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 and leveraging
- Stakeholder input
- Research guidance
- Funding connections
The WCBW Steering Committee works 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The WCBW Steering Committee is comprised of 10-12 beach-related professionals who actively participate in quarterly meetings and provide logistical support. For more information, contact Steering Committee Co-chairs Sara Hudson or Madeline Magee.
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 and the WCBW Steering Committee.
Constructive participation: Members are encouraged to participate in the activities of the WCBW Steering Committee, such as periodic surveys, reviews, meetings and discussions. Participation should be respectful of other members, while helping to achieve identified objectives.
WCBW will hold annual meetings at rotating locations around the state.
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)
• 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