Milwaukee Riverkeeper

Our mission is to protect, improve and advocate for water quality, riparian wildlife habitat, and sound land management in the Milwaukee, Menomonee, and Kinnickinnic River Watersheds. We envision a future in which people from all walks of life can enjoy the healthy waterways of the Milwaukee River Basin. Milwaukee Riverkeeper is a licensed member of the Waterkeeper Alliance, an international coalition ensuring clean water and strong communities. We are working to achieve swimmable, fishable rivers for future generations throughout the Milwaukee Rive Basin.
Milwaukee Riverkeeper

We Monitor.

We Monitor the rivers for oxygen, turbidity, bacteria, temperature and other indicators of water quality. Since 2006, we have trained hundreds of volunteers to test our waterways and we continue to run the largest volunteer water monitoring program in Wisconsin.

We Patrol.

We patrol our local waterways by foot and boat, surveying the shoreline for signs of erosion and other threats to water quality and wildlife habitat. We report sources of pollution to the authories, and work to find solutions to address our findings.

We Paddle.

During the warmer months, Milwaukee Riverkeeper organizes canoe and kayak events, be it a moonlight paddle or a daytime excursion. For your copy of Milwaukee Urban Water Trail map, visit

We Educate.

We educate citizens to become effective water advocates. Through seminars and events, weekly e-mail alerts, and quarterly newsletters, Milwaukee Riverkeeper keeps the public informed of critical matters affecting your waterways.

We Clean Up.

We mobilize volunteers to clean up hundreds of miles of rivers and their shores. Each spring, nearly 4,000 citizens participate in our Annual Spring Cleanup, resulting in the removal of tons of trash from across the watersheds.

We Advocate.

We advocate for stream restoration and improved public access to our river, for state and federal funding to remove contaminants, and for compliance with the Clean Water Act, the Great Lakes Compact and other laws to protect our rivers and neashore Lake Michigan.

1845 N Farwell Ave
Suite 100
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Lincoln Park/Milwaukee River Dredging Update
February 14, 2015
Work to remove contaminated sediments from the Milwaukee River in Lincoln and Estabrook Parks is well underway! The sediment deposit just below the oxbows in Lincoln Park (deposit 3B-1 on attached figure) was completed at the end of January.
February 14, 2015
Milwaukee Riverkeeper submitted comments to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) on the draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the reconstruction of I-94 between 70th and 16th Streets. Our biggest concerns are that: the DEIS only considered expansion options (e.g.
Design our Cleanup T-Shirt!
February 14, 2015
Calling all artists! This year is Milwaukee Riverkeeper’s 20th Anniversary of the Spring River Cleanup! Milwaukee Riverkeeper is looking for talented artists to design a graphic for our 2015 Spring River Cleanup highlighting 20 years of keeping the Milwaukee River Basin a cleaner place for all.
The Doctor Recommends a Low Salt Diet for Our Rivers
January 31, 2015
We are pleased that the City of Milwaukee is minimizing salt use this year both for the sake of the environment and to save money!
Flip Flop Applesauce
January 31, 2015
Dysfunction Around the Estabrook Dam Continues at Milwaukee County as Finance Committee Votes to Switch County Policy on Dam. Again.
I Spy Pools and Riffles!
January 19, 2015
Earlier this week Milwaukee Riverkeeper toured the "substantially complete" first phase of concrete channel removal on the lower Menomonee River downstream from Miller Brewery. It was snowy and hard to see, but the concrete bottom and sides are gone!
New Data Show Multiple Asian Carp eDNA Hits Just Yards from Lake Michigan
January 18, 2015
Asian carp continue to knock on the door of the Great Lakes, based on eDNA sampling results released last week by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The sampling data, collected in October, show the presence of bighead or silver carp eDNA throughout the Chicago Area Waterway System (CAWS).
December 3, 2014
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Riverkeeper supports the Waters of the US Rule
November 16, 2014
Earlier this year, the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers proposed draft rules that clarify when geographically isolated wetlands and headwater streams are protected under the federal Clean Water Act.
2014 River Regale - Oh What A Night!
October 26, 2014
Thank you to everyone who joined us for the 2014 River Regale. It was a delightful evening filled with not just familiar faces, but new ones as well.
A Dam Update & Our New Estabrook Dam FAQ!
October 26, 2014
The County Supervisors pushed back the vote on the Dam from September to October, and its possible it could be pushed back later due to political maneuvering and other priorities (including the 2015 budget). Right now there is a vote at the Parks Committee scheduled for this Tuesday October 28th at 9 AM (with possible Board vote on November 6th, unless delayed again). Please attend if you can!
Calling For Stronger Crude Oil Rail Shipping Regulations
October 26, 2014
Milwaukee Riverkeeper is increasingly concerned by the increase in oil train traffic that is passing over and along our waterways every day.
August 27, 2014
Quick Facts about Estabrook Dam:
Announcing 2014 Arts and Rivers Contest
August 14, 2014
Milwaukee Riverkeeper is proud to announce its 2014 Arts and Rivers Contest. To celebrate our rivers, we are seeking visual works that convey the beauty and importance of our waterways in an artistically meaningful way. Content of the work must connect in some way to the Kinnickinnic, Menomonee, and/or Milwaukee rivers.
WDNR Proposes “Emergency” Rules to gut Wisconsin Environmental Protection Act
August 14, 2014
On Wednesday, August 13 in Hayward, Wisconsin, the Secretary of the WDNR will ask the state Natural Resources Board to decide on “emergency” rules to amend NR 150, which are rules that implement the Wisconsin Environmental Protection Act.
Clarifying the Clean Water Act
July 25, 2014
Milwaukee Riverkeeper is a member of America’s Great Waters Coalition (AGWC) which is an alliance of national, regional, state and local organizations working to protect, preserve and restore our nation's Great Waters. Recently, in response to a new draft rule of law under the Clean Water Act (CWA), AGWC submitted a comment letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
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