DNR and Wisconsin Army National Guard team up for exercise at Sauk Prairie Recreation Area

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  1. By South Central Region March 26, 2015

    Contact(s): Bob Manwell, DNR communications, 608-275-3317

    BLUFFVIEW, Wis. - The Wisconsin Army National Guard will conduct a site survey on the grounds of the Sauk Prairie Recreation Area on March 28. The Sauk Prairie Recreation Area occupies 3,400 acres of the decommissioned 7,350 acre Badger Army Ammunition Plant.

    The Department of Natural Resources and the soldiers of the 105th Cavalry are teaming up for an exercise that will support the unit's duty readiness. The Cavalry will perform a final, thorough inspection of the grounds, roads and fencing prior to opening the state-owned portion of the property to the public for full time use later this year.

    "We are confident that the nearly decade-long clean-up of the plant has been thorough and complete," said DNR Secretary's Director, Mark Aquino. "This is above and beyond our normal and routine cleanup practices and will provide an extra level of assurance that we, and the Army, haven't missed anything.

    "The Army and its contractors have done a remarkable job removing buildings, cleaning up soil contamination, closing landfills and addressing groundwater contamination," added Aquino. "DNR will continue to oversee and direct groundwater monitoring for as long as deemed necessary to protect resources and area wells."

    For more information on the Sauk Prairie Recreation Area visit dnr.wi.gov and search for Sauk Prairie Recreation Area.

    Last Revised: Thursday, March 26, 2015