Menasha Lock to stay closed, board to consider moving boat transfer station
Results of Fox River Navigational System Authority Board of Directors meeting March 8, 2016
The Menasha lock will remain closed while the FRNSA takes action on two issues reviewed at the most recent board meeting.
The board voted to authorize staff to research the feasibility of moving the proposed boat transfer & cleaning station
from the closed Rapide Croche lock to the Menasha lock. Board members discussed the possibility that the Menasha lock will remain closed through the 2016 season and beyond while the state DNR reviews the degree to which the invasive round goby has entered Lake Winnebago. At this time, FRNSA staff does not know how long the process will take to create a feasibility study of moving a portion of the proposed cleaning/transfer station.
The board also voted to form a collaborative committee with the DNR to develop a proactive process to deal with future aquatic invasive species that may invade the system.
The Fox River Navigational System Authority is committed to keeping the Lake Winnebago & Wolf River watershed clean, but we are also committed to opening the lock system and using the river. In August of 2015, we celebrated completing the renovation of all the locks which are all restored to working order, a $14.5 million dollar project funded and implemented by FRNSA.
WHILE THE LOCK IS CLOSED, YOU STILL HAVE RIVER ACCESS
Boaters can use public access points at the 9th street ramp in Menasha, Lutz Park in Appleton, Sunset Park in Kimberly, and Riverside Park in Kaukauna. These public docks are a gateway to 13 miles of river recreation!
HOW CAN YOU TAKE ACTION?
If you are concerned about the situation at the Menasha Lock and wish to make your opinion known, contact your elected representatives. For a full listing of your representatives in the state senate and assembly, check this link http://maps.legis.wisconsin.gov.