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Coastal Management

Tahquamenon River mouth at Lake Superior
Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy

Coastal Management

Michigan is the steward of the nation’s longest freshwater coastline, being surrounded by four of the five Great Lakes, and 62% of the total coastline of the Great Lakes basin.  Our coast is highly diverse, including warm sandy beaches and dunes, rocky cliffs and bluffs, and vast coastal wetlands.  Michigan’s coastal communities need creative and adaptive solutions when addressing the challenges associated with the unpredictability of the Great Lakes water levels, increased storm intensities and frequency as a result of climate change.

Fresh Coast, Best Coast

Established in 1978, the Michigan Coastal Management Program (MCMP) is committed to providing substantial technical assistance and strategic grant funding to assist in coastal communities’ ability to understand risks, and options to mitigate coastal hazards; create healthy habitats that provide for human use and enjoyment; support coastal eco-tourism opportunities while ensuring for safe public access; and support resilient and sustainable coastal economies.  As connectors and collaborators, the MCMP advances the research on a changing climate, resilient planning methods, and seeks balanced approaches to sustainable coastline.


Ronda Wuycheck