The American Shore and Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA) has a new Central Gulf Coast Chapter. The ASBPA is dedicated to preserving, protecting and enhancing our coasts by merging science and public policy. The new regional chapter intends to serve as an advocate for the diverse shores and beaches of Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana by capitalizing on the time, talents, and treasury of all coastal professionals for preserving, protecting, and enhancing our coasts.

Working across the central Gulf Coast, the new chapter will address current beach issues through:

  • bringing together diverse coastal professionals;
  • advocating and providing support for projects;
  • providing professional development;
  • communicating local matters to the national organization for increased visibility; and
  • disseminating relevant national issues to the regional audience.

The new Chapter has short-term goals to hold two events in 2018: to increase individual membership across the three states, and to increase the number of corporate memberships in the region. They are encouraging coastal professionals with an interest in beach and shoreline preservation to become a member of ASBPA.

The national organization of ASBPA is very active and two national activities are underway. A call for nominations is open for the 2018 Best Restored Beaches Awards – due April 6, 2018. The national 2018 Coastal Summit “Working Together: Science & Policy for Resilient Coasts” is scheduled for March 20-22, 2018 in Washington, DC.

For more information on the Central Gulf Coast Chapter contact Dr. Bret Webb.