Building Infrastructure to Help Communities Withstand the Effects of Climate Change

Wisconsin and Minnesota have joined forces to make coastal communities safer. Recent Wisconsin legislation requires coastal communities to create resilience plans, and the state identified green infrastructure (nature-based approaches) as a viable alternative to seawalls and other built structures. The Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve provided scientific research and stewardship expertise, and helped create the partnerships needed for communities to successfully apply for funding assistance.

One of these partners was the city of Duluth, Minnesota, as this city was also seeking green infrastructure solutions. The reserve used both social and natural science to provide the information needed, and the two states developed a successful joint application for a NOAA-funded project.

Listen to an interview about the Lake Superior Research Reserve’s efforts. (2016)

Partners: Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Minnesota Sea Grant, NOAA Office for Coastal Management, Wisconsin Sea Grant