Minnesota's Lake Superior Coastal Program - Funded Projects

Coastal Land Use, Planning, and Development

309-04-11: North Shore Environmental Research - Local Government Connection Web Site - North Shore Management Board (NSMB)
An assembly of scientific water quality studies, monitoring efforts, and improvement efforts that have occurred and are occurring on the North Shore of Lake Superior. It is the goal of the NSMB to make the region's watershed scientific information available, via a website, to local land use decision makers and the public. The information will be used when the NSMB redevelops its Management Plan in response to the new Statewide Shoreland Standards expected in 2010.

309-03-11: Two Harbors Comprehensive Plan

Update to the Two Harbors Comprehensive Plan.

306-star05-11: Improving Asset Management Utilizing Accurate GPS Technology
Assist Western Lake Superior Sanitary Sewer District (WLSSD) in the purchase of two new Tremble GEO XT GPS asset management units to accurately mark and efficiently locate structures within the sanitary sewer collection system.

306-11-11: Low Impact Development to Reduce North Shore Runoff: Successes, Challenges, and Lessons Learned
1) operate the LakeSuperiorStreams.org (LSS) sentinel stream network and its easy access web portal for disseminating water resource information, interpretive materials, and Regional Stormwater Protection Team information to the public to understand the environmental, public health and regulatory issues related to North Shore stream condition as affected by land use management; 2) develop an enhanced LID toolkit for LSS to document what LID techniques have been used, develop web- and print materials to explain local examples, hold a workshop with local/regional experts, and develop a "virtual tour" of LID projects in the area, with photos and videos including discussions with project designers, builders, and owners about the practices.

306-10-11: Stormwater Management Initiatives for Rural and Small Town Settings in Cook County
This project will build on previous progress by pursuing two important tasks. Task one will allow the SWCD and the City of Grand Marais to continue proactive measures to reduce the stormwater footprint on Lake Superior by building upon the experiences of previous stormwater retrofit projects and incorporating new design principles into additional projects. Task two will allow the SWCD to provide targeted technical assistance on stormwater management issues to landowners in the Coastal Zone.

306-09-11: The North Shore Data Consortium: Acquiring and Distributing High-Resolution Geospatial Information
Creation of the North Shore Data Consortium (NSDC), with the purpose of developing specific funding strategies and timelines for collecting LiDAR and contemporary high-resolution aerial photography for the region.

306-08-11: St. Louis County Comprehensive and Community Planning Toolkit: Web GIS
A web-based toolkit for accessing county data to be utilized in comprehensive and community planning efforts. The toolkit will largely be comprised of GIS mapping templates that will be coded to extract current (and real-time where applicable) data from county systems and render that data into accepted mapping classifications and formats. It is St. Louis County's intent to provide a system that can be used by all communities and stakeholders in the Lake Superior Coastal Program area. This grant will support the development (e.g. planning, programming, testing of map data, geoprocessing tools, and cartographic templates) of the Comprehensive & Community Planning Toolkit to be utilized by all units of government; state, regional, and local planning agencies; and their consultants for future planning efforts that will play an important role in improving and preserving Lake Superior through land use and natural resource decision support.

306-07-11: North Shore Oblique Photograph Analysis

GIS based land change analysis of  oblique coastal aerial imagery from 2002 and 2007.

306-06-11: Beaver Bay Parcel

Developed a GIS parcel layer for the City of  Beaver Bay.

306-05-11: Duluth Slips 2 and 3 Land Use Planning and Development

Duluth's Slips 2 & 3 are positioned prominently on the waterfront within the Duluth / Superior Harbor, adjacent to the Bayfront Festival Park, the Duluth Entertainment & Convention Center and the bustling Canal Park business district. The MN Department of Natural Resources is working with Duluth Economic Development Authority (DEDA) to move forward and develop a plan that meets set objectives. The intent of this proposal is to generate sufficient physical data and build sufficient agreement that a plan can be developed that includes a technically feasible and politically/publicly acceptable design concepts for Slips 2 & 3 in Duluth. Low Impact Development to Reduce North Shore Runoff: Successes, Challenges, and Lessons Learned

306-STAR04-10: Surveying Equipment Upgrades for Soil and Water District Non Point Source Engineering Projects

Purchase of new survey equipment to better facilitate the collection of topographic data for designs for non point source pollution reduction and resource protection projects.


