Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 –
The Coastal Zone Management Act requires the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to preserve, protect, develop, and where possible, restore and enhance the resources of coastal zones. The law encourages and assists the states ti achieve responsible use of land and water resources of the coastal zone, giving full consideration to ecological, cultural, historic, and aesthetic values as well as the needs for compatible economic development. In 1990, Congress created the Coastal Zone Management Program, requiring states to develop and implement programs to reduce polluted runoff.
Source: River Network