Generally, it’s state agencies (outside of the EPA, who designates certain federal environmental laws) who take care of the coast.
In California, the California Coastal Commission, who in partnership with the Bay Conservation and Development Commission, is in charge of the planning and regulation of land and water in the coastal zone of California. This commission is likely to have the most consolidated power compared to other state agencies, who distribute power among numerous agencies and councils.
For instance, in Florida, coastal management is shared by the Bureau of Beaches and Coastal Systems and Florida Oceans and Coastal Council while in Alaska, permits affecting the coast go through the Alaska Coastal Management Program, Alaska Departments of Environmental Conservation, Fish and Game and Natural Resources, as well as the local district involved.
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