Coastal Management

The Northwest Regional Planning Commission (NWRPC) provides assistance to the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program (WCMP) in coastal-related activities within the region. This work involves providing technical support to local units of government; coordinating the provision of technical and financial assistance in Lake Superior coastal zone; undertaking technical studies to supply information for the Program and assisting in public information and educational activities.

The Wisconsin Coastal Management Program was established in 1978 under the Federal Coastal Zone Management Act to protect and wisely use 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.
  • Inform the public about coastal issues and increase opportunities for citizen participation in decisions affecting the Great Lakes.
  • NWRPC is committed to working in partnership with the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program to improve and enhance the ecological, economic and aesthetic assets of Lake Superior and its coastal communities.