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Coastal Zone Management Program program & policies

We manage Washington's Coastal Zone Management Program through existing state environmental laws. Policies within each of these state laws are federally approved and designated as enforceable policies.

Washington chose to rely on our existing state regulatory framework to address coastal zone issues rather than draft a new, all-encompassing piece of legislation. Because of this, Washington does not have a stand-alone program for coastal zone management.

Six state laws provide the framework to fulfill the federal priorities of the Coastal Zone Management Act, working to preserve, protect, develop, and where possible, to restore or enhance the resources for this and succeeding generations:

Policies we use to uphold Coastal Zone Management Act

Policies within each of these state laws are federally approved and designated as "enforceable policies" to manage our coastal zone. Generally, enforceable policies outline the land and water uses allowed within the coastal zone which have a direct and significant impact on the coastal waters. These enforceable policies are important because they are used for state review authority of federal agency actions. Please contact us for a list of current enforceable policies.

Staff contact

Bobbak Talebi
Washington State Department of Ecology
Shorelands and Environmental Assistance Program
Direct Line: 360-407-6529