State CZM Program
Purpose: To “provide for the effective management, beneficial use, protection, and development of the coastal zone.” See L. 1977, c 188, § 1.
Communities have begun looking at ways to combine local expertise with western science and government to create a balanced approach to managing land and resources.
A vibrant planning and management system that guides human activities to assure that land and water uses are designed and carried out in a manner that sustains the resources and their values.
Given multiple interests in these precious resources, government and public partnerships can help assure comprehensive and coordinated research, policy development, and public education on ocean and coastal interests toward sustaining a healthy coastal zone.