About the Root River Council

The Root River Council started out in 2006 as a conversation among various community members concerned about the Root River. These ‘River Enthusiasts’ researched the successes of communities around the globe and strategized ways that the City of Racine and all of Southeastern WI could implement best management practices to revitalize the Root River. The conversation grew into community workshops, and in 2008 a year’s worth of community input was compiled into the Back to the Root: An Urban River Revitalization Plan.

Our goals and plan is to outline recommendations for the City of Racine to return to its Root. The focus area spans from the Racine Harbor to Quarry Lake Park (below Horlick Dam) in Racine. The plan has four main goals:

  • Create a sense of place
  • Stimulate economic growth
  • Improve Water quality
  • Allow public access and interaction

Since these goals were adopted, the Root River Council has partnered with area agencies to construct the ‘Dawning’ sculpture (1300 6th street), facilitated the completion of a ‘river-district’ property inventory, participated in the County-wide Root River Restoration Planning Group, facilitated the construction of a mosaic mural on the 6th street bridge, partnered to organize several public paddling events, and assisted with riparian restoration projects.

The approach Root River Council takes is to find individuals and organizations that do things well and propose they do those same things, well…. on the Root River. Take me to the River!

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Board Members

Executive Board
Marty DeFatte
Marybeth Zulhke
Brian O’Connell
Jim Chambers
Monte Osterman
Brian Dean
Trevor Jung
Mera Yi
Anuja Patil

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Get Involved

The Root River and the RRC is a
great place to volunteer your time
and talents! We have a wide variety
of volunteer opportunities through
the entire year. Please consider
becoming a member or making a
donation in support of this work.


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