Wisconsin Coastal Beaches Workgroup

The Wisconsin Coastal Beaches Workgroup (WCBW) is for professionals, researchers, and funders involved in managing and improving Wisconsin’s 200+ Great Lakes beaches. The group was established in 2015 to facilitate:

  • Information Sharing
  • Coordination & Leveraging
  • Stakeholder Input
  • Research Guidance
  • Funding Connections

The WCBW Steering Committee and associated “Topic Teams” work to achieve tangible, high-priority objectives as identified by workgroup members and stakeholders.

Join the Workgroup

Anyone involved in issues related to the management, safety, or quality of coastal beaches in Wisconsin may become a WCBW member by subscribing to the Wisconsin Coastal Beaches listserv by sending an email to join-wicoastalbeaches@lists.wisc.edu.

The WCBW Steering Committee is comprised of 10-12 beach-related professionals who actively participate in quarterly meetings, provide logistical support, and/or lead Topic Teams. For more information, contact Steering Committee Co-chairs Todd Breiby or Lindsey Page.

All WCBW members agree to adhere to two basic principles:

INFORMATION SHARING.  When appropriate, members will share information that is likely to be of consequence to the individual or collective efforts of other members, the WCBW Steering Committee, and/or Topic Teams.

Members are encouraged to participate in the activities of the WCBW Steering Committee and topic teams, such as periodic surveys, reviews, meetings, and discussions. Participation should be respectful of other members and Topic Team leaders, while helping to achieve identified objectives.

Annual Meetings
WCBW will hold annual meetings at rotating locations around the state. 

2016 Annual Meeting – UW-Oshkosh 
Welcome (Todd Breiby, Wisconsin Coastal Management Program)
Water Quality (Kimberly Busse, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh)
Dangerous Currents and Risk Communication (Todd Breiby, Wisconsin Coastal Management Program)
Harmful Algal Blooms (Mark Werner, Department of Health Services)
Beach Resiliency and Erosion/Sediment Transport (Gene Clark, UW Sea Grant Institute)
Report: Great Lakes Beach Association 17th Annual Conference (Kimberly Busse, GLBA President)
Department of Natural Resources Report: Wisconsin Beaches (Donalea Dinsmore, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources)
The Path to Mitigation (Greg Kleinheinz, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh)
Lessons Learned (AJ Koski, City of Racine Health Department)
Beach Dynamics (Pete Pittner, Miller Engineers and Scientists)
Nowcast and Training (Elisabeth Schlaudt, UW Sea Grant Institute)
How do you sell a restoration to your community? (Sara Hudson, City of Ashland Parks and Recreation Department)

2015 Annual Meeting – UW-Milwaukee School of Freshwater Science  

•  Meeting Welcome (7:02) – Lyndsey Page & Sandra McClellan  
•  About the Workgroup (10:29) – Adam Mednick
•  Implementing “Nowcasts” (Predictive Models) (4:40) – Adam Mednick & Todd Miller  
•  Improving Advisory Communications (14:01) – Donalea Dinsmore & Todd Breiby
•  Integrating Source ID into Beach Mgt.:
    Part I (10:30) – Kim Busse
    Part II (7:34) – Danielle Cloutier

Priority Topics: Needs & Objectives 

In 2015, the WCBW Steering Committee surveyed members and stakeholders to identify high-priority topics. Over one-third of the roughly 150 recipients responded. Of the nine topic areas presented in the survey, three rose to the top (see the 3 “Topic Teams” below).

At the 2015 Annual Meeting held at UW- Milwaukee, 39 attendees participated in a series of facilitated “roundtables” to identify critical needs and objectives related to each of the three priority topic areas. Individuals shared their needs, as well as what they see as the single most important objective, and then voted on their collective input.

Input provided during the 2015 roundtables can be viewed in their original form (recorded on flip-charts), or as compiled in spreadsheets. The resulting objectives for each Topic Team are listed below. If you are interested in helping to achieve these objectives by joining a Topic Team please contact one or both of the listed co-leaders.

Team I. Implementing Water-Quality “Nowcasts”  (co-leaders: Elisabeth Schlaudt & Todd Miller)

  • Develop more Nowcast Models for Local Users

Team II. Improving Advisory Communications  (co-leaders: Donalea Dinsmore & Todd Breiby)

  • Develop New Signs & Tools to Communicate Water Quality/Safety Conditions

Team III. Integrating Source ID into Beach Management  (co-leaders: Kim Busse & Danielle Cloutier)

  • Catalog Source-ID Efforts to Better Target Resources