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Coastal Zone Management Program

  • Coast Program Description

    Point Betsie LighthouseBordered 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. It focuses on 5 program areas:

    • Natural Habitat

    • Hazard Management

    • Water Quality

    • Public Access

    • Community Development

    The Coastal Program strives to grow environmental stewardship, encourage innovative methods for understanding and communicating coastal challenges, and partner in sustainable economic development.