"America is blessed with a
coastline of astounding beauty
and natural wealth. We cherish
its economic, cultural, and
recreational bounty and feel a
special responsibility for its
Yet, often through ignorance,
but sometimes through neglect,
we have placed birds, fish, and
other animals — indeed our
entire "living coast" — at risk.
Therefore, I am especially proud
of the Coastal America
partnership.  This new initiative
will enable federal agencies to
work more closely with each
other and with states, local
elected officials and private
citizens. Together, we can
protect, preserve and restore our
living coastal heritage for
ourselves, our children... and all
the children of America's
        President George Bush
                February 1991
                ...bright sandy beaches
         ... lush marshes filled with wildlife
            ...  tide pools  teeming with life
 ...  vibrant coral reefs in
        crystalline waters
America's Coasts
  Throughout human history,
 people have relied on the coast
 and its resources for their
 livelihood. Bays, sounds, and
 estuaries are among nature's
 most productive ecosystems,
 providing essential habitat for
 fish, shellfish, birds, and aquatic
 and terrestrial wildlife.
 The richness of our coastal
waters allows us to rely
on them for food,
recreation, and a wide range of
commercial activities. In fact,
coastal living resources
contribute billions of dollars
annually to our Nation's
At the same time, our cities,
ports, and commercial centers
are built along the coasts. Such
uses demand fresh water, the
very life blood of estuaries.
These activities also generate
wastes that must be disposed.
These conflicting demands take
a heavy toll.

The Challenge
Saving our coasts — restoring,
protecting, and maintaining
critical coastal resources — is a
big job that grows more
challenging every day. Our
coasts are threatened. While
progress has been made, coastal
degradation continues to be a
©Tom Blagden, Jr.

Increasing population pressures    areas, mostly in Louisiana, have
threaten the sustainability of our  been substantial, exceeding
coastal ecosystems. Nationwide,   32,000 acres per year in some
losses of wetlands in coastal       recent decades. Toxic metals,
                                pesticides, and organic
                                chemicals have accumulated in
                                bottom sediments and endanger
                                the diversity and stability of
                                aquatic communities. Many of
                                  our coastal living resources are
                                       declining, from
                                            important coastal
                                      fish such as striped bass,
                                 salmon, and Atlantic bluefish
                                to marine mammals, waterfowl,
           us. Population Density       ^ endangered coastal species.
           Source: Harvard University
significant national priority.
Today, over one-third of the
U.S. population resides in the
narrow band of coastal counties,
where the population density is
more than four times the
national average.  Predictions
are that over half of the U.S.
population will soon reside
within 50 miles of the coast.
                                Federal environmental laws
                                have accomplished much to
                                protect these valuable resources.
                                However, in the past, the
                                approach has been fragmented,
                                leading to piecemeal efforts to
                                protect living resources.  We
                                need a fresh approach that goes
                                beyond conventional roles and
                                demonstrates innovative,
                                aggressive action at the
                                national, regional, and
                                watershed levels. A cooperative
                                approach is essential to improve
                                the Federal response.


  Coastal America is a coordinated, multi-agency effort to solve environmental problems
   along the Nation's shoreline. This comprehensive program ensures close cooperation
      between federal, state, and local agencies, the private sector, and citizens.
National Sponsorship
Coastal America will provide national leadership to solve critical
threats to our living coastal resources. Projects will be designed
to complement and leverage existing efforts to address coastal
problems in seven geographic regions of the Nation.
                                         Regional Focus
                                         Within each region, federal, state, and local partners will
                                         identify critical resource problems and set priorities for
                                         action. This regional approach will provide the flexibility
                                         to respond to unique problems. The Northeast and Great
                                         Lakes are two of the seven geographic regions.
Habitat Degradation and Loss
LHoastal habitats are being degraded and lost for a
variety of reasons. Examples include: increased
water use and waste disposal for municipal and
industrial operations, commercial centers, port
facilities, and recreational areas. Shoreline
modification, improper dredge material disposal, and
water and sediment pollution are responsible for the
majority of habitat and species loss in coastal areas.
These activities threaten critical habitats, reduce the
buffering capacity of the natural environment, and
frequently result in serious shoreline erosion. They
may also alter the bottom, disturbing sediments,
vegetation, and benthic habitat, adversely affecting
many fish and invertebrate species.
                                                                                         Great Lakes
                                      Nonpoint Source Pollution
                                  Jonpoint source pollution, for example, runoff
                                from urban and agricultural lands, is among the
                                most pervasive threats to coastal fish and wildlife
                                resources and their habitats. With some
                                historical successes in controlling point sources of
                                pollution, nonpoint source pollution now
                                accounts for the majority of documented water
                                quality problems in coastal waters. Nonpoint
                                source pollution is a challenging management
                                problem because the sources are widespread and
                                diverse and the necessary control mechanisms are
                                difficult to carry out.
                 Gulf of Mexico
             Local and
             Watershed Action

