Milwaukee River Greenway Coalition
Milwaukee Riverkeeper has been helping to create the Milwaukee River Greenway between North Avenue and Silver Spring Drive as part of the Milwaukee River Greenway Coalition, which seeks to create a special zoning district that will protect the Milwaukee River Corridor to keep the wild character of the area intact.
The Milwaukee River Greenway Coalition (formerly known as the Milwaukee River Work Group) will lead the implementation of the Milwaukee River Greenway Master Plan.
Current coalition members include the Urban Ecology Center, the River Revitalization Foundation, Milwaukee Riverkeeper, the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Environmental Consortium, Milwaukee County, and the Village of Shorewood. Supporting organizations could include other agencies, non-profits, and businesses that support the goals of the plan.
Mission: To implement a community-based master plan for the Milwaukee River that provides recommendations for preservation, revitalization, management, and improved public access and recreation.
The Goals of Our Coalition:
- Permanently protect existing natural areas along the Milwaukee River Primary Environmental Corridor.
- Protect the “viewshed” of the Greenway Corridor so that persons enjoying the river or engaging in activities will have a natural experience.
- Establish building setbacks and design guidelines for new multi-lot construction within a buffer zone.
- Establish enhanced guidelines to control erosion and runoff entering the river.
- Preserve and enhance native vegetation, fisheries and wildlife habitat along the river corridor.
- Encourage land uses and activities that maintain a natural greenway corridor without altering present uses.
- Create a Milwaukee River Central Park Trust Fund to finance land and water stewardship into the future
For more information about the Milwaukee River Greenway Coalition please visit their webite.