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Grants will cover cost of bluff preserve purchase PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bill Schanen IV   
Wednesday, 31 August 2016 19:04

Latest award means local investment not needed for county nature area in Port

When a plan to purchase 102 acres for a nature preserve in the City of Port Washington with local tax dollars if needed was debated last year, proponents said that such a compelling case could be made for preserving and providing public access to the Lake Michigan bluff land that state and federal grants might cover the $2 million cost.

What skeptics said at the time was wishful thinking became reality Monday with the announcement by the Wisconsin Department of Administration that Ozaukee County will receive a $1 million Coastal Management Program grant for the purchase of the land. 

That contribution, along with a $1 million grant from Wisconsin’s Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program awarded earlier this year to the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust, which is working with the county and City of Port Washington on the nature preserve project, means the sizable financial contributions pledged by the city and county will not be needed to purchase the property.

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 September 2016 16:46
 
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