GREEN BAY – After six years of inadequate funding and record-breaking high water, Bay Beach could finally see swimmers on its shores by summer 2023.Photographs from 1930s and ’40s capture children jumping into the bay, all while a harmful tar-like material from gas plants along the East and Fox rivers discharged into Green Bay and Lake Michigan. The contaminants were so noxious, the city of Green Bay shuttered the beach in 1945. After the EPA classified Fox River a superfund site filled with 14 million yards of contaminated sediments, it seemed impossible that Bay Beach would ever be swimmable again.Progress has been slow but nonetheless moving.
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