The Pike River Watershed in Kenosha and Racine Counties, WI, suffers from poor water quality as a result of land use changes and development pressures over the past 100+ years.
AES worked alongside the Root-Pike Watershed Initiative Network to develop and implement a Watershed-Based Plan designed to achieve water quality standards and preserve, promote, and protect watershed health.
In 2014, the Pike River Watershed-Based Plan was the first watershed plan in Wisconsin to be approved by the EPA. It identifies site-specific and programmatic strategies to improve water quality by protecting green infrastructure, creating watershed protection policies, implementing ecological restoration, and educating the public.
The Pike River Watershed-Based Plan has been adopted by Kenosha County, the City of Racine, the Villages of Mount Pleasant and Sturtevant, and the Town of Somers as a guide for regional and community water quality management within the Pike River Watershed.
The approved watershed plan prioritizes opportunities for additional funding for watershed improvement projects, including both on-the-ground and programmatic projects. Work on implementing the plan began in 2015 and continues to be led by the Root-Pike Watershed Initiative Network.
- Watershed Planning
- GIS Data Analysis + Mapping
- Water Quality Analysis
- Outreach + Education
Watershed-Based Plan | Pike River
Kenosha and Racine Counties, Wisconsin
57 square miles