By David Meyer
Little Lake in Sturgeon Bay has quite the history of being a vibrant body of water. The water in Little Lake used to be so clear that it was called Crystal Lake, that is until a sawmill started dumping its waste there. Over time the fishing in Little Lake was negatively impacted and people started utilizing the area less and less. Add to that, years of street runoff from about 260 acres and there is a large amount of sediment in the bottom of the lake. Sturgeon Bay Rotary Environmental Protection Co-Committee Chair Roger Anderson explains why that is problematic.
The City of Sturgeon Bay, Sturgeon Bay Rotarians, and other groups involved in the restoration project continue to analyze the best way for Little Lake to be dredged. Then grant writing and fundraising become essential as the dredging is expected to cost somewhere between $1.5 million and $4 million.