City of Port Washington Breakwater News
February 4, 2016 — Mayor Mlada drafted a letter seeking additional federal funding for vital repair work to the federal breakwaters protecting our harbor, marina, and lakefront. The letter has been sent to the Army Corps of Engineers, as well as to Senator Johnson, Senator Baldwin, and Congressman Grothman. You may read the letter here.
February 3, 2015 — There will be a public information meeting on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 6:15 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers, 100 W. Grand Avenue. Representatives from the engineering firms Foth and Smithgroup will hold a public information meeting for the Breakwater Gateway Project. The engineers will be looking for citizen input on a design for a park area at the entrance to the Breakwater. Some concept plans have been developed and will be discussed at the public information meeting. The City is looking for input on these possible designs and other ideas that may be brought forward that will enhance the project. The public information meeting will end at 7:30 p.m. Click here for a printable public notice.
August 11, 2014 — The City of Port Washington was awarded a $500,000 Recreational Boating Fund Grant for breakwater repair work! Click here to read the latest press release from Mayor Tom Mlada.
Help Save The Breakwater
Our City of Port Washington breakwaters are part of the very fabric of our great city – without them, our city landscape and identity would not be the same. The breakwaters help form and protect the only marina and harbor in Ozaukee County. The closest harbors are Sheboygan (25+ miles north) and Milwaukee (25+ miles south). Located along Lake Michigan, Port Washington relies heavily on its greatest geographical asset, and our harbor and marina are critical elements. Our breakwaters serve us in the following ways:
But while these breakwaters are indeed “assets,” they are actually assets belonging to the federal government, or more specifically, the United States Army Corps of Engineers. The Corps is responsible for all aspects of maintenance of the breakwaters – and ours have now fallen into a severe state of disrepair.
Accordingly, about nine months ago we began the process of actively seeking assistance from the Army Corps of Engineers for a long-term solution for our breakwaters, as the rate of deterioration has progressed significantly over the course of the past several years. While in the past seven to 10 years its condition has begun to have a negative economic impact, most specifically because of its impact on tourism and fishing, the progression of its deterioration has now reached a crisis level and presents a public health and safety concern. The need for a longer-term fix, and not simply a shorter-term repair, is urgent.
In recognition of this, we have taken the following steps:
As a City, we are actively engaged in leading this fight, and we will continue to mobilize stakeholders, advocate for action, and attempt to drive a solution. However, for this effort to be successful, it must be a community-wide effort.
Here is where we need your help. If you believe as we do that action is needed now, call or write our legislators and let them know that we may be a small town, but we have a big heart and are willing to work hard and fight to save our port. Please don’t think that “someone else” will write. “Someone else” never does. Too often, we sit back and complain that our government doesn’t listen, but the truth is that they can’t listen if we don’t speak!
Join us by taking action today – use the contact information below to call our elected Federal representatives and let them know we need their help. Our port is vital to our city, our community, and all of Ozaukee County. And while you are at it…encourage a friend that loves our lake to call or write, too!
Would you like to voice your concerns about the Port Washington Breakwater with your Congressman or Senator?
SENATOR TAMMY BALDWIN
SENATOR RON JOHNSON
REPRESENTATIVE GLENN GROTHMAN