The Wisconsin Coastal Management Program (WCMP) is dedicated to preserving and making accessible the natural and historic resources of Wisconsin's Great Lakes Coasts. For 35 years, the program has, from its home in the Department of Administration, worked cooperatively with state, federal, local and tribal government agencies and non-profit organizations in managing the ecological, economic and aesthetic assets of the Great Lakes and their coastal communities.
The WCMP is a voluntary state-federal partnership that works through a Governor-appointed Council to provide policy coordination among state agencies, and award federal funds to local governments and other entities for the implementation of coastal initiatives. Our goal is to achieve a balance between natural resource protection and coastal communities' need for sustainable economic development.
September 27, 2013: 2014 Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Grants request for proposal is released. See CELCP Grant Information.
September 3, 2013: Governor Walker proclaims September 2013 Coastal Awareness Month. See Press Release and Proclamation.
September 1, 2013: 2013 Wisconsin Great Lakes Chronicle is available. See 2013 Chronicle.
August 12, 2013: WATCH August 9 Great Lakes Water Levels Community Workshop at the Port of Milwaukee on Wisconsin Eye. See video link.
August 7, 2013: 2014-15 WCMP Grant Application Materials are available. See Grants.
August 7, 2013: Workshops to discuss grant application and funding priorities will be held on August 28 Ashland, September 4 Green Bay and September 11 Milwaukee. For questions call WCMP (608) 267-7982. For details see Workshop Schedule and Grants.
July 3, 2013: Great Lakes Water Levels Community Workshops agendas available
July 11 in Ashland
August 8 in Green Bay
August 8 in Sturgeon Bay
August 9 in Milwaukee
June 5, 2013: WATCH new 2013 Discover Wisconsin episodes on Lake Michigan and Lake Superior, jointly funded by the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program (WCMP) and the Wisconsin Department of Tourism.
June 3, 2013: Department of Administration (DOA) announces 34 grant awards totaling $1.4 million. See Press Release.
November 7, 2012: Great Lakes Processes and BMPs Workshop: The Wisconsin Coastal Management Program, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and University of Wisconsin Sea Grant partnered to host a free, all-day workshop titled "Great Lakes Coastal Processes and Best Management Practices," on December 18, in Ashland. For more information, please contact Kate Angel.
Wisconsin Coastal Zone Management Funding
View the 2012 Coast Funding Fact Sheet online. Browse previous Fact Sheets.
Great Lakes Area of Concern Land Acquisition Grants
The WCMP is coordinating the selection of Wisconsin projects for the national Great Lakes AOC land acquisition grant program. For more information see the Grants page.
Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program (CELCP) Grants
The WCMP coordinates the selection of Wisconsin projects for the national CELCP land acquisition grant program. View Wisconsin's CELCP grant information.
Federal Evaluation of the Coastal Management Program
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) regularly evaluates the WCMP to ensure it is in compliance with its federal grant agreement. The 2008 Final Evaluation Findings Report highlights the successes and strengths of the program and provides some suggestions for future improvement.
Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve
The Lake Superior NERR was designated in October 2010. For more information, please follow the links from "Coastal Management Issues."
2008 was the 30th Anniversary of the Coastal Management Program
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