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Coastal Population 1,432,512 (coastal states summary - PDF)
COASTAL Hazards 59 billion-dollar disasters from 1980-2018
Photo credit: National Park Service

Coastal management is about maintaining balance in coastal communities. It is a process that takes into consideration many factors, including development, the natural environment, coastal commerce, hazardous weather impacts, aesthetics, quality of life, water quality, erosion, and more.

This page profiles the coastal management organizations, federal and state, operating under the Coastal Zone Management Act and facts and figures about coastal management in Indiana.

Funding: Indiana Lake Michigan Coastal Program

Fast Facts

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Flood Risk Populations

Seven percent, or 36,910 people, live in the floodplain in Lake County, Indiana.

Visit Coastal County Snapshots to learn more about flood risk in coastal counties.

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Land Cover Change

With almost 5,000 square miles, agriculture is the state’s largest coastal land cover category (64.7 percent). This is an area equal to half the size of Lake Erie.

Use NOAA's coastal Land Cover Atlas and regional reports to see change along Indiana's coast.

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Ocean Economics

Tourism and recreation is the largest employer among Indiana’s Great Lakes-dependent economic sectors.

There are six sectors that make up the oceans and Great Lakes economy. Read this report or visit NOAA’s coastal and ocean economics website to learn more.

NOAA's Digital Coast provides data, tools, training, and information resources for Indiana’s coastal management community. See how Digital Coast is being used in this state.

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