Army Corps wrapping up major work on Cat Islands

Posted Monday, March 17, 2014 --- 10:30 a.m.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- The federal government will spend nearly $2 million in northeastern Wisconsin this year as it finishes major construction on the Cat Islands restoration project in Green Bay.

Press-Gazette Media reports the islands have almost disappeared with erosion from waves. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has rebuilt more than four miles of wave barriers around the islands and will build them up using material from dredging over the next 30 years.

The Army Corps is finishing work on Renard Island, which was built with contaminated dredge materials. The Corps is capping it with clean soil before turning it over to Brown County.

Brown County Port Director Dean Haen says this year's work also will include road repairs.

The restoration is eventually expected to create 270 acres of wildlife habitat.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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