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Coastal Communities & Land Use

Lake Superior’s coastal communities depend on healthy ecosystems for their economic survival. Population growth, increasing tourism, and coastal development can threaten the main economic engines of the region — natural resources. Balancing varied, if not competing, community goals and coastal resource quality requires an understanding of ecological systems and a commitment to sustainability by residents and those working in government and business.

The tight link between land use and water quality makes it important to use sound development practices and explore new and innovative land management options that minimize runoff and stormwater pollution to protect Lake Superior and the watershed that surrounds it. continued…

Featured Content

Wild About Wild RiceWild About Wild Rice
Learn why wild rice is special in Minnesota and how Sea Grant research is contributing to a better understanding of how sulfate can affect a plant's success.
What's Up With the Watershed Game?What's Up With the Watershed Game?
Here's an update with the highly successful Watershed Game created by Minnesota Sea Grant and many others nine years ago.
Shades of Green: Flood Control Study Focused on Duluth, MinnesotaShades of Green: Flood Control Study Focused on Duluth, Minnesota
NOAA's Coastal Services Center conducted a study in the wake of Duluth's 2012 flood. What do they suggest to control future flooding in the Chester Creek Watershed? Green Infrastructure!
Is it Really a Beach Day? Is it Really a Beach Day?
Collaborators rev up rip current and beach safety awareness via ParkPointBeach.org, part of the Beach Information Communications System project.
Engaging Local Leaders to Improve Land Use and Water ResourcesEngaging Local Leaders to Improve Land Use and Water Resources
Learn how Northland NEMO has influenced the way local leaders think about land use.
Weathering the StormWeathering the Storm
Ways in which Minnesota Sea Grant is helping communities brace for extreme weather events.
A New Chapter for a Seaside CityA New Chapter for a Seaside City
A new Unified Development Chapter shows that The City of Duluth, Minnesota, is serious about stormwater management.
How to Retain Water (and why you should)How to Retain Water (and why you should)
Become your property's stormwater manager. Read how, learn why.
Hypothermia 101Hypothermia 101
Identifying and preventing hypothermia is a serious task, but you can tackle it with Hypothermia 101.
Mapping the Great Lakes: The GLOS Mapping WorkshopsMapping the Great Lakes: The GLOS Mapping Workshops
New workshops by the Great Lakes Observing System offer useful ways to integrate data for decision-making when planning events (like kayak and fishing trips) on Lake Superior.
Digging up Our Neighbors' DirtDigging up Our Neighbors' Dirt
A stormwater research project gets underway in a Duluth neighborhood.

Featured Initiatives

Maintaining Roadside Ditches
By following the practical advice in this guide, people working on ditches can solve ongoing and irritating maintenance issues while protecting lakes and streams.
Wild Rice Monitoring
To assess trends in wild rice abundance and distribution around the Lake Superior basin, it is important to be consistent in the way data is collected.
Green Infrastructure in Duluth, Minn.
What are the costs and benefits of using green infrastructure to reduce flood damage in Duluth? What is green infrastructure?
Hypothermia Prevention: Survival in Cold Water
Hypothermia is a risk for anyone who enjoys activities like boating, fishing, swimming, hiking, or skiing. It can occur quickly and it can be fatal.
Great Lakes Coastal Storms Program
An effort led by NOAA to reduce the loss of life and damage caused by coastal storms. Great Lakes projects promote improved weather observations, projections and communication.
Lake Superior Streams
With over 42 named streams, Duluth has a very high density of stream corridors. LakeSuperiorStreams.org is a website which provides a wealth of information on Duluth’s streams and beyond.
Rip Currents
Rip currents on Lake Superior can be very dangerous; learn about their formation and how to survive if you’re caught in one.
Northland NEMO
Project NEMO is a nationally recognized educational program for land use decision makers that addresses the relationship between land use and natural resource protection.

See Also

AudioCoastal Communities Audio
Collection of coastal communities audio.
VideoCoastal Communities Videos
Collection of coastal communities videos.
Water Quality
Information on groundwater, pollution, shoreland management and more.

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