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Featured CZM Content

Find highlighted web pages/products, quick links to featured material, and seasonal links from the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM).

Highlighted CZM Web Pages and Products

  • Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan - The 2008 Oceans Act required EEA to develop a comprehensive ocean management plan and update it every 5 years. CZM has led this planning process on behalf of EEA.
  • StormSmart Coasts - This national model developed by CZM is designed to help communities and homeowners address coastal erosion, storm damage, flooding, and related issues.
  • COASTSWEEP - CZM organizes this statewide beach cleanup. Thousands of volunteers throughout Massachusetts turn out each year for this event, which is part of an international campaign organized by Ocean Conservancy in Washington, DC.
  • Coast Guide Online - This interactive map developed by CZM for use on mobile phones and tablets, as well as desktop computers, includes more than 1,900 sites along the Massachusetts coast that are owned by government agencies and nonprofits and open to the public—from long, sandy beaches and rocky shores to small rights-of-way and public landings.
  • Massachusetts Ocean Resource Information System (MORIS) - This web-based coastal mapping tool provides detailed geographic data on coastal and ocean management issues. Users can interactively view various data layers, create and share maps, and download the data for use in a Geographic Information System (GIS).
  • CZM Policy Guide - The Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management Policy Guide is the official statement of the Massachusetts coastal program policies and legal authorities. Along with the official program policies, it provides information on the federal Coastal Zone Management Act, the history and operation of the Massachusetts coastal program, federal consistency review, and the application of coastal policy in other state regulatory programs.
  • Coastal Landscaping - Landscaping with native plants can help coastal property owners prevent storm damage and erosion, provide wildlife habitat, and reduce coastal water pollution. This website presents detailed information on the benefits of coastal landscaping, step-by-step instructions, plant lists and photos, sample landscape plans, permitting information, and more.
  • Story Map Tours of the Massachusetts Coast - As part of the routine review of the Massachusetts coastal program by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office for Coastal Management in April 2021, CZM created this story map collection. It includes an overview of the entire 1,500-mile coastline, along with a story map of each of CZM’s five regions with some highlights of coastal habitats, state parks and sanctuaries, ports and harbors, recreational beaches and waterfront access, and more.
  • 50 Ways to Protect the Massachusetts Coast: CZMA Anniversary Edition - In 1972, four important pieces of legislation were enacted that form the foundation for ocean and coastal protection in the United States—the Clean Water Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act, National Marine Sanctuaries Act, and Coastal Zone Management Act. To commemorate the 50-year milestone, CZM posted 50 ways to help protect the Commonwealth’s coast.

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