Over the past two months, the Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM) has held several workshops on the Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA) federal consistency provision.
OCRM implements the National Coastal Zone Management Program as directed by the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972. The Program is a voluntary federal-state partnership that works to protect, restore, and responsibly develop our nation's diverse coastal communities and resources.
Federal consistency is a CZMA provision that requires federal agencies and applicants for federal licenses or permits to be consistent with a state’s federally approved coastal management program when taking actions that have reasonable foreseeable effects on a state’s coastal uses or resources. The federal consistency provision is a principle incentive for states to join the national coastal management program and is a powerful tool that states use to manage coastal uses and resources and to facilitate cooperation and coordination with federal agencies.
OCRM hosted workshops for the Pacific Northwest, Southeast, and Great Lakes regions. These workshops, which were attended by federal, state, and local agencies and private consultants, provided a basic understanding of federal consistency and information about some problem areas that have occurred over the past few years.
The workshops were also designed to help states and federal agencies efficiently and effectively implement their programs by educating personnel on the consistency requirements, providing an opportunity for these groups to learn about each other’s programs, and establishing effective working relationships.