SEWRPC provides assistance to the Wisconsin Department of Administration in the conduct of the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program. This program is intended to coordinate governmental activities in the management of the Lake Michigan and Lake Superior coastal zones of the State. The program is being carried out by the State pursuant to the Federal Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 through the Wisconsin Coastal Management Council.
Under an agreement with the Wisconsin Department of Administration, SEWRPC sponsors a Technical and Citizen Advisory Committee on Coastal Management in Southeastern Wisconsin. This Committee represents a variety of interests, including local elected and appointed officials, the university community, and recreational, navigational, and environmental interest groups. The primary function of this Committee is the review of State coastal studies and reports as they are proposed and produced.
One of the continuing functions of SEWRPC under the coastal management program is to assist the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program in the designation of special coastal areas. The existing Lake Michigan shoreline special coastal areas are shown here. These special areas have natural, scientific, economic, cultural, or historical importance. Designation by the Wisconsin Coastal Management Council as a special coastal area ensures eligibility for financial or technical assistance for special coastal area management activities through the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program and focuses attention on a valuable coastal resource.