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“In the middle of construction the State Historic Preservation Office said we had to hold off on part of the living shoreline until we really know if the Scottish Chief is there or not,” said Karla Price, City landscape architect. The living shoreline was being established in front of a seawall to break wave action and improve habitat and water quality. Ash hired a marine archaeology firm to conduct a sonar scan and dive the site, which turned out to be a marine railway, not the Scottish Chief. The sunken wreckage is two parallel lines of built-up timbers that run from offshore to the riverbank. Ships would be positioned between the parallel timbers and hauled up on land for repairs. “Some people were certain it was the Scottish Chief, but they never went all the way through to having an archaeological diver involved,” Ash said. “It was a relief for everybody 4│ TRENDS that it wasn’t the Scottish Chief. It certainly opened up more options for waterfront usage by the City.” Other issues included removing nearly 2 feet of contaminated soil throughout the site and protecting a spring where manatees come to drink the fresh water and bask in its 72-degree waters during winter. More than 20 agencies and interested parties were involved in the permitting, ranging from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and compromise was crucial. For example, the original design called for 15 boat slips; only three were approved. “We were able to get those only because of Jan being persistent and being able to modify plans to address their concerns,” Price said. “We worked very hard at bringing all the agencies together to work on the permitting,” Ash said. “If it hadn’t been for collaboration and working with the multiple agencies, we wouldn’t have gotten as far as we did. The City was very, very flexible – they rolled with the punches very well.” One Project, Many Goals Carson Park in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, is the crown jewel of the city’s park system. This 134-acre park is on a peninsula surrounded by Half Moon Lake. Only two entrances provide access, and one is over a narrow, structurally deficient, and functionally obsolete bridge and causeway. This summer, the old structure is coming out. What’s going in will be much more than a simple bridge. “We want to not just make a gateway but also create an extension of the park,” said Dave Solberg, city engineer. “We want to have activity along the causeway – lookouts, fishing piers, places to carry a kayak or canoe down to the lake. We are trying to improve transportation facilities and recreational opportunities.”