A gateway to tools that guide decisions about coastal management.

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Wisconsin Beach Health

This tool helps people make informed choices about health risks when deciding to go swimming at the beach. Water quality sampling is provided for public beaches on the Great Lakes and inland waters.

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

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Wisconsin Manure Management Advisory System

This tool provides a set of maps that help farmers who apply manure as a nutrient source to identify suitable cropland areas and times for spreading.

Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection

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Sea Caves Watch

This tool provides photos and data about conditions at the sea caves on the mainland of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. It is intended to help kayakers make informed decisions about visiting the sea caves.

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UW-Madison

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Plan Integration for Resilience Scorecard

This tool provides a method for understanding and assessing the consistency of local plans through spatial analysis as a way to improve community resilience.

  • Texas A&M University
  • University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

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Resilient Great Lakes Coast Program

The Resilient Great Lakes Coast program is a multi-disciplinary research initiative meant to help coastal communities across the states bordering the Great Lakes to enhance their resilience to coastal flooding.

  • University of Michigan – Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning
  • Michigan Technological University – Great Lakes Research Center
  • Land Information Access Association

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The Sea Grant website, with a video about the scorecard and text describing how to use it

Flood Resilience Scorecard

The Flood Resilience Scorecard is a comprehensive, whole community-approach focused tool that can be used to evaluate flood vulnerability through three different lenses: environmental, institutional, and social.

  • Wisconsin Department of Health Services
  • University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute

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