Northeast Wisconsin Coastal Resiliency Study

The bluffs, beaches, and harbor infrastructure of northeastern Wisconsin are vulnerable to coastal hazards including erosion, coastal storms, and fluctuating water levels, especially under the current near-record high water levels of Lake Michigan. These coastal hazards can threaten coastal properties and impair economic security of the region's tourism and commerce. Planning, preparing for, and adapting to coastal hazards can enhance community resilience and strengthen coastal economies.

The Bay-Lake Regional Planning Commission (BLRPC) and UW-Sea Grant have teamed up to study coastal hazards in Kewaunee, Manitowoc, and Sheboygan counties. Our study resulted in the Resilience Plan, which is intended to help planners and policy makers mitigate coastal hazards and promote a prosperous coast. The study also resulted in the development of resources to explain what coastal resilience is, and how coastal communities in the Bay-Lake region can be more resilient to changing conditions along the Lake Michigan shoreline. To view the full study and more project details, please visit the links below.