SUPERIOR, WI — A $1.6 million construction contract has been awarded to create a habitat for the endangered Piping Plover.
According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, construction, which is scheduled to begin in August and be complete in November, will be done in Allouez Bay, next to Wisconsin Point Road.
Officials say the project’s goal is to restore habitat at the northwestern end of Wisconsin Point. It will also create about 14 acres for foraging and nesting.
The area will be created with dredged sand from the federal navigation channel, and will include a predator deterrent perimeter fence.
In addition, the Wisconsin DNR will complete restoration work by planting native dune grass, and provide long-term maintenance of the habitat.
The contract, which was given to Roen Salvage Company from Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, was awarded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on behalf of the U.S. EPA, and was funded by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.
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