Coastal Environment Law and Legal Definition

According to 33 USCS § 1502 (5), the term coastal environment means “the navigable waters (including the lands therein and thereunder) and the adjacent shorelines (including waters therein and thereunder). The term includes transitional and intertidal areas, bays, lagoons, salt marshes, estuaries, and beaches; the fish, wildlife and other living resources thereof; and the recreational and scenic values of such lands, waters and resources.”