Wisconsin Coastal Management Program

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.

Program Documents:

Wisconsin's Coastal Zone

The boundaries of the coastal zone subject to the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program extend to the state boundary on the waterward side and, on the inland side, include the 15 counties with frontage on Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, or Green Bay.  Click here for a map of Wisconsin's coastal counties, Lake Superior and Lake Michigan basins, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Plan areas.

Coastal Management Grants


The Wisconsin Department of Administration (DOA) administers WCMP Grants in collaboration with the Wisconsin Coastal Management Council (WCMC) and the Office for Coastal Management (OCM), U.S. Department of Commerce, through funding provided under the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972.

Approximately $1.5 million of WCMP Grants will be available for:

  • Coastal wetland protection and habitat restoration
  • Nonpoint source pollution control
  • Coastal resource and community planning
  • Great Lakes education
  • Public access and historic preservation projects

How to Apply: Information for Applicants

Coastal Grants Timeline

  • Grant Workshops: August-September 2017
  • Application Deadline: November 3, 2017
  • Project Review Committee: January 2018
  • WCMC Meeting: February 2018
  • Projects Selected: March 2018
  • Projects Begin: July 1, 2018*
  • Project Completion: June 30, 2019

​*Project start date of July 1 is not guaranteed for projects requiring additonal approval. Contact staff for more information.