Coastal Zone Management Program

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Bordered by four Great Lakes, Michigan is graced with the world's longest freshwater coastline. The Coastal Management Program in the Office of the Great Lakes promotes wise management of the cultural and natural resources of Michigan's Great Lakes coast. The program supports healthy and productive coastal ecosystems and resilient, vibrant, and sustainable coastal communities.

Michigan's Coastal Management Program was established in 1978 in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and focuses on three primary goals:

  • Improving the administration of existing state shoreline statutes (e.g. Shorelands Act, Submerged Land Act, Sand Dunes Act and Wetlands Act).

  • Providing technical and financial assistance to local partners for creative coastal projects.

  • Improving governmental coordination to make positive impact through coastal management.

The Coastal Program provides leadership and advocacy for Michigan's coastal communities and ecological resources. It strives to foster environmental stewardship, encourage innovative methods for understanding and communicating coastal challenges, and serve as cooperative partners in economic development.