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Door Peninsula Strategic Analysis

Public Input Opportunity

On June 2, 2021 the DNR initiated Public Scoping for its Strategic Analysis of Coastal Management on the Door Peninsula. View the news release. The public is encouraged to review and submit written comments on the Draft Outline, and to fill-out an online questionnaire by July 23, 2021. Written comments should be sent to:

Door Peninsula Comments
DNR (EA/7)
101 South Webster Street, Madison, WI 53707
Email: DNRDoorPeninsula@Wisconsin.gov

Door SA Study Area

Spanning over 300 miles, the coast of the Door Peninsula and its surrounding islands are important to the ecological health of Lake Michigan and Green Bay, as well as the economic well-being of northeastern Wisconsin. Changing water levels and storm events pose a significant challenge to the management of this coast.

In recent years, coastal erosion and flooding have led to a dramatic increase in applications for DNR waterway permits to place stone revetments, jetties and other structures along the Door Peninsula shoreline. A decade ago, low water levels resulted in reduced water access and navigation, and an increase in waterway permits for dredging.

The current wave of shoreland protection projects could have negative environmental and socioeconomic consequences, including the loss of important fish habitat and the disruption of natural processes by which beaches and other coastal features are built up and maintained over time. To better understand and inform decision-makers and the public about these challenges, as well as potential alternative management approaches, the DNR is conducting a Strategic Analysis of Coastal Management on the Door Peninsula.

Strategic Analysis Process

The DNR will follow the process outlined in sec. NR 150.10, Wis. Adm. Code. Using the best available information and input from the public and stakeholders, the DNR will identify and evaluate existing and alternative approaches to coastal management on the Door Peninsula under current conditions and possible future scenarios.

A strategic analysis does not establish DNR policy or change existing rules. The purpose of the Door Peninsula Strategic Analysis is to inform decision-makers and the public about current conditions, existing and alternative approaches to coastal management on the peninsula and anticipated environmental and socioeconomic effects of those alternatives under high and low water scenarios.

Public Input

The DNR will request public input on the scope of the analysis and public review of the draft analysis document when it is available.

Strategic Analysis Process Steps

The strategic analysis follows these general steps:

  1. Public Scoping – This step includes public input and consultation with other government agencies to define the topics and alternatives to be considered and the analytical methods to be employed. < we are here
  2. Information Gathering and Analysis
  3. Preparation of the Draft Strategic Analysis
  4. Public Review – The public is given at least 45 days to review and provide comments on the draft strategic analysis.
  5. Comment Summary – The DNR will consider all comments received and may revise the strategic analysis.
  6. Completion - The DNR will provide a summary and copy of the comments received and post the final version of the strategic analysis to this web page.