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Coastal Resilience: Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM's) Role


July 14, 2014


Damage from Coastal storms along the Atlantic coast is causing communities to look to federal waters for sand to restore their shorelines and coastal habitats. Severe beach erosion resulting from Hurricane Sandy highlighted a need for BOEM to develop a comprehensive inventory of sand resources on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). BOEM, using funds it received from the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013, is identifying and evaluating potential offshore sand resources along the Atlantic coast. BOEM’s Marine Minerals Program (MMP) is working with coastal states to manage sand resources in a regional context, taking into consideration multiple uses of the seafloor and potential environmental impacts from dredging. Join us for a discussion on efforts to make the Atlantic coast more resilient.

Jeffrey Reidenauer, BOEM Chief Marine Minerals Branch 
Geoff Wikel, BOEM Chief Environmental Coordination Branch