Assessment and program planning
Every five years, states and U.S. territories with marine shorelines must review their Coastal Zone Management programs to identify priority needs and improvement opportunities. Then state and territories, including Washington, work with NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management to develop multi-year improvement strategies that focus on one or more of nine priority enhancement goals.
The Coastal Program has published the 2021-2025 Program Enhancement Assessment and Strategy after accepting public comments.
Since the Coastal Zone Management Enhancement Program was established, Washington has participated in all six planning and enhancement cycles. Please see the reports below for more information:
We pursue a number of projects designed to address information gaps and enhance coastal zone management practices across Washington. When a state or territory has an approved Coastal Program Enhancement Plan, they become eligible for competitive and non-competitive federal grants. This funding is critical for augmenting a state’s coastal zone management activities.