The Future of Nonpoint Source Pollution Management

by Ellen L. Gordon, Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource, Management, Washington, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '91


The Coastal Zone Act Reauthorization Amendments (CZARA) of 1990 have brought the first major revisions to the CZMA in ten years. Section 6217 of the new legislation describes the requirements states must meet in preparing the Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Control Programs that will address concerns over declining water quality and habitat losses. Despite its inclusion in the CZARA, 6217 is considered a 'stand-alone' provision; it is not actually part of the Coastal Zone Management Act Reauthorization. This strategy was chosen when it became apparent that to effectively deal with coastal nonpoint source pollution, this effort would have to go beyond the bounds of traditional coastal zone management. Close coordination with the state and federal agencies responsible for implementing sections 208, 303, 319, and 320 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act will be absolutely essential.

Subject Headings: Coastal management | Nonpoint pollution | Water pollution | Sea water | Federal government | Water policy | Resource management | Legislation

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