Marsh repairs

To the Editor,

Earlier this month, we reported the Sheboygan Marsh was being drawn down per the Broughton Sheboygan Marsh Strategic Management Plan 2013 as well as the fact that the emergency bypass gate failed and needs repair.

Based on the timing of the failure and the timetable to get a new gate engineered, permitted, and installed, the Sheboygan Marsh will likely continue to be in a drawdown state until late spring or summer of 2019.

Understandably, this will affect the ability to hunt the property in the upcoming hunting seasons.

Also to note, the culverts at the South Ditch crossing are in need of repair. Typically during a drawdown, water access remained in that portion of the marsh. However, a drawdown period provides the opportune time to repair the culverts. So unlike past drawdowns, water will not be purposely held back in this area.

Please exercise caution if you choose to continue to utilize the marsh, as exposed marsh bed may not be solid. Rain events may also change water levels rapidly within the marsh with very little notice.

Once the new gate is installed and tested, we will have the ability to again hold water in the marsh.

If you have questions, please contact:

Aaron Brault

Sheboygan County

Planning and Conservation Director

(920) 459-1370

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