Light Hearted

Light Hearted ep 128 – Chris Overcash – Climate change & Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse, MD

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Chris Overcash

Chris Overcash is the Senior Engineer and Deputy Director of Coastal Resilience for EA Engineering, Science, and Technology in Maryland. Chris has more than 20 years of experience in the fields of coastal, civil, and environmental engineering. His background includes projects in marine and coastal design, dredging, and resource management, and climate resiliency.

Chris is also an adjunct faculty member of the Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering, and serves as an associate member of the Environment, Energy, Sustainability, and Health Institute. And he’s also a longtime maritime enthusiast, which led him to get involved 17 years ago with the effort to preserve Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse, the only cottage-style screw-pile lighthouse still in its original location in Chesapeake Bay.

Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse, Maryland.
U.S. Lighthouse Society photo by J. Candace Clifford.
New postage stamp featuring Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse

For many years, Chris has organized and led volunteer days for his company’s staff to help support preservation efforts.

He completed an environmental assessment of the lighthouse and designed a landing dock for visitor access and tours.

More recently, he completed a resilience study on how climate change will affect Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse.

Shalana Millard

The special guest co-host for this episode is Shalana Millard, a writer and lighthouse aficionado living in Washington D.C.

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