ASBPA is seeking nominations for the Best Restored Beaches Award to recognize beach renourishment projects. This award honors the Best Restored Beaches in America annually to help build awareness of the value of America’s restored beaches. The award-winning projects on America’s open shoreline and on the Great Lakes’ shorelines could include:
The intensity of the storms that have been hammering our coasts have been increasing. It has been proven that high dunes and wide beaches are the best defenses to minimize the impacts of erosion and flooding from severe storms. “Many seasonal or new residents of beach communities do not realize that their beach was built and has been maintained over the years. It is important that everyone realize the time and effort that is required to maintain this critical resource” says Tony Pratt, President of ASBPA.
Continued public support for restoration is crucial and often difficult to maintain when restoration projects become successful and routine. ASBPA encourages nominations from established, as well as new, projects for the 2021 Best Restored Beaches Award.
The Committee will evaluate the nomination based on your responses to these questions. Please feel free to expand on or the describe in more depth what efforts were required.
To meet submission deadlines, all nominations must be sent electronically to Bestrestoredbeach@asbpa.org by April 30, 2021. Go to https://asbpa.org/about-us/awards-program/ for more information. A nomination checklist (PDF ~ 104kb) is available. We encourage all applicants to use the checklist to make sure their application is complete.
Nomination packages must contain the following:
Winners will be notified in advance. ASBPA will prepare press releases to notify the media of the winner. Winners must agree to provide press releases to their local media and arrange for a representative to be present at the 2022 ASBPA Coastal Summit in Washington D.C. or participate in the virtual Coastal Summit if an in person meeting is not conducted in order to accept the award.
All materials submitted will become property of the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association and will not be returned. Upon written request, a nomination from 2020 that was not chosen can be carried over to 2021.