The Coastal Zone Management Program:

An Uncertain Future

GGD-76-107: Published: Dec 10, 1976. Publicly Released: Dec 10, 1976.

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An assessment was made of progress under the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the coastal States and territories. The Act provides for incentives to States including grants administered by NOAA for the wise use of coastal resources.

Although some progress has been made, many problems have developed in implementation by the States and coordination with Federal agencies. There has been a lack of understanding of State problems, weaknesses in monitoring procedures, and conflicting policies between State and Federal agencies. Some problems in funding and implementation have resulted from lack of public support.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: States should be helped to develop authority and involve the public in program development. Federal agencies should be kept informed at early stages. Information should be coordinated among the States and technical information assistance should be expanded.

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