Above: 2017 Pike River crew monitors the Pike River (Aaron Menke, Carissa Anich, Alice, and Andy McGuire)
Thompson & Associates Wetland Services (TAWS) has been a partner consultant in the river restoration from the start of the project. Vegetation maintenance has been a continuous effort by TAWS seasonal and full time staff with various methods of control including prescribed fire, herbicide application, hand pulling, and mowing. Vegetation monitoring is performed regularly to assess the establishment of plant community types throughout the corridor.
Above: Heather Patti assists Alice on the Pike.
Pike River Corridor Maintenance Plan, 2015 for the Village of Mt. Pleasant, Wisconsin
Principle Authors: Dr. Tim Ehlinger, Ecological Research Partners, Alice Thompson, Thompson & Associates, Heather Patti, RA Smith National.
The Pike River Corridor Restoration project was designed by the Village of Mount Pleasant to provide flood storage as well as opportunities for ecological and recreational improvements. The river restoration began construction in 2001 starting upstream on Spring Street/Hwy C (Phase 1). Construction continued with subsequent phases (Phases 2-9) downstream ending at County Line Road/Hwy KR. The newly meandering stream consists of approximately 5.2 river miles.
Above: 2018 Pike River crew measuring vegetation transects on the Pike River (Maureen Bogdanski, Alice Thompson, and Aaron Menke)
Below: Pike River North of Braun Road facing North.
The Pike River Corridor has a number of visitors daily. The pathway is used by walkers, runners, leashed dogs, and bicyclists. But if you ever get the chance to stop and enjoy the view, you may notice other types of visitors. The Green Heron (below left) frequents the stream pathway by way of log perches to boulders placed along the stream. And a variety of pollinators visit native wildflowers including the federally endangered rusty patched bumble bee (below right).
Feel free to contact Thompson & Associates with any questions about what species of wildlife or plant you observe along the Pike River Corridor!
Tim Ehlinger at newly graded Pike River stream bed
Thompson & Associates Wetland Services
1514 Menomonee Ave, South Milwaukee, WI 53172
Above: Well established prairie dock (Silphium terebinthinaceum) South of Hwy 11/Racine Ave. facing North. This native wildflower can take a minimum of three years for basal leaves to establish from seed with an additional 1-3 years to bloom.
Right: A hummingbird moth (Hemaris diffinis) collects nectar from swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) along the pond edge Southwest of Jerome Case High School.
Above: A view of the boulders placed in the river used by fish as habitat in normal water level conditions, as well as wildlife resting spots (South of Braun Road facing North).
Left: Multiple species of dragonflies and damselflies were observed all summer along the stream and pond edges. This male widow skimmer (Libellula luctuosa) perches on dead stem.
AliceThompson at newly graded Pike River stream bed
Above: 2018 Pike River crew monitors the Pike River (Aaron Menke, Maureen Bogdanski, and Kaleena Jones)