By Paul Schmitt
As the restoration of Little Lake in Sturgeon Bay inches closer to the completion of Phase I, the Sturgeon Bay Rotary Club is looking for volunteers this weekend for a cleanup of the area. Sturgeon Bay Rotary Environmental Protection Co-Committee Chair Roger Anderson says the project is progressing well but a cleanup is needed before June 22 when the street runoff or storm water from 260 acres east of Little Lake will be allowed to flow into the Wetland.
The City of Sturgeon Bay is assisting in the project by applying for state grant money to offset the cost of the next phase which will be dredging Little Lake. That could cost anywhere from $1.5 million and $4 million, according to Anderson. The cleanup will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, weather permitting. Volunteers are encouraged to bring boots and gloves to wear. Little Lake is located by Sunset Park off Third Avenue in Sturgeon Bay.
Sturgeon Bay Rotary Club has decided to cancel the Wetland Cleanup at Little Lake scheduled for Saturday morning, June 17th. We had 2 1/4″ of rain at the end of Lansing Avenue this morning, and someone told me they had 3″. It looks like more rain is coming tonight. I took pictures of the wetland this noon, and water is covering most of the debris. I sent the pictures to Greg Meissner, and he agreed we should cancel the cleanup. This is disappointing because after June 22nd, the storm water will be diverted into the wetland, and if this rainfall pattern continues, it may be some time before we can clean the bottom of the wetland.