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Managing Development in the Coastal Zone: Federal Policy Session Name: Managing Development in the Coastal Zone: Federal Policy Coastal Hazards Management.

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1 Managing Development in the Coastal Zone: Federal Policy Session Name: Managing Development in the Coastal Zone: Federal Policy Coastal Hazards Management Course Slide 28.1

2 Managing Development in the Coastal Zone: Federal Policy Session Name: Managing Development in the Coastal Zone: Federal Policy Coastal Hazards Management Course The Congress authorizes and directs that, to the fullest extent possible… All agencies of the federal government shall: include in every recommendation or report on proposals for legislation and other major Federal actions significantly affecting the quality of the human environment, a detailed statement by the responsible official the environmental impact of the proposed action any adverse environmental effects which cannot be avoided should the proposal be implemented, alternatives to the proposed action. Section 102(2)© of the National Environmental Policy Act The National Environmental Policy Act Slide 28.2

3 Managing Development in the Coastal Zone: Federal Policy Session Name: Managing Development in the Coastal Zone: Federal Policy Coastal Hazards Management Course “If the adverse environmental effects of the proposed action are adequately identified and evaluated, the agency is not constrained by NEPA from deciding that other values outweigh the environmental costs…. Other statutes may impose substantive environmental obligations on federal agencies, but NEPA merely prohibits uninformed - rather than unwise -agency action.” United States Supreme Court Robertson V Methow Valley Citizens Council Slide 28.3

4 Managing Development in the Coastal Zone: Federal Policy Session Name: Managing Development in the Coastal Zone: Federal Policy Coastal Hazards Management Course Major programs contained in the Clean Water Act: 1. Regulation of point source pollution 2. Local storm-water management 3. Regulation of non-point source pollution 4. Regulation of dredging and filling in wetlands The Clean Water Act Slide 28.4

5 Managing Development in the Coastal Zone: Federal Policy Session Name: Managing Development in the Coastal Zone: Federal Policy Coastal Hazards Management Course “The Secretary (of the Army) may issue permits…for the discharge of dredged or fill material into the navigable waters (of the United States). Section 404(b)(1) Guidelines: Restrictions on discharge… a. …no discharge of dredged or fill material shall be permitted…if there is a practicable alternative to the proposed discharge which would have less adverse impact on the aquatic ecosystem… b. No discharge of dredged or fill material shall be permitted if it …causes or contributes,…, to violations of any applicable State water quality standard; c. …no discharge of dredged or fill material shall be permitted which will cause or contribute to significant degradation of waters of the United States. Section 404 of the Clean Water Act Slide 28.5

6 Managing Development in the Coastal Zone, Federal Policy I; USACOE Shoreline Protection Program. Session Name: Managing Development in the Coastal Zone, Federal Policy I. Coastal Hazards Management Course Slide 28.6 Wetland, showing ability to absorb flood waters Source:


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