Work to naturalize the Kinnickinnic River continues, and community groups are stepping up to get neighbors invested in the effort.
Back in the 1960s the KK was heavily modified to reduce flood risk — or at least that was the intent. Concrete panels were installed along parts of the river, but over the least few decades, flooding has persisted and the river has become badly polluted.
Now, major investment along the South Side watershed is bringing new life the river.
The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District has removed most of the concrete panels and is working to acquire and deconstruct endangered homes along the river. And groups like the Sixteenth Street Community Center and the Southeastern Wisconsin Watersheds Trust are working together to involve the community.
A clean-up event is planned for October 5 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the Sixth Street Bridge. It is organized by the KK River Neighbors in Action.
A new multipurpose trail running from 6th Street to I-94 opens October 12. There will be a grand opening from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the corner of 6th and Rosedale.
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