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Coastal Management Program

 Notice of Public Meeting

As a part of NOAA’s nationwide Coastal Management Program (federal Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, as amended), the Illinois Coastal Program will be having its first federal program evaluation by NOAA at the end of October.  As part of the federal evaluation process, NOAA will conduct a virtual public meeting and is seeking any public comments on the Illinois Coastal Program. The virtual public meeting will be held from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm on Wednesday, October 28, 2020. 

You can register to attend up to two hours before the meeting at the following website: 

The purpose of the meeting is to receive public comments regarding the operation and implementation of the Illinois Coastal Management Program. You can participate in the virtual public meeting either online or by phone. You can also provide written comments whether you attend the meeting or not.  
Written comments should be emailed to Ralph Cantral at Ralph.Cantral@noaa.gov no later than November 6, 2020.  

Program Over​view

The Illinois Coastal Management Program (CMP) is a non-regulatory division of IDNR that is dedicated to protecting and enhancing the environmental, economic, and social value of Illinois’ Great Lakes Coastal Region. Our program fosters healthy ecosystems and resilient communities by providing expertise, funding, and other resources.

The CMP was created in 2012 under the authority of the federal Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 and is part of a nationwide network of 34 state and territory coastal programs funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). CMP is also funded by United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) to implement the objectives of the GLRI Action Plan. Since its inception, the CMP has completed dozens of valuable projects in all areas of progressive coastal management through its committed team of scientists, communicators, and other coastal professionals.


The CMP has identified four prio
rity goal areas with a collection of selected strategies to advance coastal management in Illinois.

  1. Habitats and Species: Protect and improve coastal habitats for the species that use them, with a focus on species and areas identified as priorities. 
  2. Economic Development and Recreation: Support and facilitate resource-related coastal economic development; including recreation, public access, and cultural and resource-based tourism.
  3. Coastal Communities: Help coastal communities improve their capacity to protect natural, cultural, and economic resources. Foster coordination and collaboration among communities to achieve shared goals.
  4. Program Development: Improve, refine and administer the Coastal Management Program to provide the most effective and responsive implementation of coastal resource management.

Program Reference Documents and Boundaries