“Many of our country’s coastal cities and towns began as ports and docks that grew into today’s thriving working waterfronts. Mixed-use waterfronts contribute to our nation’s economic vitality and quality of life. Unfortunately, many of these working waterfronts face a growing number of challenges. To meet these challenges, members of the National Working Waterfront Network, a group of municipalities, federal and state agencies, NOAA Sea Grant programs, businesses, and community development organizations, conducted research and developed a new information resource, with funding from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Agency, to help secure the future of our nation’s working waterfronts and waterways. Working waterfront properties provide access to the water and serve as recreational and commercial hubs for water-dependent activities.”

—NOAA Sea Grant

Community Engagement