The lower Sheboygan River and Harbor area suffered multiple beneficial use impairments of water quality, aquatic life, fish and wildlife, and wildlife habitat stemming from legacy pollutants. The intent of the 2012 restoration project was to clean up historic waste sediment accumulation in the Sheboygan River, remove invasive species, and restore ecological health to key habitat components in and along the river.
More than 400,000 cubic yards of contaminated sediments were removed from the river, and significant portions of the Sheboygan benefited from extensive habitat restoration.
Following sediment remediation, AES restoration crews constructed nearly a mile of vegetated soil lifts for bank protection, along with hundreds of habitat structures consisting of large woody debris.
Restoration crews seeded15 acres of streambank and riparian area with native species, installed 2,000 live stakes, 37,000 native plants, 500 large ball and burlap trees, 3,000 shrubs and 22,000 square yards of erosion control blanket.
In 2013, AES began the next phase of the project involving three years of monitoring and maintenance. A major focus of this phase is control and eradication of invasive species such as Phragmites, garlic mustard, and Japanese knotweed.
In 2014, the American Public Works Association selected the project as both a national and Wisconsin chapter “Project of the Year.”
- GLRI AOC Habitat Restoration
- Streambank Stabilization
- Native Seed + Plant Installation
- In-Stream Habitat Construction
- Erosion Control
- Monitoring and Maintenance
Sheboygan River Habitat Restoration