Grange Avenue Pond
The Grange Avenue Pond, located south of
Grange Avenue and 110th Street. is the site of a
demonstration project that embraces horticultural
The Pond it-self was created to manage storm water runoff as part of a joint effort of the Milwaukee
Metropolitan Sewer District (MMSD) and the Southeast Wisconsin Regional Planning Committee
(SEWRPC). Its purpose is to retain storm water during peak flow conditions from a theoretical 100-Year
Storm, then slowly release the water over the succeeding 24-hour period. The goal is to eliminate flood
levels capable of causing significant structural damage to properties downstream of Whitnall Park Creek as
part of the Root River water shed.
The Grange Avenue Pond is the name of one of the projects that
has captured the attention of the Environmental Committee. It is not
the pond itself that draws our interest, but rather the surrounding
The Environmental Committee has adopted this project as a rather
unique opportunity to demonstrate methods of sustaining a variety of
native species plants and an environment favorable to the local bird
habitat. It also has developed into a target for eliminating
undesirable invasive species of plant life.
Seasonal activities include weed-pulling, trimming, and organized
burn, weather permitting, to exterminate unwanted invasive species.
Additionally, occasional plantings of species that attract birds and
supportive conditions for their food chain are in keeping with our
'Bird City' standing. A diversity of plant life, including trees, prairie
grasses and aquatic plants will restore the natural habitat of insects
which in turn attracts birds into the area.
Functional water retention ponds can yield
some beautiful scenery. The 110th Street
Grange Avenue Pond has native plants in a
Natural landscape theme.