The Kewaunee County Board of Supervisors plans Tuesday to consider a resolution encouraging Door County and the state Department of Natural Resources to take all necessary steps “to protect the environment, natural resources and public health” during the draw down of the Forestville Millpond.
The Door County Board voted 15-4 last month in favor of a two-year draw down of the Forestville Millpond that supporters say will improve long-term water quality near the dam and opponents say will damage the Ahnapee River downstream in Kewaunee County.
The resolution heading to the Kewaunee County Board Tuesday evening (Feb. 19) was slated to get a final read-through from the county Personnel, Advisory & Legislative Committee on Monday morning. The committee meets at 8:30 a.m. Monday (Feb. 18) and the full board at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Both meetings are at the County Administration Center, 810 Lincoln St., Kewaunee.
As drafted the resolution acknowledges that Door County officials have spent more than two years studying the various options for dealing with water quality issues, excessive sediment and invasive species at the Millpond.
“Kewaunee County appreciates and gives great deference to the careful study and deliberation the Door County Board of Supervisors undertook to resolve the challenges facing the Forestville Millpond,” the resolution states, continuing:
Whereas, protection of the Ahnapee River from hazardous discharges and adverse impacts during and after the Forestville Millpond draw down is particularly important to nearby communities, including Kewaunee County, and should be a top priority in the draw down project.
Now, therefore, be it resolved … that the Board encourages those individuals and entities charged with drawing down the Forestville Millpond to take every appropriate action to ensure the Forestville Millpond draw down adheres to all federal, state and local requirements to protect the environment, natural resources and public health.
The draw down is currently planned to start in November. Opponents of the project have said they are studying legal alternatives