By Tim Kowols
What started as a crazy idea in the summer, a hike across the bay is now also raising awareness to the potential dangers of the Back 40 Mine this winter. Egg Harbor Village Administrator Ryan Heise can be found throughout the year surfing in the Green Bay waters, but will hike across it this Saturday with seven others the 15 miles to Menominee, MIch., where controversy over the creation of an open pit sulfide mine near its river has spilled over state lines. Bringing rope, handspikes, and other items for safety, Heise says his journey will also carry a little extra purpose.
Heise estimates it will take six hours to cross the bay to hopefully meet with people from Menominee. He says he will keep in contact with the United States Coast Guard throughout the journey, which like his mother has already given Heise their reservations about his travels.