The Wisconsin Coastal Management Program (WCMP) is dedicated to preserving and improving access to the natural and historic resources of Wisconsin's Great Lakes coasts. The program works cooperatively with state, local and tribal government agencies, along with non-profit organizations, to manage the ecological, economic and aesthetic assets of the Great Lakes and their coastal areas.
Coastal Management Grants Map
Annual Accomplishments and Funding
These annual reports (Coastal Fact Sheets) prepared in partnership with the Coastal States Organization include next year's priorities and needs how the money was spent and who received the money.
The Wisconsin Coastal Management Program was established in 1978 under the Federal Coastal Zone Management Act to protect and wisely use this valuable natural resource for present and future generations.
Coastal management means achieving a balance between natural resources preservation and economic development along our Great Lakes coasts. The program works to achieve the following objectives:
Improve the implementation and enforcement of state statutes, policies, regulations and programs affecting the Great Lakes.
The Coastal Management Program coordinates the many state and local government programs that affect the coasts through the Coastal Management Council, staff activities and various review procedures. Its location in the Department of Administration, which is the Governor's Executive Agency, enables this coordination function.
State agencies, county and municipal governments and private organizations all have an interest in some aspect of the Great Lakes coastal area. The program's challenge is to get all these government bodies to administer their programs consistently and together solve problems affecting Wisconsin's coastal zone.
Wisconsin's Coastal Zone
The boundaries of the coastal zone subject to the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program extend to the state boundary on the waterward side and, on the inland side, include the 15 counties with frontage on Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, or Green Bay. Click here for a map of Wisconsin's coastal counties.
Website Funding Acknowledgement
This website is funded by the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management under the Coastal Zone Management Act, Grant # NA10NOS4190172.
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