What is the Kinnickinnic River?
(scroll down for photo tour)
- An urban river, entirely located in Southern Milwaukee County
- 32 square mile drainage area
- Home to over 200,000 people
Recurring problems in the river
(Source: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources)
- Loss of aquatic habitat caused by creation of cement channels
- Severe fluctuations in water levels due to channelization and storm water runoff
- High bacteria levels and excessive growth of algae
- Contamination from heavy metals, oil, hydrocarbons, and volatile organic compounds
Why restore the river?
- To improve the river’s water quality for wildlife and human use.
- Create safe and quality community access to the KK River for recreational use.
- Encourage community, both commercial and residential, to protect the river as a natural resource.
- Build a stronger citizen-based constituency among culturally and economically diverse neighborhoods for community issues including the KK River.
Photo Tour of the KK River
Photos of areas along the river. Click on a creek to view.
Kinnickinnic River and Milwaukee cities
Source: Milwaukee Metropolitan
Sewage District (MMSD)
on creek for details
(Web page designer: Erin Pecora)