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Lake Michigan Coastal Program > Programs Information Programs Information

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The Lake Michigan Coastal Program (LMCP) supports coordination and partnerships among local, state, and federal agencies and local organizations for the protection and sustainable use of natural and cultural resources in the Lake Michigan region. Through the LMCP, Indiana participates in the Coastal Zone Management Program with 33 other coastal states and territories to protect, restore, and responsibly develop Indiana's coastal area.

Development of the LMCP will make more than $1 million (based on the proposed 2002 Congressional budget) available annually to implement the LMCP and for grants to communities in northwest Indiana. Examples of how these funds might be used include:

  • Protection and restoration of significant natural and cultural resources.
  • Programs to prevent the loss of life and property in coastal hazard areas.
  • Improved public access for recreational purposes.
  • Revitalized urban waterfronts and ports.
  • Improved coordination among government agencies in policy and decision-making processes.
  • Pollution prevention initiatives, including non-point source pollution into coastal waters.

The Lake Michigan Coastal Program receives input and guidance from the Coastal Advisory Board. the Advisory Board provides a diverse perspective on coastal issues and a close connection between the Lake Michigan Coastal program and local communities and citizens.

Coastal Advisory Board Information

Coastal Program Area
The Lake Michigan Coastal Program is based on a watershed approach. The boundary for the program, the Coastal Program Area, includes those areas that drain into Indiana's portion of Lake Michigan. The Coastal Program Area defines the areas that will be eligible to participate in the program. More information about the Coastal Program Area can be found in Chapter 3 of the Lake Michigan Coastal Program document.

Coastal Program Area (pdf)
Coastal Program Area (.ZIP file containing GIS shapefiles)

History of Indiana Coastal Program Development
Program Development
Indiana Department of Natural Resources Letter
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Letter
Part I: Table of Contents, Introduction and Part II Chapters 1-4 (5.9MB)
Part II Chapter 5 through Part VI (2.1MB)
Part VII: Public Comments section a (4.9MB)
Part VII: Public Comments section b (7MB)
Appendices (2.4MB) The Lake Michigan Coastal Program and Final Environmental Impact Statement (22 MB)
The Lake Michigan Coastal Program and Draft Environmental Impact Statement (P/DEIS) The Lake Michigan Coastal Program Scoping Document - June 2001 Executive Summary (5.7 MB) The Lake Michigan Coastal Program Fact Sheet
The National Environmental Policy Act Fact Sheet

Lake Michigan Coastal Program Presentation
A 15 minute PowerPoint Presentation of the program's technical and financial assistance opportunities is available through the LMCP Road Show. To request a presentation of the LMCP Road Show for your agency or organization's staff, board, commission, or council please contact a LMCP staff member to make arrangements.

For more information about the Lake Michigan Coastal Program, contact:

Indianapolis Office:
402 W. Washington St., Room W267
Indianapolis, IN 46204
(317) 233-0132
(317) 233-0133 FAX

Mike Molnar
Program Manager
Lake Michigan Coastal Program
(317) 233-0132

Kacey Alexander
Operations Manager 
Lake Michigan Coastal Program
(317) 234-3985

Dunes State Park Annex Office:
Indiana Dunes State Park

1600 N. 25 E.
Chesterton, IN 46304
(219) 250-5418 FAX

Kaitlyn McClain
Coastal Resources Planner
Lake Michigan Coastal Program
(219) 926-9757

Maggie Byrne
Grant Specialist
Lake Michigan Coastal Program
(219) 983-9912

Sharon Partridge
Special Projects Coordinator
Lake Michigan Coastal Program
(219) 921-0863

Dorreen Carey
Nonpoint Education Assistant
Lake Michigan Coastal Program
(219) 250-5402