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Volume 4 • Issue 1
Three Bay View residents on school board ballot
KK River could be dredged as early as this year D By Michael Timm
ownstream of Chase Avenue, the Kinnickinnic River is part of the Milwaukee Estuary, one of 43 “areas of concern” (AOCs) on the Great Lakes identiﬁed by the United States and Canada because of historical pollution. The AOCs are designated to encourage the development of “remedial action plans” (RAPs) targeting speciﬁc problems responsible for “beneﬁcial use impairments” (BUIs).
In the case of the Milwaukee Estuary, BUIs include “restrictions on ﬁsh and wildlife consumption,” “degradation of ﬁsh and wildlife populations,” “ﬁsh tumors or other deformities,” “degradation of aesthetics,” and “restriction on dredging activities,” among others, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The goal of the ongoing Milwaukee Estuary RAP is to “de-list” BUIs, essentially improving the environmental, aesthetic, economic, and cultural quality of the AOC as a whole.
ist for a nonproﬁt organization, is parent of a Fritsche Middle School student and is active on that school’s council.
hey all live within a few city blocks in the heart of Bay View, but three neighbors are competing for a hot spot on the Milwaukee Board of School Directors, a four-year position to represent District 8.
Incumbent Joe Dannecker, a member of the school board since 1999 and its current president, will face challengers Terry Falk and Tricia Young in the Feb. 20 primary election. The top two votegetters advance to the April 3 general election. Falk challenged Dannecker for the post in 2003 and lost by 381 votes: 4,750 to 4,369. Dannecker, a lawyer in private practice, is parent of four with one at Trowbridge, two at Humboldt Park, and another at Rufus King. Falk, whose children were educated in Milwaukee Public Schools, taught English at Juneau High School from 1971 to 2003 and writes as a freelance journalist. Young, a graphic art-
District 8, roughly concurrent with the city’s 13th and 14th aldermanic districts, includes Bay View High School. High school-aged students in District 8 fall into the Bay View or Pulaski High School attendance areas, though only 145 of 1,045 high school-age students in Bay View’s attendance area currently attend Bay View, according to MPS data. To inform your vote for this often overlooked elected position aﬀecting education, public policy, and your tax dollars, see our Q&A with the candidates, pages 6-7. Also on the Feb. 20 ballot is a primary for an at-large school board seat, representing the entire city of Milwaukee. SEE PAGE 6
South Shore public art installed
ichard Hansen’s red granite “Edge Elements” were placed in South Shore Park Dec. 19-21. The Colorado artist contracted for Milwaukee’s percent-for-art program selected Wisconsin’s state stone from the same Wisconsin quarry providing boulders for the new breakwater. “They allowed me to go and select large slabs and I went there and actually drilled and split them,” Hansen said. “They look like they were just found, but they were definitely worked.” Forty tons of material was shipped to Twin City Brick and Stone in Minneapolis, where it was worked down to 32 tons and then shipped by flatbed to Milwaukee. Hansen will return to install smaller gray granite pieces and laser-etched steel plaques including a bike trail map and information on natural processes. He’ll meet the public Jan. 28 from 1 to 3pm at the South Shore Pavilion. “Stone is really the memory of a geological process. I wanted these to have a fresh natural
One major eﬀort to improve the water quality and remove an AOC hotspot began to take shape a few years ago—the Kinnickinnic River Environmental Restoration Project. For the project, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) has partnered with numerous stakeholders in an ambitious plan to remove 170,000 cubic yards of contaminated sediments from the bottom of the KK River between Kinnickinnic Avenue and Becher Street. For the Milwaukee Estuary, contaminated sediments are responsible for most BUIs.
It’s projected this dredging would remove 90 percent (1,200 pounds) of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)—toxic byproducts of the watershed’s industrial past— currently contaminating the sediment at the river bottom. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)—toxic byproducts of incomplete combustion—would also be removed, but dredging alone could not restore the river to pristine PAH levels because there are so many nonpoint PAH sources, said Xiaochun Zhang, WDNR water resources engineer. In the process of cleaning up this part of the river, last dredged in the 1940s when the demand for deep-draft shipping upstream of Kinnickinnic Avenue ceased, the project would also improve the navigation channel, Zhang said. The current concept design was selected back in April 2004—dredging down to 20 to 24 feet below Lake Michigan datum in an 80-foot wide channel, sloped up to roughly 11 feet at the sides (reestablishing pre-1940s levels, based on a detailed channel depth map from that time). The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, responsible for maintaining the navigability of the KK River because it is a federal channel, contracted a geotechnical analysis to determine the stability of seawalls and riverbanks in the area of the proposed dredging prior to removing roughly 70 years of deposited sediments. Barr Engineering provided them a draft shoreline stability analysis report in 2006, which was discussed by project stakeholders. SEE PAGE 15
INSIDE ~photo Michael Timm
sense,” he said of the bookend monoliths, split from one slab, and worked on the lake side. In the spring, Hansen will paint a blue-lined bikeway through the parking lot between Cupertino and South Shore Parks. “My intention is not to create sculpture for people,” he said. “I think of these sculptural situations as instruments of awareness that will draw our attention to the vital presence that is Lake Michigan.”
WDNR has partnered with numerous stakeholders in an ambitious plan to remove 170,000 cubic yards of contaminated sediments from the bottom of the KK River between Kinnickinnic Avenue and Becher Street.
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