Fund For Lake Michigan

Relocation and Treatment of Contaminated Stormwater at Blue Rail Marina Beach in Manitowoc, WI

  • Grant Recipient: City of Manitowoc
  • Amount: $125,000
  • Year: 2016
  • Watershed: Lake Michigan Coast
  • Focus Area: Beach Restoration

Blue Rail Marina Beach, located in Manitowoc, has a history of poor water quality and is among the most polluted swimming beaches on Lake Michigan. The City of Manitowoc has therefore launched a three-phased project to divert stormwater and runoff away from the beach and treat it before it enters Lake Michigan. This grant will support the second phase of this project: the construction of stormwater infrastructure that will direct stormwater away from the swimming area to a rain garden. This rain garden will then treat the water before it enters the lake. The ultimate goal of this project is to help make this beach swimmable again.

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