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.
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.