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$16K Grant Will Help Shorewood Restore Atwater Beach Bluff

The grant from the Fund for Lake Michigan, will go toward first ridding the bluff of invasive plant species and installing new plants. It will mark the start of a long-term native costal dune/beach, wetland and upland restoration project at Atwater.

A local grant awarded to Shorewood this week will supplement budgeted monies allocated toward restoration of the bluff overlooking Atwater Beach.

The grant for $16,100 from the Fund for Lake Michigan, administered by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, will, in part, go toward first ridding the bluff of invasive plant species and installing new plants, followed by continuous maintenance to ensure the invasive species don't return, Village Manager Chris Swartz said. 

The Fund for Lake Michigan seeks projects that focus on habitat preservation and restoration and reducing pollutants in the watersheds of Southeastern Wisconsin. 

The bluff work is the start of a larger, long-term native costal dune/beach, wetland and upland restoration project, aimed at restoring habitat, increasing bio-diversity and improving water quality, according to the village. The project is slated to begin this May. 

The village shelled out nearly $1 million for work over the summer in 2011 to stabilize the bluff after torrential rains caused severe erosion. An access road for service and emergency vehicles and boardwalk were also built during the work. 

Shorewood also launched the Waters Project that summer, aimed at educating residents about the bodies of water bordering the village and how they help keep them clean. 

Sunrocket February 21, 2013 at 12:36 AM
Didn't the village spend several summers about 10 years ago clear cutting and planting the bluff? What happened to those plantings?
Wiscogrrrl February 21, 2013 at 02:22 PM
"Evasive" or "invasive?" "Overseeing" or "overlooking?"
Wendy Pribbanow February 21, 2013 at 03:03 PM
Instead of replacing the plants on the bluff - why don't they use the money to build a beach house down on the beach? I feel very sorry for families with young children who have to carry their refreshments down to the beach and have to climb the bluff when the children need to use the facilities. Using "porta-potties" is not my idea of fun. When i was in high school there was a beach house down on the beach which had restrooms, changing facilities and a snack bar. We had alot of fun having parties on the roof of the beach house. Just a thought.
CowDung February 21, 2013 at 03:28 PM
Maybe that's why it's so expensive--it's hard to catch those 'evasive' species...
Adam W. McCoy (Editor) February 21, 2013 at 03:29 PM
Yep, my mistake. Corrections made.
CowDung February 21, 2013 at 03:36 PM
Missed an 'evasive' in the intro paragraph (under the headline), Adam.
CowDung February 21, 2013 at 07:54 PM
I believe that the plants on the bluff keep it from washing away in the rain. Keeping invasive species of plants out is pretty important.
Wendy Pribbanow February 22, 2013 at 02:43 PM
I guess that it's all a matter of priorities - of course if keeping invasive plants out is more important that having a beachhouse, then we'll have to go along with that. Certainly don't want invasive plants taking over the bluff. :(

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