The Pike River Restoration Project is one of the largest streambank restoration projects in the upper Midwest. In 2010, the project received funding from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative to continue restoration efforts in downstream reaches, extending the project even further to the south.
In partnership with the Village of Sturtevant and Thompson & Associates Wetland Services, raSmith conducted annual monitoring of invasive vegetation species including bull thistle, Phragmites australis, crown vetch, and bird’s foot trefoil. In addition to monitoring efforts, raSmith helped lead control efforts along several miles of the restored streambank. Control efforts involved monitoring and mapping invasive vegetation populations, followed by cutting and herbicide treatments.
For this project, raSmith and Thompson & Associates Wetland Services received a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) grant to control reed manna grass, Glyceria maxima. Reed manna grass is an aggressive invader of river floodplains and marshes at several sites across eastern Wisconsin.