The Blue Flag USA program is responsible for providing support and engagement to coastal communities on various topics to support the ideal of sustainable development through environmental education. Previously, staff held a national workshop at the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association’s 2021 National Coastal Conference. This year we are excited to host a 3 month series of meetings discussing sustainable beach management topics and themes in an effort to bring together candidate sites, awarded sites, industry, managers, stakeholders, and more to share experiences. Below you will find information about the summer series as it becomes available.

May: Planning Successful Educational Outreach

Speakers: Ellie Moss, Moss & Mollusk Consulting

Chris Folkes, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Volunteer

Date: May 25th, 3:30-5pm Eastern 

Recording Available

June: Natural and Microplastic Debris Management in Sediment

Speakers: David Hewett & Christy Ferguson, Town of Holden Beach

Judd Mahan, TetraTech

Russell Cole, City of Galveston 

Date: June 15th, 2-3:30pm Eastern 

Recording Available

July: Plastics in the Coastal Zone

Speakers: Ellie Moss, Moss & Mollusk Consulting

Layne Marshall, EPA Trash Free Waters

Date: July 27th, 1:30-3:00pm Eastern

Recording Available

Thank you for making our first summer series a huge success! Staff is working on scheduling events for next year. Be on the lookout for more details. Contact staff with any questions, sponsorship opportunities, or collaborative ideas.