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).
A big THANK YOU! to Deschutes Brewery, Wirtz Beverage Wisconsin, The Rumpus Room and all of our dedicated volunteers that came out to the Lincoln Creek cleanup this past Saturday.
Not only did we have a great time and enjoyed the refreshments and food, but the group worked hard and did a fantastic job cleaning up the river and shore. Many large objects were removed, including three bikes, countless shopping carts and an electrical box! We are always amazed by the things we find during our river cleanups. Very satisfying. View photos of the event here.
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.
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.
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.
We are excited to announce that our new Executive Director, Jennifer Bolger Breceda, is now on board.
Jennifer is thrilled to be joining Milwaukee Riverkeeper and the many dedicated advocates who work so tirelessly to protect our Milwaukee River Basin. Prior to becoming the new Executive Director, she served on the board of directors for Milwaukee Riverkeeper.
She has been active in environmental, charitable and service organizations since before her undergraduate days and has always strived to be an advocate for the environment, which is why she went to law school and pursued a focus on environmental law.
Milwaukee Riverkeeper and and 12 other organizations sent a letter to Members of Congress outlining the immediate actions we support to address the threat of aquatic invasive species transfer between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Basin.
Milwaukee Riverkeeper would like to thank all of our generous sponsors and donors who supported the 2014 Spring River Cleanup. This event would not be possible without you. Together, we are making our water cleaner, our riverbanks free of trash and debris, and our community aware of the beautiful rivers and streams that surround us! View all of our sponsors here.
Over 3,500 volunteers braved the windy and cool weather on Saturday, April 26th for our 19th annual Spring River Cleanup. Volunteers picked up over 7,500 bags of trash at 50 sites along the Milwaukee, Menomonee, and Kinnickinnic Rivers and their tributaries!
Thanks to everyone who has sent us pictures of the event. You can find them all on our flickr account. If you have some photos to share, please email them to us! You can also find ones others have shared on our Facebook. The Journal Sentinel did a nice video on the cleanup, which you can see below!