Restoration Plan for Oak Creek Watershed

The Commission staff is preparing a restoration plan for the 28-square mile Oak Creek watershed, which is located entirely within Milwaukee County and includes portions of the Cities of Cudahy, Franklin, Greenfield, Milwaukee, Oak Creek, and South Milwaukee (see Map 1). The plan is being prepared within the context of the 2007 SEWRPC regional water quality management plan update for the greater Milwaukee watersheds. The watershed restoration plan will provide a guide for addressing the water quality impairments that have been identified in the watershed, and it will include specific, targeted recommendations to address a set of focus issues related to conditions within the watershed. 

The Oak Creek plan is designed to maximize funding opportunities for plan implementation by addressing the nine elements of a watershed-based plan as identified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA).

The following four major focus areas are being addressed by the watershed restoration plan:

  • Water quality,
  • Recreational access and use,
  • Habitat conditions, and
  • Targeted stormwater drainage and flooding issues.

In addition, the status of the Mill Pond and the associated dam located on Milwaukee County parkland within the City of South Milwaukee are being addressed considering their relationship to multiple focus issues.


Preliminary Draft Chapters


Upcoming Meetings

There are currently no Advisory Group or public meetings scheduled.  This page will be updated when meetings are scheduled.

Meeting Materials


Preliminary Meeting Minutes – Advisory Group Meeting – February 7, 2018


Meeting Presentations


Stakeholder Group Meeting – April 12, 2016

Stakeholder Group Meeting - August 30, 2016

Stakeholder Group Meeting - April 26, 2017

Stakeholder Group Meeting - March 8, 2018


Plan Progress


Oak Creek Watershed Protection Plan – Fieldwork Progress 2017

Oak Creek Watershed Protection Plan -- Fieldwork Progress 2016




Use the box below to submit any comments you may have about the Oak Creek Watershed Restoration Plan. A record of public comments will be assembled and provided to the Local Planning Team for deliberations in preparing the final report.

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You may also submit a comment
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Email: lherrick@sewrpc.org
Fax: 262-547-1103
U.S. Mail: Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission
P.O. Box 1609
Waukesha, WI 53187-1607


If you have any questions,
please contact: 

Michael Hahn, P.E., P.H.
Executive Director


Laura Kletti Herrick
SEWRPC Chief Environmental Engineer



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