Reflections on Racine's Rebound

by Larry W. Ryan, Warzyn Engineering Inc, Madison, WI, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Waterfront Planning and Development


The existing harbor in Racine has approximately 110 acres of water surface bounded on the north and south side by one-half -mile long concrete breakwaters and on the west by the city. The Root River flowing through the city discharges into the harbor and out of the 450-foot wide harbor entrance into Lake Michigan. The Racine Yacht Club Marina occupies a portion of the north half of the harbor. Private boat moorings are scattered through the south half and a public boat launching facility exists in the southwest corner of the harbor. Plans presently under construction will result in the modification of the existing breakwater to provide improved protection against wave attack. The existing harbor entrance will be reduced to a width of 200 feet by the construction of a new stone berm breakwater extending southeasterly from the eastern tip of the north breakwater. To provide new land for park and marina related services a confined disposal facility (CDF) is being constructed in the south half of the harbor.

Subject Headings: Breakwaters | Small craft | Public buildings | Harbor facilities | Ports and harbors | Economic factors | Water surface | Concrete | Lake Michigan | Wisconsin | United States | Great Lakes

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