The overall condition of the nation's coastal waters has improved
slightly, based on a recently released environmental assessment. The
National Coastal Condition Report III (NCCRIII) is the third in a
series of environmental assessments of U.S. coastal and Great Lakes
The overall condition of America's coasts is rated as "fair," based on these five indicators. Comparison of the condition scores shows that overall condition in U.S. coastal waters has improved slightly since the 1990s. Coastal conditions improved in the Northeast and the West, but there were slight decreases in conditions in the Southeast and Gulf of Mexico. The conditions in the Great Lakes and Puerto Rico remained the same.