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Washington Coastal Zone Management Program enhancement

U.S. Congress initiated and expanded the Coastal Zone Management Act Enhancement Program between 1990 and 1995. Congress also set aside special funding to encourage states to make improvements to their federally-approved coastal zone management programs in one or more of nine specific improvement areas. Federal law and regulations strictly define the activities eligible for this funding.

Assessment and program planning

Every five years, states, and territories must review their Coastal Zone Management programs to identify priority needs and improvement opportunities. States then 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.

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:

Enhancement projects

We pursue a number of projects designed to address information gaps and enhance coastal zone management practices across Washington. One of the key incentives of an approved Coastal Program Enhancement Plan is gaining eligibility for competitive and non-competitive federal grants. These are critical to augment the state’s coastal zone management activities. Enhancement projects target specific areas as part of multi-year program improvement strategies.
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