Sturgeon Bay will be working on a bid to locate a UW-Green Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) in the municipality. Other cities under consideration are Green Bay and Marinette. Mayor David Ward outlined the idea stating that the reserve would be more than just an office. He noted that typically the reserve would have displays and museum-like qualities, with research teams stationed there periodically, and a vessel. Ward considered the potential project to be a continuation of last year’s comprehensive plan the city adopted to use the nearby waters for research purposes more often.
Sturgeon Bay has been endorsed as a site by the Door County Economic Development Corporation and is seeking more organizations to endorse the city as a site. The topic got glowing reviews at Tuesday's Common Council meeting from members as it was mentioned that Sturgeon Bay could be a prime location for this opportunity. It was also expressed at the meeting that this could strengthen the relationship between UWGB and the city of Sturgeon Bay.
The project is currently in the process of gaining public input until October of this year. There is a slight overlap in the project steps. In June, the “site nomination and boundary lineation” process is set to take place. In August of 2022, the site nomination will head to the Governor’s office for approval.
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