May 25, 2017
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Lincoln Lagoon upgrades planned


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BY DANIEL GAITAN
dgaitan@kenoshanews.com


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Lincoln Lagoon is one step closer to getting much-needed upgrades.

The murky lagoon running through Lincoln Park is filled with trash, debris and muddy water.

On Monday, the City Council unanimously approved a resolution to develop plans for the site with a $20,000 grant from Fund for Lake Michigan, a donor-based fund of Greater Milwaukee Foundation, and $20,000 from the city.

“This grant will help the city look at how they can best improve water quality in the lagoon,” said Vicki Elkin, executive director organization.

City staff can now begin developing a design to revise its existing landscape from overgrown cattails to natural plants that can capture and filter stormwater before it enters the lagoon. The design would include cattail removal and plant selection and placement.

“They’ll be looking at what sort of mix of native plants will be most effective at filtering pollution out of water,” Elkin said. “It’s a nice opportunity for us to add some additional funding to take the project to the next level.”

The city also plans to dredge the basin later this year, pending approval from the Department of Natural Resources and Army Corp or Engineers.

“I’m excited about it,” said Public Works Director Shelly Billingsley. “It’s a design for Lincoln Lagoon, so there’s no planting that’s going on with this grant — that’s the next phase.”

Ald. G. John Ruffolo, chairman of the Board of Water Commissioners and a member of the Public Works Committee, echoed Billingsley’s sentiments.

“I don’t remember the last time it’s been dredged, and I’ve been here 18 years,” he said. “It definitely needs it, from the standpoint that it’s probably not functioning correctly and there’s probably all kinds of debris and ‘gifts from the neighborhood’ in there.”

This is one of two grants the city received from Fund for Lake Michigan. In the other, trustees provided $175,000 to help support the Eichelman Park Beach Restoration and $7,500 for the city to join the Great Lakes Cities Initiative for at least two years.


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