2018 CPEO Brownfields List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Sun, 20 May 2018 14:10:10 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-brownfields
Subject: [CPEO-BIF] Lake Vista Park, Oak Creek, Wisconsin
Oak Creek Transforms Industrial Brownfield Into Greenspace 

WUWM Public Radio (Milwaukee, WI)
MAY 16, 2018 

It took 10 years and over $7 million to create Lake Vista Park in Oak Creek. The project is far more than a facelift of the 98-acre parcel overlooking Lake Michigan. Back in the 1920s and 1930s, a chemical plant operated there, leaving behind arsenic and other contaminants.

The City of Oak Creek has gradually transformed the lakefront property, featuring tall grasses and native plants. But first crews had to carefully cap most of the site with two-feet of clay.

Oak Creek environmental engineer Susan Winnen, who oversaw the project, says aggregate materials - like soils for example - brought onto the site to fashion the park had to carefully monitored. “Imported soil has to be tested. We took borings to test the clay. When they loaded trucks at quarry, drivers were given a ticket. If they arrived without a ticket, they were turned away."


For the entire story, see


Lenny Siegel
Executive Director
Center for Public Environmental Oversight
a project of the Pacific Studies Center
P.O. Box 998, Mountain View, CA 94042
Voice/Fax: 650/961-8918 

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