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Coastal Population 216,268 (coastal states summary - PDF)
COASTAL Hazards 32 billion-dollar disasters from 1980-2018

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 Minnesota.

Funding: Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program

Fast Facts

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Flood Risk Populations

Four percent, or 8,805 people, live in the floodplain in St. Louis County, Minnesota.

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

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Changing Lands

Minnesota has over 6,500 square miles of wetland within its coastal area.

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

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Ocean Economics

Tourism and recreation is the largest employer among Minnesota’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 Minnesota’s coastal management community. See how Digital Coast is being used in this state.

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