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CZARA of 1990: A Critical Time for Coastal Management

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To appreciate the present, sometimes you need to reflect on the past and wonder “what if?” This is one of those times. In recognition of the 40th anniversary of the Coastal Zone Management Act and acknowledgment of the dedication of the program's practitioners, it is important to note that the successful implementation of the Nation's primary coastal law has depended, and will continue to depend, on its legitimacy and institutionalization in the political culture of the country. Today, the national coastal management program, while underfunded and, in recent years, subject to wavering political support, has nevertheless reached a certain level of stability to safeguard the country's coastal resources. It is fitting, therefore, in this special issue of Coastal Management to recall a time when the future of the CZMA was in serious doubt.

Keywords: CZARA; coastal management; coastal nonpoint source; federal consistency

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries, Washington, D.C.,(Chief Counsel/Senior Policy Analyst, 1975–1995) 2: Coastal States Organization, Washington, D.C.,(Executive Director, 1982–1991) 3: Georgia Coastal Nonpoint Source Management Program Department of Natural Resources, Brunswick, Georgia, USA

Publication date: May 4, 2013

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