Michigan Coastal Zone Management Program
- Contact Name
- Ronda Wuycheck
- Job Title
- Chief, Coastal Management Program
- [email protected]
- Contact Address
- P.O. Box 30473 Lansing, MI 48909-7973
- Michigan Coastal Management Program
Bordered by four Great Lakes, Michigan has the distinction of with the world's longest freshwater coastline. The Michigan Coastal Zone Management Program (CZMP) within the Office of the Great Lakes, Michigan Dept. of Environmental Quality, promotes wise management of the cultural and natural resources of Michigan's Great Lakes coast. The program supports healthy and productive coastal ecosystems, resilient coastal communities, and vibrant and sustainable coastal communities.
Michigan's CZMP was established in 1978 as a state/federal partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). CZMP focuses on three central goals:
1. Improving the administration of existing state shoreline statutes (e.g. Shorelands Act, Submerged Land Act, Sand Dunes Act and Wetlands Act.)
2. Providing substantial technical and financial assistance to local partners for creative coastal projects.
3. Improving governmental coordination to reduce delays, duplication and conflicts in coastal management decision making.
The state's coastal boundary generally extends approximately 1,000 feet inland from the ordinary high water mark. The boundary extends farther inland in some locations to encompass important coastal features such as coastal wetlands, drowned river mouths, bays, dunes and natural areas.
The CZM Program provides grant funds to coastal communities and partners to further the CZM Program objectives of protecting and restoring healthy coastal ecosystems including fish and wildlife habitat; creating and enhancing public access to the Great Lakes and coastal resources; preserving historic maritime structures; revitalizing urban waterfronts; minimizing the loss of life and property in areas vulnerable to coastal hazards including erosion, floods, and dangerous currents; and increasing recreational opportunities along Michigan's Great Lakes coast. In 2014, the CZM Program awarded slightly more than $500,000 in assistance grants. For regular updates on the Coastal Program's activities check out their newsletter, Coastal Notes.