The Estuarine Programs Office shall—
(1) develop and implement a national estuarine strategy for the Administration that integrates the research, regulatory, and trusteeship responsibilities of the Administration;
(2) coordinate the estuarine activities of the various organizations within the Administration, including activities in estuarine research and assessment, fisheries research, coastal management, and habitat conservation;
(3) coordinate the estuarine activities of the Administration with the activities of other Federal and State agencies; and
provide technical assistance to the Administrator, to other Federal agencies, and to State and local government agencies in—
(A) assessing the condition of estuaries;
(B) identifying estuaries of critical national or regional importance;
(C) identifying technical and management alternatives for the restoration and protection of estuarine resources; and
(D) monitoring the implementation and effectiveness of estuarine management plans.
There are authorized to be appropriated to the Administration not to exceed $500,000 for fiscal year 1987, $530,000 for fiscal year 1988, $560,000 for fiscal year 1989, and $600,000 for fiscal year 1990 to carry out the provisions of this section.
(Pub. L. 99–659, title IV, § 406, Nov. 14, 1986, 100 Stat. 3738.)