Section 309

CNMI Coastal Zone Management Act Program Enhancement (Section 309)

About Coastal Zone Management Section 309

The Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA) Improvement Grants Program (Section 309) was initiated by Congress in its 1990 reauthorization of the CZMA, and expanded in its 1995 reauthorization. Congress has set aside special funding to encourage the states to make improvements to their federally approved coastal zone management programs in one or more of nine specific improvement areas. Federal law and regulation strictly define activities that are eligible for Section 309 funding.

CNMI Coastal Zone Management Section 309 Planning

Every five years, states and territories are encouraged to conduct self-assessments of their coastal management programs to determine problems and enhancement opportunities within each of the nine enhancement areas—and to assess the effectiveness of existing management efforts to address identified problems. Each coastal management program identifies high priority management issues as well as important needs and information gaps the program must fill to address these issues.

Over the past year, the Coastal Zone Management Program has been working with key stakeholders to develop the 2016-2020 Assessment and Strategy. The draft of this strategy was published for public comment on November 10, 2015, and public comments are due by December 10, 2015. For additional information please click on the link provided below.

Assessment and Strategy Reports

The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality’s Division of Coastal Resources Management (DCRM) has published the Section 309 Assessment and Five-Year Strategy document for the Coastal Zone Management Program Enhancement Cycle for Fiscal Year 2016-2020. A copy of the publication and a FAQ summary are available below. 

Section 309 Assessment and Strategy 2016-2020

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Section 309 Assessment and Strategy 2016-2020 - FAQ Sheet
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