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 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.
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 milwaukeeriverkeeper.org
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 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.