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Zap! How Many Fish are in the Milwaukee River?

Susan Bence

WUWM environmental reporter Susan Bence brings us the story of attempts to quantify how the fish population is doing on the Milwaukee River in Ozaukee County.

The Milwaukee River was once a place into which humans feared to wade. But now, people not only paddle it, fish are beginning to once again flourish in its waters.

One player in the river's renaissance concentrates its efforts upstream in Ozaukee County.  Earlier this summer, WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence met up with a team working at the southern edge of Mequon at River Barn Park.

An Ozaukee County Fish Passage team was about to carry out an "electrofishing survey".

And while that particular event took place over the summer, there are still opportunities to get your waders wet.

Next week, on October 8th and the 11th,  the Ozaukee Fish Passage team will complete its autumnal round of electrofishing in the Milwaukee River. Or if you'd rather stay dry – you can peer "down under" at the Mequon-Thiensville fish way by way of its live underwater camera.

Susan Bence entered broadcasting in an untraditional way. After years of avid public radio listening, Susan returned to school and earned a bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She interned for WUWM News and worked with the Lake Effect team, before being hired full-time as a WUWM News reporter / producer.