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Coastal Population 2,049,934 (coastal states summary - PDF)
COASTAL Hazards 29 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 Wisconsin.

Funding: Wisconsin Coastal Management Program and the National Estuarine Research Reserves

Fast Facts

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Flood Risk Populations

Six percent, or 2,554 people, live in the floodplain in Douglas County, Wisconsin.

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

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Changing Lands

Forest is the state’s largest coastal land cover category (34 percent). 1,177 square miles of land cover changed from one use to another between 1996 and 2010.

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

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Ocean Economics

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

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