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3rd Annual Lagoon Festival

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Till the Lagoon Festival!!


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2017 Calander

Posted by [email protected] on April 21, 2016 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (0)

We will be putting together a 2017 calendar, but we need all of your help.

What we would like is to use your beautiful pictures you have taken over the years near or on Mill Pond. With those pictures if you would like to share a brief story, we can add that as well. Names of loved ones, recent or old we want to see them all. The calendars will be for sale at our annual festival this year on Saturday August 27th, we will be putting a limit of two per person to purchase them. We are only printing a limited quantity of these. Please private message us here with your pictures and stories so we can get going. Unfortunately we will not be able to use all of everyone's photo's but please send them all for consideration. By sending them you are giving Restore the Lagoon permission to reproduce your photos. We love our supporters and want to involve everyone as much as possible in this effort to restore the lagoon.

Thank you all for your continued support of Restore the Lagoon.

Racine Health Department testing :)

Posted by [email protected] on July 30, 2015 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Racine Health Department doing the testing.

Check out MORE pics on our facebook page~

2nd Annual Lagoon Festival

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South Milwaukee Mill Dam DNR Directives

Posted by [email protected] on July 24, 2015 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (0)

South Milwaukee Mill Dam DNR Directives

The Department of Natural Resources

is extending the deadline for repair of the Mill Dam with several

conditions described below.

Timeline History

On November 19, 2012,

the Department conducted an inspection

 of the South Milwaukee Mill Dam.


inspection report includes timeframes for addressing deficiencies and improving the safety and structural

integrity of the dam. The timeframe for completing the gate repairs, investigation of masonry, benchmark

Installation and tree and brush removal was set for June 1, 2014.

On December 4, 2013 Steven A. Elver, P.E., S.E., of AECOM performed a field inspection of themasonry. The inspection report addressed repairs to the masonry stone. At that time Milwaukee County

requested an extension to December 31, 2014 to allow time for additional funding to be acquired.















In late 2014 the County performed an indepth


 evaluation of the sluice gate to determine why it was


At that time it was found that the lake drain

 inlet was covered with approximately 10’ feet of

sediment. Also the manhole containing the sluice gate makes the repair or replacement difficult in the

confined space. At that time Milwaukee County requested an extension to December 31, 2015. The trees

and brush have been removed and the directive modified to address the remaining stumps and roots

greater than 1 inch.

Preliminary design plans were submitted to the Department in March 2015. The preliminary plans

involved removing the existing manhole and

constructing a new manhole with a new sluice gate. The

manhole and gate would be connected to the existing lake drain intake pipe and the existing outfall pipe.

The Department identified concerns with sediment management. Sediment sampling completed in 2001

identified Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs). The Department is concerned that if the gate would

be replaced and operated a significant

amount of contaminated sediment would be transported downstream and into Lake Michigan.

On April 7, 2015 a conf

erence call was held between Department staff, Milwaukee County staff and Chris Lewis of AECOM.

Extension and Conditions

The Department is extending the deadline for repairs to accommodate the preparation and findings of the

Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (SEWRPC) Report of the Oak Creek Watershed.

By December 31, 2018, the County shall complete the following:


Submit Inspection, Operation and Maintenance plan (IOM).


Inspect the dam regularly, monitoring for seepage and stability

of masonry stone. Submit

documentation of inspections yearly to the Department.


Submit the published SEWRPC report.


Identify long term costs associated with maintaining the dam and impoundment.


Hold a public information meeting.


Determine the long

term disposition of the dam.


The following deficiencies must be corrected by the dates given:

1. Replace the two missing capstones and reset the shifted capstone on the left abutment.

September 1, 2019

2. Establish benchmarks September 1, 2019

3. Removal of stumps and roots greater than one inch along embankments September 1, 2019

4. Repair or reconstruct sluice gate September 1, 2019

Please note that repairs required under items 3 and 4 above must be designed by an engineer

registered in

the State of Wisconsin and plans must be submitted to this Department for review

and approval before any work is performed on the dam.

If you are unable to meet the schedule proposed above, submit your own schedule, in writing, for

completing the require

d modifications and repairs. In order for us to consider a schedule other than the

one we have determined, you must submit your alternative schedule by

September 1, 2015

. If we do not

hear from you by then, the schedule we have determined will be in effect.


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South Milwaukee Health Department update

Posted by [email protected] on July 24, 2015 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Hi Restore the Lagoon. This is a message from the South Milwaukee Health Department

regarding water quality testing that will be done at the lagoon next week.

Thanks, Jacqueline Ove

Dye Job: Mill Pond Going Green (Briefly) As Part Of Water Quality Testing Initiative


A note from the South Milwaukee Health Department …


In a project sponsored by the Fund for Lake Michigan, the City of South Milwaukee Health Department is working in cooperation with the City of Racine Health Department to analyze water quality within the Oak Creek Watershed. The results of the water quality project will be used to inform a larger Oak Creek Watershed Study planned to begin in 2016. As part of the water quality testing effort, on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 11:00 a.m., the City of Racine Health Department will conduct a study to determine water circulation patterns within the Mill Pond. A green fluorescent dye will be applied to the water to allow the visualization of circulation patterns. The dye being used is non-toxic and is commonly used to trace water currents, municipal plumbing, among other applications. The dye will naturally fade within several hours. The application of this dye will be used to help interpret other water quality results from the Mill Pond.

The South Milwaukee Heritage Days Parade team is looking for your

Posted by [email protected] on June 13, 2015 at 9:30 PM Comments comments (0)

The South Milwaukee Heritage Days Parade team is looking for your financial help … and I can’t think of a better event to get behind.


The parade is set for 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 25, and it’s quickly becoming one of the largest in the area.


From the parade committee …


The Parade will be bigger and better in almost all facets. More music including the South Shore Drill Team from Chicago (see You Tube). More Veterans. More special guests including a tribute to the 3 past Mayors, and Green Bay Packers Super Fan St. Vincent and his 1957 Packard Packermobile, and all 5 Brewers Racing Sausages! All of this comes at a bigger and better cost however, and the Committee is asking you to help. You can contribute individually or pool your resources. We have a lot of ground to make up in 8 short weeks and welcome any financial relief. We are now a 501(c)3 so your contributions should be tax deductible. This Committee has almost doubled the size of the Parade in 2 short years. … Thanks in advance and keep up the fight.


Find more details on how to give here. And look for 50-50 raffle tickets around town.


And a big thank you to all of the parade committee members. This is truly a year-round effort, but their efforts will pay off with a terrific event as they take it to new heights in 2015.


Please support them in their work. It’s an investment in what makes South Milwaukee uniquely South Milwaukee.

Watershed Planning Efforts

Posted by [email protected] on May 23, 2015 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (0)


Progress continues in the efforts to deliver a long-overdue study of the Oak Creek watershed.


The latest example of momentum: The South Milwaukee City Council, at its meeting Tuesday night, unanimously (7-0) endorsed the work underway to jointly study the watershed.


Here is a draft of the resolution they passed.


Our council is the first governmental body to pass such a resolution, and I thank our alderpersons for it. I hope it shows how serious we are (and have to be) as a city about partnering with our neighbors and others to bring this critical environmental, ecological and recreational resource back to life. This study is a critical first step.