306-STAR03-10 Flute Reed River Water Quality / Quantity Monitoring and GIS Mapping for Problem Reach Identification
Measured field water quality parameters with a calibrated YSI multimeter (do, sc, turbidity, pH, temp) in six locations 2 times per month to narrow in on areas of the stream that are exceeding water quality standards, produce GIS layers and products that can be used to map currently unmapped tributaries and estimate surface water discharge (using a manual stage ruler and use of Mannings Equation) that can be used to produce preliminary discharge measurements for the river. Data were entered into STORET  water quality database. Edited existing MN DNR 24k streams data with air photos and local knowledge.


306-16-10: Grand Marais Park Area Master Plan
Development of the Grand Marais Recreation Park Master Plan


306-15-10: North Shore GIS Collaborative 
GIS collaborative system for the entities on the North Shore. Coordinated data availability and GIS utilization by the local governments by giving them an inexpensive data management and GIS mapping tool. 


306-07-09: Split Rock River Design Project
 The North Shore Scenic Drive (NSSD) Council and Split Rock Lighthouse State Park propose to complete a conceptual design plan for the Split Rock River Area.


306-05-09: Participating in Creating a Unified Development Code for Duluth
A Unified Development Code (UDC) for the City of Duluth to implement the Comprehensive Land Use Plan, sustainable city initiatives, commitments under the current NPDES Stormwater and NPDES Collection System permits, Surface Water Management Goals and Policy, and commitments to the Great Lakes Cities Initiative. A unified, package of regulations (zoning, subdivision, habitat, water resources, performance standards and design criteria) will provide structure to make consistent, sustainable decisions enhancing economic viability and environmental integrity. This approach goes beyond traditional zoning to acknowledge the wetlands and the existence of Lake Superior, Superior Bay, St. Louis Bay, St. Louis River and the 43 streams flowing through the city.


306-18-08: North Shore Community Futures: Aquatic Resources and Growth Scenarios
Develop community growth (build-out) scenarios for several locations along the north shore to demonstrate potential effects on natural resources based on existing zoning, a conservation design scenario and a smart growth scenario.


306-16-08: PRMB Engineering Report on the Feasibility of Stabilizing the Poplar River Mega Slump
MPCA has identified a portion of the Poplar River as a major contributor of sediment to Lake Superior to such an extent that the Poplar River has been designed as an impaired water for turbidity. This project is to develop a plan for the correction of a 1.44 acre "mega slump" located at the midpoint of the 2.6 miles river reach identified as a major source of turbidity in the river. A feasibility study will be prepared by the project sponsor to determine the feasible alternatives, cost and environmental impacts for construction of a subsequent project called the Mega Slump Stabilization Project (MSSP). 


306-12-08: Duluth Digital Plat and Parcel Development for Lake Superior Watershed Protection
Map the parcel ownership of 15 sections of land that directly affect the water quality of Lake Superior. The City's parcel map development is being coordinated with St. Louis County's plan to map the land ownership of the entire county by 2011. The City is focused on prioritizing its parcel map development to areas of the city where planners expect growth and where utility operations expects to concentrate efforts to better manage storm drainage into Lake Superior.


306-07-08: Wetland Inventory and Classification for Carlton and South St. Louis Counties
MN DNR aerial photography and other spatial data will be used to delineate and characterize wetlands for approximately three townships in Carlton Co, and watershed extensions into St. Louis Co The end product of these efforts will be publically-available digital maps of classified wetlands and with associated data tables. These maps will be available on electronic media, (CD or DVD) and accessible through the CoastalGIS website at the Natural Resources Research Institute, as both downloadable shapefiles for those with GIS systems, and through the Internet Map Server, which allows maps to be viewed and manipulated with a web browser.


306-05-08: Lakewood Township Comprehensive Land Use Plan
With the completion of the updated North Shore Management Plan, In 2002, the Lakewood Township Planning and Zoning Commission self-initiated a survey of township residents by requesting opinions to thirty land use questions. The results of the survey indicated a strong desire by the residents that the township continue to maintain single family dwellings and current lot sizes, protect the ground water and the water quality of the rivers and lakes and maintain the forested areas and the rural character of the township. The last formal update of the Lakewood Comprehensive Land Use Plan was in the mid-1980's. Town of Lakewood homepage


306-04-08: Cook County Water Plan Initiatives
The revision of the Cook County Water Plan (2005) identifies numerous initiatives for the county to undertake in order to sustain, improve, and protect water quality. This project includes the work necessary to accomplish four of the 2006 High Priority Initiatives.

