Washington State Coastal Zone Management Act Program Enhancement (Section 309)

About Coastal Zone Management Section 309

The Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA) Improvement Grants Program (Section 309) was initiated by Congress in its 1990 reauthorization of the CZMA, and expanded in its 1995 reauthorization. Congress has set aside special funding to encourage the states to make improvements to their federally approved coastal zone management programs in one or more of nine specific improvement areas. Federal law and regulation strictly define activities that are eligible for Section 309 funding.

Washington Coastal Zone Management Section 309 Planning

Every five years, states and territories are encouraged to conduct self-assessments of their coastal management programs to determine problems and enhancement opportunities within each of the nine enhancement areas—and to assess the effectiveness of existing management efforts to address identified problems. Each coastal management program identifies high priority management issues as well as important needs and information gaps the program must fill to address these issues.

Over the past year, the Coastal Program has been working with key stakeholders to develop the 2016-2020 Assessment and Strategy. The Coastal Program received final approval from NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management on August 19, 2015. The implementation of this strategy will begin July 1, 2016. For additional information please click on the link provided below.

Assessment and Strategy Reports

Since the inception of the Coastal Zone Management Section 309 Program in 1990, Washington has participated in all six planning and enhancement cycles. For further information, please see the reports provided below:

Staff contact

Bobbak Talebi
Washington State Department of Ecology
Shorelands and Environmental Assistance Program
Direct Line: 360-407-6529
Email: Bobbak.Talebi@ecy.wa.gov


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