Federal Government Commits to Smart Coastal Growth

Two agencies sign a memorandum of understanding to promote transportation choices, economic development, and public health.

During the the Fourth Annual New Partners for Smart Growth conference held in Miami last week, the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) publically committed to helping coastal communities better manage growth and development in the future. Efforts will focus on developing transportation systems and development patterns that preserve precious natural land and protect coastal areas from the effects of air and water pollution. "This agreement will facilitate the development of management strategies that ensure continued conservation of coastal and marine habitats while at the same time make certain that coastal zone residents continue to benefit from the tremendous economic potential available there," said retired Navy Vice Admiral Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Jr., Ph.D., undersecretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator.

Thanks to Peter Buryk

Full Story: NOAA, EPA Will Help Coastal Community With Coastal Growth, Development Issues

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