The City of Sturgeon Bay is one of 35 municipalities to complete a financial assistance agreement with the state that will allow the city to assist private property owners in fully replacing lead service lines that supply water to homes, schools and daycare centers. Through the “lead service line replacement funding” program for fiscal year 2017, Sturgeon Bay will receive $300,000 in financial assistance in the form of “principal forgiveness” which means no debt is incurred on behalf of the municipality for these funds. The funding will go toward replacing an estimated 120 lead service lines that connect homes to a water main. The Department of Natural Resources conceived the funding program last year following a decision by the US Environmental Protection Agency to allow the state greater flexibility in allocating loan funds for water infrastructure projects. Another $13 million will be awarded to qualifying municipalities in 2018.