Harbor District Inc., a nonprofit managing the redevelopment of Milwaukee’s inner harbor, has won a $492,300 federal grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to remove 75 tons of trash from the Kinnickinnic River each year.
“After years of neglect and decline, the Kinnickinnic River is experiencing a rebirth as local and federal partners remove concrete channel, restore its banks and clean its waters. Our community is anxious to get to work on one of its most visible problems – trash,” said Harbor District Executive Director Lilith Fowler.
The new equipment will help clean up objects in the water, improving the safety, aesthetic quality and environmental health of the waterway.
The final project details haven’t been decided upon yet. However, the Harbor District is speaking with Clearwater Mills, the creator of the Baltimore trash wheel, and Aquarius Systems, which made a vessel that sails Milwaukee’s waterways picking up trash.