             Within each region, site-specific coastal
             resource problems will he addressed on a
             watershed basis. The Qiesapeake Bay and
             Delaware Bay are just two examples of the
             many important watersheds along our
             Nation's coastline.
Contaminated Sediments

BJjhe nature of water circulation in estuaries
and coastal water bodies causes sediments and
associated pollutants to accumulate in bottom
sediments. The toxic contaminants in these
sediments create the potential for continued
environmental degradation long after the
sources have been controlled. This can
contribute to loss of habitat for benthic species,
changes in species diversity and number, and
declining health for other species in the food


 A Strategy for Action
Coastal America is a comprehensive,
intergovernmental approach warranted
by the magnitude of the problems and
the importance of the resource. The
initiative is the first step toward forging
a strong, long-term alliance among the
public and private sectors,  to address
coastal problems by sharing
information, pooling field expertise,
and combining management skills and

Coastal America proposes activities
designed to produce demonstrable
environmental results in the short
term, coupled with long-term
environmental improvements.
Coastal America will work to ensure
optimum use of existing resources
devoted to coastal protection and

• Through site-specific actions,
Coastal America will provide in-the-
field experience with new, innovative
and experimental approaches.

• By undertaking these projects in a
new spirit of multi-agency and
intergovernmental cooperation,
Coastal America will provide the basis
for continued — and expanded —
teamwork as we address the major
challenges facing the Nation's coastal

Through a series of relatively small
efforts, Coastal America will provide
models for successful action and
demonstrate new approaches to
•resolving coastal living resources

Projects will be designed to address
specific coastal problems in seven
geographic regions: Alaska, Pacific
Northwest, Pacific Southwest
(including Hawaii), Gulf of Mexico,
Southeast, Northeast, and Great Lakes.
Within each region, needs will be
verified and priorities will be
established jointly by the Coastal
America partners. These include the
initial principal Federal agencies, other
Federal agencies, state and local
agencies, the private sector, and the
public. The approach will provide the
flexibility necessary to deal with
regional variations in problems and

Examples of regional activities that
could be conducted include:
establishing priorities for habitat
protection, enhancement, and
restoration; and developing region-
wide education programs.

Within each region, site-specific
problems will be addressed on a
watershed basis through these
cooperative efforts.  Examples of
watershed projects could  include:
restoring a wetland, protecting coastal
streams from storm water runoff,
cleaning contaminated sediment sites,
and sponsoring public education

At the national level. Coastal America
will enhance Federal, state, and local
abilities to manage and protect coastal
resources. Examples of these activities
include: the development of
biologically-based criteria to measure
ecosystem health; a nationwide
approach for tracking coastal
management actions to provide for
accountability; and finally, a national
focus on public education and outreach
to facilitate public awareness, support,
and involvement.

Coastal America: A Partnership for
Action, represents a turning point in
the way government responds to these
major coastal problems. This
comprehensive, coordinated approach
will demonstrate innovative and
effective strategies for ensuring that our
Nation's coastal heritage will be
preserved for future  generations.

Coastal America sounds a clarion call
for a new day for our coasts.
   Coastal America
       will  ensure
     planning and
management  at the
 national, regional,
    and watershed
For Further Information Contact:
Coastal America
722 Jackson Place, N.W.
Washington, B.C.  20503
(202) 395-5750
 Cover Photo: Islands of salt-marsh
 cordgrass (Spartina alterniflora).
 Harbor River, St. Helena Sound,
 South Carolina.
 ©Tom Blagden, Jr.


   Coastal America
   will demonstrate
 successful models  of
  action to  conserve,
protect, restore,  and
      maintain the
   Nation's  coastal
   living resources.
                                      THE SOLUTION
                                       A Partnership
                                        Coastal America lays the groundwork
                                        for an unprecedented level of
                                        cooperation among the Federal
                                        agencies with principal responsibility
                                        for the stewardship of coastal living
                                        resources:  the U.S. Army Corps of
                                        Engineers, the Environmental
                                        Protection Agency, the U.S. Fish and
                                        Wildlife Service, the U.S. Geological
                                        Survey, the Minerals Management
                                        Service, the National Oceanic and
                                        Atmospheric Administration, and the
                                        National Park Service. The
                                        President's Council on Environmental
                                        Quality will coordinate this effort.

