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Coastal Management Connection Series:

Promoting and Improving Local Coastal Resiliency

The first in a series, the Coastal States Organization (CSO) and The Coastal Society (TCS) hosted the Forum on Coastal Resilience to showcase the value and usefulness of the Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA) and state CZM programs to local coastal communities, and to highlight local coastal community efforts to mitigate climate change and coastal storm impacts.

On June 9, 2014 in Washington D.C., a distinguished panel of speakers discussed the CZMA, National Ocean Service priorities, and efforts by local communities to better manage coastal resources through collaboration with state and federal partners and other key constituents. The following are presentations from the forum:


  • Holly Bamford, Assistant Administrator, National Ocean Service, NOAA: Introduction (517Kb PDF)
  • Laura McKay, Coastal Program Manager, VA Dept. of Environmental Quality: Resiliency (3.1Mb PDF)
  • Ben McFarlane, Regional Planner, Hampton Roads Planning District Commission: Regional Planning (4.6Mb PDF)
  • Willy Reay, Director, Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve: Stemming the Tide (1.4Mb PDF)