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Posted 9/20/2016

Release no. 16-001

Jacqueline Tate
513-265-7057 (cell)

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Detroit District has awarded a $10.95 million contract to Michels Corporation of Montgomery, Ill. to restore aquatic habitat in the downstream portion of Underwood Creek in Wauwatosa, Wis.   

The project will restore natural habitat along approximately 4,400 linear feet of Underwood Creek starting at the confluence with the Menomonee River.  This restoration work meets the goals of a wide array of project partners including Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR).

The project is being executed through an Interagency Agreement between the EPA and the Corps of Engineers with funding provided through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

“This has been the culmination of a great partnership between USACE, MMSD, and the EPA,” said Paul Powell, USACE Project Manager.  “This project is the culmination of years of study and design in a narrow and hydraulically challenging concrete-lined channel.”

“MMSD has a long-standing relationship with USACE, participating in numerous feasibility studies and now a second ecosystem restoration construction project.  The Underwood Creek is an important restoration project that will increase the habitat values while maintaining flood flows along the creek,” said Kevin Shafer, MMSD Executive Director.  “MMSD looks forward to partnering with the Corps on future projects to restore habitats and ecosystems in a similar manner.”

The proposed project will focus on providing fish passage and aquatic habitat, restoring wetlands, and establishment of native plant communities. 

The contractor will begin work this fall and have the construction substantially complete by the spring of 2018.