Public Meeting Alert: Little Menomonee River Parkway Habitat Restoration - August 18

Something wild is coming to the LIttle Menomonee River! Learn how Milwaukee County Parks and the Waterway Restoration Partnership are revitalizing this special natural area. Join us on Wednesday, August 18, 2021 @ 5:30-7:30 pm for the first in a series of meetings about exciting projects that are helping restore habitat for fish and wildlife across the county!

Three Festivals Unite - September 19

Harbor Fest, Sturgeon Fest, and the Milwaukee Boat Parade will be a three-in-one extravaganza this year! Celebrate and appreciate Milwaukee’s waterways through art, fish, ships, and water itself. Learn about the businesses in the Harbor District, watch the Milwaukee Boat Parade, release a baby sturgeon, and enjoy all the activities exhibitors have to offer.

This festival is happening on September 19th from 11am – 4pm outside of the UW-Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences at 600 E. Greenfield Avenue.
Remedial Action Plan Progress Summary Now Available

The final Milwaukee Estuary Area of Concern (AOC) Remedial Action Plan Progress Summary is now available, which includes public comments that the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources received on the draft that was shared this past spring. The final document is available on the DNR’s website.

It shares the progress made from May through December 2020 on specific actions or projects that are important for reaching our AOC pollution cleanup and restoration targets in the AOC and sets milestones for continued work in the year ahead.
Have You Seen These Boats?

Data are being collected to better understand the sediment contamination in the Milwaukee Estuary Area of Concern’s waterways. Starting August 1st, the boats shown above started sampling in the Kinnickinnic River, and this next week they will be sampling in the South Menomonee Canal, Milwaukee Bay, and Outer Harbor.
This sampling process will provide information about what harmful pollutants exist so we can figure out how best to safely clean up our waterways. 

Burnham Canal

The Burnham Canal, located on the south edge of the Menomonee Valley, is undergoing a complete restoration. The Burnham Canal is a dead zone in Milwaukee’s waterways. There is no current flowing through the waterway and virtually no wildlife in the area. This was caused by the big business boom of the late 1800’s in Milwaukee. The location was good for business, but horrible for the surrounding environment. Milwaukee is now converting this canal into a wetland to promote its beauty and to bring it back to life.

If you have questions about the Waterway Restoration Partnership or if you need information about the Milwaukee Estuary and ongoing projects, reach out to us at