It's critical that the nation have healthy coasts and oceans.
OCRM partners with state and local governments to help manage these often competing uses of coastal areas in ways that protect coastal habitat and sustain the coastal economy.
Initiatives encourage states and communities to protect their coastal resources. Some initiatives, such as the Coastal Zone Enhancement Program, are directed by Congress. OCRM initiates other programs, such as the shoreline management technical assistance toolbox, in response to requests from state coastal managers.
OCRM and state and local governments work together under the Coastal Zone Management Act to keep America's coasts and oceans healthy.