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Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA)

A Federal Act to Promote Integrated Water Management: Is the CZMA a Useful Model?

Fragmentation poses a major challenge to effective water management in the United States. The CZMA provides a potential model for national legislation promoting more-integrated water management by the states. The federal government has...

A Comment on "A Federal Act to Promote Integrated Water Management: Is the CZMA a Useful Model?"

Fragmentation, calcified in the media-specific nature of federal and state statutes, in the silo-by-silo regulatory approach of environmental and natural resource agencies, and in the arbitrary jurisdictional fiefs that begin in the...

The Balancing Act: A Comment on "A Federal Act to Promote Integrated Water Management: Is the CZMA a Useful Model?"

In A Federal Act to Promote Integrated Water Management: Is the CZMA a Useful Model?, Prof. Barton Thompson addresses the significant challenge of substantive and geographic fragmentation in water management. He...

Water, Climate Change, and the Law: Integrated Eastern States Water Management Founded on a New Cooperative Federalism

More robust planning and management is needed to confront new patterns of water use and increasingly extreme and less predictable climate-induced variations in water availability. Issues such as water allocation law, gaps in the array...

Consistency Conflicts and Federalism Choice: Marine Spatial Planning Beyond the States' Territorial Seas

Offshore areas are under pressure to industrialize for renewable energy. To plan for offshore wind development, Rhode Island engaged in a marine spatial planning process that resulted in the Ocean Special Area Management Plan (O-SAMP),...

The BP Macondo Well Exploration Plan: Wither the Coastal Zone Management Act?

The Deepwater Horizon spill of April 20, 2010, serves as an acute reminder of the potentially devastating consequences of coastal activities. During the 1950s and 1960s, the nation earnestly began to explore how to protect our marine...

Dangerous Waters? The Future of Irreparable Harm Under NEPA After <MI>Winter v. NRDC<D>

Editors' Summary

The debate between Justices Scalia and Breyer during oral argument in Winter v. NRDC examines whether an NEPA violation constitutes irreparable harm for the purposes of injunctive relief. Whereas Justice Scalia...

Mobil Oil Exploration, Environmental Protection, and Contract Repudiation: It's Time to Recognize the Public Trust in the Outer Continental Shelf

In a recent article reviewing the U.S. Supreme Court's environmental decisions over the last 30 years (1969-1999), Professor Richard Lazarus argues that "the Justices have never fully appreciated environmental law as a distinct area of...