2016 Secretary’s Director Award

2016 Secretary’s Director Award

Menekaunee Harbor, Marinette, Wisconsin

Robert E. Lee & Associates was honored to receive a 2016 Secretary’s Director Award for efforts in restoring the Menekaunee Harbor District in Marinette, Wisconsin.  Menekaunee Harbor was one of only three projects awarded in 2016.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ recognizes partners and businesses in the state that go the extra mile in helping the WDNR succeed in their mission. Nominations are made by WDNR staff that have worked on extraordinary projects, REL and the City of Marinette were presented with the award for helping make the dream of a revitalized Menekaunee Harbor a reality. Staff across every department of REL and REL’s ecological division, NES Ecological Services, assisted in completing this impressive project.

Menekaunee Harbor is a 13acre natural embayment of the Menominee River.  Pollutant-contained sediment accumulated over years within the harbor as a result of upstream, heavy-industrial manufacturing practices and non-point pollutant storm water run-off.  These pollutants contribute to impairments, such as restrictions on fish and wildlife consumption and loss of fish and wildlife habitat.

REL administered and oversaw the dredging of the Menekaunee Harbor Improvement project that dredged the harbor to a navigable depth of eight feet during low lake levels.  Dredged spoils removed from the harbor by both mechanical and hydraulic methods totaled over 70,000 cubic yards that were either deposited at the landfill, a suitable containment site, or used as beneficial reuse material within the harbor.

NES developed an ecological restoration plan of Menekaunee Harbor, which restored native vegetation and habitat.  It restored habitats for use by native fish species that historically utilize the harbor, established healthy and diverse native vegetation communities, and restored wetland and upland habitat for use by invertebrates, amphibians, reptiles, mammals, and birds.

Wetland Ecologist Job Opening

NES Ecological Services, A Division of Robert E. Lee & Associates, Inc., is an established natural resources consulting firm located in the Green Bay, Wisconsin area that specializes in wetland delineations and permitting as well as native habitat restoration.  We are currently seeking a Wetland Ecologist who will be part of a team that performs wetland related work throughout Wisconsin.  Qualified applicants will have 5+ years of experience performing wetland delineations following Army Corps of Engineers and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources guidelines, as well as experience conducting functional value assessments, permit writing, and mitigation planning and design.  A thorough knowledge of wetland ecology principles, Wisconsin/Midwestern flora and fauna, and hydric soil classification skills are a must.  Applicants will need strong written and verbal communication skills, have the ability to work on several ongoing projects at one time, and be willing to work long hours under a variety of environmental conditions.  Occasional travel will be required.


Qualified candidates will possess a M.S. in Botany, Environmental Science, Ecology, Biology, or a Natural Resource field; however, applicants with a B.S. will be considered if it is shown that they have the experience and qualifications required of the position.  Well qualified individuals will be familiar with and have experience independantly operating GPS equipment, GIS software, and various Microsoft Office programs.  In addition to conducting wetland related work, canidates will be asked to participate in the implementation of restoration projects, including native plantings, mowing, brush-cutting, etc.  Ecological skills, a positive attitude, and good client relations will allow the successful applicant to continue their professional development while employed at NES.


Interested candidates should send a cover letter detailing their interest in natural resources, a resumé, transcript(s), salary expectations, and three references by February 14, 2015 to:


James Havel – Division Manager

NES Ecological Services

1250 Centennial Centre Boulevard

Hobart, WI 54155

E-mail: [email protected]

Phone: 920-499-5789

Fax: 920-662-9141


An Equal Employment Opportunity employer


Midwest Renewable Energy Fair

NES will be hosting a booth at the Midwest Renewable Energy Fair in Custer, WI this Friday June 20 – Sunday June 22.  Troy, our Southern District Manager will also be giving a talk on Friday morning titled “Reduce Your Carbon Footprint—Restoring Your Landscape with Native Plants.”

Check out the Energy Fair Website for more information:


Please stop by our booth and say hi!

Sheboygan River Area of Concern Habitat Restoration Named 2014 APWA National Project of the Year

The Sheboygan River Area of Concern Habitat Restoration led by SEH has been named the 2014 American Public Works Association National Project of the Year.  NES assisted with the design of bird habitat restoration areas within the AOC. 

Wisconsin Prescribed Fire Council Press Release

WPFC Spring 2014 Press Release

Sheboygan River AOC Habitat Restoration Named 2014 APWA Wisconsin – Project of the Year

The Sheboygan River Area of Concern Habitat Restoration led by SEH has been named the 2014 American Public Works Association Wisconsin Chapter – Project of the Year.  NES assisted with the design of bird habitat restoration areas within the AOC.  The project is being submitted to the National APWA Project of the Year competition.

Fox-Wolf Watershed Alliance Conference

NES will be hosting a booth at the Fox-Wolf Watershed Alliance Conference in Neenah, Wisconsin on March 4 & 5. 

Click here for conference information.

World Wetlands Day

Sunday, February 2 is World Wetlands Day!

NASECA-WI Annual Conference

Troy will be attending the North American Stormwater and Erosion Control Association – Wisconsin Chapter Annual Conference in Madison, Wisconsin, February 5 & 6.

Click here to go to the conference web site.

Answers to Energy Eco Expo and WPT Garden Expo

James will be hosting our booth at the Answers to Energy Eco Expo in Green Bay on Saturday February 8.  He will also be giving a talk  called “Reducing Your Carbon Footprint – Plant Native Vegetation”.  Please check back here for the schedule.

Click here to go to the Answers to Energy Eco Expo website.

Troy and Kate will be hosting our booth at the Wisconsin Public Television Garden Expo in Madison, February 7-9.

Click here to go to the WPT Garden Expo website.

Please stop by our booths and say hi!