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Gov. Doyle: Proclaims September as Coastal Awareness Month in Wisconsin
Posted on: Democratic Party of Wisconsin
Posted September 13, 2005

For Further Information Contact:
Scott Larrivee, Public Information
Office of the Secretary
Phone: (608) 266-7362

Wisconsin Coastal Management Program Seeking Project Proposals for $1.5 Million in Grant Funds

Governor Jim Doyle has proclaimed September as Coastal Awareness month in Wisconsin to encourage a heightened appreciation of Wisconsin's 820 miles of coastline along Lakes Michigan and Superior.

"The Great Lakes are big part of what makes life great in Wisconsin," Governor Doyle said. "Lake Michigan and Lake Superior provide recreational and commercial opportunities to our residents, and it is critical that we protect their coasts to ensure that our children and grandchildren can enjoy the same natural beauty and resources as we do today."

To carry out the Governor's proclamation, the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program (WCMP) and local partners throughout the state will conduct a variety of coastal enhancement and preservation activities throughout September. A complete list of these activities is available on the WCMP's Web site at

Coastal Management Grants Available

Local communities and groups can receive funding to help enhance, preserve, protect and restore their coastlines by applying for a WCMP grant. The program is currently seeking project proposals for its 2005 grant cycle. This year $1.5 million in grant funds are available for counties adjacent to Lakes Superior and Michigan.

The grants are awarded on a competitive basis on a variety of projects related to Coastal Land Acquisition, Coastal Wetland Protection and Habitat Restoration, Nonpoint Source Pollution Control, Coastal Resources and Community Planning, Great Lakes Education, and Public Access and Historic Preservation. Eligible applicants include local and tribal governments, nonprofits, academic institutions, and state agencies.

To assist interested parties develop their application, WCMP staff will be traveling around the state in September holding workshops at the following locations:

Friday, September 16, 2005, 12:00 p.m.
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College
Conference Center
600 North 21st Street, Superior

Wednesday, September 21, 2005, 1:00 p.m.
Port of Milwaukee
2323 S. Lincoln Memorial Drive, Milwaukee

Application materials and details about the grant workshops are available at Applications are due November 4, 2005. Applicants are encouraged to contact WCMP staff early to discuss ideas for project proposals and application requirements.

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