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Coastal Management

Georgia Coastal Management Program

Notice: The Georgia Coastal Management Program is accepting public comments on its proposed Section 309 Assessment and Strategy: 2016-2020. Comments must be submitted in by June 5, 2015 to jill.andrews@dnr.ga.gov or to the attention of Jill Andrews at GADNR/CRD, 1 Conservation Way, Brunswick, Georgia 31520. Click here to download Georgia's Section 309 Assessment and Strategy: 2016-2020 (PDF).

Mission Statement  It is the mission of the Georgia Coastal Management Program to balance economic development in Georgia's coastal zone with preservation of natural, environmental, historic, archaeological, and recreational resources for the benefit of Georgia's present and future generations.

Coastal Management Program Service Area   The Georgia Coastal Management Program includes the following eleven counties:  Brantley, Bryan, Camden, Charlton, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, McIntosh, and Wayne.  Including each of these eleven counties in the Management Program ensures that all of Georgia's coastal population, industry, and resources are addressed.  Using county boundaries also simplifies the relationship with local governments and ensures that other programs and agencies in the coastal network can relate to the coastal service area boundaries

Activities of the Coastal Management Program

Click to view the recent report: Accomplishments of the Georgia Coastal Management Program (2008-2011)

The Coastal and Ocean Management Program (COMP) administers the non-regulatory functions of the Coastal Management Program. It's functions include program and grant administration, technical assistance to local governments, outreach and education, facilitation of stakeholder processes, coastal water quality monitoring for beaches and shellfish, and implementation of the Coastal Incentive Grant Program which passes through nearly $1M per year for local projects and coastal research. The OP also is the State's lead for the Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program. For more specific information regarding activities of the Operations Program, please visit the following links:

The Marsh and Shore Permitting Program administers the regulatory work of the program and manages activities affecting the marsh or oceanfront shoreline that fall under the authority of the Coastal Marshlands Protection Act and the Shore Protection Act. The HMP also issues Revocable Licenses for uses of state-owned tidal waterbottoms that include private recreational docks, bank stabilization projects, and other permitted projects. The HMP also ensures federally permitted or funded projects affecting Georgia's coastal zone are consistent with state law through Federal Consistency review. For more specific information regarding activities of the Habitat Management Program, please visit the following links:

The Compliance and Enforcement Unit (C&E) enforces the Coastal Marshland Protection Act, Shore Protection Act, and Revocable License authority along the entire coast of Georgia and in inland regions that stretch as much as 55-miles from the coast. The C&E Program also monitors Marina Lease agreements and works closely with the HMP to verify information on permit applications.

The Coastal Nonpoint Source Program is housed at CRD's sister agency, the Environmental Protection Division. This program is a requirement of states participating in coastal management programs. Georgia's program focuses on the development and promotion of sustainable growth tools in order to enhance state and local efforts to manage land-use activities that degrade coastal waters and coastal habitats.

 NOAA Program Evaluation CRD's Coastal Management Program is supported through a partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) which annually provides approximately $2,000,000 for CRD program activities. In May 2011, NOAA conducted a periodic evaluation of Georgia's Program sending a team of NOAA program evaluators to coastal Georgia for a week-long visit. The evaluation findings provide strong evidence of the Program's success and the full report is available for download here.