The city of La Crosse is asking the state for money to help improve the La Crosse River marsh.
The park board has approved a request from the DNR for funds which would be added to money already set aside by city leaders.
“We already have the funds all set up for this project,” said park department staffer Leah Burns. “We’re just looking for approval here so we can apply for a grant to maximize our funding for this project.”
On Monday, the board of public works looks at options for possibly removing lead shot from the bottom of the marsh.
The lead accumulated over decades, when a gun club allowed target shooting along the river.
The options range from doing nothing, to a plan for dredging the marsh which could cost around $30 million or more.