Four Door County entities were awarded grant funding as part of the $2.3 million provided by the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program. A total of 37 grants will be used by local and state governments, regional planning commissions, universities, and, non-profit organizations to assist with projects across the state. In Door County, the Department of Natural Resources will invest $38,501 on Dunes Lake as part of a project to restore this important waterfowl and migratory bird area in the Town of Sevastopol by removing phosphorus-rich sediment. Another $3,000 went to the Door County Soil and Water Conservation Department for the Dunes Lake public access parking and interpretive signage project.
A total of $26,072 will go to the US Fish and Wildlife Service to establish a long term program agreement with the state historic preservation office to be used as part of a master planning guide for facilities preservation, rehabilitation and public interpretation on Plum and Pilot Islands. The islands’ friends group applied for the funding.
The Town of Gibraltar was awarded a grant of $57,147 to develop plans to address water resources in Fish Creek. This includes conceptual designs to mitigate the impacts of storm water discharge at Fish Creek Beach and a comprehensive plan for watershed management. The Wisconsin Coastal Management Program funding is also intended to protect and improve the natural resources, support the quality of life, and, foster economic development in Wisconsin’s coastal communities.