Throughout 2011 and 2012, Milwaukee Riverkeeper staff and volunteers identified and assessed over 382 potential fish passage impediments in the 136 square mile Menomonee River Watershed. With this data, we hope to work with municipalities and counties to devise plans to address these barriers over time. MMSD is already moving forward with removing five priority fish passage barriers in the lower Menomonee. View the entire report along with maps and data sheets for each barrier.
Last week was a busy for Milwaukee Riverkeeper with both our annual fall gathering and our fall Kinnininnick neighborhood cleanup. Thanks to all of you who joined us for these events. We appreciate your support.
Milwaukee Riverkeeper is celebrating another year of protecting and improving water quality and wildlife habitat in the Milwaukee, Menomonee, and Kinnickinnic River Watersheds.
At the annual celebration Milwaukee Riverkeeper will be awarding the 2013 River Hero awards. River heroes are individuals and groups who have made significant contributions to the health of the Milwaukee River Basin. These year’s awardees are Menomonee Valley Partners, Rotary Club of Milwaukee, Inc., and Urban Ecology Center.
Milwaukee was filled with Great Lakes advocates this week at the 2013 Healing Our Waters - Great Lakes Coalition’s Annual Conference. Healing Our Waters (HOW) consists of more than 125 environmental, conservation, and recreation organizations that have a common goal to restore and protect the Great Lakes. Milwaukee Riverkeeper participated on a panel and led a field trip for participants!
Waukesha Freeman 9/12/13:
Panel: Waukesha’s water application will be challenged in federal court Barrett says other states will question service area
MILWAUKEE – Even if the other Great Lakes governors accept that Waukesha needs a new water source, they’ll have big questions about the city’s water service area, and the application will almost certainly be challenged in federal court, predicted three members of a panel at a breakaway session on Waukesha’s quest for Lake Michigan water during the Great Lakes Coalition’s 9th annual Great Lakes Restoration Conference.
At Great Lakes Week, the U.S. EPA announced a new 2013 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grantthat will go to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to fund several assessment projects aimed at better characterizing and addressing beneficial use impairments in the Milwaukee Estuary that keep us from fully using it for fishing, swimming, and other activities. This grant will also partially fund an important bacteria monitoring effort by Milwaukee Riverkeeper and the McClellan lab at the UWM-School of Freshwater Sciences to better characterize human bacteria contamination of stormwater discharge into local rivers, including better understanding how much of the bacteria load in the river is from human sources (versus wildlife or other sources).
From basement backups to beach closures, polluted runoff can have big costs for communities.
When it rains in cities or suburban areas with lots of roads and rooftops, rainwater is unable to soak into the ground. Instead, it begins to rapidly accumulate and flows quickly along the surface where it picks up sediment, pesticides, oil, or heavy metals. The polluted urban runoff flows into storm drains where it is discharged untreated into local rivers and lakes. In cities with combined sewer systems, runoff can cause sewage overflows – sending untreated sewage into local waters.
Mequon Now author Michael Meidenbauer wrote a great article on the status of the Mequon River Club's efforts to develop a 42 acre parcel, which is protected by an open space easement. Development of the site would compromise the water filtration lot provides through its dense vegetation and soils, and would decrease water quality downstream.
Milwaukee Riverkeeper announces an opening for the position of Executive Director. The successful candidate will report directly to the Board of Directors and will provide leadership and management to all aspects of the organization. Interested applicants should submit all materials by 9:00 AM, Monday, September 9.
This is a terrific opportunity and we hope you will help us spread the word by forwarding this Executive Director announcement on to your personal and professional networks.
In 2009, after 7 years, countless hearings and over 50,000 public comments, the WDNR updated our state shoreland zoning rules that set minimum setbacks for development from river and lake shorelines as well as standards for how much of a site can be disturbed and "paved over" to protect water quality. The current rules are not perfect, but balanced feedback from a diversity of stakeholders, and included some exceptions for incorporated and historically developed areas, including all of Milwaukee County. These shoreland rules are vital to protecting aesthetic beauty, water quality, and wildlife habitat, as well as our $8-12 Billion water-based tourism industry. WDNR is proposing new rules that will roll back many of these hard-fought water quality protections.