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Contact(s): Dan Baumann, Secretary's Director for western Wisconsin, 715-839-3722
November 7, 2017

LA CROSSE, Wis. -- A contractor that has won accolades for environmental work across Wisconsin -- as well as an innovative solution to barge congestion on the Mississippi River -- is the recipient of a Department of Natural Resources 2017 Secretary's Director Award.

J.F. Brennan Company, specializing in marine construction and environmental remediation, has worked all across Wisconsin, performing dredging, island restoration, dam and bridge repairs, and recently, extensive PCB remediation on the lower Fox River at Green Bay.

Brennan Marine is a sister company that provides barge management and transportation and vessel repair services on the Mississippi river. Both companies, with a history dating to 1919, are headquartered in La Crosse. Both have been tremendous assets in restoring and protecting natural resources, DNR officials said.

"From field staff to company managers, everyone at Brennan demonstrates the highest commitment to environmental integrity, communication and partnering," said Dan Baumann, DNR Secretary's Director for western Wisconsin. "It's part of the company's culture, its DNA."

Secretary's Director awards recognize an individual, company or organization that has been an outstanding partner with DNR in advancing the agency's mission.

Many of the projects Brennan works on each year directly enhance Wisconsin's water resources and help to advance DNR's mission.

Brennan Marine was instrumental in solving problems with barge traffic on the Mississippi, finding solutions that improved both commercial and recreational navigation on the river while protecting shoreline habitats. The company also has reached out with educational efforts to minimize conflicts and improve safety on the river. Moreover, Brennan Marine has participated in education workshops for teachers at multiple locations along the river, putting a human face on the commercial navigation industry.

J.F. Brennan Company has performed more than 14 restoration projects on the Mississippi, both in and adjacent to Wisconsin waters, restoring more than 12,000 acres of habitat for fish and wildlife. DNR staff said Brennan has set a benchmark for stewardship, partnership and professionalism in this field. Innovations designed by Brennan's skilled employees have advanced project planning, design and success.

For the past 12 years, 200 miles to the east, Brennan has been an invaluable partner in the historic cleanup of PCB-contaminated sediments from the Fox River, the largest such cleanup ever attempted in America.

"Brennan has a history of developing effective approaches to sediment remediation that many other consultants and contractors said could not be done," said Beth Olson, Wisconsin's project manager for oversight of the Lower Fox River PCB Cleanup Project.

DNR officials will present the award at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, at the Brennan office on French Island in La Crosse.

Last Revised: Tuesday, November 07, 2017

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