Science / Tides and Currents / Coastal: The term coastal zone means the coastal waters (including the lands therein and there under) and the adjacent shore lands (including the waters therein and there under), strongly influenced by each and in proximity to the shorelines of the several coastal states, and includes islands, transitional and intertidal areas, salt marshes, wetlands, and beaches. The zone extends, in Great Lakes waters, to the international boundary between the United States and Canada and in other areas seaward to the outer limit of the United States territorial sea. The zone extends inland from the shorelines only to the extent necessary to control shore lands, the uses of which have a direct and significant impact on the coastal waters. Excluded from the coastal zone are lands the use of which is by law subject solely to the discretion of or which is held in trust by the Federal Government, its officers, or agents.
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Coastal Zone Management Program

Business / Agriculture / Coastal Zone Management Program: P.L. 92-583 (October 27, 1972) created the Coastal Zone Management Program in 1972 to provide grants to eligible states and territories as an incentive to prepare and implement plans guiding the use o MORE

Coastal Reef

Science / Marine Biology / Coastal Reef: A coral reef occurring near and parallel to a coastline MORE

Coastal Plain

Science / Geology / Coastal Plain: An area of low relief along a continental margin that is underlain by thick, gently dipping sediments. MORE