Fund For Lake Michigan

Wetland Restoration

A return to the original landscape reduces flooding and filters run off

By supporting wetland restorations, we help communities clean their water and prevent flooding naturally. Wetlands have disappeared from the region as farmers drained low-lying areas for planting crops. This allowed floodwaters and farm runoff to flow downstream into the lake. But in the City of Mequon, where farms and residential areas are close neighbors, the Mequon Nature Preserve has been restoring nearly a square mile of former farmland back to native wetland and hardwood forest. We are supporting their efforts to remove invasive species from the forest and bring back the wetland, which will reduce flooding in the nearby neighborhoods and waterways and filter runoff from surrounding farms. All these efforts can help to reduce the dangerous and unsightly algal blooms that can make the lake off-limits for recreation.