Fund For Lake Michigan

Underwood Creek Downtown Daylighting Project

  • Grant Recipient: Village of Elm Grove
  • Amount: $200,000
  • Year: 2017
  • Watershed: Menomonee River
  • Focus Area: Stream Restoration

This challenge grant supports the Village of Elm Grove’s plans to daylight and restore a 900-foot stretch of Underwood Creek, which currently runs under a large parking lot in the downtown and is completely enclosed in a concrete box culvert. The covered creek is completely devoid of habitat, vegetation, and floodplain functions and blocks fish migration to the 5,000+ acre upstream watershed. This restoration would have significant water quality and habitat benefits and is key to making the entire watershed biologically accessible to Lake Michigan.

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