May 25, 2017
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Organization hopes to fund1,000 Lake Michigan projects

Thank you for your well-written story on the Hawthorn Hollow Nature Sanctuary wetland restoration project.

As reporter Deneen Smith noted, this effort will help control runoff into the Pike River, reducing the amount of sediment, phosphorus and other pollution that reaches the waterway.

This endeavor is important to the Fund for Lake Michigan since the Pike River eventually flows into the Great Lakes. That’s why we are happy to commit $10,000 to Hawthorn Hollow.

The Fund for Lake Michigan was launched in 2011 with monies from We Energies and two other Wisconsin utilities to safeguard the lake. Thanks to our utility partners, the fund now has $4 million a year to improve Lake Michigan’s water quality, restore its beaches and enhance wildlife areas.

And as the Hawthorn Hollow project demonstrates, we’re backing projects in the entire Lake Michigan watershed — not just along the lake shore itself. Our goal is to fund 1,000 similar projects in eastern Wisconsin over the next 20 years.

Thanks again for your coverage to help make readers aware of the important work groups are doing to preserve and protect Lake Michigan.

Vicki Elkin

Fund for Lake Michigan executive director

Milwaukee


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