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.
A variety of statistics have been reported for ocean and coastal parks managed by NPS, including shoreline length and water area. This report establishes a definition for ocean and coastal parks and calculates shoreline miles and water acres.
Last Updated: February 02, 2012