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.
In 2020 SEWRPC staff completed draft Chapter 4—Inventory Findings and are now finalizing draft Chapter 5—Watershed Goals and Management Objectives. Advisory Group and stakeholder meetings to review draft Chapter 5 have been set for November and December 2020, respectively. Work continues on draft Chapter 6—Recommendations, and the SEWRPC staff anticipate that draft alternatives for the Mill Pond and dam will be ready for review in winter 2021.
Preliminary Draft Chapters to Be Reviewed
Chapter 5 - Watershed Goals and Management Objectives
Appendix L - RWQMPU Modeling
Previously Reviewed Preliminary Draft Chapters
Chapter 4 – Inventory Findings (second part)
Appendix M – Macroinvertebrate Surveys
Appendix O – Outfalls
Appendix R – Riparian Buffers
Appendix S – Field Survey Data (partial)
Appendix X – Stream Crossings
Appendix Pesticides – Pesticide Data
Appendix Z - Streambank Erosion Load Estimates
Chapter 4 - Inventory Findings (partial)
Chapter 4 - Appendices
Final Draft Chapters
Chapter 1 - Introduction
Chapter 2 - Prior and Ongoing Studies, Plans, Projects, and Programs
Chapter 3 – Characterization of the Watershed
No meetings scheduled at this time.
Meeting Minutes – Advisory Group Meeting – June 23, 2020
Meeting Minutes – Advisory Group Meeting – October 30, 2019
Meeting Minutes – Advisory Group Meeting – November 14, 2018
Meeting Minutes – Advisory Group Meeting – February 7, 2018
Stakeholder Group Meeting – April 12, 2016
Stakeholder Group Meeting - August 30, 2016
Stakeholder Group Meeting - April 26, 2017
Stakeholder Group Meeting - March 8, 2018
Stakeholder Group Meeting – December 13, 2018
Stakeholder Group Meeting – December 12, 2019
Summary Presentation Chapter 4 (second part)
Stakeholder Group Meeting – December 09, 2020
Recording of Stakeholder Group Meeting - December 09, 2020
Oak Creek Watershed Protection Plan – Fieldwork Progress 2017
Oak Creek Watershed Protection Plan -- Fieldwork Progress 2016
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Kevin Muhs, AICP, P.E.
Laura Kletti Herrick
SEWRPC Chief Environmental Engineer