Menominee project opens up 37 miles of river to Great Lakes salmon, steelhead

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett cuts the ribbon with support from members of the Army Corps of Engineers, TU Trustee Henry Koltz (far left) and Milwaukee Metropolitan Dweerage District head Kevin Schaefer (second from left). Photo by Bill Graffin MMSD.

By Henry Koltz

 

The Menominee River Concrete Removal Project's ribbon cutting ceremony was held in late April in Milwaukee.  

 

This $6.3 million Great Lakes Restoration Initiative project opens up 37 miles of mainstem and tributaries to salmon and steelhead runs out of Lake Michigan, right through some of Milwaukee and its suburbs' most densely populated areas.  

 

In short, the project removed Milwaukee's version of a hydro dam - a laminar flow velocity barrier that was too shallow, too fast and too long to allow for fish passage.

This project is a great example of Great Lakes Restoration Initiative dollars coming home to Wisconsin, and shows we're serious about diversification and getting more people into trout, salmon and cold water -- if they can't get out of the city, we'll bring the trout and salmon to them.

Henry Koltz is a Trout Unlimited Trustee who lives in Wisconsin.

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