The Root River Watershed Restoration Plan will build from the 2007 Regional Water Quality Management Plan Update for the Greater Milwaukee Watersheds, prepared by the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission. The planning effort is being led by Root-Pike Watershed Initiative Network and Sweet Water (S.E. Wisconsin Watersheds Trust) with assistance from the River Alliance of Wisconsin and UW-Cooperative Extension.
The Southeast Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission has been contracted to develop the Plan and SEWRPC staff began the work in July 2011. The Plan will include recommendations to be implemented over a five-year period following its completion in July of 2014.
A stakeholder group has been meeting since May 2010. In meetings held in 2010 and 2011 and with two online surveys, participants were asked to identify the major issues regarding the management of the watershed and to prioritize the issues. The following four focus areas were selected for the Plan:
- Water quality
- Recreational access and use
- Habitat conditions