Date of Award


Degree Type

Major Paper

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Marine Affairs


This paper is the result of a study conducted to inform the author as to how the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) relates to state and intrastate programs that deal with waste water treatment systems in a coastal state. The investigation centered on how EPA actually manages its functions and assistance directed towards state-level and local-level efforts to control sewage treatment facilities. The study was not limited only to the federal-to-state-flow dynamics. It also looked at areas of purely state function, state-to-local flow, and also the opposite situation of local-to-sate-to-federal oriented inputs.