Oak Creek Watershed Restoration Plan

Oak Creek at Mill Pond in South Milwaukee

Oak Creek at Mill Pond in South Milwaukee

Overview

The Oak Creek Watershed is located entirely within Milwaukee County. Oak Creek originates in the City of Franklin, with the majority of flow contributed by urban runoff. As it makes its way east, Oak Creek receives flows from the North Branch and the Mitchell Field Drainage Ditch. In South Milwaukee, Oak Creek meanders through to Grant Park, and ultimately into Lake Michigan. The stream drains about 26 square miles. Principal land cover in the Oak Creek Watershed is a mix of urban and grassland (38% and 32% respectively). The remaining land uses include agriculture (11%), Forest (14%) and Wetland (3%). Oak Creek drains portions of the Cities of Greenfield, Franklin, Oak Creek, South Milwaukee, and Milwaukee.

 

Issues

  • Debris and sediment accumulations in the Oak Creek channel
  • Streambank erosion
  • City and County maintenance responsibilities within the Oak Creek channel
  • Flooding of low-lying areas, such as the South Milwaukee High School athletic fields (baseball diamond on the west side of 15th Avenue and football field and track on the east side), and washouts of the foot bridge connecting neighborhoods west of the High School/Middle School campus near Beech Street
  • Sanitary sewer backups into basements
  • The effects of land use changes throughout the watershed on sedimentation, streambank erosion, stormwater runoff, flooding, and sanitary sewer backups
  • The condition of the Mill Pond along the Creek in the City of South Milwaukee
  • Lake Michigan bluff stability at a location in Grant Park where significant bluff erosion is occurring

 

Planning

The Watershed Restoration Planning (WRP) process began In April 2016 and will take approximately two and half years to complete.

Click here to see the latest information from our planning partner: The Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission.

 

Adoption

Root-Pike WIN will seek adoption of the Watershed Restoration Plan once it is completed and approved by the DNR and EPA.

 

IMPLEMENTATION

Once the Watershed Restoration Planning is complete, Root-Pike WIN will take on a leadership role in advancing the goals and recommendations of the completed plan.

 

THE WATERSHED RESTORATION PLANNING (WRP) PROCESS BEGAN IN APRIL 2016 and WILL TAKE APPROXIMATELY TWO and Half years to complete.

click here to see the latest information from our planning partner: the Southeastern wisconsin regional planning commission.

Get involved in the planning effort! The next stakeholder meeting is on Tuesday, August 30th from 5:30-7:00pm in Oak Creek Civic Center’s Multipurpose Room, 8040 S. 6th Street, Oak Creek (map). SEWRPC staff will give a presentation on goals for the meeting and attendees will break out into small groups based on geography to discuss restoration priorities and projects. The meeting is open to the public and refreshments will be served. Click here for more information and to register.


WATERSHED MAP


KEY LOCATIONS

Grant Beach in South Milwaukee

Grant Beach in South Milwaukee

Oak Creek Outlet to Lake Michigan

Oak Creek Outlet to Lake Michigan

Mill Pond Dam

Mill Pond Dam

Oak Creek at Puetz Rd

Oak Creek at Puetz Rd

Pollution Reducing Floating Islands - Oak Creek's Drexel Commons

Pollution Reducing Floating Islands - Oak Creek's Drexel Commons