Ozaukee County Land and Water Management Department / Soil and Water Conservation Grants
The Program has received multiple Soil and Water Conservation grants from the Ozaukee County Land and Water Management Department to complete collaborative fish passage and habitat restoration projects including:
Completion of a .15 acre wetland scrape / wetland enhancement / northern pike spawning area in the Sandhill Creek Watershed
Completion of a fish passage and stream restoration project on Riverside Drive Creeke
Planned completion of a stone ford construction to remediate a failing culvert that is a fish passage impediment on Sandhill Creek
Fund For Lake Michigan (FFLM)
A 2012 FFLM grant funded the inventory of fish passage impediments and northern pike spawning habitat on eight Milwaukee River tributary streams directly connected to the Milwaukee Estuary Area of Concern and remediation of multiple fish passage impediments. In addition, this grant funded larval fish trapping to document improvements in natural reproduction following fish passage restoration activities.
A 2013 FFLM grant also funded the second phase of a large scale habitat restoration project on Ulao Creek in the Village of Grafton. This project involved stream remeandering, wetland and habitat creation and enhancement, invasive vegetation controls, and native tree plantings to improve the ecologic productivity of the Ulao Creek Watershed.
A 2014 FFLM grant funded two large scale, structural impediment removal/remediation projects on Mineral Springs Creek in the City of Port Washington. This included the removal of a large failing dam and stream restoration activities, and the replacement of a culvert at the Park Street and Mineral Springs Creek road and stream crossing.
A 2016 FFLM grant funded a large scale project that included channel remeandering, floodplain reconnection, wetland creation and enhancement, invasive plant removal, native plant restoration, and installation of fish and wildlife habitat structures on Kaul Creek.
A 2017 FFLM grant funded the development of engineering and design plans and future construction and restoration activities at up to three parcels on the Little Menomonee River and Little Menomonee Creek to holistically improve aquatic connectivity in the watershed and enhance the channel, riparian corridor, and floodplain system within the project area.
A 2018 FFLM grant is currently funding a Lake Sturgeon habitat study on the Milwaukee River and Cedar Creek in Ozaukee County. The project will use side-scan sonar and a lake sturgeon habitat suitability index to evaluate in-stream habitat. Sonar imagery will be used to create detailed habitat maps that include substrate classification, bathymetric mapping, and associated lake sturgeon HSI scores.
An additional 2018 FFLM grant is currently funding a project to develop engineering and design plans for enhancements to the Mequon-Thiensville Fishway. The project will include enlarging the weirs, increasing pool size and depth, significantly reducing the length of runs, and adding cover as velocity breaks. Enhancements will increase the fish passage performance for large bodies fish such as Lake Sturgeon, and reduce recurring maintenance costs.
National Audubon Society (NAS) and Milwaukee Audubon Society (MAS)
The Program works closely with the Milwaukee Audubon Society on several collaborative projects. MAS was recently awarded a NAS Collaborative grant to partner with the Program to:
Develop multi-lingual educational pamphlets and signage indicating the difference between invasive common carp and native suckers/redhorse.
Encourage invasive species control while minimizing unnecessary removal of native fish species.
WE Energies Foundation (WEF)
A 2013 WEF grant assisted with a large scale impediment remediation project on Ehler's Creek, and a 2014 WEF grant supported fish passage impediment and habitat inventories on multiple tributaries to Lake Michigan.
Great Lakes Fishery Trust (GLFT)
A 2013 GLFT grant funded two large scale, structural impediment removal/remediation projects on Mineral Springs Creek in the City of Port Washington. This included the removal of a large failing dam and stream restoration activities, and the replacement of a culvert at the Park Street and Mineral Springs Creek road and stream crossing.
In addition, a 2014 GLFT grant funded the third phase of a large scale habitat restoration project on Ulao Creek in the Town of Grafton. This project involved stream remeandering, wetland and habitat creation and enhancement, invasive vegetation controls, and native tree plantings to improve the ecologic productivity of the Ulao Creek Watershed.
American Transmission Company (ATC)
A 2014 ATC grant funded tree planting activities at the Mole Creek Habitat Restoration Project.