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Minnesota Ratings
Indicator Type Information Status
Beach Access66
Water Quality66
Beach Erosion3-
Erosion Response-4
Beach Fill4-
Shoreline Structures3 4
Beach Ecology1-
Surfing Areas35
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Minnesota's Lake Superior Coastal Program is administered through the Department of Natural Resources, Waters Division. The Lake Superior Coastal Program Website provides information on programs designed to preserve, protect, develop, and where possible, restore or enhance coastal resources along Minnesota's North Shore of Lake Superior.

The coastal program Website provides beach/lake access information through the recreation and destinations links. Beach water quality information (and beach access information) is available through the Maps link and there is a substantial amount of nonpoint source pollution prevention information through the Coastal Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Program link. The nature and natural resources education links provide some information on beach ecology.

Information on coastal erosion, erosion response, beach fill, shoreline structures and surfing areas is somewhat limited or lacking.

The Lake Superior Coastal Program Website and the overall Department of Natural Resources Website have extensive lists of accessible and downloadable publications, including plans and strategies, department reports, magazines and newsletters, and Division publications. Here is a link to the Winter 2009-2010 issue of the Coastal Horizons newsletter.

As mentioned above, the DNR Maps link provides access to a wide variety of interactive and printable maps, as well as aerial photos. The Minnesota Beach Monitoring Program website has maps of monitored beach areas and a beach data viewer that allows you to zoom in on beach areas.

Statutes and Rules Relating to DNR Waters Programs include Public Waters and Public Waters Wetlands, Shoreland Management, and Pollution Sensitivity.

An informative document is Assessment and Strategies For Coastal Program Enhancements to Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program, 2006-2010.

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