2012 Status Report
Greater Milwaukee        Watersheds                            Area:   Watershed:          (in sq. miles)  Kinnickinnic Ri...
Sweet Water Ahead Vision to reality     Learning     Seeing the way     Moving ahead First     A brief look back    ...
The Sweet Water Back Story –          A Need and a Hope   A watershed approach       We face urgent problems – e.g. drop...
WARNING: The next slide is rated R.                                      5
Conception: Spring 2007MMSD              Local                                   Business              Gov’t        DNR   ...
Gestation Building trust Two kinds of people:     “Let’s just do it!”     “Let’s get it right . . .”
Sweet Water’s Goals• Make measurable progress• Focus on land use practices• Leverage funding• Recommend new policies• Insi...
Measurable Goals•   Targets from SEWRPC’s Regional Water Quality    Management Plan Update•   Convert 48 square miles of m...
Birth: Spring 2008 Steering Council Committees Joyce Foundation grant                                 10
Taking Our First Step, 2008-2012   Watershed Restoration    Plans   Implementation Plans   Water Quality Trading    Whi...
Sweet Water’s Outreach Efforts
Clustered Residential BMP Project       KK River Watershed
Green Infrastructure Mini-Grants
Sweet Water Goals Results . . . So farMake measurable Benchmarking:                  Menomonee, KK, and Root Water Restora...
Cool Stuff You May Have Missed Greater Milwaukee Water Quality Connections
Cool Stuff You May Have Missed Inside the Greater Milwaukee Watersheds  50-page summary of  the 2007 Regional  Water Qual...
Cool Stuff You May Have Missed Speakers’ Bureau with 42 specific topics                                             18
Cool Stuff You May Have Missed Menomonee River Mainstem Land Protection Plan                                         19
Mission Success   Increased communication between partners    and sectors   Increased collaboration between partners    ...
Looking Ahead: Our Teenage Years Strategic planning Learning how to bridge differences Learning    how to survive and t...
What Will Middle-Age Look Like?   Hundreds of    organizations       Government       Non-profit       For profit   H...
Research                                public                              knowledge                                     ...
Chaordic Organization Dee Hock, founder of Visa Chaotic and ordered organizational structure “encourage as much competi...
Chaordic Organization & Hock $135,000 grant from Joyce Foundation Be adaptable and responsive, while preserving unity of...
Chaordic Organization Governing structure as a framework for dialogue, deliberation, and coordination among equals     F...
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  • Jeff – intro of Sweet Water panel Broad mission statement Nonprofit formed in 2008, incorp 2009, 501c3 last SeptBased at UWM’s Great Lakes Water Institute on Milwaukee’s harbor
  • NancyOrganizations that had met across lawyer’s conference tables in the pastNGO concern that Sweet Water would eclipse them, suck up the money, and lead to lots of new meetings without valueBusiness concern that Sweet Water would be just another environmental organization—meeting them across lawyer’s conference tables
  • PeterMeasurable progressLand-use practice basedPartnership-basedPolicy-focusesCost effectiveness sought – Board member comment re. ‘sticks and carrots’ – Sweet Water, he said, should strive for win-win all carrot solutions….
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  • Clean Rivers, Clean Lake 8 -- Opening Remarks -- Nancy Frank

    1. 1. 2012 Status Report
    2. 2. Greater Milwaukee Watersheds Area: Watershed: (in sq. miles) Kinnickinnic River 24.7 Menomonee River 135.8 Milwaukee River 700.0 Oak Creek 28.2 Root River 197.6 Lake Michigan Direct Drainage Area 40.7 Total Square Miles: 1,127.0Total Perennial River Miles: 600+Number of Counties: 9Number of Local Municipalities: 83
    3. 3. Sweet Water Ahead Vision to reality  Learning  Seeing the way  Moving ahead First  A brief look back Milwaukee River Downstream of North Av 3
    4. 4. The Sweet Water Back Story – A Need and a Hope A watershed approach  We face urgent problems – e.g. dropping water tables & on-going water quality issues  Jurisdictional overlaps, policy gaps and lack of data hamper solutions  Need to think strategically and regionally Build new tools to fill the gaps
    5. 5. WARNING: The next slide is rated R. 5
    6. 6. Conception: Spring 2007MMSD Local Business Gov’t DNR Scientists Farmers NGOs SEWRPC 6
    7. 7. Gestation Building trust Two kinds of people:  “Let’s just do it!”  “Let’s get it right . . .”
