Sea Grant Develops Sustainable Waterfronts Toolkit

The National Sea Grant Law Center (NSGLC), an ocean and costal law and research center at the University of Mississippi School of Law, unveiled a Working Waterfront Toolkit a national conference held in Tacoma, Wash. recently.  The Toolkit, funded by the Economic Development Administration, is an online resource containing information on historic trends, economic value and information about tools. Terra Bowling, research counsel, and Stephanie Showalter Otts, director of NSGLC, were responsible for the law and policy component of the Toolkit. Showalter, who was part of the project leadership team, helped coordinate the overall project and co-authored the final report.

Bowling authored a report examining the Coastal Zone Management Act and state definitions of “water-dependent uses.” Showalter also produced a thought piece on how lawyers could become better engaged in these issues through training or a pro bono program. Bowling and Showalter also worked with the Conservation Clinic at the University of Florida School of Law, who produced reports on state port legislation and tax increment financing for working waterfront improvements. All of these reports are available here, along with the final project report.

Terra Bowling’s article on “Assessing the Viability of Zebra and Quagga Mussels: Legal and Enforcement Challenges” and Nicole Giffin’s article on “Privacy Issues Surrounding the Tracking and Sharing of Boat Movement Information as Part of Invasive Species Prevention Programs” may be found here, along with other Sea Grant authored articles.

For more information, check out the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s story about the project.