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Fish and Wildlife Service grants for boating infrastructure projects

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced Tuesday the Fish and Wildlife Service awarded funding for renovations at the High Cliff State Park Marina in Sherwood, Wis. and South Bay Marina in Green Bay.

The U.S. Fish and Wild Life Service awarded more than $20 million to help 22 states and territories with construction, renovation and maintenance of outdoor recreational boating facilities including two Wisconsin projects, DNR officials said. The money comes through the service’s Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) program.

BIG is administered in two tiers and Wisconsin was one of only eight states that received both tier grants this year, DNR officials said. Tier 1 federal funding provides up to $200,000 per recipient annually, while Tier 2 provides up to $1.5 million per application for large-scale, nationally competitive projects.

Wisconsin’s Tier 1 project was the High Cliff State Park Marina Culvert replacement project and was awarded $200,000, DNR officials said. The marina, on the north shore of Lake Winnebago, has capacity for 100 vessels and an existing runoff culvert from Butterfly Pond into the boat marina degraded over time, leading to sedimentation and less draft depth and water clarity.

Crews will replace the culvert and outdated marina navigational lighting with BIG Tier 1 funds from BIG, DNR officials said.

The South Bay Marina in Green Bay is the focus of BIG Tier 2 with $1.2 million awarded for several improvements.

The marina is located at the mouth of the Fox River and the waters of Lake Michigan, an ideal location to service popular cruising routes of boaters between Sturgeon Bay and Door County waters, DNR officials said.

The proposed project includes 52 transient boat slips to accept vessels 26 in and longer, breakwater improvements to protect the marina and a toilet and shower building for transient boaters, DNR officials said. The project responds to the need for more dedicated transient slips in the Green Bay region and market demand.

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Ethan Duran is the construction and development reporter at The Daily Reporter. He can be reached at (414) 551-7505 or [email protected]

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