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U.S. Great Lakes Policy and Management: A Comparative Analysis of Eight States' Coastal and Submerged Lands Programs and Policies

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U.S. law relinquishes to coastal states the right and power to manage, administer, lease, develop, and use the lands beneath navigable waters and along coastal states' boundaries. However, it provides no requirements or incentives for contiguous states to adopt consistent regulations or to collaborate in the management and use of shared resources. A comparative analysis was conducted of submerged lands management, leasing and setback regulations and policies, and the application of the public trust doctrine in the Great Lakes states' coastal management programs. Differences, similarities, and opportunities for improved regional approaches to coastal and submerged lands policy and management are presented.

Keywords: Great Lakes; coastal management; cooperative management; public trust; submerged lands

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Annis Water Resources Institute, Grand Valley State University, Muskegon, Michigan, USA 2: Transportation and Sustainable Development, Great Lakes Commission, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

Publication date: 2009-03-01

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