Who: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency, and the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage
District (MMSD), City of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
What: Ribbon-cutting ceremony with agency and city officials
and local representatives.
When: 10-11 a.m., Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Where: 600 Block of 40th Street, Milwaukee,
Media interviews and a tour of the project will be
available after the formal ceremony.
Background: The Menomonee River Ecosystem Restoration
Project is located in the City of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It is within the
Milwaukee Estuary Area of Concern. Project boundaries start just upstream of
Wisconsin Avenue and end just downstream of Interstate Highway 94. The project
consists of the removal of 2,900
feet of concrete lined channel that was
built in the 1960s and the
placement of a natural riverbed that opens access to over 37 miles and 125 acres of high value upstream shallow water
emergent wetlands used for spawning by various listed fish species. The target
fish species for this project is the northern pike. Restoration will provide connectivity between previously restored
sections of the Menomonee River while reducing the risk of flooding.
Project Funding: The funding for the $6.3-million
Menomonee River Ecosystem Restoration Project is a 65-percent federal,
35-percent MMSD cost-share. The federal portion is funded through the
Environmental Protection Agency’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI). Federal agencies
use GLRI resources to strategically target the biggest threats to the Great
Lakes ecosystem and to accelerate progress toward long-term goal of delisting
AOCs. Combining GLRI resources with agency base budgets, the Army Corps and
other federal agencies work with nonfederal partners to implement protection
and restoration projects. ###
Release no. 042116-002