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GLIN==> Coastal Awareness Month - Wisconsin

Press Release
Wisconsin Department of Administration

September 13, 2005
For Further Information Contact:
Scott Larrivee, Public Information
Office of the Secretary
Phone: (608) 266-7362 E-mail: scott.larrivee@doa.state.wi.us

Governor Doyle Proclaims September as Coastal Awareness Month in Wisconsin
Wisconsin Coastal Management Program Seeking Project Proposals for $1.5
Million in Grant Funds

Governor Jim Doyle has proclaimed September as Coastal Awareness month in
Wisconsin to encourage a heightened appreciation of Wisconsin's 820 miles of
coastline along Lakes Michigan and Superior.

"The Great Lakes are big part of what makes life great in Wisconsin,"
Governor Doyle said. "Lake Michigan and Lake Superior provide recreational
and commercial opportunities to our residents, and it is critical that we
protect their coasts to ensure that our children and grandchildren can enjoy
the same natural beauty and resources as we do today."

To carry out the Governor's proclamation, the Wisconsin Coastal Management
Program (WCMP) and local partners throughout the state will conduct a
variety of coastal enhancement and preservation activities throughout
September. A complete list of these activities is available on the WCMP's
Web site at http://coastal.wisconsin.gov.

Coastal Management Grants Available
Local communities and groups can receive funding to help enhance, preserve,
protect and restore their coastlines by applying for a WCMP grant. The
program is currently seeking project proposals for its 2005 grant cycle.
This year $1.5 million in grant funds are available for counties adjacent to
Lakes Superior and Michigan.

The grants are awarded on a competitive basis on a variety of projects
related to Coastal Land Acquisition, Coastal Wetland Protection and Habitat
Restoration, Nonpoint Source Pollution Control, Coastal Resources and
Community Planning, Great Lakes Education, and Public Access and Historic
Preservation. Eligible applicants include local and tribal governments,
nonprofits, academic institutions, and state agencies. 

To assist interested parties develop their application, WCMP staff will be
traveling around the state in September holding workshops at the following

Friday, September 16, 2005, 12:00 p.m.
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College
Conference Center
600 North 21st Street, Superior

Wednesday, September 21, 2005, 1:00 p.m.
Port of Milwaukee
2323 S. Lincoln Memorial Drive, Milwaukee

Application materials and details about the grant workshops are available at
http://coastal.wisconsin.gov. Applications are due November 4, 2005.
Applicants are encouraged to contact WCMP staff early to discuss ideas for
project proposals and application requirements.
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