History of the Park
The headwaters of the Little Menomonee River were historically a large wetland, but a straight ditch was excavated through the wetland to improve drainage for agricultural purposes. The property was acquired from the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District in 2021. This site was originally identified by the County as high priority for restoration and preservation. Ongoing restoration work by Ozaukee County started in 2019 and these activities have improved the function of the Little Menomonee River by creating a channel that is appropriately sized for its watershed, is connected to a regularly inundated floodplain, and has a self-sustaining, natural meander geometry. The new stream channel provides high quality, diverse in-stream, wetland, wet prairie, and forest habitat for fish, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and mammals, improves water quality, and reduces flooding and erosion risk.
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