Coastal Zone Management Act 101

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Coastal Zone Management Act 101 is a collection of introductory modules to help new and inexperienced coastal management program staff members understand how coastal programs work, including tasks and basic responsibilities. These interactive modules provide examples, explanations of terms and concepts, and information on how the Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA) supports coastal management program work.

This collection features the following interactive modules:

  • CZMA Overview

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    If you are new to working with the CZMA, this is a great place to start! Learn how the CZMA connects to and supports the daily work of a state coastal management program. See Additional Information below for related resources.

  • Federal Consistency Basics

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    Learn how federal consistency empowers states and encourages coordination and cooperation between federal and state agencies.

  • Funding and Cooperative Agreements

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    Learn about types of CZMA funding and navigating the cooperative agreement process. Includes examples of funded activities.

  • Permitting in the Coastal Zone

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    Learn about basic permitting concepts, permit application review, and the ways in which the CZMA relates to the permitting process.

  • Understanding Enforceable Policies

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    Learn how to review enforceable policies to ensure that NOAA could approve a new or modified policy as an enforceable policy of the state’s or territory’s coastal management program for federal consistency review purposes.


Professional Credit

American Institute of Certified Planners – one hour

Additional Information

Explore the following resources from the CZMA Overview module.