Gov. Tony Evers announced today that the City of Superior will receive a Harbor Assistance Program grant in the amount of $1,500,000 for the development of a new harbor facility. This funding will go towards constructing a dock wall and dredging Saint Louis Bay. The new facility will be used by C. Reiss Coal Company to handle bulk materials such as coal, salt, and petroleum coke.
“This is exciting news for the City of Superior and Northwestern Wisconsin as a whole,” said Rep. Nick Milroy (D-South Range). “The development of a new harbor infrastructure will create more jobs in the region and boost local economic development. This investment is indicative of tremendous progress for Northwestern Wisconsin, and I couldn’t be happier about the good it will do for our area.”
The northern representative continued, “I’m grateful to Governor Evers and his administration for prioritizing harbor communities like Superior by providing us with the tools needed to maximize our valuable water resources.”
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s Harbor Assistance Program was created in 1979 to provide harbor communities along the Great Lakes and Mississippi River with support to maintain and improve waterborne commerce. The program typically provides grants for port projects such as dock reconstruction, mooring structure replacement, dredging, and the construction of facilities to hold dredged material. Milroy rallied both Republican and Democratic legislators from port communities to save this critical funding after the Harbor Assistance Program was defunded by Governor Walker.
Grant applications for the Harbor Assistance Program are accepted from public or private harbor facilities and are reviewed by the Harbor Advisory Council which consists of individuals from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, UW Sea Grant, Wisconsin Coastal Management Program, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and alumni from the Great Lakes Maritime Research Institute.
The deadline to apply for the next round of Harbor Assistance Project grants is Aug. 1, 2021. For more information on Wisconsin’s Harbor Assistance Program, past grant awards, and eligibility criteria to apply, visit here.