Public Comment Sought on Draft Environmental Assessment for the Olde Stone Quarry Harbor of Refuge and Launch Area, Door County, Wisconsin
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are seeking public comment on an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the proposed development of a harbor of refuge and expanded launching opportunity at the Olde Stone Quarry Park to the waters of Green Bay. The Service and the DNR will seek public input during a 30-day comment period.
Olde Stone Quarry Park is a 9 acre parcel owned by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and operated as a park under agreement with Door County. It is located approximately 4 miles northeast of Sturgeon Bay, WI. The park site is a “fair weather” launch site with 2 launch lanes exposed to the waters of Green Bay with parking for 40 car/trailer units. The launch site and shore fishing opportunity at the site are popular because of deep water depths and good habitat for a smallmouth bass fishery.
The proposed project is to construct a harbor of refuge at the present location of the two existing launch ramps. Two breakwater structures attached to the shoreline would extend lakeward to create 20,000 square feet of protected water. The balance of the harbor basin, approximately 40,000 square feet, would be excavated from the existing parkland. The harbor will be excavated to a depth of 15 feet. The number of launch lanes would be increased from 2 to 6 lanes with accessible boarding docks for each launch lane. In addition, 3 floating docks located in the basin would provide transient dockage for boaters in inclement weather. Parking would be expanded by an additional 60 car/trailer units.
A second action Alternative is also analyzed in the EA that would construct a 2.6 acre harbor of refuge entirely through the construction of breakwaters, with no land excavation. A "No Action" Alternative is also analyzed, as required under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), which would leave the boat launch site as it currently exists.
In cooperation with the Service, the DNR is gathering public information and public comment regarding the draft Environmental Assessment for the proposed project. Each agency will make independent decisions on the EA in accordance with their respective environmental regulations. If public comments indicate there are additional issues not covered in the draft EA, these issues will be addressed in the final EA.
The proposed project is also being reviewed under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. The area of potential effect for this undertaking is in the following areas: the shoreline and near shore are of the park in the immediate vicinity of the existing launch ramps. In these areas, there are remnants of the former quarry docking facilities including concrete structures, cable, wooden and metal pilings, massive iron connecting hardware and portions of steel and wooden retaining walls. The public is requested to inform the Service at the above address about archeological sites, buildings and structures, historic places, cemeteries, and traditional uses of the area that could influence decisions about the project.
The draft EA is available below or it can be obtained from Mr. Larry Freidig, DNR, 101 South Webster Street, Madison, WI, 53707, telephone number (608) 266-5897, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org..wi.us . Written comments are welcome and should be sent to Mr. Larry Freidig at the above address; via e-mail to email@example.com or via fax to (608) 267-0496. All comments must be received by Mr. Freidig no later than March 11, 2005