The Sturgeon Bay Common Council heard from several concerned residents about the weedy problem of aquatic plants in the city’s waterway. Many asked for better ways of harvesting the weeds and a more comprehensive approach in dealing with the problem every summer. Engineering Technician Brian Spetz says the City of Sturgeon Bay has three operating harvesters that have already collected 357 loads of weeds this year compared to 371 total loads in 2021. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) restrictions on harvesting from the bay limit the areas and how low the harvesters can cut in the Sturgeon Bay Channel. Council member Gary Nault, Chair of the Harbor Commission, said they would work on the issue throughout the year and see if harvesting of just the top of the weeds in the water could be done where it is restricted.
After a thirty-minute public discussion on the aquatic plant harvesting issue, the common council convened in closed session to discuss the American Transmission Company T-46 Underground Cable Project and adjourned without taking any action.