By David Press
Along the Milwaukee River, just blocks away from the busy intersection of Humboldt and Capitol lies Pleasant Valley Park, a fragile and threatened ribbon of wilderness hidden from the urban bustle of the city. For years, Milwaukee River Advocates Co-op, a small, dedicated group of environmentalists, has been working and lobbying to protect the land along the river from the habitat destruction caused by tree and plant removal, cutting of unauthorized trails, off leash dog walking, mountain biking and other hyper active recreational uses that threaten a safe, serene, and respectful interaction with the natural habitat. On May 24th, their voices were heard when the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution requiring special protections for the river corridor as it passes through Pleasant Valley and Kern Parks. Here are the highlights of the resolution.
The resolution recognizes:
What does this mean for the future?
The Parks Dept is being directed to do multiple things including:
Milwaukee River Advocates has pledged to organize volunteers to help County Parks Department achieve the goals of the resolution, including building a boardwalk through the marshy areas, and doing plant restoration. Those interested in helping with these efforts can contact Milwaukee River Advocates at firstname.lastname@example.org.
David Press is a member of Milwaukee River Advocates
Photographs by Eddee Daniel