Effective coastal management that protects our coast.
The federation advocates for effective coastal management decisions that protect the North Carolina coast and its communities. Federal, state and local laws; policies and rules; and public and political pressures all influence coastal management. Sometimes laws are too inadequate to address emerging coastal issues, and agencies and programs that deal with these problems are often understaffed and underfunded. Climate change is putting the already vulnerable coast at greater risk of flooding and erosion. Political pressure to make decisions for immediate gain can have severe long-term consequences. An educated and engaged public is necessary to ensure that the coastal environment is protected and restored. Environmental journalism is a critical component of public engagement.