The Office of Coastal Management is the lead agency in a cooperative effort by state agencies, political subdivisions and local groups to manage Ohio's Lake Erie coastal resources, monitor activities that affect the resources, and foster the resources' sustainable use for the benefit of all citizens. The mission of the Office of Coastal Management is to "Achieve a balance between use and preservation of Lake Erie's coastal resources, in collaboration with our partners, by effectively administering the Ohio Coastal Management Program." To help achieve this mission, the Coastal Office administers the Ohio Coastal Management Program.
The ODNR created the Office of Coastal Management in 2002 as the first step in a reorganization effort designed to better serve Ohioans' coastal needs. Prior to this time, the Office of Coastal Management's role was carried out by various ODNR divisions. However, knowing the importance of Lake Erie to the economic, aesthetic, cultural and natural well-being of Ohio residents, ODNR felt it would be best to have coastal issues coordinated through one office.
The Office of Coastal Management has developed THE OHIO COASTAL ATLAS which geographically maps, references and provides information about all of Lake Erie's resources. This atlas can be fully referenced at: http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/Home/gis/default/tabid/9351/Default.aspx
The Office of Coastal Management, located on Sandusky's waterfront, is the only ODNR entity to be headquartered outside of Columbus. To learn more about the Office of Coastal Management, please visit: http://www.ohiodnr.com/coastal
To reach the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, please visit: http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/