Enbridge helps country wetland plan
Tuesday, April 07, 2015
A $10,000 grant from Enbridge Energy and funding from the Douglas County Unit of the Wisconsin Towns Association will help Douglas County build a foundation to develop wetland management and land conservation strategies in Douglas County.
Development on the unique watershed-based plan for wetland mitigation began over two years ago. Douglas County officials have worked with other stakeholders and resource professions to a form a Watershed Planning Committee to develop a framework for a plan to assess wetlands and develop criteria for prioritizing wetland mitigation in the Lake Superior watershed. With the additional funding, planning can move forward.
The plan will allow the county to identify areas for mitigation that would have the best impact on the county’s environment, said Supervisor Mark Liebaert, chairman of the Land Conservation Committee. Rather than the city simply purchasing a piece of property in rural Douglas County for wetland mitigation, he said the watershed plan would allow the county to determine the areas where wetland mitigation would be most beneficial for the environment and not impede development in rural communities.
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