The Delaware Coastal Management Program

From the Delaware Bay to the Atlantic Ocean, Delaware’s coastal resources contribute to its economy, environment, and quality of life. The Delaware Coastal Management Program (DCMP) is a networked program that works to preserve, protect, develop, enhance, and resolve conflicts related to the state’s coastal resources.



The Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA) of 1972 authorized a voluntary partnership between the federal government and coastal states to address national coastal issues with a local focus. The Delaware Coastal Management Program was approved in 1979, and is a cooperative program between the State of Delaware and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, balancing coastal resource use, economic development and conservation to address a wide range of issues including coastal hazards, habitat protection, coastal development, water quality, public access, energy facility siting, and ocean planning.

Federal Consistency

Coastal Programs manages Delaware’s Coastal Zone Management Federal Consistency determinations which gives the state a strong voice in federal agency decision making for activities that may affect their coastal uses or resources.

Policy Development

Coastal Programs scientists, educators, and planners work with programs throughout DNREC, with other state and federal agencies, and with county and local governments to develop policies to help manage Delaware’s coastal and ocean resources.

Coastal Science

The DCMP supports innovative research and monitoring projects to provide the best available science in decision-making.

Lewes Beach Dune

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