Additional $50,000 for Emergency Dredging in Cornucopia

By KBJR News 1

Additional $50,000 for Emergency Dredging in Cornucopia

July 5, 2012 Updated Jul 5, 2012 at 11:12 AM CDT

Cornucopia, WI (Northland's NewsCenter) --- The Wisconsin Department of Transportation has approved $50,000 in emergency harbor assistance funds to help pay for dredging of Cornucopia Harbor.

Back on May 28th, severe storms deposited a significant amount of silt in the Cornucopia harbor and left the channel dangerously shallow.

The city was able to obtain $50,000 from the Wis DOT back for emergency dredging on June 22nd, but an additional $50,000 was needed if engineers were going to be able to keep the harbor and channel open.

“We are extremely pleased with the cooperation from Transportation Secretary Gottlieb and his staff who have closely worked with local officials to provide the critical funding and reduce the financial burden to local taxpayers,” said Senator Bob Jauch who has been working with local lawmakers to save the harbor. "There is absolutely no way that the Town of Bell could absorb the costs of dredging this harbor and cleaning up after the recent storms without state assistance."

Recent estimates indicate that the Ashland and Bayfield Counties sustained over $1.2 million in damage from the rain storms that have ripped through the area in the last month.

Posted to the web by Krista Burns