Press Release: Gov Evers Declares September Coastal Awareness Month

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Tony Evers, Governor

Kathy Blumenfeld, Secretary-designee

September 19, 2022

Gov Evers Declares September Coastal Awareness Month

Coastal Management Grants Applications Open


Madison, Wis. – In recognition of Coastal Awareness Month and the importance of the Great Lakes, the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program (WCMP) is proud to announce the release of the 2022 Wisconsin Great Lakes Chronicle. The Chronicle promotes public awareness of Wisconsin Great Lakes issues, provides a vehicle for experts to educate public policy leaders, and creates an historical record of Great Lakes events and perspectives. The 2022 edition features articles exploring the Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts, Great Lakes Anishinaabe Place Names, the newly designated Wisconsin Shipwreck Coast National Marine Sanctuary, and 50 years of Coastal Zone Management. The 2022 Wisconsin Great Lakes Chronicle, including past issues, are available on the WCMP website.

Governor Tony Evers has proclaimed September as Coastal Awareness Month in Wisconsin in recognition of the important impact that the Great Lakes has on the state. The Governor was also recognized with the 2022 U.S. Water Prize from the U.S. Water Alliance, and has taken critical steps to ensure clean drinking water in Wisconsin.  Lake Michigan and Lake Superior are integral to Wisconsin’s economy, recreation, tourism, cultural history, and quality of life. The Governor’s proclamation is a reminder for the people of Wisconsin to protect the state’s Great Lakes.

Coastal Management Grant proposals are currently being accepted to enhance and protect resources within Wisconsin’s coastal zone. The Department of Administration anticipates awarding approximately $1.6 million in Coastal Management Grants. Application materials and the Request for Proposals are available on the WCMP website ( Applications are due November 4, 2022. Interested applicants are encouraged to contact WCMP staff early to discuss proposal ideas and application requirements. An interactive story map of previous grant recipients is available here.  

The program is also supporting the following local events highlighting the importance of the Great Lakes in the community:

  • Harbor Fest, Milwaukee: Sunday, September 25, 2022 
  • Valley Week, Milwaukee: September 24 - October 4, 2022 

The WCMP was the first program in the Great Lakes and among the first ten nationally established through the federal Coastal Zone Management Act. Its mission since 1978 is a balance of resource protection and sustainable development within Wisconsin’s 15 Lake Michigan and Lake Superior counties. The Department of Administration’s WCMP works cooperatively with Great Lakes stakeholders to help protect and enhance the natural, cultural, and historical resources of the Great Lakes while encouraging responsible economic development. The policy direction for WCMP is set by the Wisconsin Coastal Management Council. Members of the Council are appointed by the Governor and represent state agencies, local and tribal governments, and the general public. To learn more about WCMP please visit

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