Federal, state and native officers have agreed to spend about $450 million to dredge contaminated sediment from Milwaukee’s Lake Michigan Harbor and space rivers.

The U.S. Environmental Safety Company introduced Thursday that it’ll allocate $275 million from the Nice Lakes Restoration Initiative to the venture. The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewer District, We Energies, the Wisconsin Division of Pure Assets, the Metropolis of Milwaukee and Milwaukee County Parks will contribute one other $170 million.

The Milwaukee suburb will get most of its water provide from Lake Michigan

The venture requires eradicating almost 2 million cubic yards of polluted sediment from the harbor and 12 miles of the Milwaukee, Menomonee and Kinnickinnic rivers.

(Hoan Bridge in Milwaukee).

A ship passes beneath the Hoan Bridge, Milwaukee, Monday, August 30, 2021. (AP Photograph/Mauri Gash, File)

Industrial actions within the space have left sediments contaminated with PCBs, petroleum compounds and heavy metals, together with mercury, lead and chromium, based on the EPA. Eradicating sediment will result in improved water high quality, more healthy fish and wildlife, and improved leisure alternatives, company officers stated.

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Chris Korleski, director of the EPA’s Nationwide Nice Lakes Program Workplace, stated dredging will possible start in 2026 or 2027. He stated the drainage district wants time to construct a sediment storage facility.


Congress created the Nice Lakes Restoration Initiative in 2010 to fund cleanup tasks within the basin. Congress allocates about $300 million to this system yearly. The excellent infrastructure bundle handed by Congress in 2021 pumps about $1 billion into the initiative over the subsequent 5 years, making the Milwaukee venture doable, Korleski stated.

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