Ribbon-cutting: USACE, U.S. EPA, Village of Mt. Pleasant, Wis. celebrate Pike River Ecosystem Restoration Project completion

Published April 22, 2016

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. ###

Jeff Hawk

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