Once Polluted, The Milwaukee River is Now Clean and Valuable

Once Polluted, The Milwaukee River is Now Clean and Valuable

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Milwaukee River at night by CJ Schmit Photography (CC license via Flickr)

30 native fish species, including sturgeon, are now living and swimming in the lower Milwaukee River, another milestone in the rehabilitation of this waterway, an urban center of life.

Buoyed by tougher environmental regulations and $5 billion in improvements, from the building of the deep tunnel system to the removal of dams and reduction in phosphorus, the Milwaukee River is cleaner and more valuable economically and ecologically than at any point in the past 100 years.

(READ the story with photos in the Journal Sentinel)

Story tip from Nancy Peske

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