Ribbon-cutting: USACE, U.S. EPA, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District celebrate the Menomonee River Ecosystem Restoration Project completion

Published April 22, 2016

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, Wis.

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. ###

Jeff Hawk, USACE
Steve Jacquart, MMSD

Release no. 042116-002