Design our Cleanup T-Shirt!

February 10, 2015

Calling all artists! This year is Milwaukee Riverkeeper’s 20th Anniversary of the Spring River Cleanup! Milwaukee Riverkeeper is looking for talented artists to design a graphic for our 2015 Spring River Cleanup highlighting 20 years of keeping the Milwaukee River Basin a cleaner place for all.

Your artwork will be featured on 4000 volunteer t-shirts as well as all our posters, postcards, and social media. And it gets even better; we are also offering a $100 prize and our undying admiration for the winning design.

WisDOT

February 12, 2015

Milwaukee Riverkeeper submitted comments to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) on the draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the reconstruction of I-94 between 70th and 16th Streets. Our biggest concerns are that: the DEIS only considered expansion options (e.g. at grade or “double decker” options with differing alignments); did not consider transit options; failed to fully consider environmental justice impacts of highway expansion; and failed to adequately consider the direct, indirect, and cummulative impacts of this project on water quality and the environment, especially in combination with other projects at the Zoo and Marquette Interchanges.

Lincoln Park/Milwaukee River Dredging Update

February 12, 2015

Work to remove contaminated sediments from the Milwaukee River in Lincoln and Estabrook Parks is well underway! The sediment deposit just below the oxbows in Lincoln Park (deposit 3B-1 on attached figure) was completed at the end of January. Following the sediment removal, the wetland restoration and in water habitat (root wads and boulder clusters) were installed.

Flip Flop Applesauce

January 29, 2015

Dysfunction Around the Estabrook Dam Continues at Milwaukee County as Finance Committee Votes to Switch County Policy on Dam. Again.

This morning, Theo Lipscomb introduced an amendment to a 2015 capital improvement bonding resolution in front of the Finance Committee that would flip the policy of the County from removal to repair of the Estabrook Dam. This amendment was passed by the Finance Committee, 5-2 and will need to go to the full County Board of Supervisors next week at their regular meeting on Thursday, February 5 at 9:30 a.m. to become final. This is indicative of the nonsense and dysfunction around this issue perpetuated by a minority of Supervisors.

The Doctor Recommends a Low Salt Diet for Our Rivers

January 29, 2015

We are pleased that the City of Milwaukee is minimizing salt use this year both for the sake of the environment and to save money! You may have noticed that salting has been reduced on residential streets, and that salt is being mixed with sand on main streets to reduce salt usage, which is estimated at 1,200 tons per snow event. According to this Smithsonian article, more than 22 million tons of salt are scattered on the roads of the U.S. annually—about 137 pounds of salt for every American. Past reports have shown that Milwaukee County uses 8 times more salt on average than the rest of the State.

Riverkeeper supports the Waters of the US Rule

November 14, 2014

Earlier this year, the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers proposed draft rules that clarify when geographically isolated wetlands and headwater streams are protected under the federal Clean Water Act. The current uncertainty over which waters are protected (due to several controversial Supreme Court decisions) have left nearly 1 million acres of Wisconsin's wetlands and thousands of miles of headwater streams more vulnerable to development and destruction.

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