Completed: December 2016.

Funding: Wisconsin Coastal Management Program.

Coastal hazards have been a Great Lakes concern since high lake levels caused significant damage to coastal properties in the 1950s, the 1970s and again in the 1980s. During that period the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program funded projects to assess the coastal hazards on Lake Michigan and published Regulations to Reduce Coastal Erosion Losses (1981) by Doug Yanggen of the University of Wisconsin-Extension. The report identified local zoning and subdivision ordinance setback provisions to reduce risks associated with development on the Great Lakes coast.

Managing Coastal Hazard Risks on Wisconsin's Dynamic Great Lakes Shoreline (2016) is a review of efforts to address coastal hazards since that time frame. The report includes a summary of coastal processes and a discussion of issues associated with coastal hazards. Adaptation strategies are provided for managing the risks to coastal development and resources in light of the changing nature of the Great Lakes climate.

Managing Coastal Hazard Risks on Wisconsin's Dynamic Great Lakes Shoreline - 2016

Several additional related reports were developed for this project including:

Modern Studies of Coastal Erosion in Wisconsin
Coastal Ordinance Provisions in Wisconsin Communities

Following are related reference documents:

Wisconsin's Shore Erosion Plan: An Appraisal of Options and Strategies - Springman and Born -1979
Regulation to Reduce Coastal Erosion Losses - Yanggen - 1981
Solid Piers - Environmental Assessment - WDNR - 1987
Groin Review Criteria - Bennett - 2001
Living on the Coast - Protecting Investments in Shore Property on the Great Lakes - U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - 2003