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Milwaukee County Parks awarded $60,800 in coastal management grant funding

The grants will enable Milwaukee County Parks to inventory Milwaukee County's coastal resources and prioritize them according to vulnerability and value.

By - Apr 30th, 2019 08:33 am

MILWAUKEE – Milwaukee County Parks has been awarded $60,800 in grant funding from the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program.

A $19,000 grant will be used to create a Coastline Management Policy for Milwaukee County and a $41,800 grant will fund a comprehensive study to assess the vulnerability of Milwaukee County assets along the Lake Michigan shoreline to extreme weather.

Milwaukee County Parks currently manages 14 miles of Lake Michigan coastline in Milwaukee County, which feature numerous bluffs, ravines, beaches, and recreational assets, as well as the Warnimont Fens, a designated State Natural Area. These areas are currently threatened by coastal hazards including high water levels, erosion, and coastal storms, which can all impair tourism, commerce and ecology in the region.

The grants will enable Milwaukee County Parks to inventory Milwaukee County’s coastal resources and prioritize them according to vulnerability and value. The development of a Coastline Management Policy will assist with preventing or reducing shoreline recession, bluff failure, or erosion on County lands.

The grant funds are part of a federally-funded National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Coastal Resilience Grant project entitled “Improving Economic Security in Coastal Wisconsin” that was awarded to the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program and its partners the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (SEWRPC).

Additional information about the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program can be found at http://coastal.wisconsin.gov.

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