Students help restore Milwaukee River habitat

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Our summer crew was on the news last night! Chris Gloninger WISN from Channel 12 did this great story on restoration work in Cambridge Woods Nature Preserve:

Students from Milwaukee are helping make the Milwaukee River's greenway green once again.

Bike riders have torn up the trails and prevented native vegetation from growing along the banks of the Milwaukee River.

"There were mounds and jumps and banked curves," Aaron Zeleska, director of the Milwaukee Greenway Coalition, said.

He said the illegal bike trails ruined the natural habitat, and his group is working to restore it.

"We did some planting of shrubs last fall," he said. "Now we're planting wildflowers as a second phase."

The vegetation is important because water can flow down the steep embankment, directly into the river. More than 700 plants will help to cut down the amount of runoff that goes directly into the river.

"It acts like a sponge," Zeleske said. "Having really good vegetated corridors along our rivers improves water quality."

Read the rest and watch the video on WISN12 at the link below:

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