Watershed Collaboration =Friends with Green Benefits
Milwaukee’sWatersheds
Below groundGallons of Storage     Long  In Diameter
2000 through 2005 were not good years                           Mistrust   Media Blitz                      Lawsuits     P...
So, what did we do?I decided we had to do something different, so we:  •Continued building grey infrastructure      (we ex...
I knew we needed to integrate Grey and Green:                     Start with a grey backbone…                        •Trea...
Marquette University       Beach Closing StudyFate and Transport Study Storm sewer sampling   Cladophora Study            ...
New Partner – The Conservation Fund                                            Greenseams    Greenseams®2,300 Acres   Sinc...
New Partner – The Milwaukee Community Service Corps                  and individuals                              Rain Bar...
New Partner – The Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission                                                     ...
New Partners – Multiple Organizations                                          Green Roofs                               M...
New Partners – Multiple Individuals                                 Rain Gardens
A simple thought…
Southeastern Wisconsin Watersheds Trust1000 Friends of Wisconsin                          Friends of Milwaukee’s Rivers   ...
New Partners – The Joyce Foundation
New Partners – American Rivers                                 Green Infrastructure                                 Program
So, Watershed Collaboration = Friends with Green Benefits•Sustainable Infrastructure•Climate Adaptation and Mitigation•A r...
And,   •Partner with Agricultural Community   •Continue to educate stakeholders   •Finalize the watershed permit on the Me...
For moreinformation,Visit MMSD.COM
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    1. 1. Watershed Collaboration =Friends with Green Benefits
    2. 2. Milwaukee’sWatersheds
    3. 3. Below groundGallons of Storage Long In Diameter
    4. 4. 2000 through 2005 were not good years Mistrust Media Blitz Lawsuits Public Outrage Politics
    5. 5. So, what did we do?I decided we had to do something different, so we: •Continued building grey infrastructure (we excelled at this and it needed to be done) •Develop better science (People believe scientists) •Start speaking to the public (Sewer School) •Seek out collaborations (We are all environmentalists!) •Initiate green infrastructure program (I knew I would “own the risk”, so it is personal)
    6. 6. I knew we needed to integrate Grey and Green: Start with a grey backbone… •Treatment Plants •Sewers •Storage Vessels… But then go Green… •Rain Barrels •Rain Gardens •Bioretention…
    7. 7. Marquette University Beach Closing StudyFate and Transport Study Storm sewer sampling Cladophora Study New Partner – The UWM Great Lakes Water Institute and Many, many more
    8. 8. New Partner – The Conservation Fund Greenseams Greenseams®2,300 Acres Since 2002
    9. 9. New Partner – The Milwaukee Community Service Corps and individuals Rain Barrels
    10. 10. New Partner – The Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission Water Quality Initiative WWTP 5% SSOs Urban-Non- 2% Agricultural Runoff 23% WWTP SSOs 2% 2% CSOs CSOs 7% 49% Rural- Rural- Agricultural Agricultural Runoff Runoff Urban-Non- 21% 21% Agricultural Runoff 1975 68% 2000Estimated Pollutant Reduction over 25-Year Period About 50 PercentCONCLUSION: Focus on abating stormwater runoff pollution
    11. 11. New Partners – Multiple Organizations Green Roofs MequonMMSD MillerCoors Milwaukee County Zoo
    12. 12. New Partners – Multiple Individuals Rain Gardens
    13. 13. A simple thought…
    14. 14. Southeastern Wisconsin Watersheds Trust1000 Friends of Wisconsin Friends of Milwaukee’s Rivers Clean WisconsinRiver Revitalization Foundation 16th Street Community Health CenterRiver Alliance Editorial: Watershed trust can be a force for regional unity - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, May 4, 2008
    15. 15. New Partners – The Joyce Foundation
    16. 16. New Partners – American Rivers Green Infrastructure Program
    17. 17. So, Watershed Collaboration = Friends with Green Benefits•Sustainable Infrastructure•Climate Adaptation and Mitigation•A regional green infrastructure program•Improved understanding of the W’s (what, why, when)•Increased financial resources (Joyce Foundation and GLRI)•As collaborations grow, they multiply•And to me most importantly, true friendships Mayor Barrett
    18. 18. And, •Partner with Agricultural Community •Continue to educate stakeholders •Finalize the watershed permit on the Menomonee River •Develop a water quality trading program that works in Wisconsin •Attain our 2035 Vision AND – we need your help
    19. 19. For moreinformation,Visit MMSD.COM
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