306-03-08: Burlington Bay Recreation Area/Skunk Creek Rehabilitation Design
Develop landscape design and engineering documents for an expansion of the Burlington Bay Campground in Two Harbors and the development of open space festival grounds near Burlington Beach for the City of Two Harbors. The project will address a distinct need on the North Shore by providing additional RV camping sites and it will be a visually aesthetic recreation area for City events. The project will study the feasibility of using of permeable pavements in the recreation area design. The Skunk Creek area will be examined and a design to restore the area through the use of environmentally sensitive stabilizing techniques will be created.


306-STAR05-07: North Shore GIS Assessment
The North Shore Management Board (NSMB) will identify the capabilities of each entity (township, city, and county) along the North Shore. An assessment of these entities would determine the quantity and format of the information databases being created. The assessment will also identify the future GIS needs of governmental entities along the shore. GIS data availability and gaps will be identified to determine what efforts can be made to increase GIS access. The NSMB TAC will identify the individual entity GIS needs and help to develop recommendations on how to utilize the systems to their full advantage. The NSMB will recommend ways GIS can be used as a tool for zoning, land use, land ownership, permitting, and other uses that can improve information analysis and the decision making processes of governing entities. The NSMB will work to develop data sharing policies between state and local GIS users and data developers that will necessitate access to appropriate data for local entities. The NSMB will also develop a recommendation to the Minnesota's Lake Superior Coastal Program for data development priorities. North Shore Management Board homepage


306-STAR03-07: St. Louis River Trail
To acquire title or easement rights upon lands in Carlton County along the abandoned Burlington Northern Railway corridor from the City of Carlton to the City of Scanlon for the purpose of developing a paved pedestrian trail from the Munger State Trail in the City of Carlton to the Scanlon Park and Ride lot at County Highway 61 and I-35. This project will complete Phase I, approximately 3.0 miles of a three phase project to provide public access to the wilderness area along the St. Louis River for recreational activities such as bicycling, hiking, roller blading, etc.

306-12-07: Township of Tofte Core Village Community Plan
The Core Village Community Plan is the first project identified to help direct the anticipated growth in our community. This project will allow us to closely examine in a comprehensive manner our infrastructure requirements balancing the protection of our natural resources with the anticipated growth of our community. The Core Village Community Plan will integrate several components: incorporating trail systems and access into the Town; conceptual design for the reconstruction of Highway 61 through the Town Development scenarios for the village core; Mixed use and residential development; Initial look at sewage system requirements and other measures to incorporate for protection of the natural resources and maintaining the sustainability of the community; Zoning Requirements. Township of Tofte Planning Process Web Page

306-11-07: Town of Silver Creek Comprehensive Plan

The Town of Silver Creek Comprehensive Plan: A steering committee will consist of residents representing all viewpoints and walks of life in the town. With the help of a consultant facilitating the discussions, the committee will take the information gathered at the focus groups and develop a draft comprehensive plan. Upon completion of the draft plan, a public meeting will be held inviting further community input. Following that meeting, revisions will be made. Final copy of the plan will be presented at another public meeting and then approved by the board. Once the plan is approved, copies will be made available to the public. The Comprehensive Plan Web Page

306-10-07: Highway 61 Stormwater Natural Drainage and Retrofit Identification
This grant will explore situations where townships and municipalities are working to incorporate sound planning practices within the TH 61 corridor with respect to maintaining water quality by addressing pollutant loading and increased stormwater capacity issues. A retrofit opportunity as described in the EPA's Management Measures Guideline is: "a process that involves the modification of existing surface water runoff control structures or surface water runoff conveyance systems, which initially were designed to control flooding, not to serve a water improvement function". This, coupled with the identification of natural drainageways, will allow MNDOT and affected communities the opportunity to utilize BMPs associated with future improvement projects.

306-09-07: Knife River Larsmont Sanitary District - GIS Parcel Mapping Project
In response to the need for updated parcel mapping, the District desires to complete a GIS based parcel mapping project within the KRLSD limits. The completion of this project would facilitate the development process within the District and allow the KRLSD Board to make sound and prudent decisions related to issues concerning "future" land use, planning, and development that will impact Lake Superior. This project is a critical and necessary step for the District to continue its on-going promotion efforts to encourage environmentally responsible development within the community.