                                        The creation of Coastal America
                                        complements other actions taken by
                                        the President to protect America's
                                        coastal resources. These actions
                                        include the North American wetlands
Shared  Concerns
 Of the many problems threatening our
 coasts, three are shared by many
 coastal  regions:
 • Loss and degradation of habitat
 • Pollution from nonpoint sources
 • Contaminated sediments
 All three cause species declines and
 severely damaged habitats. Coastal
 America will aggressively address these
                                   conservation programs, Farm Bill
                                   reauthorization, habitat restoration
                                   and acquisition, anadromous fish
                                   enhancement activities, and recent
                                   budget initiatives in the areas of oil
                                   spill prevention, rapid response to oil
                                   spills, and targeting resources for
                                   treatment of municipal sewage

                                   This new initiative sets forth an
                                   innovative approach to work in
                                   partnership with other Federal
                                   programs, and integrate Federal
                                   actions with state, local, and non-
                                   governmental efforts.  This
                                   partnership will ensure that our
                                   stewardship of coastal living resources
                                   is coordinated, efficient, and
three widespread problems, which are
the result of increased population on
the coast and its increased demand
on coastal resources. Some of the
factors contributing to these
problems include:
                                             Dredging and dredged material disposal. These activities result in
                                                 disturbance of sediments, vegetation, and benthic (bottom)
                                             Changes in salinity.  Changes in the balance of freshwater and saltwater in
                                                 coastal ecosystems leads to the loss of species that are sensitive to this
                                             Shoreline modification.  Physical alterations reduce the coast's biological
                                                 productivity and buffering capacity, leading to serious erosion and
                                                 habitat loss.
                                             Toxic pollutants. Sixteen coastal states have issued consumption advisories
                                                 for fish and three have issued advisories on consuming waterfowl.
                                             Pollution. Each day over 2,000 sewage treatment plants and industrial
                                                 factories discharge billions of gallons of effluent, treated to various
                                                 extents, directly to estuaries and other coastal waters.

              CQ4SHL  AMERICA  UHM1E
The Coastal America process joins the forces of federal agencies with state, local, and private
alliances to collaboratively address environmental problems along our nation's coasts. The federal
partners include those agencies with principal responsibility for the stewardship of coastal
resources, those with responsibilities for infrastructure development and maintenance, and those
whose activities impact coastal environments. The challenge has been to integrate the federal
partner's capabilities and existing resources with state, local, and nongovernmental efforts to
address specific local problems. This is accomplished by sharing information, pooling resources,
and combining management skills and technical expertise, and by bringing the partners to  the table
with a broad, problem-solving orientation that is guided by the concepts of sustainable
development and ecosystem management. The Coastal America collaborative interagency problem
solving structure enables national policy issues to be identified and resolved, regional plans and
strategies to be developed, and local projects to be implemented.

National policy issues identified by regional interagency teams are forwarded to a national team
comprised of senior level representatives from the partner agencies. This group forwards their
joint recommendations to a policy committee, comprised of subcabinet-level representatives from
each of the federal signatory agencies, for action.  This organizational structure enables early
identification of policy issues and conflicts at the local, regional and national level and encourages
timely resolution of these issues by senior level policy-makers.

Regional interagency teams develop plans and strategies which serve as frameworks for  program
implementation and project selection. This collaborative planning process is guided by the
concepts of ecosystem management and sustainable development and seeks to incorporate
environmental objectives into major development plans. The process of exchanging information
on agency plans encourages the early identification of collaborative opportunities  to restore the
environment while moving forward with vital economic development.

