Mapping the Harbor Habitat

Milwaukee’s harbor has been at the center of our region’s prosperity for hundreds of years. It’s a place for shipping, a place for commerce, and an economic driver; it’s also home to fish and wildlife populations in the heart of urban Milwaukee.

UWM is mapping the aquatic habitat in the harbor thanks to generous support from the Fund for Lake Michigan, which was established in 2011 by We Energies, Madison Gas & Electric, and WPPI Energy to safeguard the lake and improve water quality in the region. School of Freshwater Sciences Professor John Janssen and Peck School of the Arts Associate Professor Kim Beckmann are leading the project.

With key partners, such as the Harbor District Inc. and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Janssen and Beckmann’s team will assess the existing fish forage and spawning habitat and develop a map to inform strategic development. This data will be critical to revitalizing the harbor and making it a sustainable, economic, and ecological resource for the entire community.

“We are grateful to the Fund for Lake Michigan for supporting this collaborative, cross-disciplinary research project,” says Professor Janssen. “UWM is well-positioned to lead this effort to provide important insights into this natural resource while supporting ecological recreation and vital economic activities, such as shipping and neighborhood development in Milwaukee’s harbor.”