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. Last year Blue Flag USA launched a popular summer series on beach management topics in support of candidates and ASBPA’s mission to advocate for healthy, sustainable, and resilient coastal systems. We are joined this year by the national operator for Blue Flag in Canada, Swim Drink Fish in programming. This year the three month series will cover Accessibility, Water Quality, and Safety 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: Accessibility

Speakers: Uli Egger, the Rick Hansen Foundation

Kristina Boburka, South Padre Island Shoreline Department

Date: May 10th, 2-3:30 pm Eastern 

June: Water Quality

Speakers: Bernie Mayer, the Environmental Health Manager for Halliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit

Lucy Flores and Jason Pinchback, TX General Land Office

Date: June 7th 2-3:30pm E


July: Safety

Speakers: Peter Davis, Chief Galveston Island Beach Patrol

Date: July 12th 2-3:30 pm E

Thank you for participating in the 2023 Summer Series. We look forward to connecting with you next year on more beach management topics.