09/19/2018- A new feature at Runnoe Park in Marinette may not add to the area’s recreational value, but it will help protect one of Marinette County’s most precious resources. Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors approved entering into an agreement with Tyco to grant the company access to a parcel of land within the park near the UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus for the placement of an interim action system that will filter PFAS contamination from water running through a ditch there before it reaches the bay of Green Bay. Chris Behrend is a Senior Program Manager with Tyco. He says while there are currently no federal standards for this type of contamination in ditch water, the water running through the area under question tested particularly high for PFAS coming from the Fire Technology Center in Marinette.
The agreement would initially allow Tyco access to the property for five years, though Behrend says an extension may be considered if continued remediation efforts are necessary.
The interim action system will stand 8 to 10- feet tall and will be surrounded by a wooden fence. Tyco would assume all liabilities and costs of the project and will perform beautification work in the area following the conclusion of the work. In addition, the company will pay the county two-thousand-dollars annually for use of the land.