EBC Ocean and Coastal Resources Webinar: Protecting Coastal Structures – Part Two: Putting Law and Science into Practice


Date: February 24, 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 is the second of a two-part series addressing coastal protection and resiliency. During the first webinar, held on January 27, attendees heard from a panel of New England state regulators discussing strategies for protecting coastal resources and structures that are compliant with their coastal regulatory programs. This second webinar will feature municipalities and practitioners discussing successes, lessons learned, and how they are approaching coastal protection and resiliency. 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 One of this series.

Final Agenda – Ocean and Coastal Resources Webinar – Protecting Coastal Structures – Part Two


Program Chairs:

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

Speaker Agenda:

Engineering Practice for a Dynamic Coast: Overview of Resources Available to Today’s Design Engineers

  • Devin Santa, PE, SECB, President, Race Coastal Engineering

Duxbury’s Coastal Adaption: Infrastructure, Environmental and Community Challenges

  • Valerie Massard, AICP, CFM, Planning Director, Town of Duxbury, MA

York Beach’s Seawall Improvements: Design, Permitting, Funding, Construction & Public Expectation Challenges

  • Dean Lessard, Director of Public Works, Town of York, ME
  • Nathan L. Dill, P.E., Project Manager/Coastal Engineer, Ransom Consulting, LLC

Balancing Ecology, Resilience and Access: the Waterfront Edge Design Guidelines as a Framework for Coastal Projects

  • Diane Mas, PH.D, REHS/RS, Vice President, Chief Resilience Officer, Water and Natural Resources, Fuss & O’Neill

Attendee List

Carlos Badiola MassDEP Office of General Counsel Policy Attorney
Anders Bjarngard GZA Principal
Alison Bowden The Nature Conservancy Director, Rivers Coasts & Oceans
Mitchell Buck Woods Hole Group Coastal Engineer
Becky Bunnell Fairfield Flood and Erosion Control Board Chair
Lars Carlson VHB Sr. Project Manager
Gabriel Cira The Emerald Tutu CEO
Richard Dmochowski Town of Fairfield, CT Secretary, Flood & Erosion Control Board
Dwight Dunk Epsilon Associates, Inc. Principal
Paul Fennelly  Environment Scientist – Emeritus
Ron Ferraiuolo SumCo Eco-Contracting LLC Team Lead
Adam Finkle Woods Hole Group Coastal Scientist
Megan Fitzmaurice Weston & Sampson Engineers Inc. Architect 1
Lindi Higgins AECOM Senior Scientist
William Hurley Town of Fairfield Engineering Manager
Susan Jacobson Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Supervising Environmental Analyst Land and Water Resources, Regulatory – Southwest
Paul Kirshen UMass Boston Professor
Julia Knisel MA Office of Coastal Zone Management Coastal Shoreline and Floodplain Manager
Allen Kratz Resilience Works, LLC Principal
Tom Liddy Lucas Environmental, LLC Project Manager
Maris Mann-Stadt Haley & Aldrich Senior Technical Specialist
Gregor Mcgregor Mcgregor & Legere, pc Senior Partner
Andrew McNulty University of Rhode Island Graduate Student
Stephen Parker Tetra Tech Sr. Project Manager
Laura Pulie Town of Fairfield Assistant Town Engineering Manager
Gregory Russo TRC ecologist/wetland scientist
Sean Scannell Epsilon Associates Staff Scientist
Peter Slovinsky Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Marine Geologist, Maine Geological Survey
Danah Tench MassDEP Office of General Counsel Deputy General Counsel
Craig Wood ESS Group, Inc. Principle Scientist

PowerPoint Presentations

The available PowerPoint presentations from the EBC Ocean and Coastal Resources Webinar: Protecting Coastal Structures – Part Two: Putting Law and Science into Practice completed on February 24, 2021, can be viewed below.

Presentations – Ocean and Coastal Resources Webinar – Protecting Coastal Structures – Part Two

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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