Milwaukee Riverkeeper is a member of America’s Great Waters Coalition (AGWC) which is an alliance of national, regional, state and local organizations working to protect, preserve and restore our nation's Great Waters. Recently, in response to a new draft rule of law under the Clean Water Act (CWA), AGWC submitted a comment letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Come and join us as we welcome Deschutes Brewery, from Bend, Oregon, to Wisconsin. Deschutes is now distributing beer in Wisconsin and they are partnering with us to do a river cleanup and “Welcome to Wisconsin” party to kick off their new venture!
The cleanup take place at Meaux Park along Lincoln Creek and will last from 10-12 and will be followed with a free lunch to thank all of the volunteers catered by The Rumpus Room with free beer from Deschutes Brewery!
Last week, we took to the streets with a very special “canine sewage detector,” Sable, a German Shepherd mix, who sniffs out human sewage leaking into our storm sewers. Established in 2009, Environmental Canine Services is a consulting company specializing in improving water quality through innovative methods. Their scent trained canines provide rapid screening source tracking for human fecal contamination in stormwater, lakes, rivers, and streams.
Over the span of two days, Milwaukee Riverkeeper, Environmental Canine Services, UWM School of Freshwater Science, MMSD, and United States Geological Survey (USGS) tracked six sewer lines which had stormwater outfalls that previously had tested positive for human fecal contamination. These outfalls discharge straight into the Kinnickinnic and Menomonee Rivers.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel did a wonderful 4-day series on our rivers. The articles highlight our progress, problems, and possibilities of reaching our goal of clean fishable, swimmable waterways! Read the entire series below.
Milwaukee County is preparing an environmental assessment regarding the dam to meet state and federal requirements. The assessment requires the County to address alternatives to the dam to determine the most environmentally sound project. Alternatives under consideration include rehabilitating the dam, removal of the dam, and a rock ramp to provide an impoundment in lieu of a dam. Provisions for a fish passage are also under consideration.