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Federal Consistency


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What is Coastal Zone Management Federal Consistency?Image of the St Jones Marsh - Life On The Edges

Coastal Zone Management Federal Consistency is a process that requires Federal agencies to follow State coastal management policies when conducting a project or issuing a permit that could affect coastal resources. It also enables increased coordination between government agencies. The program was established by Congress in 1972 by the Coastal Zone Management Act. Every coastal or Great Lakes state with a Coastal Management Program implements Federal Consistency within its approved federal coastal zone boundary. Delaware's federal coastal zone encompasses the entire state.


Federal Consistency requires that projects conducted directly by a Federal agency, projects authorized by a Federal permit and some projects implemented with Federal funds be consistent with Delaware’s Coastal Zone Management policies. Projects are reviewed by Delaware Coastal Management Program (DCMP) staff in close coordination with other agencies. If projects are consistent with the policies, Federal Consistency “concurrence” is issued.


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