Coastal Management Activities
Commission staff provide assistance to the Wisconsin Department of Administration in the conduct of the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program. The Wisconsin Coastal Management Program was established in 1978 under the Federal Coastal Zone Management Act to preserve and improve Wisconsin’s Great Lakes coastal resources for present and future generations. The program works to achieve the following objectives:
- Improve the implementation and enforcement of state statutes, policies, regulations and programs affecting the Great Lakes;
- Improve the coordination of activities undertaken by Federal, State, and local governments on matters affecting key coastal uses and areas;
- Strengthen the capacity of local governments to undertake effective coastal management;
- Advocate the wise and balanced use of the coastal environment; and
- Inform the public about coastal issues and increase opportunities for citizen participation in decisions affecting the Great Lakes. The Commission is committed to working in partnership with the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program to improve and enhance the ecological, economic and aesthetic assets of Lake Michigan and its coastal communities as shown in this map. The Commission provides various technical services in coastal-related activities within the Region to support planning and/or project implementation for local units of government that include: coordinating technical and financial assistance, undertaking technical studies to protect vital infrastructure and natural resources, assisting in public information and educational activities, and assisting in the designation of special coastal areas to ensure financial eligibility for management activities.
Commission activities include conducting field investigations attendant to wetlands and other sensitive lands in the coastal management area (see map), reviewing proposed sanitary sewer extensions in the coastal management area, assisting counties, local units of government, and non-governmental organizations with programs that incrementally improve near-shore water quality and habitat value, and briefing the Wisconsin Coastal Council on Commission planning activities under the coastal zone management program.