Officials Hope to Save Dane County's Largest Marsh

There is hope to save Dane County's largest marsh.

Madison's Board of Estimates approved a plan last night that would allow the city, Dane County, and the state to spend up to $4.5 million on hundreds of acres near Cherokee Marsh Conservation Park from a developer.

The move would limit the developer to building on a certain portion of the land - and allow part of the wetlands to remain as-is.

Mayor Dave Cieslewicz says, "Wetlands are very important to the environment, especially near cities because they filter water, they filter runoff from impervious surfaces."

About $1.5 million of the offer would come from Madison's Park Acquisition Fund.

The plan still needs approval from the city council.

The mayor expects the proposal to pass easily at their meeting next month.

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