Wisconsin Coastal Management Program


December 23, 2020: 

The Wisconsin Coastal Management Program (WCMP), State of Wisconsin, Department of Administration, is inviting public comment on the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed rulemaking, National Performance Standards for Discharges Incidental to the Normal Operation of a Commercial Vessel, authorized by the Clean Water Act section 312(p), as amended by the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (VIDA). The WCMP is conducting a review to verify this project will comply with state coastal policies. Further information may be obtained from: coastal@wisconsin.gov​; http://coastal.wisconsin.gov; WCMP, PO Box 8944, Madison, WI 53708-8944; (608) 267-7988. Comments on whether this project complies with coastal policies should be received within 21 days.

About Us

Wisconsin Coastal Management Program (WCMP) is dedicated to preserving and improving access to the natural and historic resources of Wisconsin's Great Lakes coasts. Since 1978, the program has worked cooperatively with state, local, and tribal government agencies and non-profit organizations to manage the ecological, economic, and aesthetic assets of the Great Lakes coastal areas.

Wisconsin Coastal Zone

The boundaries of the coastal zone subject to the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program extend to the state boundary on the waterward side that includes the 15 counties with frontage on Lake Superior and Lake Michigan. Click here for a map of Wisconsin's coastal counties.

Program Documents

Program Objectives

  1. To improve the implementation and enforcement of existing state regulatory and management policies and programs affecting key coastal uses and areas;

  2. To improve the coordination of existing policies and activities of governmental units and planning agencies on matters affecting key coastal uses and areas;

  3. To strengthen local governmental capabilities to initiate and continue effective coastal management consistent with identified state standards and criteria;

  4. To provide a strong voice to advocate the wise and balanced use of the coastal environment and the recognition in federal, state, and local policies of the uniqueness of the coastal environment; and

  5. To increase public awareness and opportunity for citizens to participate in decisions affecting the Great Lakes resources.