Throughout the nation’s coastal zone, NOAA and its partners are breaking down barriers to coastal access. October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, and the theme, “Empowering All,” provides a good opportunity to recognize advances and needs as they relate to coastal access. Here are highlights from two NOAA programs—the National Coastal Zone Management Program and the National Estuarine Research Reserve System.
The National Coastal Zone Management Program is a state and federal partnership program that addresses the nation’s coastal issues. The National Estuarine Research Reserve System, 29 sites strong, protects estuaries and provides educational and science opportunities.
Partners: California Coastal Conservancy, Minnesota Lake Superior Coastal Program, Puerto Rico Coastal Zone Management Program, and Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program; the Elkhorn Slough, Grand Bay, Narragansett Bay, San Francisco, Waquoit Bay, and Wells National Estuarine Research Reserves; and Access Adventure at Rush Ranch, Boston University Graduate Program in Deaf Education, City of Duluth, Governor Baxter School for the Deaf, Horace Mann School for the Deaf, Isle of Wight County, Punta Tuna Nature Reserve, READS Collaborative, Rhode Island School for the Deaf, Solano Land Trust, and The Learning Center for the Deaf’s Center for Research and Training and Marie Philip School.