North Carolina Regulatory Systems for Coastal Development

by David W. Owens, NC Dep of Natural Resources &, Community Development, Raleigh, NC, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87


It was not until the late 1960's and early 1970's that several factors converged to produce the current management system. These factors included the level of magnitude of problems being created by increasing development, public concern regarding proper environmental management, and federal laws mandating and/or encouraging state action (including NEPA, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act Amendments, and the Coastal Zone Management Act). This led to the adoption of state laws. The estuarine resource management system now in place in North Carolina consists of an overall regional resource management program for the coastal area and a number of issue specific resource management programs, principal among them the water pollution control program.

Subject Headings: Systems management | Coastal environment | Water pollution | Coastal management | Estuaries | Resource management | Public opinions | Federal government | North Carolina

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