By Tim Kowols
The Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront and the city’s ad hoc negotiating committee have come to terms on the location of the ordinary high water mark on the disputed west side parcel. According to a press release from the Friends’ lawyers, both sides anticipate they will jointly recommend to the Department of Natural Resources an ordinary high water mark on 92 East Maple Street that is parallel to and sixty feet waterward to a meander line drawn in an 1835 U.S. government land survey.
Other terms of the agreement include an inclusive public process for future development of the west waterfront, maintain the site’s scenic view and public use, and for the city to withdraw its request of the Wisconsin State Legislature to draw its own ordinary high water mark. The DNR is still expected to host a public hearing in Sturgeon Bay on the placement of the ordinary high water mark in the near future.
Friends spokesperson Carri Andersson said in an email to members of the media that “it was important to everyone in attendance to have an inclusive public process written into the resolution.” Sturgeon Bay City Administrator Josh VanLieshout could not be reached for comment.
Picture of site from Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront with 1835 meander line (green dotted line). According to the agreement, the mutually agreed upon OHWM would be 60 feet closer to the water than what is shown here.