North Point Lighthouse


North Point Lighthouse (NPL) is a historical monument located in Lake Park in Milwaukee. NPL Friends, Inc. desired to pave their driveway and parking while also being a good neighbor to Bradford Beach and Lake Michigan. SSE won approximately $253k in grants to design and construct a green infrastructure treatment train from the lighthouse to the lake. SSE worked closely with all stakeholders to ensure the variety of goals were met, including maintaining the historical integrity of the building, recreational and ravine maintenance concerns, and water quality and runoff reduction. The final product includes 11,000 square feet of rustic red porous pavers as the driveway and parking, closely matching existing historic walkway pavers and 3,000 square feet of rain garden was added to capture and treat roof runoff.

Runoff leaving the lighthouse site is directed through the ravine, which was restored using regenerative stormwater conveyance (RSC), a step-pool media-base treatment and conveyance mimicking natural headwater streams. Real-time flow monitoring throughout the RSC can be viewed using a touch-screen display in the NPL museum. Project partners include NPL Friends, Inc., Milwaukee County, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, Fund for Lake Michigan, and the Southeastern Wisconsin Watersheds Trust.