Local project implementation is expedited by the partnership process. Within each region, the
teams identify site-specific coastal problems and maintain a working list of priority projects which
include federal, state, local, private, and public participants. The interagency  collaborative
partnership process encourages the pooling of resources and expertise which results in cost-
effective, innovative solutions.
    For more information contact the Coastal America office at (301)713-3160


FEDERAL PARTNERS: Since the establishment of the partnership in 1992, the number of
Coastal America's federal partners has grown from five to twelve. The Federal Partners are the:

            Department of Agriculture
            Department of Defense
            Department of the Army
            Department of Commerce
            Department of Energy
            Department of Housing and Urban Development
            Department of the Air Force
            Department of Interior
            Department of the Navy
            Department of Transportation
            Environmental Protection Agency
            Executive Office of the President
REGIONAL TEAMS: To encourage a stronger geographic focus, Mid-Atlantic and Pacific RTTs
were established. The Mid-Atlantic team extends from Virginia to New York, and the Pacific team
includes Hawaii and the Pacific Territories. There are now nine Regional Implementation Teams:
Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Gulf of Mexico, Southwest, Northwest, Pacific Island,
Alaska and Great Lakes.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Since 1992, the regional teams have initiated 150 restoration and
protection projects in 26 states, 2 territories and the District of Columbia in collaboration with over
300 nonfederal organizations. Working in partnership, thousands of acres of wetlands are being
restored, hundreds of miles of streams for anadromous fish are being reestablished, and habitat for
endangered species of fish, birds and mammals is being protected.

CONTACTS:      The Coastal America Coordinating Office

                   Virginia K. Tippie, Director
                   Bill Klesch, Technology Transfer Coordinator

                   Phone #:     301713-3160
                   Fax#:       301713-1433

                   Gene Cope, Education/Outreach Coordinator
                   Phone #      202 720-5546

                   Address:     Coastal America
                               1305 East West Highway
                               SSMC4, Room 11141
                               Silver Spring, MD 20910

                                             AMERICA   UPDATE
                                                                                    •   a inner'95

There will be a meeting of the Coastal America Princi-
pals on June 14th to review the partnerships progress to
date and outline priorities for the future. The Principals
will also review and vote on the Coastal America
operating procedures and the FY 96 program.

A Coastal America progress report will include an
update on regional strategies and priorities, technology
transfer efforts and education/outreach initiatives.
Discussion regarding Coastal America operating
procedures will focus on issues related to selection of the
Chair, Vice Chair, Director and Deputy Director. The
FY 96 program discussion will focus on the national
coordinating office budget, office staff commitments
and setting priorities for future national and regional

The Principals Group is a policy committee composed
of subcabinet-level representatives from each of the
federal signatory agencies. The Coastal America
Principals are: D. James Baker (Chair), Under Secretary
of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere; James Lyons,
Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environ-
ment, USDA; Rodney A, Coleman, Assistant Secretary
for Reserve Affairs, Installations and Environment, Air
Force; John H. Zirschky, Acting Assistant Secretary for
Civil Works, Army; Douglas Hall, Assistant Secretary for
Oceans and Atmosphere, DOC; Sherri Wasserman
Goodman, Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for
Environmental Security, DOD; Susan F. Tierney,
Assistant Secretary for Policy, DOE; Andrew Cuomo,
Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and
Development, HUD; Bonnie Cohen, Assistant Secretary
for Policy, Management and Budget, DOI; Robert B.
Pirie, Jr, Assistant Secretary for Installations and
Environment, Navy;  Frank Kruesi, Assistant Secretary
for Transportation Policy, DOT; and Robert Perciasepe,
Assistant Administrator for Water, EPA.

The meeting will be held from 9:30 am to 11:30 am at
the Commerce Department, Washington, DC. If you
would like to receive  a summary of the meeting, please
contact the Coastal America office.
In April, Coastal America Director Virginia Tippie gave
presentations on the Coastal America partnership
process at a Mobile Bay Symposium in Alabama and at
the Wetlands 95 Conference in Tampa, Florida.  In both
presentations, she stressed the importance of bringing all
stake holders into the process of solving the complex
problems that affect watersheds.
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Ms. Tippie also presented the Coastal America partner-
ship process in a live televised special on global pollu-
tion. A group of experts on pollution prevention met in
Albuquerque, New Mexico on May 3rd for presenta-
tions and round table discussions. The meeting was the
first in a series on pollution prevention presented by the
National Environmental Technology Network (NETN).
The series is also available on video and comes with a
study guide.  For more information, contact NETN at


The Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) is developing
and testing new remote sensors and processing concepts
to improve tactical, strategic and environmental support
to the operating forces of the Navy and Marine Corps.
The Department of Energy (DOE) is using this data to
develop a data base for multisensory research in support
of their efforts in arms control, nonproliferation and
treaty verification. As part of their joint research, NRL
and DOE are seeking sites for remote sensing that will
help them test the capabilities and accuracy of the data
gathered. Coastal America regional teams have been
invited to utilize the remote sensing technology to
gather data for their own environmental projects.

