Milwaukee s	
  	
  urban	
  rivers	
  land	
  trust	
  
	
  
Healing	
  Our	
  Waters	
  
September	
  11,	
  2013	
  
—  Founded	
  in	
  1994	
  as	
  a	
  

nonprofit	
  
conservation	
  
organization	
  to	
  
implement	
  the	
  
Riverw...
—  Our	
  mission	
  is	
  to	
  

establish	
  an	
  urban	
  
parkway	
  for	
  public	
  
access,	
  walkways,	
  
rec...
—  The	
  Riverway	
  Plan	
  is	
  

our	
  guiding	
  
document	
  (1991)	
  
—  Main	
  objectives:	
  
Create	
  a	
...
—  Land	
  Protection	
  

Plan	
  area	
  –	
  estuary	
  
(AOC)	
  upstream	
  	
  
to	
  County	
  Line	
  
—  Lake	
...
Milwaukee	
  River	
  Greenway	
  
—  Overlay	
  approach	
  to	
  

conservation	
  
—  Allows	
  for	
  sweeping	
  
p...
Challenges	
  We	
  Face	
  
—  Rising	
  land	
  values	
  
—  Density	
  
—  Landowner	
  non-­‐

attachment	
  
—  ...
Wheelhouse	
  	
  
—  $1,400,000	
  for	
  2.8	
  acres	
  
—  Funding:	
  $700,000	
  (50%)
	
  

from	
  DNR	
  stewar...
Southbranch	
  Creek	
  
Granville	
  County	
  Park-­‐Planning,	
  Outreach,	
  
and	
  Feasibility	
  for	
  	
  Streambank	
  and	
  Habitat	
  ...
Land Trusts and Water Quality Restoration
Land Trusts and Water Quality Restoration
Land Trusts and Water Quality Restoration
Land Trusts and Water Quality Restoration
Land Trusts and Water Quality Restoration
Land Trusts and Water Quality Restoration
Land Trusts and Water Quality Restoration
Land Trusts and Water Quality Restoration
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Land trusts from Minnesota to New York are using their expertise in private, voluntary land conservation and stewardship to restore and enhance Great Lakes water quality. This workshop highlights specific efforts in Milwaukee area watersheds while offering perspective from other states. This presentation was given by Kimberly Gleffe, Executive Director, River Revitalization Foundation.

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Land Trusts and Water Quality Restoration

  1. 1.   Milwaukee s    urban  rivers  land  trust     Healing  Our  Waters   September  11,  2013  
  2. 2. —  Founded  in  1994  as  a   nonprofit   conservation   organization  to   implement  the   Riverway  Plan   —  Kiwanis,  Rotary  Club   and  community   board  members   —  Focused  on  the   Milwaukee  River   basin  within   Milwaukee  County     —  Photo  credit:  Mark  Williams            Milwaukee  River  in  Glendale  WI  
  3. 3. —  Our  mission  is  to   establish  an  urban   parkway  for  public   access,  walkways,   recreation  and   education,  bordering   the  Milwaukee,   Menomonee  and   Kinnickinnic  Rivers;   to  use  the  rivers  to   revitalize   surrounding   neighborhoods;  and   to  improve  water   quality.  
  4. 4. —  The  Riverway  Plan  is   our  guiding   document  (1991)   —  Main  objectives:   Create  a  greenway,   Build  trails,         Increase  public   access,                                           Habitat  restoration.  
  5. 5. —  Land  Protection   Plan  area  –  estuary   (AOC)  upstream     to  County  Line   —  Lake  Michigan   Basin  drainage   area   —  Land  acquisition   16  acres  protected  
  6. 6. Milwaukee  River  Greenway   —  Overlay  approach  to   conservation   —  Allows  for  sweeping   protections  of  entire   river  corridor   —  Zoning  ordinance   passed  May  25,  2010   —  800  acres  protected   within  city  limits  
  7. 7. Challenges  We  Face   —  Rising  land  values   —  Density   —  Landowner  non-­‐ attachment   —  Limited  resources   —  Parcel  size   —  Development  threat  
  8. 8. Wheelhouse     —  $1,400,000  for  2.8  acres   —  Funding:  $700,000  (50%)   from  DNR  stewardship   program;  $400,000  from   MMSD  Greenseams   program;  Fund  for  Lake   Michigan  –  shoreline   restoration  $248,000   —  Blighted  site  restored  to   riverfront  park  
  9. 9. Southbranch  Creek  
  10. 10. Granville  County  Park-­‐Planning,  Outreach,   and  Feasibility  for    Streambank  and  Habitat   Restoration   ü 26-acre off leash dog park on the upper Menomonee River; ü  950 feet river frontage ü Severe erosion, total loss of top soil
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