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Along the Coast

The coastal zone is the end of the road for watersheds; it's where waterways eventually drain to the sea. It provides a special setting as water, weather, sand dunes, rocks and cliffs, and coastal plants and animals converge. It is also a mainstay to the American economy in terms of employment, transportation, recreation and living.

More than half of all Americans live in coastal counties.

Because all water eventually makes its way to the coast, pollutants collected by water upstream will end up there as well. To keep our coasts healthy, it is essential to look at the things done in our own backyards.

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