306-08-07: CoastalGIS: Delivering Spatial Information for Land Use Planning on Minnesota's North Shore
CoastalGIS is a program to deliver geographic information to planners, decision makers and citizens of Lake Superior's north shore.  www.nrri.umn.edu/coastalgis. Data are delivered as downloadable shapefiles for users with desktop GIS systems and Internet Map Server, which allows users to access data using only a PC and standard web browsers.


306-07-07: City of Carlton GIS Utility Mapping Project
The major activities of the Utility Mapping Project are the generation of detailed water, sanitary sewer, and stormwater facility maps within the corporate limits of the City. This project is a critical and necessary step for the City to continue its on-going promotion efforts to encourage environmentally responsible residential, commercial, and economic development within the community. 


306-STAR07-06: Seven community workshops on community planning, zoning regulations, conducting effective meetings, effective decision-making and conflict resolution.
The purpose of this project is to protect the coastal resources by training local decision-makers in land use planning, zoning, decision-making and conflict resolution. The first addresses effective tools for civic engagement, civil conversations, conducting effective meetings, and effective decision-making. The second type of workshops focuses on the basic concepts of comprehensive plans, zoning regulations, and using planning and zoning tools. These workshops will also serve as a way to distribute information contained in the previously funded Coastal Program project "A Community Planning Handbook".


306-STAR06-06: Stormwater Planning Initiative Project Stormwater Management Planning Guide featuring landowner-friendly IMS website tool For Duluth Township
The objective of this project is to connect landowners to tools and resources necessary to complete a Stormwater Management Plan for their property using the steps and resources assembled on the regional website LakeSuperiorStreams.org. This pilot project will feature development of a user friendly Internet Map Server (IMS) tool that will allow landowners to easily generate working base maps of their property. To date, IMS website tools have been largely developed by GIS professionals who are very familiar with the GIS interface. When the general public tries to utilize these same tools, they become frustrated with the unintuitive idiosyncrasies of the program and cannot obtain the valuable information they need.


306-STAR05-06: Beaver Bay Comprehensive Plan
The City of Beaver Bay completed a Comprehensive Plan for the City. The planning effort was critical due to increased development pressures, recent localized planning efforts, the implementation of the North Shore Management Plan Update, and significant changes to land use for properties surrounding the City. Beaver Bay Planning page


306-STAR01-06: North Shore Management Board Plan Update Implementation
This project is to continue implementation of the recently completed North Shore Management Plan Update. North Shore Management Board homepage


306-32-06: Digital GIS Parcel Layer Development for the City of Proctor
Digital GIS parcel layer for the City of Proctor, located in St. Louis County. This is part of a multi-year effort to digitally map all platted and unplatted property in St. Louis County, including all cities, townships, and reservations.

306-31-06: Digital GIS Parcel Layer Development for the City of Hermantown
Digital GIS parcel layer for the City of Hermantown, located in St. Louis County. This is part of a multi-year effort to digitally map all platted and unplatted property in St. Louis County, including all cities, townships, and reservations.


306-30-06: Two Harbors Trail System Design
This project will undertake the complete engineering of the planned Two Harbors Trail System. The Two Harbors Trail System will consist of paved, non-motorized trails that interconnect the city's neighborhoods, schools, and waterfront. The engineering designs needed include 13 miles of 10 foot wide paved trails on a variety of landscapes, a tunnel underneath a railroad, several bridges, road crossings, and necessary fencing and other safety measures. This project will also include scenic amenity design and development of educational interpretation. Scenic amenities will include overlooks with benches, interpretive signage, and landscaping.


306-23-06: North Shore Cooperative Waste Water Management Opportunities Study
A strategy in cooperation with North Shore residents to coordinate wastewater management efforts.
Project homepage Project Summary Sheet 1 page 326 kb


306-21-06: Cloquet Connection to the Munger State Trail
The Arrowhead Regional Development Commission (ARDC) and the Cloquet Area Chamber of Commerce are in the process of identifying funding to pursue this study to determine the feasibility and potential impacts related to the establishment of a paved hiking/biking trail between the Munger State Trail and the City of Cloquet. The Cloquet Connection Plan will form trail development leadership, identify a development strategy, and recommend an implementation strategy. The goal of this plan is to create a safe, high quality bicycle/pedestrian trail between Cloquet and the Munger Trail that minimizes impacts to sensitive environmental resources, particularly the St. Louis River in Cloquet, Scanlon, and Carlton. This plan will serve as a blueprint for the development of the trail connection and can be used as a reference for decision-making. 


