The city of Sturgeon Bay is taking a step further in their pursuit of landing a UW-Green Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Sturgeon Bay Mayor David Ward offered a resolution establishing an Ad Hoc Advisory Committee on attracting the UWGB NERR to Sturgeon Bay at Tuesday’s Sturgeon Bay Common Council meeting. The committee would monitor the city’s bidding process. Ward opened up the floor for comments and questions to gauge the council’s interest, and the interest level was clear. The resolution unanimously passed. As council agreed there were clear benefits, Councilman Spencer Gustafson shared the impact he thought the NERR would have beyond Sturgeon Bay.
Mayor Ward estimates the bid has eight to nine endorsements. It is not clear when the final decision will be made, but Ward is guessing it will be approximately six months. The cities of Green Bay and Marinette are also competing for the project.