Lake Erie has reached historically high-water levels for this time of year as it is nearly two feet above the long-term average. These high water levels coupled with recent severe storm events have elevated the risk of severe erosion along the entire Ohio Lake Erie coast line.
Recognizing the need to safeguard property along the Lake Erie coast, the ODNR Office of Coastal Management will begin offering coastal property owners a Temporary Shore Structure Permit in an effort to limit the effects of this erosion.
These permits provide coastal property owners with the opportunity to quickly address any severe erosion damage that their property may be experiencing. Temporary Shore Structure Permits provide property owners with a free, expedited permitting process enabling them to protect their existing coastal property. They may also receive free technical assistance and guidance from the ODNR Office of Coastal Management during this process.