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 Articles

Is it Really a Beach Day? Is it Really a Beach Day?
Collaborators rev up rip current and beach safety awareness via, 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.
Sea Grant Helps with Trashy ProblemSea Grant Helps with Trashy Problem
We've been working with the University of Minnesota Duluth to curtail litter on campus and with other stormwater-related issues.

Featured Initiatives

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. 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 (Nonpoint source pollution Education for Municipal Officials) is a nationally recognized educational program for land use decision makers that addresses the relationship between land use and natural resource protection.

See Also

Water Quality
Information on groundwater, pollution, shoreland management and more.
Catching Up With Aquatic Science
A radio program and podcast about research concerning aquatic systems and coastal communities.
Superior Science News
A radio series about Lake Superior research.

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Jesse Schomberg
Coastal Communities & Land Use Specialist

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