Federal Grants

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National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) / American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) 
In 2009 / 2010, the Ozaukee County Planning and Parks Department received a combined $5.2 million in ARRA funding administered by NOAA to develop and refine a "Fish Passage Program for the Milwaukee River Watershed".  Project results included: 
  • Construction of the Mequon-Thiensville Fishway, removal of the Lime Kiln Dam, design of the Bridge Street Fishway and removal of the Newburg Dam.
  • Removal or reconstruction of 109 small-scale and 47 large-scale tributary stream impediments, reconnecting 47.1 stream miles in 17 streams. 
  • Extensive monitoring of fish populations and fishing interest in the Milwaukee River Watershed. 
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United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) - Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI)
In 2010, the Department received a combined $2 million in two GLRI grants entitled, “Monitoring to Address 7 of 11 BUI’s - Milwaukee River Estuary AOC” and “Enhancing Ecological Productivity of the Milwaukee Estuary Area of Concern Watersheds”.  These grants expanded on NOAA successes, allowing the Program to identify and remediate additional impediments while expanding natural resources monitoring and completing multiple large-scale habitat restoration and enhancement projects. Activities (ongoing) include:
  • Removal of 27 small-scale and 15 large-scale impediments, reconnecting 12.5 stream miles in 10 streams.
  • Monitoring of fisheries, water quality and sediment contamination within and upstream of the Ozaukee County portion of the Milwaukee Estuary AOC
  • Development of a GIS-based fish and wildlife habitat restoration prioritization tool for use in the Milwaukee River Watershed, which guided multiple large-scale habitat projects in Ozaukee County.
  • Large scale habitat restoration projects on Ulao, Mole, and Sandhill Creeks using GIS Tool outputs.
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US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
The Department has received multiple USFWS grants to remove or remediate multiple fish passage impediments on several Program streams, including:
  • Fish Passage Program: A completed 2012 Fish Passage Program grant assisted with the remediation of six road and stream crossings on Mole and Sandhill creeks. A 2014 Fish Passage Program grant is assisting with multiple large scale and small scale impediment removal or remediation on Crystal Springs Creek, West Branch Mole Creek, Northwest Branch Mole Creek, Kaul Creek, Mud Lake Outlet Creek, Mineral Springs Creek, and Ehlers Creek. 
  • Partners for Fish and Wildlife (ongoing): Multiple Partners for Fish and Wildlife grants are assisting with several culvert replacements, stream remeanderings, and dam modifications on Riveredge, Trinity, Ehlers, Crystal Springs, Mee-Kwon, and Mineral Springs Creeks.  
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National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) / Sustain Our Great Lakes (SOGL)
The Department has received two NFWF / SOGL grants to remove or remediate multiple impediments including road and stream crossings, debris and impervious fill deposits, earthen dams , and large dams on Riveredge Creek, Mee-Kwon Creek, Kaul Creek, and Mineral Springs Creek.