Selected characteristics in coastal states, 1980 - 2000.




Culliton, T.J.
Blackwell, C.M.
Remer, D.G.
Goodspeed, T.R.
Warren, M.A.

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U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Ocean Service, Strategic Assessment Branch.


Closed beaches, medical wastes on the shore, contaminated shellfish harvest areas, fish kills, and wetland losses all indicate a growing crisis in the Nation's estuarine and coastal areas. While it is not always possible to find the direct causes of these events, evidence is increasing that they result from the continued development of our coastal environment. This report describes some of the activities and resource uses in coastal states that affect the environmental quality of our coasts, and provides an overview of conditions existing during the 1980's and that may exist in the year 2000. Information is presented for land, population, housing, transportation, employment and business establishments, water withdrawals, energy production and consumption, solid waste, wastewater treatment plants, and hazardous waste sites.


15 p.


coastal resources, environmental conditions, population density