Streambank restoration and pedestrian bridge replacement work along the Pike River is set to begin at Petrifying Springs Park in Kenosha County, Wisconsin. This project will be accomplished with the financial support from a $1 million Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a $350,000 grant from the Fund for Lake Michigan, a $50,000 grant from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and shared revenue from the Petrifying Springs Biergarten and Boundless Adventures.
The project will install instream fish habitat and streamflow dynamic structures, and use of native vegetation to stabilize and improve filtration and infiltration of the riparian area.
In addition, approximately 7,300 square feet of trails will be excavated and restored with river restoration practices.
The Pike River Phase II project builds on the Phase I streambank and wetland restoration efforts in 2018. This section of the Pike River is the most substantial stretch of publicly owned river within the greater urban Kenosha area and has been termed a green infrastructure hub in the Pike River Watershed-based Plan.