Placing the matting over the prairie seed in Rotary Park
The first streambank stabilization project is located in Rotary Park north and south of the pedestrian bridge on the Menomonee River granted by the Fund for Lake Michigan. The second project is located between Bobolink Ave. and Kaul Ave. on the Lilly Creek granted by SWWT, www.Swwtwater.org.
These grants have allowed two areas in Menomonee Falls to be re-graded and seeded with native plants and trees to help an ongoing erosion problem. The Village of Menomonee Falls is working with Milwaukee Riverkeepers and AES on these projects.
The first phase was completed in April with invasive plants removal and tree seedling plantings. The second phase occurred in October with the re-grading of the slopes to reduce slump erosion and the final seeding and matting with native prairie seeds. The seeded areas will take several growing seasons for final stabilization due to their initial intensive growth of their root systems which stabilize the streambank slopes. In November, native trees will be planted along the banks to help increase the natural buffer along the water’s edge and improve habitat along the river corridor. Native plants will be planted in the spring to finish the project.
These two pilot projects, thanks to the award of the grants, will help improve the buffer area, reduce future erosion potential and improve water quality along the banks of the Menomonee River and Lilly Creek.