306-22-06: Two Harbors Waterfront Planning - Phase II
The City of Two Harbors planning efforts to address many changes to it's waterfront district. Project Summary Sheet 1 page 348 kb


306-20-06: Land Use Planning Tools and Model Zoning Ordinances for Rural Coastal Communities
The Center For Rural Planning produced a Land Use Planning Handbook for Coastal Communities featuring land use planning tools and model ordinances. Project Summary Sheet 1 page 348 kb


306-19-06: Beaver Bay Conceptual Design
ARDC on behalf of the North Shore Scenic Drive Committee will contract with the University of Minnesota College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture to develop an enhanced identity for the city. Project Summary Sheet 1 page 420 kb


309-04-06: Tofte Schroeder Sanitary District Technology Modernization
The Tofte Schroeder Sanitary Sewer District has completed a survey of septic systems on commercial and residential property within its district. The Tofte Schoeder Sanitary District has worked with Clint Little, and Coastal Program staff, to import the survey information into a GIS format. District staff will receive training in data use, management, and maintenance. The district will also share the database with Cook county. The database will be maintained by the district and GIS data and maps will be used for public informational meetings as well as a future planning tool for the district.


309-01-06: North Shore Management Board-Regional Priority Projects

The NSMB will be using a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) made up of the planning and zoning administrators from the entities on the North Shore and, as needed, the appropriate representatives of the MnDNR, Soil and Water Conservation Districts, MPCA, BWSR, SeaGrant, NRRI, and others to guide the Regional Priority Projects. The NSMB will use professional planners from the Arrowhead Regional Development Commission (ARDC) to coordinate the planning processes. North Shore Management Board homepage


309-02-06: Silver Bay Comprehensive Plan Update

Low Impact Development to Reduce North Shore Runoff: Successes, Challenges, and Lessons Learned The City of Silver Bay comprehensive plan update will seek to bring the plan into compliance with the North Shore Management Plan and Plan Update. It will also integrate the existing Silver Bay zoning district map and ordinances with the plan. It will seek to address potential issues with nearby entities and facilities through analysis of zoning codes and planning documents. The City will work with a professional planning agency to facilitate the plan update process. City staff will be active in the process through review and approval of all project decisions and documents. Public input will be required. Silver Bay Comprehensive Plan website  |  City of Silver Bay Homepage

310-06-06: Soil and Water Conservation District Engineering Assistance Software Upgrade
Purchase new engineering software to increase ability and capacity to deliver nonpoint source pollution reduction assistance in Minnesota's Lake Superior Coastal Boundary. Providing regional nonpoint source pollution reduction assistance to landowners within the North Shore area requires the use of computer aided drafting and design software.


306-STAR10-05: Cook County Community Center / Schools Land Use Planning
This planning document addresses county resident concerns about planning for recreation and land use on the ~50 acres owned by the Community Center and Cook County Schools.


306-STAR09-05: Larsmont Community Vision
A Community Visioning and Planning Process for Larsmont, MN. Over the past few years, tensions have mounted in Larsmont with increased development pressures and wastewater and stormwater issues. A recent voluntary study, supported by a Coastal Program grant, found that there were problems with some of the individual septic systems in Larsmont. The Western Lake Superior Sanitary District (WLSSD) has notified the Knife River-Larsmont Sanitary District (KRLSD) that they too would like to see exploration of these options before discussions about wastewater services can proceed further. 

306-STAR02-05: Comprehensive Land Use Plan for Tofte Township
The Project: Comprehensive Land Use Plan to guide our community over the next 15 - 20 years. We will also use this Plan as a basis for working with Cook County and their Land use Ordinance to achieve our vision.


306-STAR01-05: Crystal Bay Township Comprehensive Plan
Facilitate the comprehensive planning process and hire consultants.


306-17-05 old 306A-01-05: Bayfront Living Water Garden Design
Design of the Living Water Garden in Bayfront Park. Tasks include site inventory and analysis, preliminary conceptual design and final engineering design including specifications, aesthetic design, site plan, interpretive signs, final construction cost and final images. Project also includes permitting aspects including water resource permits, construction permits, historic clearance and preparation of bid package. Project homepage


306-14-05: Split Rock Lighthouse Overlook - Rehabilitation Plans
Plans, specifications, and cost estimates to rehabilitate the Split Rock Overlook, a popular and historic Trunk Highway 61 wayside rest area. The project includes: Field assessments, conceptual design documents, detailed design documents, interpretive planning; and coordination with other agencies/groups.


