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UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
Rockville, Maryland 20852
Honorable Juanita M. Kreps
Dear Madam Secretary:
I have the honor to submit to you Public Support
The study is both timely and important due to Congressional
We are pleased to be able to comment upon such subjects as
Our recommendations are:
the initiation of a major coastal zone management
the establishment of an adequate level of program
a definition of performance standards regarding
specificity of state program elements,
over time as a gauge of specificity, and
the preparation of a policy document by the Office of
extension of preliminary program approval funds for a
deletion from the program of states not making adequate
a gradual phase down of Federal monies for operational
an increase in size and number of special assistance
an "evolutionary" approach to the future of coastal zone
All of these recommendations will protect the Federal investment in the nation's coasts and will save public funds in the long
Indeed, many of the recommendations can be implemented with existing resources. In general, the Committee has been impressed by the fact that despite limited resources, significant accomplishments in coastal zone management have occurred. It is now time to refine and strengthen that effort in light of the evidence presented in this report.
The Committee was established by P. L. 92-583 on October 27, 1972 and was directed to make recommendations to your office concerning the implementation of the Act. With your assistance, the Committee intends to pursue its recommendations' in all appropriate forums. Please be advised that the Committee has been requested to testify before Congress in the near future.
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Letter of Transmittal
in the States
A View From Federal Agencies
The Committee wishes to express its appreciation to those agencies which, by making their personnel available, make this report possible. In Ohio, these organizations include the League of Women Voters, Ohio Environmental Council, Lake County Shoreline Advisory Group, Ohio Geological Survey, Lake Carriers Association, Ohio Conservation Foundation, Regional Planning Commission for Cayahoga County, City of Cleveland Planning Office, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Cleveland Plain-Dealer, Greater Cleveland Boating Association, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Ohio Electric Utility Institute, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, and the Ohio State legislature.
The organizations contacted in Louisiana include Shell Oil Company, Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission, Louisiana Coastal Commission, Port of New Orleans, Jefferson Parish Council, Louisiana Ecology Center, Sierra Club, Department of Transportation and Development, Office of the Governor, Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association, Office of the Mayor of Morgan City, Morgan City Chamber of Commerce, St. Bernard's Planning Commission, New Orleans Times-Picayune, Orleans Parish Planning Commission, Plaquemines Parish Planning Commission, and the Louisiana State legislature.
In North Carolina, these organizations include North Carolina State University, Department of Administration, University of North Carolina, League of Women Voters, Department of Agriculture, Office of Marine Affairs, Conservation Foundation, State Utilities Commission, North Carolina Petroleum Council, Department of Natural Resources and Community Development, Coastal Re