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Annual Georgia Environmental Conference 2018

OBG recently sponsored and took part in the 2018 Georgia Environmental Conference (GEC) on August 22-24, 2018 in Jekyll Island, Georgia. This annual event brings together environmental professionals to share knowledge and ideas to solve environmental challenges in Georgia and across the Southeast. 

During the conference, OBG experts presented a workshop on coastal restoration and resiliency projects using new and improved approaches to increase resiliency and reduce the risks of coastal hazards. 

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Approaches to Coastal Restoration and Resiliency

Moderator: Maureen Hoke, OBG
Speakers: Murat Utku, PhD, PE, OBG; Bill Hanson, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company, LLC; Shawn Gillen, City of Tybee Island, GA; Patricia T. Barmeyer, Partner, King & Spaulding 

More frequently occurring extreme weather events are the new drivers compelling communities and agencies to identify effective mechanisms for enhancing resilience. Changing sea levels and storm patterns are affecting coastal areas in the U.S., including the Southeast. The potential effects on coastal erosion, storm surge, and flooding are increasing due to these factors, as the costs to address these challenges continue to increase. New and improved approaches have to be on the forefront to increase resiliency and reduce the risks of coastal hazards. They include natural and nature based solutions, including but not limited to one of the following or in combination thereof; beach replenishment, dune systems, living shorelines, and protected/enhanced wetlands and floodplains, as well as engineered structures, such as levees, groins, sea walls, artificial reefs, and other erosion control and shore protection structures. Furthermore, there is an enhanced need for the consideration of climate change input in future planning.

Implementation of such projects requires compliance with state and federal regulations, to include the Coastal Barrier Resources Act (CBRA), Endangered Species Act (ESA) Section 10 Habitat Conservation Plans, and Section 7 Consultation, and the Georgia Coastal Management Program. It takes a team of engineers, scientists, planners, and contractors to successfully design and implement coastal restoration and resiliency projects. This panel includes representatives from each of these groups to provide insight into their individual as well as collective/collaborative roles in Coastal Restoration and Resiliency projects. Each panelist will briefly share their focus in regards to the topic, then the entire panel will participate in a facilitated discussion using actual project examples. 

OBG's environmental trivia challenge

OBG also challenged attendees at the company's exhibit to test their knowledge with OBG's environmental trivia challenge.