Evaluation of Washington's Coastal Zone Management Program

The Federal Coastal Zone Management Act calls for the periodic evaluation of all federally approved coastal management programs. Each evaluation assesses the operation and management of the program and how the state is addressing the national coastal zone management objectives contained in Section 303(2) of the act, how it is implementing and enforcing the state coastal management program, and how well it is adhering to programmatic terms and conditions of financial assistance awards.

Upcoming evaluation

Washington’s Coastal Zone Management Program has an upcoming evaluation - June 27 through June 29, 2017. In this evaluation, NOAAs Office for Coastal Management will prepare a set of findings that identifies Washington Coastal Zone Management Program successes and areas needing improvement. Recommendations from the findings are used to negotiate future Coastal Zone Management Act financial assistance awards to the state. Copies of the findings will be available in late 2017 and will be sent to evaluation participants. Members of the public may request copies by contacting the evaluation team lead (see contact information below) or by indicating so on the public meeting sign-in sheet. See the most recent evaluation findings.

Public participation

Public participation is a valued part of the evaluation process.  NOAA’s evaluation team would like to hear the views of any interested parties concerning the Washington Coastal Management Program, including those aspects that are successful and any suggestions for making improvements or addressing problems. The evaluation team is particularly interested in these areas:

  • Federal consistency
  • Coastal hazards
  • Marine Spatial Planning
  • Shoreline Master Programs

How to get involved

A public meeting will be held to solicit public comments.

Date: Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Time: 5:30 pm
Location: Department of Ecology auditorium, 300 Desmond Drive SE, Lacey, WA 98503

You may also submit written comments or request a meeting with the evaluation team by contacting: 

Carrie Hall
1305 East-West Highway, N/OCM1
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Email: Carrie.Hall@noaa.gov 

Comments (email or US mail) need to be received by Friday, July 7, 2017.

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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