The mission of the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) is to balance the impact of human activities with the protection of coastal and marine resources through planning, public involvement, education, research, and sound resource management. To achieve these goals, as well as to meet the needs of municipal officials, property owners, educators, and others in the coastal community, CZM's major program efforts include:
- Aquatic Invasive Species
- Coastal Habitat
- Coastal Water Quality
- CZM Regions
- Federal Consistency Review
- Mapping and Data Management
- Ocean Management
- Port and Harbor Planning
- Public Access and Coast Guide
- Regional Ocean Partnerships
- Seafloor and Habitat Mapping
- StormSmart Coasts - Managing Erosion and Flooding
CZM also administers two National Estuary Programs (NEPs), which are funded by the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):
In addition, CZM hosts the Massachusetts Board of Underwater Archaeological Resources, which is charged with encouraging the discovery and reporting, as well as the preservation and protection, of underwater archaeological resources.
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