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» CASE STUDY: PORT OF GREEN BAY Cat Islands Restoration Strengthens the Resiliency of Port of Green Bay, Local Environment T he Port of Green Bay is a powerful transportation resource for Northeast Wisconsin, bringing in approximately 2 million metric tons of cargo on more than 200 ships each year. And like many ports, it faces ongoing dredging issues such as keeping the navigational channel clear, acquiring storage for dredged materials and keeping commerce moving. The solution for these issues started more than 25 years ago when a Citizens Action Group and the DNR first identified the need to restore the Cat Island Chain located in lower Green Bay. The islands, which served as a refuge for birds, waterfowl and other wildlife, suffered major erosion as a result of severe storms during the 1970s. Restoring the Cat Island Chain and dredging the port's navigational channel were two challenges that offered one unique solution. The port would gain much needed storage space by using dredged material from the shipping channel to rebuild the islands as a waterfowl and wildlife refuge. The port worked with local and state entities, education institutions, and environmental and business organizations to develop a plan and secure funding to rebuild the islands. Project work started with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers building a wave barrier around what remained of the original islands. This barrier will protect any further erosion and serve as a guide as dredged materials are placed to rebuild the islands. The wave barrier was completed last fall and we will begin adding dredged materials this summer. The Cat Islands project offers a perfect example of how dredged material can be repurposed for the benefit of the environment and keeps the port economically viable at the same time. With the Cat Islands restoration project, the port now has storage capacity for dredged materials for the next 50 years allowing ships to enter the port with full capacity loads. At the same time, the port is actively contributing to rebuilding the Cat Islands, which have already seen a return of several species of bird and waterfowl and have been an attraction to area bird watchers. Using dredged material from the harbor will restore 272 acres of islands. As we continue to be dependent on our waters as a mode of transportation, it is our duty to find a balance that preserves our environment and keeps the port economically viable, supports jobs and keeps commerce moving. ● SUMMER 2014 * WWW.AAPASEAPORTS.COM 33 http://WWW.AAPASEAPORTS.COM

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Seaports Magazine - Summer 2014

Aapa Headquarters
From the President’s Desk
In Case of Emergency
Extreme Weather
Plug-Ins Enabled
Partners in Fighting Crime
Her Path Leads to Ports
U.S. Needs New Transportation Law that Improves Quality of Life, Economy
Crisis at the Port: Planning Ahead Makes the Difference
Superstorms and Rising Sea Level Present a New Challenge for Ports
Aapa Port Employee Relief Fund a Helping Hand for Those in Need
Toronto Emergency Departments Hold Joint Ice and Cold Water Training Exercises
New Sonar Solution to Protect Aruba Ports Authority
Preparedness, Resiliency and Responsiveness in Mexico
Cat Islands Restoration Strengthens the Resiliency of Port of Green Bay, Local Environment
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Seaports Magazine - Summer 2014