306-12-05: Implementation of the North Shore Management Plan
To provide a renewal of the state shoreland regulations on the North Shore and to provide goals, objectives, and action steps for future orderly development and resource protection on the North Shore. This proposal allows for selected implementation of the NSMP and the analysis of land use trends by the NSMB. North Shore Management Board homepage.


306-11-05: Castle Danger Phase II and Stewart River Land Use
To develop stricter land use ordinances as an overlay to the Lake County Land Use Ordinance for each area. The final outcome would produce a written ordinance for each area along with a map outlining the zoning districts.

306-04-05: Buchanan Town Site and Stony Point Historical Site - Assessment and Rehabilitation Plans
To investigate, conduct a site assessment and prepare plans for repairs at two scenic road vistas along North Shore Scenic Drive that are eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places. To conduct engineering studies in order to make recommendations for the rehabilitation of two stone structures at two locations overlooking Lake Superior.


306-STAR13-04: State of the Coast 2004
On October 16th 2004 roughly 150 people are expected to attend State of the Coast 2004, the eighth conference on important land use and resource issues facing the North Shore of Lake Superior. The annual conference is organized by a planning committee including county representatives, Minnesota Sea Grant, MN DNR, MPCA, ARDC, and other agencies and organizations. The purpose for convening once a year is to motivate government officials and citizens to use accurate information and innovative ideas to sustain Minnesota's coastal communities and environments.

306-STAR11-04: Town of Silver Creek Community Action Plan
The project consists of hiring a contractor for the following services: gathering demographic statistics, developing a history of the town and its current situation, and forming focus groups to gather information and visions for the entire township. The focus groups will reach out to all residents, inviting participation and input of ideas on how residents see the future of the town, and provide an opportunity to learn more about the comprehensive planning process. Final written report documenting a summary of all findings will be presented at a public meeting. This is the first step in the process of working toward a written comprehensive land use plan that will cover the entire township.

306-STAR09-04: Two Harbors Waterfront Planning
The goal of this process will be to develop a general vision for the future of the Two Harbors waterfront that is generally accepted by citizens and business owners as a guide for development, planning, and zoning activities.

306-STAR05-04: Lake Superior Survey and Policy Response Meta/Comprehensive Analysis
The purpose of this project is to conduct a comprehensive analysis of surveys that have been conducted for the North Shore area of Lake Superior. Identify common themes and look at how public opinion is reflected in resource management decisions through a review of resource management plans and policies in place. Currently there is no documentation in place that looks at the results of all these surveys in a comprehensive way.

306-STAR03-04: Public Presentation - Lutsen Town Center Concept
Lutsen Township citizens have been seriously pursing local planning since the approval of the county plan, with a sketch plan in 1999 and continuous, active volunteer committee work developing the idea of a core Town Center and linking to the Ski Hill area. It is time to package and present the work of the last several years to the permanent and seasonal residents of Lutsen. 

306-29-04: Hermantown Comprehensive Wetland Protection and Preservation Plan
Developed the Comprehensive Wetland Protection and Management Plan in two phases: Phase I - Comprehensive Wetlands Inventory and Phase II - Site Preparation - Establishment of wetland types and functions and identification of high value wetlands; development of wetland management goals and objectives; development of wetland management strategies and policies; and draft plan, conduct public review, adopt plan and wetland ordinance. Hermantown homepage

306-16-04: North Shore Management Plan Update and Program Enhancements
The North Shore Management Board  Phase I, which is currently underway, will focus on the operations of the North Shore Management Board. Phase II will focus on more technical issues.

306-15-04: North Shore Commercial Fishing Museum Interpretive Lake Walk Design
The North Shore Commercial Fishing Museum  exhibits featuring artifacts from commercial fishing such as old boats, net drying racks, capstans, etc.

306-13-04: City of Carlton - 2002 Wetland Inventory and Evaluation Plan
A more detailed and accurate wetland inventory and delineation map for the City of Carlton using multi-temporal infrared and monochrome aerial photography. 

306A-08-04: Two Harbors Urban Forest Restoration
An urban forest management plan for the City of Two Harbors.

