America's Changing Coasts

America's Changing Coasts : Private Rights and Public Trust

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Following a comprehensive overview by the editors, this volume's expert contributors provide detailed discussion of important legal, ecological and social issues associated with coastal resource management, as well as the most significant challenges confronting land use planners and resource managers in coastal communities. Using an interdisciplinary approach to perplexing questions surrounding the issue of development versus protection, the volume presents a broad approach to coastal issues involving private rights and public trust.

Part I: The Law and Coastal Environments provides background information on the more recent federal and state lawsuits, statutes and regulations that impact coastal environments. In Part II: Ecological Consequences for Coastal Development, scientists discuss threats posed by elevated nitrogen levels and heavy metal contamination in coastal waters, followed by descriptions of the impact of development on habitats essential to estuarine-dependent fish and migratory shorebirds. In Part III: Private Use, Public Trust and Coastal Protection the authors explore ways to balance private use of the coast with public rights of access and preservation. They discuss the concept of stewardship by both public and private landowners, factors affecting environmental values in coastal communities, and facilitation of enlightened public policies for growth management and resource protection.

Appropriate for courses pertaining to coastal ecology, coastal management or land-use planning, this book will also appeal to a diverse audience of economists, concerned citizens, environmental lawyers and policymakers.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 31.75mm | 566.99g
  • Cheltenham, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1845420802
  • 9781845420802

Table of contents

Contents: Preface 1. America's Changing Coasts: An Overview 2. Coastal Values and a Sense of Place Part I: The Law and Coastal Environments 3. Regulating Versus Buying the Coast 4. Does Shoreline Armoring Violate the Clean Water Act? Rolling Easements, Shoreline Planning and Other Responses to Sea Level Rise 5. Just Who is Taking Whom? The Reciprocity Concept and the Palazzolo Case 6. Regulatory Takings Post-Palazzolo: Applying Supreme Court Jurisprudence from the Practical Perspective Part II: Ecological Consequences for Coastal Development 7. Too Many Neighbours! Nitrogen in the Coastal Zone 8. Once Spilled, Still Found: Metal Contamination in Connecticut Coastal Wetlands and Long Island Sound Sediment from Historic Industries 9. The Essentials on Estuarine Fish Habitat, its Evaluation and Protection by Federal Fisheries Law 10. Strategic Coastal Bird Migration Staging Sites: An International Conservation Challenge Part III: Private Use, Public Trust and Coastal Protection 11. Public Access to the Shore: Public Rights and Private Property 12. Ionian Enchantment by the Sea: A Stewardship System for Long Island Sound 13. Changing Community Preferences for Coastal Zone Development and Conservation: Implications of Population Growth for Natural Resource Values 14. A Policy Simulation Laboratory for Economic Science and Policy Analysis Index
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About Diana M. Whitelaw

Edited by Diana M. Whitelaw, Associate Director, Goodwin-Niering Center for Conservation Biology and Environmental Studies and Gerald R. Visgilio, Professor of Economics, Connecticut College, US
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