Federal Grants

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  • Sustain Our Great Lakes Program Grants
    1. 2020: Invasive species management throughout Ozaukee County 
    2. 2018: Enhancements to the Milwaukee River Mequon Thiensville Dam Fishway for Lake Sturgeon and other large-bodied fish passage
    3. 2017: Buser Creek Fish Passage restoration
    4. 2016: Holistic habitat restoration on  Mole Creek – Phase II
    5. 2015: Restore aquatic connectivity and fish passage on Mineral Springs Creek 
    6. 2014: Aquatic connectivity and fish passage on the west branch of Ulao Creek
    7. 2013: Aquatic connectivity and fish passage on  Kaul Creek and Mee-Kwon Creek
    8. 2012: Aquatic connectivity and fish passage on Riveredge Creek
  • Bring Back the Natives Program Grants
    1. 2018: Lake sturgeon habitat assessment in Ozaukee County on the Milwaukee River
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  • Coastal Program Grants
    1. 2019:  Little Menomonee River Fish and Wildlife Area ecosystem restoration. 
    2. 2018: Lake Michigan tributary fish passage restoration in Ozaukee County
  • North American Waterfowl Conservation Act
    • 2019: Prairie restoration at Tendick Nature Preserve County Park
  • Joint Venture Grant Program
    • 2019: Acquisition of Clay Bluffs Cedar Gorge Nature Preserve
  • National Fish Passage Program Grants
    1. 2018: Enhancements to the Milwaukee River Mequon Thiensville Dam Fishway for Lake Sturgeon and other large-bodied fish passage
    2. 2017: Buser Creek Fish Passage restoration
    3. 2014: Fish  passage restoration in the Lake Michigan basin (multiple creeks)
    4. 2012: Fish passage restoration on  Mole Creek and Sandhill Creek
  • Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program Grants
    1. 2017:  Mole Creek fish passage and snowmobile bridge rehabilitation (two grants)
    2. 2017: Prairie and wetland restoration at Little Menomonee River Fish and Wildlife Area County Park Area property
    3. 2017: Wetland project at Tendick Nature Park
    4. 2017: Wetland scrape at Virmond County Park
    5. 2015: Mineral Springs Creek / Park Street fish passage restoration, Mole Creek habitat enhancement, and Mud Lake Outlet fish passage restoration 
    6. 2015: Fish passage restoration on Mineral Springs Creek / Division Street crossing
    7. 2014: Fish passage restoration  at Mud Lake Outlet/ Highway NN crossing and Mee-Kwon Creek
    8. 2013: Fish passage restoration on  Mee-Kwon Creek and the removal of Mineral Springs Creek dam
    9. 2012: Fish passage restoration on  Crystal Springs Creek
    10. 2012: Fish passage restoration on  Ehler’s Creek
    11. 2011: Fish passage restoration on on Riveredge Creek
    12. 2011: Fish passage restoration on Trinity Creek



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Federal Emergency Management Agency

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  • 2018: Funds were awarded for multiple projects in the Ozaukee County Park System and on the Ozaukee Interurban Trail to repair damages from the August 2018 storms.

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  • 2014: The Great Lakes Habitat Restoration Program funded holistic ecological restoration work at Ulao Creek and the Little Menomonee River.
  • 2009 & 2010: The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funded Fish Passage Program activities across the Milwaukee River Watershed in Ozaukee County.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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United States Environmental Protection Agency

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  • Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Grants
    • 2016: Invasive species control and native tree planting in the Ozaukee County Park System
    • 2010: Two grants awarded for a project to enhance ecological productivity (multiple fish passage, habitat enhancement projects, and Fish and Wildlife GIS Tool development) and for WI DNR Area of Concern Beneficial Use Impairments monitoring (water quality, fisheries, and sediment contamination monitoring).
  • 2004: A Milwaukee River basin wetland assessment in the Ulao Creek and Mole Creek Subwatersheds and GIS Decision Support Tool testing
  • 2003: The Clean Water Act funded the development of methods to assess and monitor small wetlands restored on private land.

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  • Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Grants
    • 2020: Native tree planting in the Hawthorne Hills County Park project area
    • 2018: Native tree planting in the Mee-Kwon County Park project area Phase III
    • 2017: Native tree planting in the Mee-Kwon County Park project area Phase II
    • 2017: Native tree planting in the Ulao Swamp/Ulao Creek habitat restoration project area
    • 2016: Native Tree planting in the Mee-Kwon County Park project area

United States Forest Service

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More Detailed Descriptions of Featured 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.