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NOAA Seeks Input on Coastal Management

Masonboro Island Reserve. Photo: Division of Coastal Management

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Office for Coastal Management will host a virtual meeting at noon Oct. 7 for feedback on the state coastal management and National Estuarine Research Reserve programs.

Register for the meeting that is part of the federal performance evaluation of the North Carolina Coastal Management Program and North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve.

The evaluation examines how the state is addressing the national coastal management objectives in Section 303(2) of the federal Coastal Zone Management Act in implementing and enforcing the federally approved coastal management program.

The reserve component of the evaluation will examine the state’s implementation of the federally approved North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve Management Plan, and adhering to federal regulations governing the implementation of the reserve system as found at 15 CFR, Part 921.

This evaluation will also consider whether the state is meeting all federal requirements for managing financial assistance awards under the Coastal Zone Management Act.

Written comments should be emailed to Ralph Cantral at no later than Oct. 16. Participation at the public meeting is not required for submission.

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