The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge is sponsoring a contest to name newly-constructed islands in Spring Lake near Buffalo City, WI. The 500-acre, $3.7 million Spring Lake project was constructed under the Environmental Management Program. Two additional islands were constructed near-by using sand dredged from the main river channel. All six islands are designed to help bring back aquatic vegetation and provide habitat for migratory birds and fish. Topsoil placed on the islands to help plants grow was dredged from shallow areas nearby creating deepwater habitat for several fish species.
The winning names of the islands will be announced at a dedication ceremony to be held at the Lower Spring Lake Landing on Friday, October 12, 2007.
Details for the ceremony will be available at a later date. This is the second attempt at naming the islands as last years dedication ceremony was cancelled.
"¢ Entries are due September 28, 2007.
"¢ Names submitted should reflect the Spring Lake area in terms of; geology, geography, history, flora and fauna. Proper names will not be considered.
"¢Each person is limited to one name submission per island (six entries total). With each submission, include a short narrative of why you think the island should be forever known as the name you submit.
"¢Submit entries by mail:
Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge
Island Naming Contest
51 East 4th Street, Room 203
Winona, MN 55987
Or Fax: 507-457-3473
"¢ Judging will be conducted by representatives from the Refuge, US Army Corps of Engineers, local state agencies, local citizens and the Friends of the Upper Mississippi River Refuges.
"¢ No prizes will be awarded, however, winning entries will be announced during a dedication ceremony at the Lower Spring Lake Landing on October 12.
For more information, contact the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge at 507-494-6229.