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Gov. Evers Awards Iron County $13,000 for Land and Water Resource Plan

Ryan Juntti
Updated: June 04, 2019 08:51 PM

In the Northland we have some of the most pristine water resources. Protecting and preserving those resources is vitally important. That's why Wis. Gov. Tony Evers awarded Iron County around $13,000 on Tuesday. 

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Iron County will use the money to help fund their Land and Water Resource Management Plan. It's a 10-year plan that focuses on how to protect water quality and prevent soil erosion. 

Gov. Evers says one of the top priorities for the state of Wisconsin is to protect their water resources.

It was July of 2016 when torrential rains washed out Iron County.

"It was frightening. It was terribly frightning. I've never seen rain or lightning like that," said Grace Hines, who owns the Harbor Lights Restaurant located in Saxon Harbor. "It was like a strobe light," she said. 

The storm devastated much of Iron County including Saxon Harbor. 

"You'd see boats come up out of the harbor, onto the land and back down," said Hines. "It (Saxon Harbor) was just gone. Saxon Harbor was virtually gone," she said. "It was devastating to watch people's happy place just disappear."

But on Tuesday Wis. Gov. Tony Evers awarded Iron County around $13,000 to help preserve water resources like Saxon Harbor.

"With 494 lakes, 222 streams, a large amount of wetlands and seven miles of Lake Superior coastline, Iron County has a great deal of water resources to protect," said Heather Palmquist, Iron County Conservationist.

Gov. Evers says protecting these water resources is crucial to also preserve the state's history.

"Whether it's downtown Milwaukee or Iron County, Wisconsin, if we want to continue to have the heritage that we started with that we were given around water, we have to protect it," said Gov. Evers.

And Gov. Evers says with the state of Wisconsin experiencing 100-year floods every two years, it's important to not only repair the flood damage, but work to prevent it in the future.

So that all of the Northland's magestic lakes and rivers are around for years to come.

Gov. Evers says $13,000 won't fix everything, but that it's a good start for the county moving forward.

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