The Coastal Council advises the DNR on matters related to Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program. They support the Coastal Program in reaching its goal to preserve, protect, develop, and where possible, restore or enhance coastal resources along Minnesota's North Shore of Lake Superior.
The council has 15 members appointed by the governor. There are three members from each of the four coastal counties (Carlton, Cook, Lake and St. Louis), as well as three at-large members. Carlton and Cook counties include Fond du Lac and Grand Portage Reservations respectively. At-large members may live anywhere in the state. Their terms are 2 – 3 years.
The Coastal Council has four main responsibilities:
- Recommend Coastal Program priorities to the DNR.
- Review and make recommendations to the DNR on select programs and projects for funding.
- Review the Coastal Program’s annual budget and makes recommendations to the DNR.
- Review the Coastal Program every two years and makes recommendations to the DNR.
There are 15 open seats starting April 3. They are open to anyone over the age of 18 living in the four coastal counties (Carlton, Cook, Lake, and St. Louis) or on the Fond du Lac or Grand Portage Reservations. We are also seeking three at-large members, living anywhere in the state of Minnesota.
If you are interested in applying for the Coastal Council and want to learn more, contact Amber Westerbur, coastal program manager, at 218-834-1445 or [email protected].
The council meets four times a year. Meetings last between two and six hours depending on business needs. Meetings are open to the public. If you need reasonable accommodations to be able to participate, contact Marcia Nieman at least two weeks prior to the meeting. You can reach her at [email protected] or 218-834-1440.
- 2023-2024 meetings
Meeting locations are determined at least three weeks in advance of the meeting date. Agendas and any meeting materials will be available one week prior to the meeting.
October 10, 2023
TO BE DETERMINED
IN PERSON AND VIDEOCONFERENCE; TO BE DETERMINED
Council business, review and score Annual Letters of Intent
January 17-18, 2024
St. Louis County (in-person) and Microsoft Teams meeting (videoconference)
Council business, review and score Annual and applications
March 27, 2024 TBD
Lake County (in-person) and Microsoft Teams meeting (videoconference)
May 29, 2024 TBD
Carlton County (in-person) and Microsoft Teams meeting (videoconference)
Annual meeting: council business, election of officers, set program priorities
- Prior meeting minutes
- March 29, 2023
- January 18-19, 2023
- September 28, 2022
- June 17, 2022
- April 6, 2022
- January 12-13, 2022
- September 29, 2021
- June 21, 2021
- April 5, 2021
- March 31, 2021
- January 11, 2021
- September 28, 2020
- Bylaws of the Governor’s Council on Minnesota’s Coastal Program
- Standard Operating Procedures
- Council Orientation Guide
- Council Member Bios