Steve Leonard, Executive Director of The Ridges Sanctuary in Baileys Harbor, will be the guest speaker at the April 11meeting of the Northern Door Breakfast Rotary, at 7:30 am, in Baileys Harbor at Bjorklunden.
At the end of October, 2011, The Ridges Sanctuary purchased the Sandpiper Restaurant property on Hwy 57 in Baileys Harbor. However, through an environmental investigation of the site in 2010, it was discovered that there had been some soil contamination as a result of the fish boils which had been held on the property for many years.
Although this was an unexpected turn of events, the truly surprising thing was that neither party walked away from the situation. Instead, what followed was a coordinated effort by The Ridges and Sandpiper owner Donn Valenti to accurately assess the level of contamination and then to work toward a solution. Together with geologist Roger Kuhns, the DNR, Omni Professional Environmental Associates, a private company which specializes in environmental clean-up, and The Boldt Company, The Ridges formulated a remediation plan which was satisfactory to all parties, enabling the organization to proceed with the land purchase.
“What grew out of this process was a community problem-solving model for dealing with situations like this,” says Steve Leonard, Executive Director of The Ridges. “Credit has to go to Donn Valenti and The Ridges board for handling a difficult situation in a very professional manner. We’re eager to share our findings and our solution with the community and pleased that Rotary has given us this opportunity.”
As part of the April 11 presentation, Leonard will discuss his experiences with the Sandpiper site and review the plan which has been put in place to remediate the soil. Representatives from Omni Professional Environmental Associates will also be present to answer questions.
For more information, contact The Ridges Sanctuary, 920.839.2802.