A Watershed Approach to Coastal Zone Management for the Elkhorn Slough Estuarine Complex

by Les Strnad, California Coastal Commission, Santa Cruz, United States,
Rick Hyman, California Coastal Commission, Santa Cruz, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '93


The goal of establishing a scientifically-based, watershed planning and resource management framework for Elkhorn Slough in Monterey County, California has been an on-going effort for two decades. Management of this estuarine lagoon complex has evolved but utilizing the somewhat inadequate planning and regulatory mechanisms available in California, together with establishing new, innovative techniques. This paper examines, from a watershed perspective, a series of governmental planning, regulatory, and management programs designed to protect the Elkhorn Slough estuarine complex. The advances and deficiencies of each initiative are discussed to gain insight into new management strategies.

Subject Headings: Watersheds | Sea water | Coastal management | Estuaries | Resource management | Frames | Innovation | Government | California | United States

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