ODNR Coastal Mgt.

The Ohio Coastal Management Program (OCMP) sets forth management goals for Ohio's portion of Lake Erie, the coast and watershed in order to preserve, protect, develop, restore, enhance and balance the use of the state's valuable and sometimes vulnerable coastal resources.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is the lead agency in administering the networked program, which means many partners work together to achieve the program's goals.

The Ohio Coastal Management Program's 41 management policies are organized into nine issue areas (listed below). The policies outline state laws, regulations, and initiatives that are related to Lake Erie. The OCMP also designates a Coastal Management Area, outlines the Coastal Management Assistance Grant and Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation programs, addresses shoreline erosion, public access and energy facility siting, and sets forth provisions of the Federal Consistency Certification authority.

Ohio is one of 34 U.S. states and territories with a coastal program approved and funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in accordance with the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972. Ohio's program was federally approved on May 16, 1997, and has been updated several times.

The Office of Coastal Management has developed THE OHIO COASTAL ATLAS that geographically maps, references and provides information about all of Lake Erie's resources. This atlas can be fully referenced at: http://coastal.ohiodnr.gov/atlas

For more information about the ODNR Office of Coastal Management, please visit: http://coastal.ohiodnr.gov/