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7/27/05
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NOAA AWARDS MORE THAN $2.5 MILLION FOR COASTAL MANAGEMENT IN MAINE

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration awarded a $2,556,000 grant to the Maine State Planning Office for the administration of the Coastal Zone Management program.

This year’s grant award marks the 31st year that NOAA has provided ongoing funding to assist the state of Maine administer its federally approved coastal management program, which covers Maine’s 5,200 miles of coast. The Maine CZMP balances the demands of industries such as tourism and fishing, with the need to protect the long-term health of the environment. The funding supports projects covering areas such as managing shoreline development, implementing coastal resource protection authorities, enhancing citizen stewardship, conserving coastal habitat, improving coastal water quality, managing dredging activities and providing public access and recreational opportunities.

“Balancing the need for economic development with the protection and management of coastal resources is a core function within NOAA,” said retired Navy Vice Adm. Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Ph.D., under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator. “This grant allows the state of Maine to manage its coastal resources while actively supporting efforts that reinforce NOAA’s and the Bush administration’s commitment to the environment.”

The Coastal Management Program is a federal/state partnership dedicated to comprehensive management of the nation’s coastal resources, ensuring their protection for future generations while balancing competing national economic, cultural and environmental interests. The CZMP is authorized by the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 and administered at the federal level by the Coastal Programs Division within NOAA.

Currently, 95,376 national shoreline miles (99.9 percent) are managed by the CZMP. State and federal coastal zone management efforts are guided by the CZMP's Strategic Framework, which is organized around three major themes: sustain coastal communities, sustain coastal ecosystems and improve government efficiency.

Each year, NOAA awards approximately $900 million in grants to members of the academic, scientific and business communities to assist the agency in fulfilling its mission to study the Earth’s natural systems in order to predict environmental change, manage ocean resources, protect life and property and provide decision makers with reliable scientific information. NOAA goals and programs reflect a commitment to these basic responsibilities of science and service to the nation for the past 35 years.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, an agency of the U.S. Commerce Department, is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events and providing environmental stewardship of our nation’s coastal and marine resources.

Through the emerging Global Earth Observation System of Systems, NOAA is working with our federal partners and nearly 60 countries to develop a global Earth observation network that is as integrated as the planet it observes, predicts and protects.

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