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2017 Calander

Posted by 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 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

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

South Milwaukee Mill Dam DNR Directives

Posted by 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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Watershed Planning Efforts

Posted by 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.

Grant Park and Lagoon groups.

Posted by on April 13, 2015 at 4:55 PM Comments comments (0)

South Milwaukee is connected to one of The biggest and well Known Parks in The State of Wisconsin..

Grant Park

Over the years The State  ,The City of South Milwaukee ,DNR ,Milwaukkee County parks  have tended to the Grant park Needs

For example....

FRIENDS OF THE MILL POND & OAK CREEK WATERCOURSE, INC. is an organization of over 50 members whose objective is the restoration and beautification of the land and water environment that surround the South Milwaukee Mill Pond and Oak Creek Watercourse.

This group has restored the Warming house by the Lagoon.... You can find information about them at.........

Also.. Friends of Grant Park

The mission of Friends of Grant Park is to preserve natural areas of the park, enhance unique features of the park, encourage use of the park, and to provide a mechanism for private contributions to supplement public funding of Grant Park.

you can contact them at.

We all have the same goal in mind........Caring for Grant park..........

Turtle safety

Posted by on March 13, 2015 at 8:55 PM Comments comments (0)


Use caution on crossing guard duty


If you see a turtle crossing the road, take caution when pulling over and again when reentering the roadway. Before dashing into the street make sure there are no cars coming. Use extreme caution if the road has blind corners or is on a busier stretch of roadway. Once you determine it is safe, carefully, but quickly, move the turtle off the street. Help the turtle cross by putting it on the side they were facing and walking toward.


Badje warns that "spiny softshells and snapping turtles do bite and it's best to use good judgment when ushering these species across roads." He advises to use "long objects for them to bite down on such as sticks" then to gently drag them across the road.


If you pick up a turtle and move it, especially young turtles, wash your hands well after handling.

Hidden throughout the rivers, wetlands and uplands of Wisconsin are 11 turtle species:


Softshell turtles (2)


Smooth softshell (Apalone mutica)

Spiny softshell (Apalone spinifera)



Mud and musk turtles (1)


Eastern musk turtle (Sternotherus odoratus)



Snapping turtles (1)


Snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina)



Semi–aquatic pond and marsh turtles (7)


Blanding's turtle (Emydoidea blandingii)

False map turtle (Graptemys pseudogeographica)

Northern map turtle (Graptemys geographica)

Ornate box turtle (Terrapene ornata)

Ouachita map turtle (Graptemys ouachitensis)

Painted turtle (Chrysemys picta)

Wood turtle (Glyptemys insculpta)



Email your questions about the Wisconsin Turtle Conservation Program to .


To learn more about turtles and see a video on the program, visit


sock hop event

Posted by on February 23, 2015 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (0)

We had our first event for 2015-


silent Auction


Thanks for making it a great event!

check out our facebook page for pictures !