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Ecological Breakwater Project

Ecological Breakwater project

The Ecological Breakwater project, originating from the Waterfront Innovations Design Charette convened by Milwaukee Harbor District and the City of Milwaukee in 2015, provides a significant opportunity to enhance the structure that protects Port Milwaukee and other infrastructure in Milwaukee Harbor, while also advancing ecological breakwater innovation. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Chicago District is responsible for maintaining breakwater systems around the Great Lakes region. The Ecological Breakwater project will help USACE Chicago District explore the possibilities for integrating protection of coastal assets with ecological improvements.

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) is providing $455,800 in competitive grant funding for design enhancements to the Milwaukee Harbor breakwater system that will improve wetland habitat and protect lakeside infrastructure. The grant was awarded to Milwaukee Harbor District in partnership with the City of Milwaukee and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
For questions regarding the Ecological Breakwater Project, please contact Milwaukee Harbor District’s Environmental Director, Aaron Zeleske,