Project Sponsors

Racine County Public Works and Development Services


 TitleOwnerCategoryModified DateSize 
Horlick Dam Public Meeting PostersTakara Askew 6/21/20237.25 MBDownload
Horlick Dam Public Meeting PresentationTakara Askew 6/21/20233.15 MBDownload

Current Status

The study has resumed after an 18-month administrative pause, and the Draft Integrated Feasibility Report (IFR) and Environmental Assessment (EA) is currently out for public review and comment through June 30, 2023. A public meeting has been set during the public review period on June 14th, 2023, and pending approval of the final IFR/EA, the next step would be the Design phase, with Construction, in 2024.

Horlick Dam Public Review Documents: Chicago District Civil Works Projects (

Project Description and Background

Horlick Dam blocks fish passage to 160 miles of upstream river and tributary habitat, and 6,176 acres of wetland habitat. The purpose of this study is to investigate measures for fish passage and habitat restoration by restoring riverine connectivity to the Root River watershed and restoring riverine habitat within the reach affected by Horlick Dam. Objectives are to reestablish quality and connectivity of riverine and riparian habitats. 

This project is funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI).

Project Authorization

Sec 506, Water Resources Development Act of 2000, as amended; Great Lakes Fishery and Ecosystem Restoration (GLFER) Program

Project Manager

Patrick Kennedy

Project Location

City of Racine, Racine County, Wisconsin

Project Area / Photos

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