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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Natural Resources, City of Milwaukee and many other partners gathered to celebrate the nearly completed task of removing concrete from the Menomonee River in Milwaukee, a major barrier to migrating fish from Lake Michigan.


The entire project was split up into two sections with MMSD taking on the first stretch.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is completing the second stretch of concrete removal.
The Menomonee River Ecosystem Restoration Project is located in the City of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It is within the Milwaukee Estuary Area of Concern. Project boundaries start just upstream of Wisconsin Avenue and end just downstream of Interstate Highway 94. The project consists of the removal of 2,900 feet of concrete lined channel that was built in the 1960s and the placement of a natural riverbed that opens access to over 37 miles and 125 acres of high value upstream shallow water emergent wetlands used for spawning by various listed fish species. The target fish species for this project is the northern pike. Restoration will provide connectivity between previously restored sections of the Menomonee River while reducing the risk of flooding.

Project Funding: The funding for the $6.3-million Menomonee River Ecosystem Restoration Project is a 65-percent federal, 35-percent MMSD cost-share. The federal portion is funded through the Environmental Protection Agency’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI). Federal agencies use GLRI resources to strategically target the biggest threats to the Great Lakes ecosystem and to accelerate progress toward long-term goal of delisting AOCs. Combining GLRI resources with agency base budgets, the Army Corps and other federal agencies work with nonfederal partners to implement protection and restoration projects. ###