The 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 $80 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 and the Pulaski Park Neighborhood Stormwater Plan, two ambitious, multi-layered plans that incorporate community-driven recommendations to transform the surrounding community and residents’ quality of life. The plans call 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
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.
1337 S. Cesar E. Chavez Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53204
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Contact Jamie Ferschinger at (414) 897-5598 or Jamie.Ferschinger@sschc.org for more information.