Northeast Wisconsin Preserve Gets Grant To Clean ‘Fish Boil’ Pollution

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Friday, July 31, 2015

A 1,600-acre nature preserve in Door County is getting money for plantings to help filter decades-old pollution. The Ridges Sanctuary in Bailey’s Harbor has a new visitor center on the grounds of what used to be a restaurant.

The eatery hosted traditional Door County fish boils that involved using kerosene to light kettles on fire. The site is just yards from the shores of Lake Michigan. And according to Ridges’ Assistant Director Judy Drew, the kerosene seeped into the lake.

“The restaurant was here for several decades and you know fish boils are a popular thing in Door County,” said Drew. “And I think as restaurants have become aware of this there are ways you can prevent that from happening. And many of the restaurants have implemented those procedures.”

Drew said the sanctuary is planting rain gardens to filter all sorts of pollutants before water runs off into the lake. The Ridges’ grant is $75,000. It’s part of a nearly $2 million grant from the Fund for Lake Michigan.

A press release described the fund as a, “private foundation … crafted out of a legal settlement related to construction of the coal-fired power plant in Oak Creek, the Fund receives $4 million annually from the plant owners including We Energies, WPPI Energy and Madison Gas and Electric.”

By Patty Murray

About Mike Neuman

Environmentalist; Father; Senior Citizen; Husband, Former School Crossing Guard for City of Madison; Bike to Work Advocate; Animal/Children/People Lover (in general); Volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, Madison, Wisconsin, Anti-long distance travel (via fossil fuel burning); Against militarism in any form; Strong believer in people everywhere having the right to speak their minds openly, without any fear of reprisal, regarding any concerns; for those in authority to listen attentively AND, as warranted, ACT AS NECESSARY AND IN A TIMELY MANNER TO REDUCE OR ELIMINATE those concerns; Lover of music, especially live music, music by: David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, Neil Young; John Prine; Steve Goodman; B.B. King; Eric Burton; Gracy Slick, Carol King;John Lennon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr; Bob Dylan; Lightfoot; Mark Knoffler; Richard Thompson; Elvis Presley; Tom Petty; Willie Nelson, Others too numerous to mention.

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