Lake Michigan Coastal Resilience Initiative

The Lake Michigan Coastal Resilience Initiative is a two-year, joint project between the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The initiative provides training and technical assistance to municipalities around Lake Michigan to support the development of nature-based solutions to impacts experienced in coastal areas, including erosion, flooding and severe storm events. The initiative is specifically focused on supporting the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI), including the habitat and species goals in the GLRI Action Plan III.

Goals and Outcomes

The initiative began with a series of training webinars to educate local officials on resources, tools, best practices, and engineering options for implementing nature-based solutions to disturbances in coastal areas. This was followed by a call for project worksheets to gather details on potential, site-specific coastal resilience projects in communities and opportunities for project proposers to obtain one-on-one technical assistance to refine their proposal.  Over 25 proposal worksheets from 17 communities in 3 states were received. Representatives of these projects participated in a series of virtual forums to discuss and refine their proposed projects for Phase II consideration for engineering and design support for future implementation under the GLRI and other funding programs.

Next Steps

Two projects have been selected for initial engineering and design support. They are the Lincoln Park South Lagoon Shoreline Resilience project proposed by the Chicago Park District and the Bayfront East Livable Shoreline and Trail Modification proposed by the City of Petoskey, Michigan. The next phase of the initiative will be kicked off with these two project proposers in the near future to advance them through the next phase of the project.

An additional group of approximately eight more projects have been shortlisted for potential additional funding for engineering and design support later in 2022 or in 2023. The projects that are shortlisted will be notified separately and some additional information about them may be gathered in the coming months.


For more information or to request information, contact Becky Nicodemus with NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management at