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Project Opens 37 Miles of River for Lake Michigan Fish

After a long,cold winter and wet spring, flows in the Menomonee River have dropped enough to allow workers to continue removing concrete in a 1,000 foot stretch in Milwaukee.  Pumps route river water around the construction area through two large pipelines that send the water back into the river downstream of the construction.  Until recently, flows in the river were too high for the pumps to handle.

Once the concrete is removed and improvements made, fish from Lake Michigan will be able to migrate 37 miles further north on the Menomonee River, opening up new fishing spots and recreation.  The project was made possible thanks to a $1.1 million grant from the President’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) and additional funding and resources from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD).

Click here for more information and a video on the project.

Menomonee River