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.
In 2019 SEWRPC staff continue to make progress on the plan, with work continuing on Chapter 4—Inventory Findings. The Chapter will include an extensive review and analysis of all available surface water quality data, which will be evaluated in light of our completed field observations in 2016 and 2017. Chapter 4 also will include a summary history of the mill pond and dam, an inventory of the biological data, channel conditions, and a habitat assessment for the streams in the watershed, and an estimate of pollutant loadings to the stream. The Chapter provides a historic and “existing conditions” assessment of the Oak Creek watershed which will lay the groundwork for recommendations and strategies for restoration, which will be presented in Chapter 6 of the plan. The SEWRPC staff anticipate the next Advisory Group meeting to review Chapter 4 sections to be in fall 2019.
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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