Many people - including me - only know Schoonmaker Creek as what looks more like a culvert running through the Washington Highlands. But it actually originates a few miles to the northwest, hidden from view. A meeting this week discusses ideas on how to prevent it flooding.
You owe it to yourself to spend a day enjoying Milwaukee's current Downtown transformation from the wonderful waterways that have always been here, seeing the city from the inside out at a leisurely pace that's also a good workout (and could involve beers).
Today, Milwaukee Riverkeeper released its fifth Annual Milwaukee River Basin Report Card, a detailed summary of the health of the Milwaukee, Menomonee and Kinnickinnic River watersheds. Overall, the Milwaukee River Basin received a C- in 2014, slightly lower than 2013's overall grade of a C, but up from 2011's overall D+.
We stopped in at the Michigan Street Bridge house to talk to Bridge Operations Supervisor Timothy Thompson and Bridge Operator Chris Neldner, both 26-year veterans of Milwaukee's lift bridges, which have been opening at a record rate this year thanks to the high water levels. Here, they tell us about the various facets of the bridges and their jobs.
She said/she said is a series of rapid reviews written by the intrepid duo, Lori Fredrich (the foodie) and Carolynn Buser (the socialite). Tune in weekly for our latest meanderings on hot spots around town. This week we're at Twisted Fisherman for happy hour.
Recently, OnMilwaukee.com set out to identify every City of Milwaukee bar or eatery that's next to a body of water. In order to do so, we followed the lake and rivers and made a list. We didn't stop in at all of these places, but we did drop in at a few. Here's a full guide.
With temperatures regularly above 70 degrees, lots of sunshine and a crisp "fall is in the air" breeze, September seems like a dependable time of year to plan an outdoor activity. We had this thought recently when we visited the Milwaukee Kayak Company and paddled the Downtown waterways on a beautiful September afternoon.
Never waste an opportunity, I say. So, when the OnMilwaukee.com team found itself cruising the Milwaukee and Menomonee Rivers and doing a quick turn just beyond the Hoan Bridge, I snapped away at this view that many of us don't see on a regular basis.
Starting Saturday morning, Handle's Milwaukee Kayak Co. will rent canoes and kayaks for paddling excursions on the city's rivers. It's a business start-up in pure form.
Here's an introduction to some of the best places to angle in the Brew City area, along with info about tackle shops and fishing charters. In fact, it's almost everything you need to get started fishing Lake Michigan and other area waterways.
With Summerfest - the traditional start of summer in Milwaukee - just a day away, we thought it would be a good time to check the city's collective temperature. What's hot, what's cold ... what's in between, find out in this installment of the OnMilwaukee.com Heat Index.
"The Story," on NPR discussed Milwaukee's Menomonee River yesterday in its ongoing segment on "Clean Water."
Thinking about following this guy (pictured) into the Milwaukee River? Think again. It's not illegal to swim in the river in Downtown Milwaukee, but it's an "area of concern."
One of the easiest, most effective ways to sell a used car is to park it on the street and slap a "For Sale" sign in the window. If Milwaukee aldermen have their way, city residents will pay $40 for that right. Making matters worse, they'll have to wait in line at a tow lot in order to purchase the permit.
Back in September, we told you about Eddee Daniel's book "Urban Wilderness: Exploring a Metropolitan Watershed," published in large-format paperback by the Center for American Places and Columbia College Chicago. We recently caught up with Daniel to ask him about the book and about his involvement with the Menomonee River and more.