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Wisconsin Success Stories Slide Show
A slide show of all our success stories from Wisconsin.
Root River Restorationhttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/RootPhoto2.jpg
Racine, Wis.: A view of the Root River marina looking towards Racine and Lake Michigan. The banks of the river have been restored to prevent erosion, the invasive species along the riverside have been removed, and the community can access the river through parks and walkways. Photo courtesy of the Root River Council.
Muskego Widlife Areahttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/MuskegoPhoto1.jpg
Franklin, Wis.: One of the wetland sites in the Big Muskego Lakes Wildlife Area, pictured in September 2012, that is helping to reduce flooding, while providing a home to wildlife. Photo courtesy of the Conservation Fund.
Ozaukee Fish Passage Programhttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/OzaukeePhoto1.jpg
Ozaukee County, Wis.: The Ozaukee County Highway Department installs a fish passage culvert near Daly Lake on the Riveredge Creek. The culvert will keep the creek connected and allow aquatic life to access the creek on both sides of the roadway. Photo courtesy of the Ozaukee County Planning and Parks Department.
Bradford Beach Cleanuphttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/HOWBradfordFlickrKwongYeeCheng2.jpg
Milwaukee, Wis.: A view of the renovated Bradford Beach. A coalition of more than 20 government agencies, business, and community groups worked to reduce bacterial pollution at Bradford Beach, a Lake Michigan beach on Milwaukee’s north side. Photo from Flickr/Kwong Yee Cheng.
Sheboygan River Cleanuphttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/IMG00095-20110726-1137.jpg
Sheboygan, Wis.: The Sheboygan River cleanup. The Sheboygan River was listed as one of the EPA's Areas of Concern in the Great Lakes until it was delisted in 2013. Photo courtesy of the Environmental Protection Agency.
Rare Vegetation Protectedhttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/ApostleIslandsTimWilson.jpg
Bayfield, Wis.: Federal officials culled excess deer that were decimating vegetation at the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, allowing the Canada yew to grow. Photo from Flickr/ TimWilson.
Campbellsport Dam Removalhttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/dam_postcard.jpeg
Campbellsport, Wis.: The removal of a 165-year-old dam in Campbellsport opened fish passage in the uppermost 25 miles of the Milwaukee River and restored 22 acres of wetlands.
Engineered Wastewater Wetlandhttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/machine.jpg
Jackson, Wis.: A windmill and solar panel stand in a constructed wastewater wetland that filters and cleans effluent naturally. The solar panel provides power to run monitoring equipment, while the windmill aerates the aerobic bacteria tank that processes the effluent. Photo courtesy of Tom Mellon.
Frog Bay Tribal National Parkhttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/frogbay.jpg
Bayfield, Wis.: The Frog Bay Tribal National Park, the nation’s first tribal national park, is located along the shores of Lake Superior. The park preserves 88 acres of boreal forest and a quarter-mile of pristine Lake Superior shoreline. Photo courtesy of Native American Tourism of Wisconsin.
Kinnickinnic River Cleanuphttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/k2 after 2.jpg
Milwaukee, Wis.: The Kinnickinnic River after cleaning up trash and debris, with a new clear and aesthetically pleasing waterway. Photo courtesy of the Environmental Protection Agency.
Hog Island Inlethttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/Hog Island Flickr USFWS midwest Region SM.jpg
Duluth, Minn.: Wild rice, like the kind pictured above, has returned to Hog Island, thanks to restoration efforts. This restoration work is transforming a Great Lakes Area of Concern into a haven for anglers, fish, and wildlife, including the federally endangered piping plover. Photo from Flickr/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service-Midwest Region.
Invasive Species Removal in Southeast Wisconsinhttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/A-Worker-Mowing-Down-Phragmites.png
Southeast Wisc.: Invasive species removals are underway in six southeast Wisconsin counties. The photo above shows one of the targeted species, phragmites, being mowed down. Photo courtesy of the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust.
