U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Region IX Near Coastal Waters Programby Suzanne L. Marr, U.S. EPA, San Francisco, United States,
Abstract: The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Near Coastal Water Program began in 1985 when former Administrator Lee Thomas requested the development of the Near Coastal Waters Initiative as one of several strategic planning initiatives for the Agency. EPA proposed to address issues in the Nation's near coastal waters through increased coordination among EPA programs, and other Federal, state, and local offices with coastal program responsibilities. As with the national program, the Region IX Near Coastal Waters Program promotes a holistic approach to addressing coastal water pollution issues, and strives to use innovative management techniques in the process. Currently we are developing a Region IX Near Coastal Waters Strategy to set priorities for the Near Coastal Waters Program, enabling Region IX to focus resources and project funds on priority water bodies. Several projects are currently funded and managed under the Region IX Near Coastal Waters Program. Important components of each of these projects include: public outreach; technology transfer; and interagency cooperation.
Subject Headings: Sea water | Water pollution | Coastal management | Public information programs | Federal government | Coastal processes | Water resources
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