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The Kinnickinnic River Watershed Story

07/22/20 07:00:am

Navigate the History of the Kinnickinnic River Watershed Flood Management Through an Interactive Storyboard

Naturally flowing rivers and streams improve water quality while adding to neighbors’ quality-of-life. The Kinnickinnic River and its tributaries, comprising the Kinnickinnic River Watershed, were once naturally flowing and tree-lined, with springs, fishing holes, and abundant with wildlife.

The Kinnickinnic River Watershed is 25 square miles and entirely within Milwaukee County.  Within the watershed, there are over 660 residential or commercial structures that lie within the “100-year floodplain. There’s a 1% chance annually that this area will experience a significant flood—that’s a 26% chance over the span of a 30-year mortgage.


Learn about the Kinnickinnic River Watershed's history, progress, and active flood management projects through our interactive story map.


Problem

Decades-old solutions to address flooding in this area have proven to be ineffective and sometimes even dangerous. More than 660 homes and businesses are currently located within the 100-year floodplain and are at a high risk of flooding.

Solution

The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD), along with several government and non-government agencies and organizations, are addressing the problem through The Kinnickinnic River Watershed Flood Management Plan. This multi-phase plan reduces the risk of flooding, improves water quality and benefits communities through a number of improvements.

Learn about the Kinnickinnic River Watershed's history, progress, and highlighted flood management projects through our interactive story map.

 

 

Kinnickinnic River Watershed Flood Management Active Projects:

Pulaski Park on the Kinnickinnic River, Milwaukee WI

Pulaski Park

Wilson Park Creek in Milwaukee, WI

Jackson Park

Jackson Park on the Kinnickinnic River in Milwaukee WI

Wilson Park Creek Reach 3

The removal of the concrete lining and restoring the Kinnickinnic River to a natural stream in Pulaski Park is complete! The Pulaski Park project will reduce neighborhood flooding and improve public safety by slowing down the river in the park.

The agreement between Milwaukee County and MMSD for the Kinnickinnic River Flood Management Project in Jackson Park has been signed and is moving forward! The agreement is based on a preferred alternative, the Hybrid Site Plan, which has been developed through the public involvement process.  

The Wilson Park Creek Reach 3 project is one part of a larger Kinnickinnic River Watershed Flood Management Plan, with the goal of reducing flood risk, improving public safety, improving riparian and aquatic habitat, and enhancing stream channel aesthetics.