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Section 309 Assessment and Strategies FY 2006-2010

Section 309 Assessment and Strategies FY 2006-2010

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Section 309 of the Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA), as amended in 1990 and again in 1996, established a voluntary grants program to encourage states with approved programs to develop program changes in one or more of the following nine coastal resource enhancement areas
Section 309 of the Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA), as amended in 1990 and again in 1996, established a voluntary grants program to encourage states with approved programs to develop program changes in one or more of the following nine coastal resource enhancement areas

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Published by: Minnesota's Lake Superior Coastal Program on May 14, 2010
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Assessment and StrategiesFor Coastal Program Enhancementsto Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program2006-2010
 
Authorized by Section 309 of theCoastal Zone Management Act
Minnesota Department of Natural ResourcesMinnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program
 
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Table of Contents
INTRODUCTION.......................................................................................................................................1
 
PUBLIC ACCESS.......................................................................................................................................5
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ESOURCE
C
HARACTERIZATION
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ANAGEMENT
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HARACTERIZATION
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ONCLUSION
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COASTAL HAZARDS.............................................................................................................................16
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ESOURCE
C
HARACTERIZATION
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ANAGEMENT
C
HARACTERIZATION
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ONCLUSION
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LAKE SUPERIOR RESOURCES..........................................................................................................21
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ESOURCE
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HARACTERIZATION
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ANAGEMENT
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HARACTERIZATION
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ONCLUSION
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WETLANDS..............................................................................................................................................27
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ESOURCE
C
HARACTERIZATION
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ANAGEMENT
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HARACTERIZATION
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ONCLUSION
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CUMULATIVE AND SECONDARY IMPACTS..................................................................................34
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ESOURCE
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HARACTERIZATION
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ANAGEMENT
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HARACTERIZATION
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ONCLUSION
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LAKE DEBRIS.........................................................................................................................................42
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ESOURCE
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HARACTERIZATION
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ANAGEMENT
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HARACTERIZATION
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ONCLUSION
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SPECIAL AREA MANAGEMENT PLANNING.................................................................................45
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ESOURCE
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HARACTERIZATION
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ANAGEMENT
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HARACTERIZATION
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ONCLUSION
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ENERGY & GOVERNMENT FACILITY SITING.............................................................................50
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ESOURCE
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HARACTERIZATION
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ANAGEMENT
C
HARACTERIZATION
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ONCLUSION
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AQUACULTURE.....................................................................................................................................52
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ESOURCE
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HARACTERIZATION
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ANAGEMENT
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HARACTERIZATION
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ONCLUSION
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APPENDIX A............................................................................................................................................54
 
APPENDIX B............................................................................................................................................56
 
 
 1
Introduction
 
Overview
Section 309 of the Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA), as amended in 1990 and again in1996, established a voluntary grants program to encourage states with approved programs todevelop program changes in one or more of the following nine coastal resource enhancementareas:1) Public access;2) Coastal hazards;3) Lake Superior resources;4) Wetlands;5) Cumulative and secondary impacts;6) Lake debris;7) Special Area Management Plans;8) Energy and government facility siting; and9) AquacultureUnder this program, the Secretary of Commerce is authorized to make awards to states andterritories to develop and submit for federal approval program changes that support attainment of the objectives of one or more of the enhancement areas. Section 309 further requires the NationalOceanic & Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Office of Ocean and Coastal ResourceManagement (OCRM) to identify, in close cooperation with each state and territory, that state'sor territory's priority management needs for improvement and to evaluate and rank state andterritory funding proposals.
 
The OCRM provides guidance to states and territories for developingor updating previous Assessment and Strategy documents. The OCRM guidance provides arecommended format to address each enhancement area in the document. The most recentguidance was issued on March 1, 2005.The guidance provided by the OCRM allows for developing either a single combinedAssessment and Strategy document, or two separate documents. Minnesota has opted to producea single combined document. Generally the format consists of the following components:1) Programmatic objectives;2) Resource characterization with qualitative and, when possible, quantitative analyses;3) Management characterization;4) Conclusions; and5) Suggested strategies for meeting the goals of the assessmentThis Draft Assessment and Strategies for Coastal Program Enhancements to Minnesota’s LakeSuperior Coastal Program is part of the process to develop a five-year strategy to enhance theeffectiveness of Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program (MLSCP). This documentsummarizes Minnesota’s current Coastal Enhancements Program, the proposed priorityenhancement areas, and identifies a set of strategies for action.
Public Participation
Public participation is an important component of Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program.To begin the development of this document a survey was sent to 36 key stakeholders. Thissurvey defined the scope of interest for each enhancement area category and requested input onissue area priority rankings as well as potential strategies for further consideration. Tenstakeholders responded to the survey. After receiving this input, MLSCP Staff compiled a

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