By Terry Kovarik
Washington Island Electric Cooperative is seeking a right-of-way for a new 35-kilovolt electric line. That right of way would go through Plum Island, which is part of the Green Bay National Wildlife Refuge. The U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking public comment on the right-of-way proposal. It would replace a power line that failed June 15. Washington Island Electric Cooperative Manager Robert Cornell says the right-of-way would provide a straight path by submerging the line from the mainland to Plum Island, burying it underground there and submerging the line to Washington Island. He says that would greatly reduce the conditions that caused the first line’s failure.
People can share their thoughts on the Electric Cooperative’s request and learn more about the proposal at http://www.fws.gov/refuge/green_bay/