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Sauk Creek Habitat Improvement Project

 
 
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By Devon Polzar, 2017
1. Sauk Creek Habitat Improvement Project Marker
Inscription. Work to revitalize Sauk Creek and improve habitat for resident and migratory fish began in the summer of 1994. The project called for cleanup of the creek, creation of deeper and narrower channels, stabilization of stream banks and creation of fish habitat structures and fishermen access.

Work began in 1994 when divers from Divers Delight provided underwater video of the concrete lip (1) at the mouth of the creek. This aided in the planning stages for its removal. Northern Environment, a consulting firm, helped procure the permit to modify the concrete lip and Wisconsin Electric Power Company employees cut a notch in the concrete lip in February 1995. This notch will allow stocked salmon and trout to leave and enter the creek in years with low water.

The second step in the project was to secure agreements with landowners adjacent to the stream which would allow Wisconsin DNR to work in the creek. Agreements were reached with 9 land owners and the City of Port Washington. These agreements give anglers the right to walk on the streambank as long as they are within 10 feet of Sauk Creek.

The third step in the project was to start the stream habitat work. This was started with $10,000 from the Great Lakes Sport Fishermen-Ozaukee Chapter and Wisconsin DNR salmon stamp money. A total of 25 LUNKER structures (2) were put into

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By Devon Polzar, 2017
2. Sauk Creek Habitat Improvement Project Marker
the creek by WDNR personnel and the City of Port Washington. These structures help stabilize the stream banks and provide overhead cover for fish species. In addition, the WDNR constructed a K-dam, restored 50 feet of badly eroded streambank, deepened and narrowed 2,200 feet of streambed and re-channelized the flow of 600 feet of degraded stream section near the Port Washington High School.

The final step in the project was to insure that maintenance money would be available in future years to protect and enhance the work that has already been done. The WDNR allocated $15,000 over two years starting in 1997 to maintain this important project. In addition, money from the Great Lakes Sport Fishermen-Ozaukee Chapter, that was not used in the initial project, was put into a gift account for future years.
 
Erected by Wisconsin DNR, Great Lakes Sport Fishermen-Ozaukee Chapter, Wisconsin Electric Power Company and Northern Environmental.
 
Location. 43° 23.192′ N, 87° 52.147′ W. Marker is in Port Washington, Wisconsin, in Ozaukee County. Touch for map. The marker is located in Fishermen's Park which is along the Harbor walk in Port Washington's Lake Michigan Harbor. Marker is at or near this postal address: 138 S. Wisconsin St., Port Washington WI 53074, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fishermen's Park Access Bridge (a few steps from this marker); National Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark (within shouting distance of this marker); Port Washington State Bank Centennial Pavilion (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Art of Commercial Fishing (about 400 feet away); They Had To Go A Fishin' (about 400 feet away); Those That Fished (about 400 feet away); Of Valor and Sorrow (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Those That Fished (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Port Washington.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 9, 2018. This page originally submitted on June 8, 2018, by Devon Polzar of Port Washington, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 55 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 8, 2018, by Devon Polzar of Port Washington, Wisconsin. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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