State Representative Nick Milroy (D-South Range) expressed appreciation for Governor Evers and his administration after the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program (WCMP) announced recipients of federal funding for two coastal projects within the 73rd Assembly District.
“I’m glad Governor Evers and his administration understand the importance of our state’s coastal areas, which contribute greatly to Wisconsin’s economy and play a major role in the success of our state,” Milroy said.
The northern legislator continued, “Governor Evers has been a strong advocate for Wisconsin’s environment and has worked diligently to bring the spirit of conservation back to Wisconsin, especially with regards to our state’s water resources. It’s great to see the governor supporting Northwestern Wisconsin by providing grant funds for important projects that will help preserve Lake Superior and its resources.”
WCMP awards funds from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office for Coastal Management and U.S. Department of Commerce to projects that support the program’s mission to preserve and improve access to Wisconsin's Great Lakes resources. Such projects include those with an emphasis on wetland protection, habitat restoration, nonpoint pollution control, land use planning, Great Lakes education, public access, historic preservation, and land acquisition.
“Lake Superior provides not only beauty but also an abundance of natural resources for our communities. These WCMP grants provide necessary funding so we may continue conservation efforts that will help ensure this coastal environment can be enjoyed for years to come,” Milroy said.
The City of Superior was awarded $19,837 in grant funds for the city’s Comprehensive Plan Update for 2020-2040. According to WCMP’s press release, the update will include coastal resources of Lake Superior and hazard mitigation elements.
In addition, the Northwest Regional Planning Commission (NWRPC) was awarded $20,000 in grant funds for its Technical Assistance and Coastal Outreach project. According to WCMP’s press release, NWRPC will provide technical assistance to local governments and WCMP.
The program is available to 15 coastal Wisconsin counties that border Lake Superior and Lake Michigan. Funding may be awarded to local, state, and tribal governments, universities and non-profit organizations.