Announcements & Grants

ASBPA’s Coastal Summit is now an online two-day webinar!

ASBPA’s 2020 National Coastal Summit is moving to an online-only platform this year due to the challenging situation of coronavirus (COVID-19) facing the nation.

With travel and meeting restrictions and the growing number of infected people in the DC-area, ASBPA has to decided to shift to a web-based format to present a program with excellent speakers (who otherwise might not have been able to attend), phone meetings with agencies that would have been canceled in person, and information that will help you when meeting with your decision-makers in the district or in Washington in the future. The online Coastal Summit means that some people who might not have been able to travel can now participate!

As such, we are offering new registrants the option of registering for the Coastal Summit for $245 ($25 for students). Click here to register.

The National Coastal Summit will take place as a Zoom meeting, to allow as much interaction as possible (and as the platform and time permits). Attendees will log on using a meeting invitation via their computer (or also have a call-in option) and be able to ask questions and participate through an online chat or by voice. The Coastal Summit will occur at the following times (all times Eastern):

  • Tuesday, March 24, 1 pm – 5:15 pm: Conference Program
  • Wednesday, March 25, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm: Conference Program
  • Wednesday, March 25, afternoon (TBD) – telephone or online “Advocacy Visits” with federal agencies
IAHR World Water Day 2020 Special Event
Hydro-environment Engineering and Adaptation to Climate Change

World Water Day, held on March 22nd every year, has been conceived by the United Nations as one more way to raise awareness about global water problems and motivate organizations and individuals to work towards their solution. A core focus of World Water Day is to support the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 6: water and sanitation for all by 2030. This year the theme of World Water Day is water and climate change, also the subject of the 2020 World Water Development Report to be released on that day. Key messages of this year’s World Water Day campaign are that climate policy makers must put water at the heart of action plans, water can help fight climate change by using sustainable, affordable and scalable water and sanitation solutions, and that all have a role to play by taking special actions in their daily lives to address climate change.

For more information, please visit: IAHR in Action: World Water Day 2020.  To visit the live-streamed page, click here.

Summer School uniCOAST – Call for applications

If you are interested in learning more about the different disciplines involved in coastal research and how they can work together more effectively, join uniCOAST from August 2020 24-28 in Wilhelmshaven,Germany. You will find details on the program and registration procedure on the summer school’s website. In case of questions, feel free to contact us at

2020 National Coastal Conference CALL FOR ABSTRACTS — Due May 1, 2020

The Coastal Zone Foundation (CZF), in cooperation with the American Shore & Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA) announces the Call for Abstracts for the 2020 National Coastal Conference, October 13- October 16, 2020 at the Westin Long Beach in Long Beach, CA.  For more information, click click here.

POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19 – April 7 SONGS Wheeler North Reef Public Workshop

The State of California and the University of California are implementing a number of precautionary actions in response to the corona virus – COVID-19, including recommending against all non-essential travel through the end of April. Based on this guidance we have decided to postpone the April 7 SONGS Wheeler North Reef Public Workshop until further notice. For updates regarding the workshop, contact Jonna D. Engel, PhD, Senior Ecologist with the California Coastal Coalition:

OpenRoad with Doug McConnell: The Challenges of Rising Sea Levels – New video on the Threat to Beaches from Rising Seas

NBC Bay Area OpenRoad with Doug McConnell recently aired a segment on the threat to California beaches and coastal parks from sea level rise. Click here to view the episode.

Pipeline Company to Modify Operations and Pay Fines Due to Oil Spill near Santa Barbara, CA

On March 13, 2020, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a civil settlement with Plains All American Pipeline L.P. and Plains Pipeline L.P. (Plains) arising out of Plains’ violations of federal pipeline safety laws and liability for the May 19, 2015, discharge of crude oil immediately north of Refugio State Beach, located near Santa Barbara, California. The crude oil discharge resulted in the oiling of Refugio State Beach, the Pacific Ocean, and other shorelines and beaches, resulted in beach and fishing closures and adversely impacted natural resources such as birds, fish, marine mammals and shoreline and subtidal habitat. To learn more about the settlement click here. The settlement is subject to a 30-day public comment period that begins with the posting of a notice in the Federal Register. The consent decree will be available for viewing here.

Request for Proposals – Kelp Recovery Research Program

In light of recent developments related to COVID-19, California Sea Grant has extended the Kelp Recovery Research Program LOI deadline to March 23, 2020.  For more information, click here.

U.S. EPA requires San Francisco-based Wilbur-Ellis to properly manage agricultural pesticides throughout California, New Mexico

SAN FRANCISCO – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a settlement with Wilbur-Ellis for the improper storage, labeling and containment of bulk agricultural pesticides at its facilities in Willows, Helm and El Nido, California, and Farmington, New Mexico. The firm, a pesticide re-packager and distributor, has corrected all identified compliance issues and agreed to a systematic evaluation of the company’s overall compliance system and subsequent firmwide implementation of improvements to its management systems, and stopped repackaging pesticides altogether at three of the four facilities. In addition, the company will pay $73,372 in civil penalties. For more information on FIFRA pesticide containment requirements , please visit the EPA’s website.

Call for Abstracts – World Conference on Floating Solutions 2020

The World Conference on Floating Solutions 2020 in Rotterdam on 6-8 October will bring together industry, policymakers, entrepreneurs and researchers around the future of structures for offshore and inland waters in the context of sustainable development. The call for abstracts is open until 6 March 2020 to professionals globally from all sectors with a shared interest and vision in floating development, e.g. civil engineering, naval architecture, architectural design and engineering, maritime law/regulation, governance, sustainable urban development and planning, real estate development, circular economy and innovative monitoring.

Coastal Community of South Carolina Grants

Coastal Community Foundation runs two competitive grant cycles per year, with applications due in January and June. Visit the grant opportunities page to find out which grants your organization may qualify for. To apply for a grant, please login to our online portal to access current applications.

Minnesota’s Coastal Program Grants

Every year the Department of Natural Resourses (DNR) offers grants to help communities, agencies, and organizations balance protection of Lake Superior coastal resources with providing places for people to live, work, and play. There are 3 funding opportunities this year. For more information, click here.

Department of the Interior Teams up with Concrete Preservation Institute Foundation to Preserve Historic Sites

The Department of the Interior (DOI) and the Concrete Preservation Institute Foundation (CPI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to establish a framework to utilize CPI’s existing training programs in repair, maintenance and stewardship at historic sites across the Department’s bureaus. CPI partners with the DOI and the Department of Defense, and with industry companies across the country, to offer career preparation, nationwide placement and hands-on training for transitioning active duty service members at all levels from all service branches while completing construction, repair, maintenance and safety/access projects in national parks and public sites.







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