Office of Coastal Management Mission:
"Achieve a balance between use and preservation of Lake Erie's coastal resources, in collaboration with our partners, by effectively administering the Ohio Coastal Management Program."
Ohio Coastal Management Program
The Federal Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972
Socially, economically and environmentally, Lake Erie is significant to Ohio and the region. The lake and its watershed are home to highly diverse ecosystems supporting thousands of species of fish, wildlife and plants, including many rare and endangered species. Millions of people reside in Ohio’s coastal counties and tap Lake Erie as their source of daily drinking water. Billions of dollars are spent annually by visitors to the coastal region.
Ohio's Lake Erie Watershed includes large and small businesses and industries, world-class institutes of higher-education, welcoming residential communities, prime farmland, scenic rivers, lush forests, natural wetlands, growing sand dunes, thriving estuaries and countless other resources, seamlessly unifying Ohio with the world's largest source of fresh surface water.
To help promote the sustainable use, development and protection of Ohio’s Lake Erie coastal resources, the state of Ohio developed the Ohio Coastal Management Program which was federally approved on May 16, 1997.
The ODNR Office of Coastal Management administers the Ohio Coastal Management Program which sets forth policies and guidelines in nine issue areas to monitor activities that affect coastal resources and ensure resource protection while balancing economic, cultural and environmental interests.