    8. 8. Sweet Water’s Goals• Make measurable progress• Focus on land use practices• Leverage funding• Recommend new policies• Insist on cost-effective projects 8
    9. 9. Measurable Goals• Targets from SEWRPC’s Regional Water Quality Management Plan Update• Convert 48 square miles of marginal cropland to prairie or wetlands• Establish or expand riparian buffers along 325 miles of stream bank• Reduce the existing pollutant loads to streams and lakes as follows: • Phosphorus ↓ 15% • Total Suspended Solids (TSS) ↓ 40% • Fecal Coliform Bacteria ↓ 50% • Nitrogen ↓ 30% • Bio-chemical Oxygen Demand ↓ 15%
    10. 10. Birth: Spring 2008 Steering Council Committees Joyce Foundation grant 10
    11. 11. Taking Our First Step, 2008-2012 Watershed Restoration Plans Implementation Plans Water Quality Trading White Paper Annual Conference Mini-Grant Program Rivers Report Watershed Watch And more . . . 11
    12. 12. Sweet Water’s Outreach Efforts
    13. 13. Clustered Residential BMP Project KK River Watershed
    14. 14. Green Infrastructure Mini-Grants
    15. 15. Sweet Water Goals Results . . . So farMake measurable Benchmarking: Menomonee, KK, and Root Water Restoration Plansprogress Regional Public Survey on Knowledge and ActionsFocus on land use On the ground projects with multiple partners: Mini-grantspractices 16th Street Community Health’s BMP on the KK Priorities identified through WAT implementation plansLeverage funding • Joyce Foundation grant $3.4 million over six years • PLUS $450,000 in 2011 • PLUS grants our partners secured with Sweet Water match or focusRecommend new • Water Quality Trading White Paper, March 2010policies • Watershed-Based Permit in Menomonee • Broadcast public education campaign • $200,000 to $250,000 with Root-Pike WIN for 2 yearsInsist on cost- In progresseffective projects
    16. 16. Cool Stuff You May Have Missed Greater Milwaukee Water Quality Connections
    17. 17. Cool Stuff You May Have Missed Inside the Greater Milwaukee Watersheds 50-page summary of the 2007 Regional Water Quality Plan Sets stage for why Sweet Water focuses on stormwater 17
    18. 18. Cool Stuff You May Have Missed Speakers’ Bureau with 42 specific topics 18
    19. 19. Cool Stuff You May Have Missed Menomonee River Mainstem Land Protection Plan 19
    20. 20. Mission Success Increased communication between partners and sectors Increased collaboration between partners and sectors Shared understanding of how we will tackle the problem
    21. 21. Looking Ahead: Our Teenage Years Strategic planning Learning how to bridge differences Learning how to survive and thrive  “Out there on our own . . .”
    22. 22. What Will Middle-Age Look Like? Hundreds of organizations  Government  Non-profit  For profit Hundreds of thousands of people  Property owners  Volunteers 22
    23. 23. Research public knowledge Municipal Stormwater Media How We Work Campaign Communi- cations Menomonee Committee River Habitat indicators Kinnickinnic River New Science Watershedbacteria Committee Sweet Actionmarkers Water Teams Root River Tracking emerging issues Policy Watershed Action Committee Teams to follow: Key role in Watershed- State’s based new water storm Milwaukee quality water River trading permitting efforts effort Oak Creek Total Guiding Maximum new Daily phosphorus Load rules (TMDL) Projects 23
    24. 24. Chaordic Organization Dee Hock, founder of Visa Chaotic and ordered organizational structure “encourage as much competition and initiative as possible while building mechanisms for cooperation”  Can we use competition to find the most cost- effective solutions? “The Trillion Dollar Vision of Dee Hock,” by M. Mitchell Waldrop, in FastCompany 24
    25. 25. Chaordic Organization & Hock $135,000 grant from Joyce Foundation Be adaptable and responsive, while preserving unity of purpose  Find delicate balance to avoid turf fights Cultivate equity, autonomy, and individual opportunity Governing structure must distribute power and function to the lowest level 25
    26. 26. Chaordic Organization Governing structure as a framework for dialogue, deliberation, and coordination among equals  Federated structure  Members with voting representation Sweet Water original Policies and Procedures 26
    27. 27. Thank you! For more info, visitswwtwater.org

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