Guiding Principles on Coastal Engineering
Great Lakes shoreline and coastal regions are under increasing levels of pressure from both the occasional weekend vacationer and new, year-round property owners and developments. Record levels of waterfront activities as well as the high demand for coastal property around the country have created increased levels of human presence on these fragile areas. Wisconsin’s coastal areas are no exception. From the many redevelopments along the Lake Michigan shoreline to the new developments along many regions of the Lake Superior shoreline, there have been increasing numbers of individuals accessing the region’s resources who have little or no experience with the many natural coastal hazards that exist. As the demands continue to increase, so do the possibilities for increased loss of valuable property, habitat and life.

Because of these increasing demands and risks, there is the critical need to provide Great Lakes property owners, resource managers, lenders, insurers, engineers, realtors and local, regional and state-wide agencies with natural coastal hazard awareness, coastal engineering guidance, education opportunities and shoreline management tools. Sound coastal engineering information on coastal erosion, waves, rip currents, changing water levels, flooding potentials, bluff instability and shoreline best management practices are all needed.

Wisconsin Sea Grant provides nonbiased and science-based information to address these challenges .