The Coastal States Organization (CSO) was established in 1970 to represent the Governors of the nation's thirty-five coastal states, commonwealths and territories on legislative and policy issues relating to the sound management of coastal, Great Lakes and ocean resources. Economically, socially and geographically, the states are as diverse as their individual coastlines, yet their commitment to common objectives in coastal and ocean management is what shapes CSO's unique character. By speaking with "one voice" through CSO, states are more influential than by acting individually.
CSO is a proud sponsor of Capitol Hill Ocean Week (CHOW), a 3 day event hosted by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation on June 4-7, 2013. On June 3, 2013 CSO is hosting two briefings for members of Congress to take advantage of the attention this noteworthy event brings to Ocean and Coastal issues. The first briefing is focused on State Coastal Zone Management (CZM) programs and their critical role in building coastal resilience and the second briefing is focused upon Island Communities and how they are adapting to climate threats.read more