Who: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency, and the Village of Mt. Pleasant, Wisconsin.
What: Ribbon-cutting ceremony with agency and village
officials and local representatives.
When: 2-4:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Where: Project site -- 7440 County Line Road, Mount
Pleasant, WI 53403
Media interviews and a tour of the project will be
available after the formal ceremony.
Project Information: The Pike River Ecosystem
Restoration Project is located in the Village of Mt Pleasant approximately 4
miles west of Racine, Wisconsin and approximately 20 miles south-southwest of
Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Upper Pike River is a rapidly urbanizing watershed
with substantial urban and agricultural lands. The river exhibits flashy and
powerful discharges with significant aggradations and degradation of the
streambed and the surrounding wetlands. Bank stability is low and there is high
potential for erosion events during high flow conditions. The purpose of the
project is to restore approximately 1 mile of river through natural stream
features (meanders, shelter areas, and deep riffle pool complexes), prairie and
wetlands in selected reaches; to enhance aquatic habitat; and to improve
overall water quality.
Project Funding: The funding for the $5.7-million
Pike River Ecosystem Restoration Project is a 65-percent Federal, 35-percent
Village of Mt. Pleasant cost share. The Federal portion is funded through the
Environmental Protection Agency’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI), the largest investment in
the Great Lakes in two decades. Federal agencies use GLRI resources to
strategically target the biggest threats to the Great Lakes ecosystem and to
accelerate progress toward long term goals. Combining GLRI resources with
agency base budgets, the Army Corps and other Federal agencies work with non-federal
partners to implement protection and restoration projects. ###
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