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
May 9, 2017
A bankruptcy judge on Tuesday approved the sale of the 47-acre former Milwaukee Solvay Coke Co. site, 311 E. Greenfield.  The site is primarily south of E. Greenfield Ave., along the Kinnickinnic River and roughly two blocks east of 1st St.
April 13, 2016
Did you know that 8% of Milwaukee is considered a "river-less" urban stream desert due to a legacy of burying our streams under the city?! There are some big challenges as well as opportunities to "daylighting" these streams to better address water quantity and water quality.
February 11, 2016
Deadline February 29, 2016. Competition Details
December 7, 2015
The EPA held a public hearing on December 3rd, 2015 to highlight the proposed plan to cleanup the Cedar Creek Superfund site. Thanks to those who attended–it was a full house! The official public comment period ends December 16, 2015.
November 11, 2015
Our Annual Report Card is a big part of what we do at Milwaukee Riverkeeper.
October 1, 2015
On Sunday, September 13, Milwaukee Riverkeeper co-hosted “Convergence at the Confluence” with our friends at Citizens Acting for Rail Safety (CARS)Citizens Acting for Rail Safety (CARS).
October 1, 2015
Get the latest information on upcoming events as well as news in the Riverkeeper newsletter! This issue includes the following stories:
September 30, 2015
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.
September 20, 2015
Milwaukee Riverkeeper is happy to be a community partner for the 2015 Milwaukee Film Festival! This year we are excited to be partnered with the film Beatles.
August 9, 2015
Last Tuesday, July 28, 2015, the Wisconsin DNR announced its plans to restructure the agency in response to significant funding cuts handed down from the state legislature, ultimately dismantling the Division of Water, all in the name of streamlining and efficiency.
July 13, 2015
Milwaukee Riverkeeper is leading a group of environmental non-profits called the Compact Implementation Coalition (CIC) which is working to ensure the proper implementation of the Great Lakes Compact and watch dogging the city of Waukesha’s application for a water diversion.
June 22, 2015
Milwaukee Riverkeeper has filed a lawsuit against the Milwaukee County Board for violating open meeting law during a Committee on Finance, Personnel and Audit meeting held January 29th, 2015, during which certain county supervisors changed the policy surrounding Estabrook Dam from remove to repai
June 19, 2015
On the night of January 15th, 2015, the Shorewood Village Board voted to support the removal of the Estabrook Dam joining the Milwaukee Common Council and the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District who have passed similar resolutions.
Senators Attempting to "Water Down" Aquatic Invasive Species Protections Again
April 8, 2015
Milwaukee Riverkeeper and 29 other Waterkeeper organizations signed onto a letter to U.S. Senators in opposition to the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (S 373).
Advice About Eating Fish
April 8, 2015
Milwaukee Riverkeeper and 23 other organizations submitted comments on proposed revisions to fish consumption guidance or “Advice About Eating Fish” from the FDA/EPA. We are concerned the revisions would put at risk low-income pregnant women, young children and high fish consumption populations, including communities of color.
We are Beating the Beads!
March 21, 2015
The State Senate on Tuesday passed a bill banning the tiny bits of plastic known as microbeads from personal care products! The bill prohibits personal care products containing microbeads starting in 2018 and disallows selling them starting in 2019.
February 19, 2018
Mysteries of the Great Lakes is as much a celebration of world’s greatest freshwater ecosystem as it is a rallying cry for protection.