This statute also authorized the Secretary of the Interior to enter into cost-sharing agreements with States and subdivisions for permanent management of estuarine areas in their possession. Federal agencies were required to assess the impacts of commercial and industrial developments on estuaries. Reports submitted to Congress for such projects were required to contain an assessment by the Secretary of the Interior of likely impacts and related recommendations.
The Secretary was also required to encourage State and local governments to consider the importance of estuaries in their planning activities related to Federal natural resource grants. In approving any state grants for acquisition of estuaries, the Secretary was required to establish conditions to ensure the permanent protection of estuaries, including a condition that the lands not be disposed of without the prior approval of the Secretary.
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