Help Us Remove the Deadbeat Estabrook Dam!

August 26, 2014

-Attend the public hearing.

-Call and write all the supervisors.

-Submit comments on the EA via Survey Monkey.  

Milwaukee County’s Public Information Meeting on the draft Environmental Assessment

Wednesday, September 3, 2014,
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Nicolet HS (Cafeteria)

Read facts about the Estabrook Dam and more ways you can help!

Join us for a screening of DamNation!

August 13, 2014

Oriental Theatre
Monday, August 25th - 7:00pm
Buy tickets ($7)! 

DamNation is a movie produced by Patagonia that explores the sea change in our national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of our rivers. Where obsolete dams come down, rivers bound back to life, giving salmon and other wild fish the right of return to primeval spawning grounds, after decades without access. Ticket sales benefit Milwaukee Riverkeeper.

Milwaukee Riverkeeper is bringing this movie to Milwaukee as part of our fight to remove the Estabrook Dam.

Are you a Milwaukee Riverkeeper member?

August 12, 2014

Every dollar you donate to Milwaukee Riverkeeper goes directly to our work of restoring streambanks, identifying pollution and fighting for strong policies and enforcement of laws to keep our waterways clean. If you already are a member- thank you. If not please consider joining today.

Announcing 2014 Arts and Rivers Contest

August 12, 2014

Milwaukee Riverkeeper is proud to announce its 2014 Arts and Rivers Contest. To celebrate our rivers, we are seeking visual works that convey the beauty and importance of our waterways in an artistically meaningful way. Content of the work must connect in some way to the Kinnickinnic, Menomonee, and/or Milwaukee rivers.

We encourage both amateur and professional artists to submit works of any visual medium: photography, painting, mixed medium, etc.

WDNR Proposes “Emergency” Rules to gut Wisconsin Environmental Protection Act

August 12, 2014
On Wednesday, August 13 in Hayward, Wisconsin, the Secretary of the WDNR will ask the state Natural Resources Board to decide on “emergency” rules to amend NR 150, which are rules that implement the Wisconsin Environmental Protection Act. Interestingly, policy makers and the public spent the last several years commenting on proposed changes to these administrative rules, which were only finalized last April.

Now, the WDNR Secretary has declared that there is an emergency that justifies making changes to these rules, making it harder for citizens to request an environmental analysis of activities that may have a significant public health or environmental impact, such as frac sand mining, spreading factory farm manure or water diversions. This rule change would also reduce public oversight of the WDNR’s environmental review process that is so important to protecting our lands and waters. 

Clarifying the Clean Water Act

July 23, 2014
A new proposed rule under the Clean Water Act (CWA) would clarify which waters are included as “Waters of the U.S.” under the CWA and subject to regulation under CWA programs, such as permitting for pollutant discharge, dredging or deposit of fill material in waterways, as well as oil spill prevention.

Deschutes Brewery River Cleanup

July 14, 2014

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.

Sniffing Out Sewage in Stormwater

June 27, 2014

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.

Estabrook Dam - A Discussion of Alternatives

June 12, 2014

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.

More information and public comment form available here. Public comments will be accepted through Saturday, June 14.

Read Milwaukee Riverkeeper's comments below. 

Rivers Reborn Series

June 11, 2014

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.

Rivers Rebourn | A Special Report
Photo by Michael Sears

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