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GLIN==> Governor Doyle Proclaims September Coastal Awareness Month in Wisconsin

Press Release 
For Immediate Release
Friday, September 01, 2006 

Wisconsin Department of Administration
Office of the Secretary
Contact: Scott Larrivee, Public Information
E-Mail: scott.larrivee@wisconsin.gov
Phone: (608) 266-7362

Governor Doyle Proclaims September Coastal Awareness Month in Wisconsin
$1.5 Million in Grant Funds Available to Help Coastal Projects

Governor Jim Doyle has proclaimed September as Coastal Awareness Month
in Wisconsin to acknowledge the importance of the state's 820 miles of
coastline along Lakes Michigan and Superior and encourage a heightened
appreciation of the Great Lakes resources.

"The scenic beauty and economic power of the Great Lakes are a big part
of what makes Wisconsin a wonderful place to live," Governor Doyle said.
"I'm pleased to once again designate September as Coastal Awareness
Month in order to remind everyone of the important role we all play in
preserving and protecting our Great Lakes resources so they may be
enjoyed by future generations."

Protecting the Great Lakes has been a priority for Governor Doyle since
he took office.  As chairman of the Council of Great Lakes Governors,
Governor Doyle led the effort to sign ANNEX 2001- an agreement to
promote water conservation and protect the Great Lakes waters from
diversion to places like Arizona or Las Vegas.  He has also led the
fight against invasive species, and used his veto pen to protect grant
dollars used by coastal communities to guide future growth in a way that
protects and enhances the Great Lakes coasts.  

To further that work, Governor Doyle today announced that the Department
of Administration is currently accepting applications for approximately
$1.5 million in grant funds local communities and groups can use to
enhance, preserve, protect, and restore their coastlines.  

Available through the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program (WCMP), the
grants are awarded on a competitive basis to 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.  All applications are due by November 3, 2006.

To assist potential grant applicants, WCMP staff will be traveling
around the state to conduct grant workshops at the following locations:

*	Milwaukee:  September 6, 1:00 p.m., Port of Milwaukee, 2323 S.
Lincoln Memorial Drive 
*	Sheboygan:  September 13, 1:00 p.m., Harbor Centre, 821
Broughton Drive   
*	Ashland:  September 21, 1:00 p.m., Northern Great Lakes Visitor
Center, 29270 CTH G

Applicants are encouraged to contact WCMP staff to discuss ideas for
project proposals and application requirements. 

Beach Sweeps and Coastal Activities

In addition to grant workshops, the WCMP and local organizations will
take part in a variety of activities throughout September.  These events
include the Grand Opening of Pier Wisconsin in Milwaukee September 8-10,
as well as community "Beach Sweeps" in Milwaukee, Racine, Bayfield, and
Stockton Island (part of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore).

A complete list of Coastal Awareness Month activities as well as coastal
grant applications are available on the WCMP Web site at
http://coastal.wisconsin.gov <http://coastal.wisconsin.gov/>.