Improved Evaluation of the Federal CZM Program

by Katharine A. Wilson, Assoc of State & Interstate, Water Pollution Control, Administrators, Washington, DC, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '85


The Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA) of 1972 created a federal coastal zone management program by providing funds to states to voluntarily develop and implement plans for the management and protection of their coastal resources. This approach, unique among natural resource laws, makes the outcome of the CZMA's implementation of particular interest to policy-makers. This paper reviews past evaluations of the Federal Coastal Zone Program and outlines the obstacles which have thwarted more meaningful and objective evaluation of this program.

Subject Headings: Coastal management | Federal government | Fish management | Resource management | Natural resources | Laws | Coastal environment

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