Milwaukee Riverkeeper releases the 2014 Milwaukee River Basin Report Card


Today, Milwaukee Riverkeeper released its fifth Annual Milwaukee River Basin Report Card, a detailed summary of the health of the Milwaukee, Menomonee and Kinnickinnic River watersheds. Milwaukee Riverkeeper uses the report card to identify potential problems and opportunities in our watersheds, and to guide where we can most effectively advance policy measures and protections to better achieve a swimmable, fishable watershed.

Overall, the Milwaukee River Basin received a C- in 2014, slightly lower than 2013's overall grade of a C, but up from 2011's overall D+. While the best grade for a watershed was a B+ (Cedar Creek) and the lowest was a D+ (Menomonee River), results from the last half decade of monitoring have been fairly consistent. This annual report card demonstrates that we have come a long way in improving certain aspects of the Milwaukee River Basin's water quality, and focuses in on where we still have a lot of work to do to achieve clean water.

The Milwaukee River Report Card helps determine where in the watershed action is most needed to reduce pollution levels and to improve water quality and aquatic habitat. The report card also highlights how individuals can take part in the effort to improve our waters through changing behaviors such as reducing application of lawn chemicals and road salt or by volunteering to monitor water quality.

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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.