For the more information about water resources in the National Park Service, please visit http://www.nature.nps.gov/water/.
In response to the 2004 U.S. Ocean Action Plan, NPS developed the Ocean Park Stewardship Action Plan (2006) that commits to science-based management and conservation of natural and cultural marine resources. Five NPS regions developed strategic implementation plans for their coastal parks in 2007-2008.
Coastal Watershed Condition Assessment Reports characterize the relative health or status of water resources, identify actual and potential stressors on these systems, and make recommendations for further studies to fill information gaps.
The NRPC hosted a workshop to address issues facing ocean, coastal parks and Great Lakes in 2009. The workshop was attended by 53 resource managers representing 27 parks, five regions and central offices. Participants made recommendations to improve the effectiveness of NPS programs and high priority issues.
This project established a definition for ocean and coastal parks, assembled the best available shoreline data from multiple sources, and calculated the total NPS shoreline miles and water acres. Access to the resulting GIS data is provided.
The Benthic Mapping Guidance Document reviews ten benthic mapping pilot projects that were conducted from 2008 to 2011 and managed by the Ocean and Coastal Resources Branch. A summary of each project is provided as well as an overview of benthic mapping technologies and guidance for parks wishing to embark on their own benthic mapping projects.
Last Updated: October 23, 2013