Building Superior Coastal Communities

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Building Superior Coastal Communities

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University of Minnesota. Minnesota Sea Grant




Changes to this region and its human population are inevitable. This paper provides a discussion of human-induced stresses and impacts on the Lake Superior basin (runoff, sediment and erosion, nutrient loading, increased water temperatures, bacteria and toxic contaminants). Development pressures (including subdivisions) and economic growth and industrial activities (logging, mining etc.) impact sensitive areas in the Lake Superior basin. Environmental indicators (forest cover, water storage, impervious surfaces) are summarized and explained. The paper describes fundamental management tools (natural resource inventory, comprehensive land use planning, zoning and conservation design). The document provides several examples of innovative coastal projects.


Duluth: Minnesota Sea Grant. 27 pages.

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This project was funded in part under the Coastal Zone Management Act, by NOAA’s Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, in conjunction with Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program, and the USEPA’s Office of Smart Growth

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Schomberg, Jesse; Hagley, Cindy; Desotelle, Diane; O'Halloran, Sue. (2006). Building Superior Coastal Communities. Retrieved from the University Digital Conservancy,

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