306-STAR11-03: Environmental Ordinance Implementation along the Coastal Zone of Lake Superior - Cook County
A system to track projects from the pre-construction (planning) phase through completion, provide consistent site visits by the SWCD in partnership with the Cook County Planning Department, and provide documentation that erosion and sediment control practices were implemented.

306-STAR10-03: Environmental Ordinance Implementation along the Coastal Zone of Lake Superior - Lake County
A system to track projects from the pre-construction (planning) phase through completion, provide consistent site visits by the SWCD in partnership with the Land Use Department, and provide documentation that erosion and sediment control practices were implemented. This project will result in more effective land use measures to protect water quality in the Lake Superior watershed.

306-STAR08-03: Updating and Community-Wide Review of Zoning Regulations for Duluth Township
Duluth Township comprehensive zoning regulations update to achieve the goals of the Comprehensive Land Use Plan.

6217-04-03: Cook County SWCD Program Implementation/Capacity Building
Cook County SWCD  addressed the following management measures of the Coastal Nonpoint Program:Urban - Construction Site Erosion and Sediment Control; agriculture; Hydromodification - shoreline and streambank erosion; forestry; wetlands, and riparian areas and vegetated treatment systems.

6217-03-03: Lake County SWCD Program Implementation/Capacity Building
Lake County SWCD funding to increase district capacity - staff training, education and information, technical assistance, and administering the Wetland Conservation Act.

306-STAR06-02: Lower St. Louis River Habitat Plan
The St. Louis River Citizens Action Committee (CAC), a nonprofit volunteer group working with multiple federal, state and local partners, has prepared the Lower St. Louis River Habitat Plan to facilitate protection and expansion of ecological diversity of the Lower St. Louis River, including the St. Louis River estuary and the Duluth-Superior Harbor. PrintED additional copies of the Plan to help defray the cost of effective distribution of the Plan.

306-25-02: Park Point Urban Impact Study
This project will address key issues facing the Park Point community:  What corrective measures are required to stem the erosion of public beachland?; Do the natural and scenic areas require special preservation status under the City's land use ordinances?; What are the practical limits of housing development and housing density, and how do these affect the amount of impervious surface under the shoreland management ordinances?; What traffic management tools can be applied to balance the need to move high volumes of recreation use traffic with the traffic calming needs of a traditional neighborhood?; What are the emerging physical infrastructure needs of the Point?; What tourism and commercial development related growth pressures are projected during the next five years?


306-24-02: North Shore Management Plan Update (Phase 1)
Phase I of the North Shore Management Plan Update. An 18-month process resulted in a second edition of the land use planning document governing the shoreland adjacent to Lake Superior. The update addresses issues such as the program boundary, bylaws, committee structure, land use classifications, and enforcement of the plan. North Shore Management Board 

306-23-02: Comprehensive Plan Update for Canosia Township
An Update to the 1995 Comprehensive Land Use Plan. The plan will address potential development pressure in the Pike Lake area, and the need to improve land management tools for the Township. Canosia Township homepage


306-13-02: Knife River Watershed Landscape-Level Planning Initiative
The Knife River Watershed Landscape-Level Planning Initiative entails concise and integrated GIS compilation and digitization. This project will encourage cooperative and continuing landscape-level planning among watershed private and public landowners. The ultimate goal is to preserve hydrologic health and biodiversity in a unique river system that supports anadromous fish, and to promote sustainable economic growth.


306-10-02: Cloquet Comprehensive Wetland Protection and Management Plan
The City of Cloquet Comprehensive Wetland Protection and Management Plan which will be used for future protection, planning, and management of wetland resources within Cloquet. Each wetland within Cloquet will be number, mapped, and classified according to the protocols: Minnesota Land Cover Classification System, National Wetland Inventory, and Wetland types based on M.R. Chapter 8420.


309-01-02 North Shore Management Plan Update (Phase I)
Phase I of the North Shore Management Plan Update. An 18-month process resulted in a second edition of the land use planning document governing the shoreland adjacent to Lake Superior. The update addresses issues such as the program boundary, bylaws, committee structure, land use classifications, and enforcement of the plan. North Shore Management Board

306-STAR21-01: Crystal Bay Township Land Use Management Plan
The land use plan would be developed through a series of steps, namely gathering community data and maps, conducting a series of focus groups, and hosting a charrette (a community based collaborative planning process that harnesses the talents and energies of all interested parties to create and support a buildable plan.) This information will lead to a shared vision for the community with the community center as a building which will symbolize this vision, and to the identification of a series of recommendations for land, recreational, and natural resource management. The plan would be modeled on other existing plans including the North Shore Land Use Plan which examined human and environmental uses and goals. 


