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Coastal Population 4,680,503 (coastal states summary - PDF)
COASTAL Hazards 32 billion-dollar disasters from 1980-2018
Coastline Miles 3,224 (length of shoreline report - PDF)
Photo credit: Mark Stacey, NOAA

Coastal management is about maintaining balance in coastal communities. It is a process that takes into consideration many factors, including development, the natural environment, coastal commerce, hazardous weather impacts, aesthetics, quality of life, water quality, erosion, and more.

This page profiles the coastal management organizations, federal and state, operating under the Coastal Zone Management Act and facts and figures about coastal management in Michigan.

Funding: Michigan Coastal Zone Management Program

Fast Facts

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Flood Risk Populations

Twelve percent, or 19,641 people, live in the floodplain in St. Clair County, Michigan.

Visit Coastal County Snapshots to learn more about flood risk in coastal counties.

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Changing Lands

Michigan has over 13,000 square miles of wetlands. That’s a little less than twice the area of Lake Michigan.

Use NOAA's coastal Land Cover Atlas and regional reports to see change along Michigan's coast.

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Ocean Economics

Tourism and recreation is the largest employer among Michigan’s Great Lakes-dependent economic sectors.

There are six sectors that make up the oceans and Great Lakes economy. Read this report or visit NOAA’s coastal and ocean economics website to learn more.

NOAA's Digital Coast provides data, tools, training, and information resources for Michigan’s coastal management community. See how Digital Coast is being used in this state.

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