Coastal Community Development Partnership (NOAA and EPA)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have built a partnership to to support state and local coastal development innovations. Under the agreement, the two agencies will partner with local communities and other governmental entities to give waterfront communities the tools and resources they need to benefit the economy, public health, and the environment while protecting coastal ecosystems, including anticipating and reducing the impacts of climate change.

Under the agreement, EPA and NOAA will:

  • Provide technical assistance and training to communities to help them implement more sustainable construction and land use practices;
  • Develop innovative, web-based tools to provide interested communities and other stakeholders with essential scientific and technical information;
  • Collaborate on the development of the National Coastal Condition Assessment and Reports that depict the condition of the nation's coastal waters based on data collected and analyzed by state agencies; and
  • Support place-based projects focused on equitable development and climate adaptation in coastal communities.

This agreement builds on a 2005-2010 EPA-NOAA partnership that provided training on resilience and smart growth to over 400 coastal community officials and developed the publication 'Smart Growth for Coastal and Waterfront Communities.' In addition, the agencies collaborated on technical assistance to help coastal communities examine options for implementing smart growth approaches.

“The pressures of coastal growth profoundly affect the ability of NOAA and EPA and their state and local partners to achieve national goals for managing coastal resources sustainably and protecting human health and the environment…Combining the strengths, resources and expertise offered by NOAA and EPA in a coordinated and focused manner will ensure the best and most effective use of federal resources.”


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