Kenosha County Division of Parks and Recreation received a grant as part of the Southeastern Wisconsin Coastal Resilience program to complete the third phase of a shoreline protection project at the Kemper Center, a cultural and recreational facility on Lake Michigan. The shoreline is currently a degraded revetment that has been routinely damaged and overtopped in recent years through a combination of coastal storms and high Lake Michigan water levels.
Kenosha County has been working in phases since 2017 on designs and specifications to rehabilitate the shore protection at the site. The current third phase advanced three main initiatives: (1) design improved stormwater management and site grading (2) site investigations to catalog existing armor stone on site that can be salvaged for reuse and (3) regulatory coordination with permitting agencies.
This phased approach has helped move the project forward by keeping it manageable and allowed various funding opportunities to be leveraged along the way. The result of this work is a set of shovel-ready design documents for shore protection and stormwater management that works together to reduce erosion, flooding and damage to infrastructure.
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