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Written by KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM   
Wednesday, 30 August 2017 18:30

  Coastal communities from Ozaukee County south to Kenosha County could benefit from a three-year, $840,000 federal grant received by Wisconsin Sea Grant to study and protect the Lake Michigan shoreline.
    The grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Coastal Resilience Grants Program builds on Sea Grant’s prior work studying rising lake levels and their effect on bluffs in Ozaukee, Milwaukee, Racine and Kenosha counties.
    Adam Bechle, who was the primary grant writer, said the funds are needed to help safeguard people and property along the Lake Michigan coast.
    “This infusion of nearly $1 million in federal money recognizes the importance of the Great Lakes to our nation’s economy and the unique coastal challenges the region faces,” Bechle said, noting the current high lake levels, along with high-energy storm waves, have increased erosion along the lake.
    The grant will allow Sea Grant and the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program, along with other agencies, to complete four main tasks:
    n To organize a network that will collaborately learn about options to protect assets and share ideas for addressing hazards.
    n To map historic shoreline recession and potential future recession scenarios based on lake level extremes, large-wave-energy storms and changes in shoreline protection.
    n To develop materials that will increase awareness of coastal hazard risks and provide training and guidance on risk-reduction practices such as nature-based shore protection, harbor and marina maintenance and adaptation planning and erosion-resilient beach restoration practices.
    n To help communities identify vulnerabilities to coastal hazards, identify key resilience needs and prioritize actions to reduce the potential impact on the shore.  Funds will be available for communities to develop action plans and the lessons learned through these will be shared throughout the state and Great Lakes region. Daily Press