Rehabilitating 1,000 Feet of Urban Waterway

Award-Winning Project

Challenge

During the 20th Century, a section of the Kinnickinnic River in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, had been turned into a channel that, over the decades, had become an urban eyesore.

Solution

The SEH project team helped completely rebuild the watercourse by removing the concrete channel, rehabilitating 1,000 feet of land and lining with stone, stabilizing the embankment and constructing retaining walls. A multi-use path was also added for recreational and maintenance use.

Related Content: Kinnickinnic River Rehabilitation

Features

  • 1,000 feet of stone-lined channel, with riffle and pool sequences
  • Enhanced aquatic habitat and fish passage
  • Multiple tiered retaining walls and re-graded vegetated side slopes
  • Wetland areas and upslope native vegetation communities
  • Enhanced access to the river
  • Sustainable salvage and reuse of on-site limestone blocks

Awards

  • 2012 Engineering Excellence Award, State Finalist | American Council of Engineering Companies of Wisconsin (ACEC-WI)
  • 2013 National Project of the Year Award | American Public Works Association, Wisconsin Chapter (APWA-WI)
  • 2014 Engineering Excellence State Finalist Award | American Council of Engineering Companies of Wisconsin (ACEC-WI)

Project
Kinnickinnic River Rehabilitation

Location
Kinnickinnic, Wis.

Client
City of Kinnickinnic

Services

  • Civil Engineering
  • Hydrology and Hydraulics
  • Geomorphology
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Environmental Permitting