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Wisconsin 2014 Integrated Report

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Beaches Summary - 2014 Integrated Report

USEPA National BEACH Act applies to coastal beaches which include the Great Lakes freshwater beaches. Along 55 miles of Wisconsin coastline, there are approximately 190 identified beaches that have been eligible for BEACH Act funding. Monitoring is the cornerstone, providing data-driven decision-making, including shoreline restorations and water quality impairment decisions (303D listing and delisting). These resources provide crucial underpinning for community investments in the water resources and tourism-related businesses generating billions of dollars along our coasts. [...Learn More]

The grant funding has never covered the full cost of program operation and implementation so WDNR relies on its partners to implement the on-the-ground activities of Wisconsin's program. Inland lakes are not covered by the grant program. Beach monitoring or public notification activities for inland lakes are entirely voluntary. WDNR invests resources to monitor beaches at popular state parks.

Wisconsin's beach program is recognized nationally for its leadership and innovation. Through strong partnerships with county public health and parks departments, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and Milwaukee, Northland College and Wisconsin'เธขย™s Coastal Program (NOAA-funded),the beach program and its partners have leveraged limited grant resources to develop sanitary surveys, foster local adoption of same-day public notifications using predictive modeling, implement best management practices, and identify beaches with the best potential for restoration projects to improve water qualit. Beach restorations in Racine and Door County provide shining examples of how an effective beach program benefits communities.

As counties balance competing demands, budget cuts and funding uncertainties have destabilized the beach monitoring program. Operation and maintenance of the Beach Health website and public notification systems (like new smart phone applications) tied to it provide critical outreach mechanisms that are valued by the public. These established systems represent an opportunity for effective communication when dangerous coastal conditions like rip currents exist.

Beach Health '“ Public notification and data

Last revised: Tuesday May 23 2017