Pike River Restorationhttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/WI-Pike-River-after.jpg
Mt. Pleasant, Wis.: Restoring the natural curves and riverbank of the Pike River in Wisconsin has reduced flooding and erosion, while increasing fish and wildlife habitat. Photo courtesy of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Streamside Sturgeon Rearing Facilityhttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/Sturgeon6.jpg
Newburg, Wis.: Tribal elders blessing the release of lake sturgeon into the Milwaukee River in 2007. These sturgeon are raised adjacent to the river as a way to bolster their population in the Great Lakes. Photo courtesy of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
Troutmere Fish Passagehttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/Troutmere-Completed-3.jpg
Marengo, Wis.: Two rock weirs on the downstream side of the culvert elevated water levels, which provided fish passage to two miles of the creek upstream of the road crossing. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Whittlesey Creek Restorationhttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/DebrisPhoto1.jpg
Ashland, Wis.: Workers position a log in the stream channel, which will help prevent sedimentation and provide habitat for fish and wildlife. Photo courtesy of Inter-Fluve, Inc.
Milwaukee River Cleanuphttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/north-oxbow-as-it-looks-today.jpg
Milwaukee, Wis.: A cleanup transformed parts of Lincoln Creek and the Milwaukee River by removing PCBs. Here, a restored oxbow after the cleanup was completed. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Houghton Falls Preservationhttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/Houghton.jpg
Bayview, Wis.: Houghton Falls features a sandstone gorge that was carved by a stream that flows into Lake Superior. Photo courtesy of the Bayview Regional Land Conservancy.
Floating Island Habitatshttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/UnderwaterPhoto3.jpeg
Milwaukee, Wis.: A project on the Milwaukee River simulates nearshore habitat for the urban area of the river. Small fish and other wildlife will now be able to travel the industrialized portion of the river more easily thanks to these floating habitats. Photo courtesy of Marek Landscaping.
Menomonee River Valley Restorationhttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/HankAaronPhoto1.jpg
Milwaukee, Wis.: A bird’s eye view from fall 2012 of the old Milwaukee Road rail yard during restoration, now reconstructed into the Three Bridges Park along the Hank Aaron Trail. Photo courtesy of the Redevelopment Authority for the City of Milwaukee.
Kinnickinnic River Naturalizationhttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/k2.jpg
Milwaukee, Wis.: This portion of the Kinnickinnic River has been fully naturalized and removed from the confines of the culvert it was in. It can now manage flood-waters while being a beautiful amenity to the neighborhood. Photo courtesy of the Sixteenth Street Community Health Center.
Forest Beach Migratory Preservehttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/forestbeach.jpg
Belgium, Wis.: A summer intern helps relocate a snapping turtle as part of a pond restoration effort. Amphibians and reptiles were relocated temporarily while a pond was drained and reconstructed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Photo courtesy of the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust.
Pierce, Wis.: The confluence of Mashek Creek and Lake Michigan. A land purchase in northern Wisconsin has increased public access to the Lake Michigan shoreline and protected valuable bird habitat. Photo courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Brewery Neighborhood Runoff Preventionhttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/BreweryPhoto2.jpg
Milwaukee, Wis.: In the renovated neighborhood, bioswales filter water into a 250,000 gallon reservoir below ground, delaying flood water from entering the town’s stormwater system. The native plants are also both drought and salt tolerant—important in a cold climate where salt builds up in the streets over the winter. Photo courtesy of Zilber Ltd.
University Runoff Remediationhttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/UWMPhoto2.jpg
Milwaukee, Wis.: The native prairie green roof on top of the Sandburg Commons building on the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee campus. Green rooftops can absorb rainwater, slowing the time it takes for the water to reach the sewer system and helping the sewer cope with heavy rain events. Photo courtesy of Jim Wasley.
Barrier Island Chain Restoredhttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/CatIslandPhoto3.jpg
Green Bay, Wis.: A wave barrier outlining Cat Island, June 2013. The fully constructed shell for the island chain will protect the wetland habitat on shore. Photo courtesy of the Army Corps of Engineers.
Brickstead Dairy Runoff Remediationhttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/NRCSPhoto2.jpg
Fox River Watershed, Wis.: Grassed waterways are a key practice to intercept runoff and trap sediment from cropland. The Brickstead Dairy will be installing over three miles of grassed waterways using Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding. Photo courtesy of the USDA-NRCS.
Oneida Tribe Buffalo Herdhttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/FoxPhoto1.jpg
Green Bay, Wis.: The Oneida Tribe's Farm utilizes a rotational grazing system for their buffalo herd, which helps reduce runoff into the Fox River. Photo courtesy of the USDA-NRCS.
Winegar Pond Restoredhttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/IMG_0963.jpg
Marinette County, Wisc.: Ducks Unlimited installed barriers blocking the entry of common carp into Winegar Pond, and removed invasive plants to restore the wetland's natural ecology. Photo courtesy of Ducks Unlimited.