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Coastal Zone Management Act

The Coastal Zone Management Act (1972) and its amendments (1990) enable coastal states to develop a coastal management program that would improve protection of sensitive shoreline resources, identify coastal areas appropriate for development, designate areas hazardous to development, and improve public access to the coastline. The act requires that federal agencies conducting activities or undertaking development directly affecting the coastal zone shall ensure that the activities or developments are consistent with approved state management programs to the extent practicable.

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Last Updated: January 04, 2017