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about the programs that provide a healthy Wisconsin shoreland, a system of native plants and trees thriving in and around the shallow water.
resources provided by local communities that offer zoning ordinances to guide development near navigable lakes and rivers.

Did You Know?
Lakes and rivers belong to the state's citizens. See: The Public Trust Doctrine.
The number of homes on lakes of all sizes increased 216 percent from the 1960s to 1995.
See: Development Trends in Northern Wisconsin.

As northern lakes are developed...
Songbirds decrease and grackles, cowbirds and other common species increase.
Green frog populations decrease.
Musky, trout and bluegill populations decrease.
See: Preserving Fish and Wildlife Habitat.

Contact information
Visit our Wisconsin Shoreland Zoning Contacts page to find out who to contact regarding your property.

Safeguarding our shorelands Partners

There are various partners who help ensure shoreland zoning initiates are encouraged and completed throughout the state of Wisconsin.

Links to information about shoreland management

This list of resources should not be construed as being complete and is in no way an endorsement of these organizations, but rather a resource for the public who may be interested in shoreland related issues.

DNR links
Bureau of Fisheries Management
Floodplain Management Program
Great Lakes and Watershed Planning Section
Storm water runoff
Waterway and Wetlands Permits
Wisconsin Lakes Partnership
Local Organizations
Edgewood College's Rain Garden Project
Statewide Organizations
Citizens for a Scenic Wisconsin [exit DNR]
Lower Wisconsin Riverway Board [exit DNR]
River Alliance of Wisconsin [exit DNR]
UW Extension Center for Land Use Education [exit DNR]
UW Extension Lakes Program [exit DNR]
UW Extension Water Resources Education Programs [exit DNR]
UW Sea Grant Institute [exit DNR]
Wisconsin Assocation of Lakes [exit DNR]
Wisconsin Coastal Management Program [exit DNR]
Wisconsin County Code Administrators [exit DNR]
Wisconsin State Herbarium [exit DNR]
Regional Organizations
EPA Green Landscaping with Native Plants [exit DNR]
Great Lakes Information Network [exit DNR]
Minnesota Shoreland Management Resource Guide [exit DNR]
Wild Ones -- Natural Landscapers, Ltd. [exit DNR]
National Organizations
EPA Office of Water [exit DNR]
NOAA Restoration Center [exit DNR]
North American Lake Management Society (NALMS) [exit DNR]
Contact information
For more information about this page, please contact:
Shoreland policy coordinator
Bureau of Watershed Management
Last revised: Monday May 22 2017