Remote sensing can be used to measure a variety of
environmental conditions including water content in
soil, landscape elevations, height of vegetation, and tidal
extent. Certain sensors can also be used to identify
different types of vegetation. Remote sensing data could
be a very useful tool in planning habitat restoration
projects, mapping project sites, evaluating success of
completed projects, remapping topographic changes,
and performing long term monitoring.

Several Coastal America Regional Chairs have submitted
projects that would benefit from remote sensing. Data
gathering will be done free of charge, but data analysis
will be the responsibility of the requesting regional team.
Projects sites on the East Coast and Florida are being
added to existing surveillance flights scheduled for this
summer.  If you would like more information, please
contact the Coastal America Office.
                         REGIONAL UPDATE

                         Coastal America regional strategies will be presented at a
                         session of the CZ 95 Conference—Coastal America
                         Coastal Ecosystem Management Strategies.  The following
                         Regional Implementation Team (RTF) Chairs and
                         members will be presenting their Team's strategy: Bill
                         Hubbard, Northeast RTF; James Brown, Southeast RIT;
                         Rick Morat, Gulf of Mexico RIT; Doug Lipka, South-
                         west RIT; and Owen Mason, Northwest RIT.  Project
                         managers will describe Coastal America regional projects
                         at both the Coastal America Workshop being held in
                         conjunction with CZ 95 and in a formal CZ 95
                         session—Working Toward Sustainable Development and
                         Ecosystem Management,

                         There is an effort underway to locate volunteers with
                         professional environmental experience to serve as
                         Regional Education/Outreach Coordinators. The
                         potential volunteers are  being recruited by the nonprofit
                         Environmental Alliance for Senior Involvement and
                         would assist the RIT Chairs in activities such as plan-
                         ning project events, organizing meetings, distributing
                         information and creating educational documents. RIT
                         Chairs interested in having a volunteer in their region
                         should contact Gene Cope at the Coastal America office.

                         A five minute video describing the Coastal America
                         partnership has recently been completed.  Each RIT
                         chair has been sent two  copies for use in their  region.
                         While producing the video, it became evident that there
                         is a need for better film  documentation of Coastal
                         America regional project activities and events.  Three
                         quarter inch, one inch, or Betacam tape are the most
                         useful for making high quality videos. RIT Members
                         and project managers who do not have film crews
                     REGIONAL CHAIRS


Bill Hubbard
James Johnson
Elizabeth Gillelan
Suzette K m a
George Dodson
Hiram Boone
Peter Seligman
Owen Mason
Rosa Meehan
Gene Fleming

404 331-4916

60  '88-2138

503 32t 3828
907 786-3544

available locally can contact Gene Cope to arrange for a
professional crew to video tape project activities and

The Northeast RIT is considering a proposal that would
take the partnership inland to provide interagency
coordination to solve problems affecting entire water-
Several new project sites have been requested by the
Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection.
The RIT has requested
that remote sensing data
be gathered for Coastal
Connecticut and Cape
Cod, Massachusetts.  A
partnership between
NOAA, FWS and the
Army has been formed to
implement the Saschuest
Point Saltmarsh  Restora-
tion project in Rhode
                        restoration project that would be part of the reuse plan
                        for a closed military base. The 70-acre site is near San
                        Francisco Bay at the Hamilton Army Airfield.


                        Walter Briggs will replace Owen Mason as the North-
                        west RIT Chair. The transfer of the Chairmanship will
                        take place at the CZ 95 Conference in July. The RIT
                        has requested remote sensing data for the Trestle Bay
                        Restoration project (Oregon) and the Duwamish River
                        Estuary project (Washington).
The next meeting of the
Mid-Atlantic RIT is
scheduled for June 26, in
Philadelphia, Pennsylva-
The Southeast RIT will
be holding a meeting on June 21, in Atlanta, Georgia.
Greater participation in meetings by nonfederal organi-
zations has been encouraged. George Oodson is serving
as the RIT s Co-Chair with Suzette Kimball. The RIT
has endorsed a restoration project for Dare County Air
Force Range, North Carolina. The RIT has requested
that remote sensing data be gathered for the Munyon
Island (Florida) and Right Whale (Georgia and Florida)

Gulf of Mexico
The Gulf of Mexico RIT has tentatively scheduled their
next for August 15th.


