Fort Myers, FL – Coastal Zone Foundation (CZF) announces two half-day short courses that can be registered for in conjunction with the American Shore & Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA) National Conference at

Tuesday, Oct. 20, “Water Quality,” from noon until 4 p.m. ET led by Erin Hague (TetraTech). An introductory course where a review of the Clean Water Act of 1972 will be provided, along with discussions of surface water quality standards and compliance applicable to the Atlantic, Gulf and Pacific coastal zones. Three regional case studies will review basin management tools, primary contributors to water quality degradation, Best Management Practices (BMPs) for treatment, monitoring strategies, bioindicators and state-level efforts at becoming compliant with the Coastal Zone Act.

Wednesday, Oct. 21, “Coastal Geology” from noon until 4 p.m. ET led by Dr. Tiffany Roberts Briggs (Florida Atlantic University). Coastal Geology is an introductory course presenting a geological framework, distinguishing among types of coasts, the forces sculpting the land, and the sediments accumulating in distinct forms. This module will touch on special disciplines of coastal geomorphology, sedimentology, and coastal processes.If you are unable to attend ASBPA conference and would like to sign up for a short course, please send an email to with a request to register.

These courses are intended for coastal practitioners, professionals, consultants and representatives from government agencies and nongovernmental organizations. Students and new professionals are also encouraged to attend.

The short course topics are modules that will be offered in partial completion of the Certified Coastal Practitioner™ (CCP) program. The complete program will consist of 10 modules offering a broad, multidisciplinary platform of knowledge for current and prospective coastal professionals and providing an introductory look at the various areas of coastal expertise that are crucial to successful and sound coastal management. The basic objective of this program is to deliver the fundamentals of each topic applied in coastal management, so that individuals obtain exposure to a breadth of knowledge and expertise. Please visit for more information on the Certified Coastal Practitioner™ credential. Most short courses are also available via recorded webinar.

The Coastal Zone Foundation was formed in 1984 with the purpose of advancing scientific and related engineering and planning knowledge. By developing and implementing the Certified Coastal Practitioner™ program, Coastal Zone Foundation is continuing a tradition of encouraging rigorous research and continued collaboration to nurture, protect and manage the coastal zone. Please visit to learn more.