U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin
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Senator Baldwin Brings Home Over $1.8 Million to Support Coastal Communities in Wisconsin

Investments will increase future resilience to weather and climate events

By - Dec 4th, 2023 02:08 pm

WISCONSIN – U.S. Senator Baldwin announced over $1.8 million in funding to support coastal communities in building resilient infrastructure and reducing the impacts of climate change and extreme weather.

“In Wisconsin, our fresh coasts are critical to our way of life, and with the increase in extreme weather events and climate change, we need to make sure our coastal communities have the tools and resources to protect themselves and adapt,” said Senator Baldwin. “I am proud to bring home funding so our coastal communities can prepare and build resilience to our changing environment – helping keep our harbors open, waters clean, and communities open for business.”

The funding for these projects comes from the National Coastal Resilience Fund, a program funded by the Baldwin-backed Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act. The National Coastal Resilience Fund is jointly administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. The following projects in Wisconsin will be funded under this announcement:

  • The City of Port Washington was awarded $915,000 to identify nature-based solutions to mitigate Valley Creek’s unstable condition, while building ecosystem and community resiliency within an important Lake Michigan coastal tributary. Project will develop 60 percent designs for 1.8 miles of urban stream restoration, two culvert upgrades, daylighting of the 550-foot box culvert, and restoration of the estuary and floodplain wetland.
  • The City of Green Bay was awarded $741,200 to develop a premium engineering design based on site evaluation, wave analysis, survey activities and other assessments to build resiliency along Renard Island, Fox River and Lower Green Bay. Project will result in 60 percent design to reduce flood risk and expand habitats, while allowing for waterfront public access and recreation.
  • The Nature Conservancy was awarded $199,800 to support community-engaged, data driven planning to identify and prioritize nature-based projects, enhance coordination of the East River Resilience Collaborative, and support on the ground technical assistance to implement demonstration projects in the East River watershed. The project will develop a flood resilience implementation plan outlining priority nature-based solutions that will reduce flood risk and enhance habitat for fish and wildlife.

An online version of this release is available here.

NOTE: This press release was submitted to Urban Milwaukee and was not written by an Urban Milwaukee writer. It has not been verified for its accuracy or completeness.

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