The Southwest RIT has identified several projects that
would benefit from remote sensing: an eel grass project
in San Diego Bay and various projects in San Francisco
Bay. The RIT is working on a potential wetlands

                        The Alaska RIT has expanded the Kenai River project to
                        include nine sites on private property and a commercial
                        campground. The RIT has requested that remote
                        sensing data be gathered to assist with an effort to
                        delineate and inventory wetlands. They are also
                        interested in documenting coastal changes in estuarine
                        habitat used by migrating water fowl.
                        Great Lakes
                        The Great Lakes RIT's Sea Lamprey Control project is
                        progressing on schedule. Project cost will probably be
                        reduced to reflect the new, simpler design for sea
                        lamprey traps. The new design is a result of discussions
                        among the partners, including the Great Lakes Fisheries



New Coastal America Office Location: The new address
for the Coastal America coordinating office is: Coastal
America; 1305 East West Highway; Room 11141,
Building 4, Silver Spring, MD 20910.
CZ 95/Coastal America Workshop: Coastal America will
be holding a one day workshop in conjunction with the
Coastal Zone  95 (CZ 95) Conference in Tampa,
Florida. The workshop will be held on July 17th, the
day before the formal CZ 95 sessions begin. Coastal
America will also hold two sessions as part of the CZ 95
Conference: Coastal America Coastal Ecosystems Manage-
ment Strategies, and Working Toward Sustainable Develop-
ment and Ecosystem Management. For more information,
please contact the Coastal America office.
Coastal America Retreat: Planning is underway for the
annual Coastal America Retreat.  Detailed information
is not yet available, but the retreat will be held in the
early fall in the Northwest Region.
Education/Outreach Workgroup: The Education/
Outreach Workgroup recently completed and distrib-
uted a five minute video that explains the Coastal
America process and shows several regional project
examples.  The Workgroup is continuing to develop a
concept to create a  network of National Marine Learn-
ing Center and create educational materials for the
Technology Transfer Workgroup: The Technology
Transfer Workgroup is coordinating Coastal America
CZ 95 activities and initiating efforts to improve the
understanding and transfer of innovative environmental
technologies and techniques.
Policy Workgroup: The Policy Workgroup has drafted
Coastal America operating procedures which  have been
reviewed and  approved by the National  Implementation
Team.  The operating procedures cover a wide range of
issues including the selection process of the Chair,
Director and  Deputy Director. The Coastal America
Principals will review and vote on the operating proce-
dures at the June Principals Meeting.
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The Coastal America Partnership: Lessons Learned -
Technology Transfer Report is a comprehensive document
that explains the value of the Coastal America process
and describes the key lessons learned from a variety of
regional projects. The document was developed to
improve communication among project managers
working on similar restoration projects so that successful
environmental techniques and technologies can be better
understood and utilized. Chapters focus on wetlands
restoration, river systems, beach dunes, offshore habitat,
nonpoint source pollution,  and assisting species at risk.
The report will be distributed at the CZ 95 Conference
in July. If you would like to receive a free copy of the
report, please contact the Coastal America office.
    Principals Meeting
    NIT Meeting
    SERIT Meeting
    MARIT Meeting
    NIT Meeting
June 14
June 14
June 21
June 26
 July 12
    NIT Meeting                      August 9
    GOMRIT Meeting (tentative)     August 15
Publications: The following publications are available
from the Coastal America office:
Sustaining the Commitment To Our Coastal Environ-
ment: 1994 Coastal America Progress Report - A third
year progress report that summarizes national and
regional accomplishments for 1994.
The Fragile Fringe: Coastal Wetlands of the Continental
United States - An 18-page, consensus report that
describes the function and values of coastal wetlands.
Toward a Watershed Approach: A Framework for
Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration, Protection and Manage-
ment - A 22-page, full color consensus publication on
watershed management.
Covering the Coast: A Reporter's Guide to Oceans and
Coastal Issues - A guide for environmental reporters and
managers with definitions of coastal terms, information
on coastal issues, key  laws and associated programs.
 Coastal America is a partnership among Federal, state and local governments and private alliances to collaboratively address environmental problems
 along our nations shoreline. The Federal partners: Department of Agriculture, Department of the Air Force, Department of the Army, Department
 of Commerce, Department of Energy, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of the Interior, Department of the Navy,
 Department of Transportation, Environmental Protection Agency and The Executive Office of the President.