State Water Resources Research Institute Program

Project ID: 2008DE127B
Title: Delaware Coastal Zone Act's Impact on Water Quality
Project Type: Research
Start Date: 301/2008
End Date: 2/28/2009
Congressional District: At-large
Focus Categories: Law, Institutions, and Policy, Non Point Pollution
Keywords: environmental policies, coastal water quality, Delaware Coastal Zone Act
Principal Investigators: McVey, Erin; Hastings, Steven E.
Federal Funds: $ 1,750
Non-Federal Matching Funds: $ 3,500
Abstract: The Coastal Zone Act was passed in June 28, 1971 by Governor Russell Peterson. It was recognized that Delaware's coastal areas must be kept up in order to maintain and improve the quality of life in and around those areas. This meant that new industrialization must be limited and controlled. Specifically, "heavy" industry not in existence in the coastal areas before June 28, 1971 became prohibited and permits could not be acquired. By doing this, the natural environment would be kept and used for aesthetic, recreational, and tourism purposes. At the time, this law was assailed by the "pro-business" community and hailed as a victory by environmental groups. The objectives of the research are to investigate the long-term impacts of the Coastal Zone Act on Delaware. First, the specifics of the Act will be documented. Second, comparisons with similar legislation in other similar coastal states will be made. Third, the research will attempt to determine the effects of the Coastal Zone Act on the economic development and the environment, with special attention to water resources, in the parts of Delaware included in the Act.

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