In addition to focusing on stormwater/nonpoint pollution and clean boating/marinas, CZM is involved in the regulatory and water quality evaluation efforts described below. For a full list of all components of the CZM Coastal Water Quality Program, see Overview and Index.
- Federal Consistency Review - As part of its review of federal projects to ensure that they meet state coastal policies, CZM evaluates impacts from discharges permitted through the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES). In Massachusetts, these permits are developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and then provided to the state for review and approval. These permits cover discharges from municipal wastewater treatment plants, power generating facilities, construction sites, stormwater discharges, and a list of industrial activities.
- Water Quality at State Beaches - CZM also coordinates with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and certain nonprofit organizations to provide information to the public on conditions at coastal beaches throughout Massachusetts. See the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Beach Water Quality page for links to annual beach quality reports, water quality information, and other related topics.