306-STAR20-01: City of Hermantown Comprehensive Wetland Protection and Management Plan
The City of Hermantown needs to produce and implement a comprehensive wetland protection and management plan for the community. The proposed comprehensive wetland protection and management plan is an adjunct to the comprehensive land use plan and will enable the city to achieve state and federal mandates for wetland management and stormwater management. The intent of the grant is to complete a inventory of wetlands by type. Hermantown homepage


306-11-01: Lake Superior Water Trail Master Plan
The Lake Superior Water Trail Association (LSWTA) proposes to hire a consultant to help create a master plan for developing the remaining portions of Minnesota's Lake Superior Water Trail. Such a plan for public access and use of the north shore would be consistent with the Coastal Management Program policies and current funding priorities of the MLSCP.


306-09-01: Environmental Ordinances and Implementation in the Coastal Area
The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) proposes to collaborate with the Lake Superior Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts to assess the current level of environmental ordinance implementation in the coastal area. From this assessment, BWSR will advise local governments on ways to improve doing business.

306-07-01: Land Use Inventory for the North Shore
A complete GIS land use inventory for the North Shore planning area.

309-03-01: Caribou Lake Watershed Area Environmental Review
Cook County is proposing to to complete the preliminary work for the study, and water quality analysis.

309-01-01: Cook County Zoning and Subdivision Ordinance Revisions Project
The Cook County Comprehensive Plan was updated in 1997. A part of that plan called for an evaluation of the existing county zoning and subdivision regulations in relation to the revised provisions set forth within the plan. The original zoning ordinance was adopted in 1984, and has received some minor amendments, with the latest revision occurring in early 1997. Cook County revised Zoning and Subdivision ordinances so as to bring them more in line with any recent changes that may have occurred within the land use plan adoption.

306-25-00: Stewart River Wastewater Improvements
The Stewart River Wastewater Improvements Feasibility Study consists of further evaluation of wastewater alternatives for the Stewart River area of Silver Creek Township. The study would compare previous recommendations with the possibility of a wastewater system consisting of cluster systems serving commercial and residential connections in the area. Project Summary Sheet 1 page 198 kb


306-22-00: North Shore Sewered Area Land Use Plan
Planning for an increase in development pressure, following the completion of a municipal wastewater system. Project Summary Sheet 1 page 130 kb

306-18-00: Living Water Garden Feasibility Study
A feasibility study to determine the suitability of using stormwater from Slip Number 2 and from the Great Lakes Aquarium, parking areas, and proposed greenhouse and visitor center buildings for treatment with the Living Water Garden. The feasibility study will determine wetland treatment pond sizes concurrently with pump/flow volume analysis. Project Summary Sheet 1 page 198 kb


306-17-00: Grand Marais Harbor Park Phase I
With the waterfront property transferred to the City of Grand Marais and the demolition activities already underway, the planning and design of Harbor Park are the next steps. The need to hire professional services for planning and design work is critical to maintain the project's momentum. The City recognizes the tremendous community asset that Harbor Park will have on the City and Cook County. Project Summary Sheet 1 page 198 kb


306-14-00: Watershed, Soils, Terrain and Stormwater Management Survey for the Lutsen Township Development Plan
A study of Lutsen Township's rugged watershed terrain: topography, degree and orientation of slope, vegetation, soil types, current land uses, ownership, public services, surface water quality, water flowage, availability of portable water, location of wells, etc. - all in relation to physical and cultural information overlays, such as parcels, plats, structures, and wetlands. Remote sensing imagery and ground truthing will provide detail to analyze land use and conditions on individual parcels. This project can stand alone. Data will be permanent GIS overlays for county and other agency use. Project Summary Sheet 1 page 242 kb


306-10-00: Cloquet Riverfront Park/Trailhead Plan
Preparation of an outdoor recreation development plan that would enhance the site both aesthetically and environmentally. The riverfront site will serve as a trailhead which will connect to the planned river front trail system. Project Summary Sheet 1 page 294 kb


306-09-00: R. J. Houle Visitor Center Expansion Feasibility Study
The project is to determine the feasibility of an expansion of the Lake County R. J. Visitor Center at the current location or move to an adjacent site with a focus on waterfront revitalization and economic development. Project Summary Sheet 1 page 327 kb