About Us

National Issues, Local Solutions

In 1972, Congress responded to the rapid deterioration of coastal areas throughout the nation by passing the Coastal Zone Management Act, or CZMA. The main objectives of CZMA are to “preserve, protect, develop, and where possible, restore or enhance the resources of the nation’s coastal zone.” The key feature of CZMA was the creation of a partnership among federal, state, and local governments. CZMA’s success is a direct result of the ability of states to work with local communities to design coastal management programs that address specific issues and priorities affecting local areas. Over the past three decades, this partnership has helped Maryland work to reduce the environmental impacts of coastal development, resolve significant conflicts between competing coastal uses and provide critical assistance to local governments in coastal planning and resource protection.

How Maryland’s Chesapeake & Coastal Service is Organized

Maryland’s Chesapeake & Coastal Service is a partnership among local, regional and state agencies. CCS collaborates with many private organizations, such as local land trusts and economic development groups. Through this networked approach, no one agency or department is responsible for Maryland’s entire coast. Rather, all partners help to ensure its proper management. Internally, six divisions and two Senior Policy Advisors contribute to CCS’s functional goal to ensure that the expertise, tools and financial resources are used to their utmost capacity to address Chesapeake, coastal and ocean management priorities. CCS is comprised of six divisions: Conservation Education and Stewardship, Restoration Finance and Policy, Habitat Restoration and Conservation, Coastal and Marine Assessment, Geospatial Information and Analysis, and Management Services.