North Atlantic Regional Water Resources Study. Appendix U. Coastal and Estuarine Areas.
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The broad objective toward which this appendix is written is to maintain and improve the usefulness of the coastal zone to man for now and for the future. This objective is approached from the point of view of planning and managing the wise use of the coastal water and related land resources. Major coastal uses are seen as the extraction of living and non-living resources, waste disposal, recreation and aesthetics, transportation, national defense and coastal land use. Nine major problem areas are selected for special analysis, partially on the basis of numerous interviews throughout the region. These problem areas are living resources, conservation of wetlands, non-living resources, water pollution, thermal effects, solid waste disposal, recreation, marine transportation, and coastal erosion and tidal flooding. For each of these problems, its nature, causes, and location and time characteristics are outlined activities affected by the problem are identified and general solutions are considered in the broad context of planning and managing the regions water and related land resources. Interrelations of the coastal zone with its neighbors, both inland and oceanward are given special attention. Of the nine selected problems, water pollution and the conservation of wetlands appear at this time to be most prominantly recognized throughout the region.
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