south shore park Beach


South Shore Park Beach was designated as the country’s 8th worst beach due to high levels of fecal coliform bacteria and was often closed to swimming for durations of the summer. The parking lot project focused on improving the aesthetics, traffic and bike flow, and water quality of the parking lot, dock and boat launch area.

SSE led the planning and design of the storm sewer and green infrastructure best management practices for improving water quality and quantity of parking lot stormwater run-off. Biofiltration cells were strategically placed to help orient vehicle, bike and pedestrian traffic while intercepting runoff from the parking lot. The focus was to create an integrated storm sewer and green infrastructure design that did more than meet local regulations and permits.

The project features over 8,000 square-feet of biofiltration and infiltration cells, treating over 100,000 gallons of stormwater run-off. The biofiltration cells include a layer of fugal-enhanced woodchips. The fungi species used are native to Wisconsin and natural predators of bacteria such as fecal coliform. They have been very happy!

Stakeholder participation by neighbors, park users, boaters, the South Shore Yacht Club, and the biking community were key to establishing concepts and for communicating project design and construction aspects. The project was partially funded by environmental grants. Construction was complete in the fall of 2017 and has been noted as a success by Milwaukee County, the neighborhood, and yacht club community.

Awards: WAFSCM Top Project, Stormwater Solutions Magazine Top Project