The Daily Reporter reported that a failed sewer pipe was responsible for creating a sinkhole on Locust Street in Milwaukee. It's one more reason to make sure our sewer infrastructure is well-maintained.
Milwaukee Riverkeeper speaks for the rivers, and we believe that removal of the dam would have the greatest positive impacts on river ecology, flood management, water quality, sediment management, fish and aquatic life, terrestrial wildlife, and recreation. Dam removal will help us reach our vision of restoring the natural and wild aspect of the Milwaukee River for current and future generations. We believe that the ecological health restored by a free flowing river is of higher long term value than maintaining the current impoundment created by the dam.
We are recruiting volunteers to monitor water quality within the Kinnickinnic River, Menomonee River, and Milwaukee River watersheds. Milwaukee Riverkeeper has been actively monitoring sites since 2006 and is continuing to expand our initiative to protect our rivers.
Milwaukee Riverkeeper is honored to have been selected as one of eight finalists in the new River Network-MillerCoors Watershed Protection Grant Contest. The public can now vote on which organizations will receive a $10,000 grant for river restoration work. We need your help to make sure that Milwaukee Riverkeeper wins one of the four grants! The funding will go towards training and equipping o
This past Wednesday, the Wisconsin Senate Committee on the Environment held a hearing on SB 5—called the Clean Lakes bill—that prohibits the display, sale, and use of lawn fertilizer containing phosphorus, with certain reasonable exceptions. Milwaukee Riverkeeper sent a letter supporting that bill, which was read in part at the hearing by our colleagues at River Alliance of Wisconsin. The Senate Committee voted in favor of the legislation, and a House Committee voted in favor of companion legislation (AB 3) on the same day.
Milwaukee Riverkeeper has been chosen as one of six charities to participate in the Change for Charity program at Bayshore Town Center. During the months of January and February of 2009, all money collected in mall parking meters will be donated to our organization. That means that you have sixteen more days to get to the mall and support Milwaukee Riverkeeper!
Bayshore Town Center is at 5800 N. Bayshore Drive in Glendale.
Milwaukee Riverkeeper held its first Gallery Night on Friday to show the entries from our Arts and Rivers Contest. The contest was envisioned and funded by Shirley Jeffrey, a long-time friend of Milwaukee Riverkeeper and an accomplished photographer of local rivers. On Friday night over 100 guests came to enjoy the show and celebrate the rivers as seen through the eyes of local artists.
The City of Waukesha shared their water diversion proposal with members of the environmental and conservation community in November. Waukesha is proposing to ask for 24 million gallons per day of Great Lakes water, and it appears that their preferred route to return this water to the Great Lakes will be Underwood Creek. Milwaukee Riverkeeper has concerns about effects that such a diversion might have on water quality, flooding, aquatic life, and stream stability.