Third Ward Milwaukee River Cleanup

November 2022 Project Update: Phase one will begin in November, just west of the North Water Street Bridge, near the confluence of the Milwaukee and Menomonee rivers. This portion of work will last approximately eight weeks. The work will pause during the cold winter months, and then resume with phase two in spring 2023. We Energies expects to complete the project by December 2023. Learn more in the construction fact sheet

If you have any questions about this project, call We Energies at 877-380-0522 or email

We Energies is partnering with local, state, and federal agencies to clean up portions of the Milwaukee Estuary Area of Concern. We Energies is committed to remediating sediment within a 0.6-mile stretch of the Milwaukee River adjacent to the former Third Ward Manufactured Gas Plant and upstream near the confluence of the Menomonee and Milwaukee rivers. This project is part of a larger effort to restore the health of the Area of Concern through improved water quality, wildlife habitat and fisheries.

The project will focus on remediating approximately 45,000 cubic yards of contaminated sediment associated with the operation of the former Third Ward Manufactured Gas Plant. Work will take place in the hashed areas identified on the map to the right. Any removed sediment is proposed for placement in Milwaukee’s existing dredge material disposal facility at Port Milwaukee. 

Partner Lead: We Energies

Status: Construction

Outcome: Cleaned-up Waterways

More Information: Fact Sheet, Construction Fact SheetFAQ’s