Ashland Area In Running For Great Lakes Restoration Grant

By KBJR Manager

Ashland Area In Running For Great Lakes Restoration Grant

August 24, 2010 Updated Aug 24, 2010 at 10:47 AM CDT

Governor Jim Doyle announced today that the Ashland area is home to four of 50 Wisconsin projects that have been invited as finalists to receive funding under President Obama’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

Two of the projects were submitted by the Chequamegon Bay Area Partnership, a collaboration of Northland College educational staff, tribal agencies, local citizens, natural resource agencies, and local governments.

Their first grant, if awarded, would bring more than $192,000 to provide sanitary surveys on 8 beaches on tribal lands and to help remove contamination.

A third project in the area, if approved, would bring more than $365,000 to the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewas to replace or repair a set of aged septic systems on the Reservation, preventing pollution and protecting human health.

And a fourth project would, if approved, bring more than $222,000 to the state to restore 4,100 feet of shoreland in the City of Ashland with native plants and eliminate invasive species.

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