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October 2015

Executive Director Message

It's been a month since I became the Commission's new Executive Director and the time has just flown by. A big part of that time has been spent working on our 2016 budget and becoming familiar with the various duties that go along with the job. I'm hoping to be able to get out and meet with many of our member communities in the near future, and to find out if there are any projects the Commission can assist with. Because of my past experience with grant writing and administration, I'll especially be looking forward to helping in those areas. Feel free to contact me by email or phone at (920) 448-2820, or anyone else at the Commission if you have questions on possible funding sources for an upcoming project. 

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Phragmites Project Update

The quality assurance plan submitted to the EPA was approved recently to treat  Phragmites , or common reed, along the shoreline of Green Bay (from Duck Creek to Point Au Sable) and the Fox River (to the De Pere dam) under the Bay-Lake Regional Planning Commission's GLRI funded project to manage Phragmites in the Lower Green Bay and Fox River Area of Concern (AOC). The Commission solicited proposals from qualified environmental consulting firms for an inventory and assessment project to map Phragmites in the area using aerial imagery and remote sensing technologies; Applied Ecological Services (AES), Inc. of Brodhead, WI and Ayres Associates of Green Bay were selected as the team to complete the work this fall. The project area inventory will assess the current  Phragmites footprint from the air and best inform future plans for treatment. 
With the onset of fall weather, Phragmites will prepare to overwinter by entering dormancy in the next week or two. As a result, spraying within the project area will begin during the next growing season (summer 2016) to ensure the most effective control. 
Bay Beach with Renard Island in the background

The Commission will treat a 10-acre demonstration site at Bay Beach this week, and plans to mow the site in the winter. This site will provide information to gauge the effectiveness of the approach, and provide a demonstration site for outreach efforts through the winter.
Please contact Amy Carrozzino-Lyon, Phragmites Project Coordinator, if you have any questions or comments.
Sheboygan Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Activities
Commission staff prepared the draft 2016 Sheboygan Metropolitan Planning Area Transportation Planning Work Program in September, and a meeting to review the draft MPO Work Program was held in early October.
Upcoming MPO activities include a land use inventory update for the metropolitan planning area; preparing a performance indicator report; conducting passenger opinion and boarding and alighting surveys of Shoreline Metro; and preparation of the  Sheboygan Metropolitan Planning Area Transportation Improvement Program (TIP): Calendar Years 2016 - 2019. 

Please contact  Jeff Agee-Aguayo  for additional information.
Welcome New Staff Member

Nicole Barbiaux has joined the Commission as a limited term employee (LTE) Transportation Technician to assist the Commission with various transportation planning projects. These projects include assisting with transit survey analysis and a land use inventory update for the Sheboygan metropolitan planning area.
Upcoming Events
October 23, 10AM
BLRPC Executive Committee Meeting, Town of Chase (Oconto Co.)

October 28-30
Available Grant Opportunities
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The following is a list of upcoming grant opportunities and their due dates. Please contact the Commission  if you have a project idea, or need assistance with preparing or administering a grant, or if you are interested in partnering with the Commission on a project.  
BayCare Clinic Foundation Grants
Ben & Jerry's Foundation Grants Cedar Tree Foundation Grants
Charles Stuart Mott Foundation Environmental Grants Cornell Douglas Foundation Grants
Costco Wholesale Grants
EcoTech Grants - The Captain Planet Foundation
Environmental Research & Education Foundation Grants Gannett Foundation Grants
ING Foundation Grants
International Paper Grants Joint Effort Marketing (JEM) Grant
Kinder Morgan Foundation Grants Kodak American Greenways Grants
MeadWestvaco Foundation Grants
Meetings Mean Business! Grant Mitsubishi Corporation Foundation for the Americas Grants
MLB Baseball Tomorrow Fund Patagonia Environmental Grants
RGK Foundation Education Fund
US Soccer Foundation Grant
Waste Management Charitable Giving
Wisconsin Humanities Council Grant
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Executive Director Message
Phragmites Project Update
Sheboygan MPO Activities
Welcome New Staff Member
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