The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will use a $1.1 million grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to support the work of Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program, fund three significant local projects and continue the program’s quarterly short-term action request grants, according to a news release from the DNR.

Project funding includes:

  • Shore protection structure assessment. The DNR will work with a contractor to complete an assessment of shore protection structures along the coast, including the effectiveness of seawalls and breakwaters and their performance under different lake level and storm scenarios.
  • Lake Superior coastal erosion outreach. Soil and water conservation districts in Cook and Lake counties will host a series of erosion workshops for contractors, landowners, local governments and Realtors. Both district offices will have four days with a coastal engineer during which they will also offer on-site visits with landowners who need advice to address erosion issues.
  • "H2O: Watersheds at Work." The Great Lakes Aquarium in Duluth will create a new exhibit about key watershed concepts. The exhibit will include a working scale model of the Great Lakes basin and three water activity stations.
  • Short-term action request grants. The Coastal Program will award at least $100,000 for small, non-construction grants. Projects must protect coastal resources or support their sustainable use. Communities and organizations may apply for $2,500 to $10,000. The DNR will post application materials online in August. First-round applications are due Sept. 1.

Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program is a federal-state partnership working to better the state’s coast. Since its start in 1999, the program has awarded more than $13.5 million in grants to more than 650 projects.

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