The Fox River Navigational System Authority is in the process of repairing and reopening 16 of the 17 locks between Lake Winnebago and Green Bay. However, to prevent invasive species from getting upstream, the Rapide Croche lock in Wrightstown will remain closed.
Instead, the proposed system would lift boats up to 55 feet long either by a fork truck (boats less than 30 feet long) or mobile hoist to be sprayed by a high pressure water hose and then placed into a hot water bath where water will be circulated to all areas where water contacts the boat for up to 10 minutes before being transferred upstream of Rapide Croche dam. Boats moving downstream will not use the AIS cleansing station.
The Department of Natural Resources has completed an environmental analysis of the proposed transfer and decontamination system that is available here.
Public comments, either written or oral, on the environmental analysis are welcome and can be submitted to James Doperalski Jr. by September 15, 2014. There will also be a public meeting and hearing held at Liberty Hall, 800 Eisenhower Dr., Kimberly, from 7 to 9 p.m. on August 27, 2014.
Copies of the environmental analysis or more information can be obtained from James Doperalski Jr., 2984 Shawano Ave., Green Bay, WI 54313, by phone at 920-662-5119, or by email at James.Doperalski@wisconsin.gov.