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Great Lakes Funding Targets Kewaunee Phragmites

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded the Bay-Lake Regional Planning Commission nearly $600,000 in Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) funding to manage at least 1,000 acres of invasive phragmites, wild parsnip and Japanese knotweed in Kewaunee County. Angela Kowalzek-Adrians, manager of the program for Bay-Lake RPC, said Kewaunee County was the next logical site for the two-year effort since a two-year phragmites control program along the Green Bay shoreline is wrapping up. The first step, which could start as early as next month, will be to travel through the county to inventory three invasive species – phragmites, wild parsnip and Japanese knotweed. The areas will then be prioritized for management, with the hope of starting treatment in the summer. Kowalzek-Adrians said the group wanted to focus on Kewaunee County to close the gap between the work already done in Brown County and the continuing efforts in Door County to manage invasive species.

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