States, provinces, the U.S. and Canadian federal governments, local communities and private organizations make investments to protect, restore and enhance Great Lakes coastal wetlands. With so many different organizations involved, it can be hard to see the big picture of how progress is being made, how much we are investing at these different scales, and where there are gaps or opportunities to do more planning and implementation.

An effective visualization tool will help stakeholders understand the current state of knowledge and what actions are being taken to better manage coastal wetland systems associated with the world’s largest freshwater ecosystem more collaboratively, effectively and holistically.

More intuitive and more comprehensive

Blue Accounting has been working with the Great Lakes Coastal Assembly to create a comprehensive dashboard of Great Lakes coastal wetlands project investments. We delivered a prototype in 2017 and after feedback from our users, we’re excited to deliver a new and improved version.

The dashboard has undergone significant changes including enhanced functionality and a sleeker design to deliver coastal wetlands’ investment information more efficiently to funders, managers, the public, and other key stakeholders.

Coastal Heat Map
  • A heat map that allows users to view funding hot spots within the Great Lakes’ for coastal wetlands projects or zoom in for individual project details.
  • Dropdown menus that enable users to filter coastal wetlands projects by state, lake, congressional district, project award end year, and project type.
  • Dynamic graphs and charts showing annual funding totals that react to the map’s extent and dropdown filter selections determined by the user.  For example, you can see the total funding for Wisconsin, or all of Lake Michigan.

Looking Forward:

Future expansions to the dashboard will include accounting for acres of protection, restoration, or enhancement implementation throughout the Great Lakes basin in both the U.S. and Canada. Additionally, we are working to identify other site-specific ecological characteristics that can more effectively demonstrate restoration progress at a Great Lakes basin-scale.

Help us make it better:

To be truly comprehensive, we need your help. In June, we will launch a portal that allows you to submit your organization’s coastal wetlands projects for inclusion on the dashboard. Stay tuned for more information by checking in on our News page or signing up for our mailing list here.

Check out our enhanced Coastal Wetlands Investment Dashboard at https://www.blueaccounting.org/issue/coastal-wetlands/investments.