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Milwaukee Riverkeeper


9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Science, Social Studies, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences, History

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  • Articles and Websites

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - Midwest, Wisconsin, Metro (CESA 1, 6), Michigan

Milwaukee River Basin Fact Sheet

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  • This brief article examines the physical features of the Milwaukee River Basin, the watersheds within the basin,  the number of endangered species within the basin, and the historical context of this basin.
  • Students will learn that the main watersheds in this basin contain hundreds of miles of perennial and intermittent streams, the basin was initially settled by four Native American tribes, and there used to be many more trees along the riverbanks within the basin.
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  • This article is concise and well-organized.
  • This article also talks about how many fish species live in the basin.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should know the following terms: river basin, watershed, perennial stream, intermittent stream, shoreline, and estuary.


  • This article could augment a lesson about the Age of Colonization's immediate and lasting impacts on ecosystems and biodiversity.
  • This article could support a lesson on how the loss of ecosystems and biodiversity impacts human life.
  • This article could be used to create free-response questions on how communities can effectively defend ecosystems and biodiversity.
  • This article could supplement a lesson about the history of Native American tribes in the Great Lakes region.
Scientist Notes
The resource highlights the state of the Milwaukee River Basin, the watershed, streams, forests, biodiversity, and marine resources in the Basin. The entire ecosystem has changed over time due to the adverse impacts of human activities. It also points to the fact that sustainable action is required to restore the ecosystem from further degradation. This resource is recommended for teaching.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS2: Earth's Systems
      • HS-ESS2-5 Plan and conduct an investigation of the properties of water and its effects on Earth materials and surface processes.
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • HS-LS2-1 Use mathematical and/or computational representations to support explanations of factors that affect carrying capacity of ecosystems at different scales.
      • HS-LS2-6 Evaluate the claims, evidence, and reasoning that the complex interactions in ecosystems maintain relatively consistent numbers and types of organisms in stable conditions, but changing conditions may result in a new ecosystem.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: History
      • D2.His.14.9-12 Analyze multiple and complex causes and effects of events in the past.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Reading: Informational Text (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.11-12.2 Determine two or more central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to provide a complex analysis; provide an objective summary of the text.
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