style, her assignments include steering interdisciplinary teams of engineers, scientists, and regulators. Cardoch has also worked closely with coastal utilities and natural resource agencies on integrated planning and operationalizing resiliency, particularly for coastal protection, storm surge, and interior flooding.
Brian Caufield, P.E., CFM: Coastal engineer for CDM Smith working as a technical and project manager for company-wide coastal studies. Caufield has over 10 years’ experience in the technical and permitting aspects of beach nourishment and other coastal projects. Caufield has worked with various stakeholders from federal agencies down to the community and individual homeowners.
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.