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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