How 525 tons of sediment and 368 pounds of phosphorus were removed from the Pike River | Local News

A part of the Pike River winding through Petrifying Springs Park is on the repair, thanks to the work of University of Wisconsin-Parkside professors and trainees along with the management of Jim Kreuser, Kenosha County executive and UW-Parkside alumnus.

The Pike River watershed streams through Kenosha and Racine counties, winding up in Elmwood Park, in a location of more than 30,000 acres prior to it clears into Lake Michigan. Contamination in the river and sediment, along with stream channelization from farming practices throughout the years, has actually caused water quality issues.

A 2012 evaluation by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources ranked the river’s biological neighborhood as “poor,” and stated that “relatively few fish species were observed,” an indication that the water quality is below average. In addition, phosphorous and nitrogen concentrations were high, other signs of low water quality.

As part of the Pike River Repair Strategy finished in 2013, the Petrifying Springs Park area of the river was recognized for rehab, consisting of “restoring streambanks … removing problematic debris jams; and selectively removing invasive trees.”

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.