Beach Improvement Projects

Since 2010, the Bay-Lake Regional Planning Commission has been working to improve beaches throughout Northeast Wisconsin by studying beach contamination and identifying methods to mitigate issues. 22 beaches in the region have been studied to collect routine and annual sanitary surveys and other water quality and site assessment data.

Beach improvement plans were developed for 11 beaches in the Region with assistance from EPA under the GLRI and Urban Waters programs. The designs were based on the sanitary surveys and other collected data, and recommended naturalized and green infrastructure designs elements to reduce E. coli and other contaminants at the beach in order to improve the overall water quality.


  • City of Algoma: Crescent Beach, and Marina Basin Beach
  • City of Green Bay: Bay Beach
  • City of Kewaunee: Father Marquette Memorial Park, Pioneer Park, and Selner Park
  • City of Manitowoc: Red Arrow Beach, Marina Beach (aka Blue Rail), and Silver Creek Beach
  • City of Marinette: Red Arrow Park
  • City of Oconto: City Park Beach
  • City of Sheboygan: Deland Park, Blue Harbor Area Beach, King Park, and Lakeview Park
  • City of Two Rivers: Neshotah Beach, Neshotah South (just north of river channel), South Beach, and Memorial Drive North
  • Manitowoc County: Lakefront Beach (at Point Beach State Park), and Hika Bay (in Cleveland)
  • Town of Red River: Red River County Park (Kewaunee County)
Beach Improvement Plans:
Beach Best Management Practices (BMPs) Reports:


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Wisconsin Counties Association magazine article

Magazine article summarizing the GLRI beach project. It appeared as an AWRPC insert in the November 2012 Wisconsin Counties Association magazine.


Presentation on Municipal Returns on Investing in Beach Improvements (J. Kinzelman, 2014)



For more information on beach improvement efforts, please contact:

Angela Kowalzek-Adrians, Natural Resources Planner
Phone: (920) 448-2820


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