EBC Ocean and Coastal Resources Webinar: Protecting Coastal Resources and Structures, Part 1 – The Intersection of Nature, Science and Policy


Date: January 27, 2021


Phone: (617) 505-1818

Email: [email protected]


Virtual Meeting

The pressure to protect coastal properties from storm damage and erosion due to sea level rise and more intense and more frequent coastal storms is increasing. Property owners, from residential homeowners and municipalities to commercial developments and water-dependent industries, want to know what options are available to them and the efficacy of those options.

This EBC Ocean and Coastal Resources webinar will begin with a panel of state regulators discussing strategies for protecting coastal resources and structures that are compliant with their coastal regulatory programs. Speakers will discuss different options available based on various factors, such as the presence and condition of coastal resources, the nature of the property’s existing shoreline, and the use of the property. The panel will explore the appropriateness of options ranging from traditional coastal protection, including seawalls and revetments, to “soft” protective measures and living shorelines.

A robust panel discussion with the audience will conclude the webinar.

Click here for more information on Part Two of this series.

Final Agenda – Ocean & Coastal Webinar – Protecting Coastal Resources – Part 1



Program Chairs:

  • John Casey, Partner, Robinson+Cole
  • Stacy Minihane, Senior Associate, Beals + Thomas

Speaker Agenda:

Building Resilient New Hampshire Shorelines in a Time of Change

  • Kirsten Howard, Resilience Program Coordinator, Coastal Program. Watershed Management Bureau, Water Division, New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

Building a More Resilient Coast

  • Lisa Berry Engler, Director, Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management

Climate Resiliency and the Wetlands Protection Act

  • Lisa Rhodes, Chief, Wetlands Program, Division of Wetlands and Waterways, Bureau of Water Resources, MassDEP
  • Nate Corcoran, Wetlands & Waterways Coastal Geologist, Southeast Regional Office, MassDEP

Update from Massachusetts DEP Waterways

  • Daniel Padien, Chief, Waterways Program, Division of Wetlands and Waterways, Bureau of Water Resources, MassDEP

Building Coastal Climate Resilience into Shoreline Protection in Rhode Island

  • Janet Freedman, Coastal Geologist, Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council

Coastal Shoreline Protection in Connecticut

  • Susan Jacobson, Supervising Environmental Analyst, Land and Water Resources, Regulatory – Southwest, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

From Gray to Green: Approaching Shoreline Protection in Maine

  • Peter Slovinsky, Marine Geologist, Maine Geological Survey, Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry

Attendee List

Sarah Allen Normandeau Associates Sr.Principal Scientist
Caroline Armstrong BETA Group, Inc. Director of Marketing
Carlos Badiola MassDEP – Office of General Counsel Attorney
Troy Barry Tighe & Bond Principal Engineer
Gabrielle Belfit Tighe & Bond Senior Environmental Scientist
Eric Bender Bender Editor
Anders Bjarngard GZA Principal
Mitchell Buck Woods Hole Group Coastal Engineer
Lars Carlson VHB Sr. Project Manager
Kristin Carman VHB Environmental Project Manager
Gabriel Cira The Emerald Tutu CEO
Amy Dale Gradient Sr. Environmental Engineer
Nathan Dill Ransom Consulting, LLC Coastal Engineer
Richard Dmochowski Town of Fairfield, CT Secretary, Flood & Erosion Control Board
James Doherty TRC Senior Hydrogeologist
Dwight Dunk Epsilon Associates, Inc. Principal
Ron Ferraiuolo SumCo Eco-Contracting LLC Team Lead
Ken Fields Tetra Tech Senior Project Manager
Adam Finkle Woods Hole Group Coastal Scientist
Megan Fitzmaurice Weston & Sampson Engineers Inc. Architect 1
Jonathan Gawrys SumCo Eco-Contracting, LLC Team Lead
Albert Good Tighe & Bond Land Use and Transportation Planner
Rebecca Haney MA Office of Coastal Zone Management Coastal Geologist
Amanda Houle Tighe & Bond Senior Environmental Scientist
Courtney Humphries UMass Boston Graduate student
Roxanne James Epsilon Associates, Inc. Staff Scientist
Eliza Jobin-Davis Weston & Sampson Inc. Climate Resiliency Engineer I
Jennifer Johnson Nitsch Engineering Project Manager
Kyle Johnson Kleinfelder Climate Resiliency & Green Infrastructure
Julia Kallmerten Tighe & Bond, Inc Project Engineer
Julia Knisel MA Office of Coastal Zone Management Coastal Shoreline and Floodplain Manager
Jayne Knott JFK Environmental Services LLC Owner/Senior Scientist
Allen Kratz Resilience Works, LLC Principal
Betty Krikorian Elders Climate Action member
Grace Li Conservation Law Foundation Paralegal
Valerie Massard Duxbury, Town Planning Director
Stephanie Moura MassDEP Division Director- Wetlands and Waterways
David Murphy Tighe & Bond VP
Chester Myers Massachusetts Port Authority Senior Waterfront Project Manager
Lee Oxenham NH General Court State Representative
Sonja Plesset Stone Foundation Executive Director
Anastasia Procaccini SumCo Eco-Contracting Project Manager
Erik Rexford Epsilon Associates Senior Consultant
Gregory Robbins Department of Conservation & Recreation Director of Waterways
Courtney Rocha Commonwealth of Masschusetts MVP Regional Coordinator
Sharon Rooney Tighe & Bond Principal Planner
Sean Scannell Epsilon Associates Staff Scientist
Sarah Showalter RPS Group Consultant II
Danah Tench MassDEP Director of Clean Energy and Resilient Programs
Sheila Warren USACE New England District Silver Jackets Coordinator
David Watters NH Senate Senator
Erin Willson Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc. Project Consultant
Craig Wood ESS Group, Inc. Principle Scientist
Dena Wunsch Nobis Project Manager

PowerPoint Presentations

The available PowerPoint presentations from the EBC Ocean and Coastal Resources Webinar: Protecting Coastal Resources and Structures, Part 1 – The Intersection of Nature, Science and Policy completed on January 27, 2021, can be viewed below.

Presentations – Ocean & Coastal Webinar – Protecting Coastal Resources – Part 1

Webinar Recording

Registered Attendees

All registered attendees receive the link to the webinar recording five business days after the conclusion of the webinar. If you are a registered attendee and did not receive the webinar recording, please contact the EBC office.

EBC Members

The webinar recording is available to EBC Members via the Info Hub. If you are an employee of an EBC Member Company and cannot access the Info Hub, please contact the EBC Office.


Non-Members are welcome to register and pay the Non-Member registration rate to receive access to the webinar recording.

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