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ELI publishes Research Reports available for free download that present the analysis and conclusions of the policy studies ELI undertakes to improve environmental law and policy. These reports contribute to education of the profession and disseminate diverse points of view and opinions to stimulate a robust and creative exchange of ideas. Those publications, which express opinions of the authors and not necessarily those of the Institute, its Board of Directors, or funding organizations, exemplify ELI’s commitment to dialogue with all sectors.

Marine Spatial Planning in US Waters: An Assessment and Analysis of Existing Leg

Marine Spatial Planning in US Waters: An Assessment and Analysis of Existing Legal Mechanisms, Anticipated Barriers, and Future Opportunities

Jordan Diamond, Adam Schempp, Kathryn Mengerink, and Jay Austin
December 2009

Marine spatial planning (MSP) has gained increasing international attention as a tool for implementing ecosystem-based management, reducing user conflicts, and ensuring the sustainable use of ocean and coastal resources. While the President’s Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force developed recommendations for a federal MSP framework, the Environmental Law Institute and Ocean Conservancy have released a report, Marine Spatial Planning in US Waters, that reviews federal ocean and coastal laws, identifying the obstacles and opportunities they present for federal MSP. Read More >

Ocean and Coastal Ecosystem-Based Management: Implementation Handbook

Ocean and Coastal Ecosystem-Based Management: Implementation Handbook

Kathryn Mengerink, Adam Schempp, and Jay Austin
December 2009

With support from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and input from many ocean and coastal management experts, the Environmental Law Institute produced this Handbook to identify successful approaches to implementing marine ecosystem-based management (EBM), describe their limitations, and highlight opportunities to apply them in the future. This Handbook provides a spectrum of examples that take steps toward EBM. It is designed to share a variety of approaches that may be useful in different settings depending upon regional needs and opportunities. Read More >

Analysis of the Numeric Water Quality Criteria Adopted by the Ten States That Bo

Analysis of the Numeric Water Quality Criteria Adopted by the Ten States That Border Directly on the Mississippi River

November 2009

This report compares state numeric water quality criteria to recommended criteria and related standards issued by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Read More >

Analysis of the Numeric Water Quality Criteria Adopted by the Ten States That Border Directly on the Mississippi River: Arkansas

November 2009

This report compares state numeric water quality criteria to recommended criteria and related standards issued by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Read More >

Analysis of the Numeric Water Quality Criteria Adopted by the Ten States That Bo

Analysis of the Numeric Water Quality Criteria Adopted by the Ten States That Border Directly on the Mississippi River: Illinois

November 2009

This report compares state numeric water quality criteria to recommended criteria and related standards issued by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Read More >