A federal activity is any development or function performed by or for a federal agency. Examples include adopting a management plan for a wildlife sanctuary, constructing nearshore facilities, and dredging new channels. The federal agency must determine if its project or activity has reasonably foreseeable coastal effects. Should the federal agency determine there will effects on the coastal environment, then it must prepare a “consistency determination” and submit it to us.
In its consistency determination, the federal agency must describe the coastal effects and explain how the project or activity is consistent with Washington’s Coastal Zone Management Program. We have 60 days from the receipt of the consistency determination to issue our decision.