River Revitalization Foundation

River Revitalization Foundation is Milwaukee's urban rivers land trust. We focus on conservation and protection of riparian corridors.

The River Revitalization Foundation was established in 1994 by two of the larger service clubs in Wisconsin: Kiwanis Club of Milwaukee, and the Rotary Club of Milwaukee, in response to recommendations made by the Milwaukee River Revitalization Council to improve the environmental quality of the Milwaukee River Basin. These recommendations are found in the Riverway Plan (1991), our guiding document. Our long-term goal is to recreate the urban landscape using the river as a focal point. As a land trust, we will impact the quality of life through neighborhood restoration, economic vitality, conservation of natural areas, and creation of public access to these natural areas and open spaces. “Green infrastructure” addresses this concept; by incorporating open space in urban planning, we have relief, through access to these spaces, from the intensity and pace of a dense urban environment. The community would be enhanced in many ways.

2134 N Riverboat Rd
Milwaukee, WI 53212
July 16, 2014
by Nate Imig No disrespect to the Riverwalk in Downtown Milwaukee, but if you have walked along it, you have only seen a tiny portion of the Milwaukee River. Winding through Milwaukee's neighborhoods, the river is flanked with miles and miles of public green space and trails. And one nonprofit organization is working to make sure it stays protected for years to come.
April 24, 2014
It's been a while since I've visited the Rotary Centennial Arboretum. Since Autumn to be precise. Well, spring is here--at last! And among other things that means people are out again at the Arboretum, adding new plants, mulching and doing all the other things needed to make the still largely empty land come alive.
October 14, 2013
Miracle on Canal Street is Potawatomi Bingo Casino's signature community program that raises funds for children's charities - and River Revitalization Foundation is in the running to be a beneficiary.
October 8, 2013
Excellent article about RRF that was highlighted at this year's Land Trust Alliance Rally in New Orleans!
May 9, 2013
The Joint Finance Committee continues working its way through the “dollars and cents” of Governor Walker’s proposed 2013-2015 state budget. One program facing scrutiny is the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program. Over the past 20 years, the fund has protected more than 600,000 acres.
April 28, 2013
Great Coverage from our Global Youth Service Day event! Take a look at all the wonderful work New School and Gaenslen School did on their boats!
March 29, 2013
Find out what we've been up to, events for this spring, and how you can get involved. This issue includes the following stories:
March 1, 2013
Check it out! Yesterday was a good day at the RRF office and a fantastic day for the Milwaukee River corridor:
February 6, 2013
The last gap of public access to the Milwaukee River is finally being closed and will make it possible to easily cross from the “RiverWalk” to the Milwaukee River Greenway.
January 20, 2013
Just half an acre in size, it was the only missing link in a chain of public access to the Milwaukee River.
September 27, 2012
Make sure to check out the film River Revitalization Foundation is sponsoring--- "Last Call at the Oasis", October 9th, 10th, and 11th at the Fox Bay and Oriental theaters! Milwaukee Film is proud to announce the Milwaukee premiere of Last Call at the Oasis as part of the 2012 Milwaukee Film Festival.
September 8, 2012
RRF has been selected by Leinenkugels, one of the sponsors for Rock the Green, as an Eco-Champ!
August 10, 2012
The River Revitalization Foundation has launched this summer an exciting and innovative math/conservation education project to benefit Milwaukee’s urban youth.  We are calling it C.R.A.F.T. Adventures (Conservation, Recreation, and Apprenticeships for Teens).
July 31, 2012
Early in Milwaukee’s history, residents flocked to the Milwaukee River to recreate. They gathered at the beer gardens and swimming schools that lined the shores, north of downtown. By the end of the 1900s however, development and runoff had polluted the river, and the community began abandoning it. It wasn’t until about 1970 that comprehensive efforts began to remediate the problems.
July 2, 2012
A $45,000 grant to the River Revitalization Foundation will help its work toward closing a critical gap that exists in a 13-mile shared use trail within the Milwaukee River Greenway.
June 22, 2012
Land Trust of the Year – River Revitalization Foundation, Milwaukee’s urban rivers land trust since 1994,  has increased public access to Milwaukee’s rivers and enhanced the quality of life for residents and visitors alike.
February 01, 2018 to November 30, 2018
Join our land management team in restoration activities along the Milwaukee River. Volunteers meet and work alongside other individuals passionate about the natural world and preserving its integrity.