Fund For Lake Michigan

Root River Restoration Phase 2

The Root River Management Plan lays out specific goals and recommendations to improve the water quality and ecological health of the watershed. A specific goal within this plan is to convert Milwaukee County park leased agricultural land along the Root River Primary Environmental corridor to woodlands or wetlands. Converting these three agricultural fields from row-crops […]

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Milwaukee AOC Community Advisory Committee

Milwaukee is in the midst of its efforts to clean-up the Milwaukee Estuary Area of Concern (AOC), bringing together federal, state, local, and community-based partners for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to address the legacy pollution that has impaired Milwaukee’s waterways for decades. The Community Advisory Committee will build support for the many beneficial projects that will […]

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Menomonee River Trash Prevention Program

The Materials Recovery Facility on the north banks of the Menomonee River processes 250 tons of residential recycling per day from Milwaukee and Waukesha households. Due to increases in recyclable materials from online ordering during the COVID-19 pandemic, more and more materials have found their way into the Menomonee River from the MRF. Local partners […]

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The Belonging Place Green Infrastructure

The Solomon Community Temple, located along Milwaukee’s historic Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, is working to better serve the Harambee neighborhood with the Belonging Place, a welcoming outdoor space for community food access, recreation, and gathering. Support from this grant will implement a pocket park featuring green infrastructure, walking paths, vegetable gardens, and native plantings […]

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Kewaskum Dam Fish Passage Feasibility Study

The Kewaskum Dam is one of the few remaining dams on the Milwaukee River, impeding the movement of native fish species to vital feeding and spawning habitat upstream. Milwaukee Riverkeeper will conduct a feasibility study of fish passage options for consideration by the Village of Kewaskum. The study will also look at options within River […]

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Clean Farm Families

The Clean Farm Families are a coalition of local farmers dedicated to improving soil health and water quality through regenerative agriculture. This support will allow the Clean Farm Families to establish conservation practice incentives which will provide cost-sharing to promote soil health practices like cover crops, low-disturbance manure application, green buffers, and rotational grazing. These […]

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Building Capacity to Expand Agricultural Conservation in the Fox-Wolf Basin

The Fox-Wolf Watershed Alliance’s new Soil Health Challenge will encourage farmers to practice holistic soil management and showcase their conservation achievements in a Farm Progress Report. These reports will model individual farm’s phosphorus and sediment runoff in the context of larger water quality goals for the Fox-Wolf Watershed. This will be coordinated with a new […]

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Building Municipal Green Streets Program Capacity

The City of Green Bay is developing a Green Streets program to address two key stormwater challenges: managing urban stormwater runoff quantity and reducing pollutant discharges to local waterways. This grant will support the construction of a section of permeable street in a residential neighborhood adjacent to the Fox River and the widely used  Fox […]

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The WATERshed Program

The WATERshed Program teaches students in Racine and Kenosha about the significance of living in a coastal community with freshwater resources and demonstrates how human activities impact the Root-Pike Watershed and Lake Michigan. Through hands-on activities, learners discover what’s going down storm drains and how it travels to rivers and lakes from their neighborhoods. Participants […]

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Mapping Harbor Habitat: Completion of Wisconsin’s Coastal Lake Michigan Harbors

Harbor Habitat Maps identify the diversity and location of existing fish foraging and spawning habitat in order to facilitate future projects that improve the overall ecosystem. Following the success of the project in other Wisconsin ports, the project will expand to Kenosha, Racine, Kewaunee, and Algoma to better understand species distribution throughout Lake Michigan. Maps […]

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