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Nahant Marsh Capital Campaign Exceeds the Goal

Despite the pandemic, a capital campaign for Nahant Marsh in Davenport has ended successfully. It began in 2019 with a goal of 3.7 million dollars, and it ended in January with a total of 4.2 million.

Executive Director Brian Ritter says that extra half a million dollars will be very helpful.

"We actually needed to exceed our goal because as everybody knows building prices have shot up over the last two years and that'll provide a buffer that'll allow us to achieve what we set out to do."

The money will help buy more land around the Marsh to be restored and act as a buffer with neighboring properties, it will pay for more trails, and it will pay for a new building that'll have offices, a classroom and lab, and storage.

Ritter says ground could be broken in the spring, with completion possible next fall.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois. While a graduate student in the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois at Springfield (then known as Sangamon State University), he got his first taste of public radio, covering Illinois state government for WUIS. Here in the Quad Cities, Herb worked for WHBF Radio before coming to WVIK in 1987. Herb also produces the weekly public affairs feature Midwest Week – covering the news behind the news by interviewing reporters about the stories they cover.