Root River planning meeting Oct. 30 to focus on lessons learned from local river watershed plans

October 21, 2013

October 30 Root River Planning Meeting to Focus on Lessons Learned in Implementing the Kinnickinnic and Menomonee Watershed Plans

Lessons learned in Milwaukee from implementing the Kinnickinnic and Menomonee watershed restoration plans will be the featured presentation at the October 30, 2013 (5:30-8pm) meeting held at Boerner Botanical Gardens in Whitnall Park at 9400 Boerner Drive, Hales Corners, WI 53130.

The presenters include Cheryl Nenn of Milwaukee Riverkeeper and Ben Gramling of the Sixteenth Street Community Health Center, Environmental Health Department.

In addition, staff from the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission, Mike Hahn, Joe Boxhorn and Tom Slawski, will report on Chapters IV and V updates of the draft plan: biological conditions, streambank and channel conditions and habitat conditions, with a focus on Hoods Creek, a Root River tributary in Racine County.  An additional alternative for Horlick dam will also be presented by SEWRPC staff.

The public is encouraged to attend the meeting and provide comments.  A light supper will be served and people who plan to attend are asked to RSVP to 262-898-2055 or

Planning for the Root River watershed began in May 2010.  At that time, representatives from the Root-Pike-Watershed Initiative Network, Sweet Water (Southeastern Wisconsin Watersheds Trust, Inc.), the municipalities of the watershed, the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, SEWRPC, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Clean Wisconsin, the River Alliance of Wisconsin, UW-Cooperative Extension and others came together to discuss the feasibility of initiating a plan.

Subsequent meetings have been held in Franklin, Hales Corners, Racine, Oak Creek, Mount Pleasant, and Greenfield where interested citizens, government officials, drainage commissioners, environmental groups and others met to learn about the Root River watershed, set priorities for the plan, got updates on the plan’s development and reviewed chapters of the written plan.

Root-Pike WIN and Sweet Water are leading the planning effort.  The Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission was selected to prepare the plan and is focusing on four areas selected by a planning group of citizens and public officials: 1) water quality; 2) recreational access and use; 3) habitat conditions; and 4) flooding within Racine County.  The plan will build from SEWRPC’s2007 Regional Water Quality Management Plan Update and will include recommendations to be implemented over a five-year period following the completion of the plan.  The Plan will be completed in July 2014.

The Root River watershed encompasses about 198 square miles in parts of Waukesha, Milwaukee, Racine and Kenosha counties, with its headwaters in City of New Berlin and its discharge to Lake Michigan in the City of Racine.  Funding for the Root River planning effort is being provided by Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, the Fund for Lake Michigan, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration through the Wisconsin Coastal Management Grant Program, and Racine County.

For more information about the meeting, please contact Susan Greenfield, Root-Pike WIN, 262-898-2055; or Jeff Martinka, Sweet Water, 414-382-1766,



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