Foundation honors Door County Government
Door County Government was honored with the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Foundation’s third Collaboration in Action Leadership Award for a unique collaboration with the University’s Department of Biology and Microbiology that has resulted in the nation’s most extensive beach monitoring and research program.
The award was presented during the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Foundation’s Community Breakfast Sept. 15. More than 200 attended.
In 2002, the UW Oshkosh Department of Biology and Microbiology partnered with Door County’s Department of Soil and Water Conservation and Public Health Department to develop a comprehensive beach monitoring program and subsequently implemented several E.coli source-identification projects to determine sources of beach pollution. This work resulted in the re-engineering of 10 beaches in the Door County and makes the County a model for their progressive approach.
The collaboration serves as a model for UW Oshkosh to conduct this work in several other locations, such as Ashland, Eagle River and the New North communities of Oshkosh and Manitowoc.
Additionally, associate professor of geology Maureen Muldoon, in collaboration with the Door County Department of Soil and Water Conservation, conducted landmark research on the geologic structure unique to Door County and northeastern Wisconsin, creating a better understanding of how water travels and interacts with local geology and how those features affect the transmission of pollutants in the water.”