Revitalization of the Kinnickinnic River and Neighborhood

before.afterThe long-neglected natural and built environment on Milwaukee’s near south side – the Kinnickinnic (KK) River, Pulaski Park, housing stock, streets and sidewalks, etc. – reflects the neighborhood’s historical decline. This, however, is changing, beginning with the $75 million dollar Kinnickinnic River Flood Management Project by the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) in which the river’s concrete banks are being replaced with a wider, more natural channel to considerably lower flood risks and enhance the river’s aquatic and terrestrial environment.

The river’s restoration is the cornerstone of the Department-led KK River Corridor Neighborhood Plan, an ambitious, multi-layered plan that incorporates community-driven recommendations to transform the surrounding community and residents’ quality of life.  The plan also calls for:

  • Implementing green infrastructure such as permeable pavement, rain gardens and bioswales throughout the community, which will reduce runoff and mitigate pollutants before they reach the river
  • Restoring the 26-acre Pulaski Park, including a 100 year old park pavilion and native habitat
  • Identifying and developing recreational opportunities
  • Providing bilingual environmental education and stewardship training for residents
  • Supporting economic development and housing infrastructure improvements

KK River Neighbors in Action

The KK River Neighbors in Action (KK NIA) is a grassroots community group that the Department helped jump start to update and encourage resident participation in the many large-scale environmental projects taking place in their neighborhood…Read more.

Read the latest KK River Neighborhood Newsletter!

Office Location:

Greenfield Location
Lower Level
1337 S. Cesar E. Chavez Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53204


Monday-Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p. m.

Phone number:

Contact Kevin Engstrom at (414) 897-5598 or for more information.