Turning a Polluted River
Into a Beautiful Watercourse

Challenge

Over the years, an area along the Sheboygan River had become polluted and unattractive. Erosion, pollution and invasive plants had severely impaired fish and wildlife populations. 

Solution

The project team worked together for a complete restoration of the watercourse, creating new wildlife habitats, removing invasive species and introducing native plants. To combat erosion and strengthen the stream bank, the team added rock and log elements.

Features

  • Elimination of invasive species
  • Cultivation of native plant species
  • Bioengineered soil
  • Streambank stabilization
  • Erosion control
  • Aquatic habitats
  • Bird houses
  • Reptile hibernaculum

Awards

  • 2014 Project of the Year | American Public Works Association (APWA)

Project
Sheboygan River Habitat Restoration

Location
Sheboygan, Wis.

Clients

  • City of Sheboygan
  • Sheboygan County
  • Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Services

  • Environmental Services
  • Planning and Design
  • Vegetation Management