Park Pride’s 13th Annual
Parks and Greenspace Conference
Multiple Benefits:
Regional Visioning to Local Engagement
(Milwau...
• MMSD Background/Impetus
for Going Green
• MMSD Regional GI Plan
• Pre-Plan Programs, including
Greenseams®
• Project Exa...
Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District
We Serve:
• 1.1 Million Customers
• 28 Municipalities
• 411 Square Miles
We Prote...
• Sewers
• Treatment Plants
• Tunnels/Storage Vessels
• Large-scale Flood Management
MMSD’s Grey Backbone…
4/8/2014
300 Miles
MMSD Sewers
3,000 Miles
Municipally Owned Sewers
3,000 Miles
Private Laterals
The MMSD Region’s Sewers
4/8/2014
Jones Island
South Shore
4/8/2014
Designed to minimize
basement backups and for 1-
2 overflows per year.
300 Feet
Below ground
521 Million
Gallons of Storag...
Also, Flood Management
4/8/2014
Lincoln Creek Example
Before
After
• Concrete removal to naturalize channel
• Minimized floodplain
• Habitat enhancement
4...
The Deep Tunnel has kept
98+ Billion Gallons
of pollution out of Lake Michigan
4/8/2014
Overflow Reduction Plan
• $1 Billion Spent by 2010
• Reclamation Facility
Upgrades
• Deep Tunnels
• Sewer Rehabilitation
4...
End Result!
4/8/2014
Despite An Extensive Grey Backbone, CSOs Still Happen
4/8/2014
• Is That Enough?
• Does Our Public Expect More?
• Are We “Sustainable”? What about
“Regenerative”?
• What Does the Future...
We plan for it with vision…
MMSD’s 2035 Vision and Strategic Objectives
Strategic Objectives For:
1. Integrated Watershed
...
2035 Vision’s Green Infrastructure Goals
• Capture the 1st 0.5” of
rainfall
• Capture & reuse the 1st
0.25 gallon per SF
4...
To Serve Our Region…
MMSD Implements Grey & Green Infrastructure
4/8/2014
Green Infrastructure In Our New Permit
4.10 Wet Weather Management – Green Infrastructure
“…The practices/control measures...
Regional Green Infrastructure Plan: A Top-Down Approach
• Implement the 2035 Vision (740 MG!!)
• Help Prioritize GI Fundin...
What’s So Groundbreaking?
• Emphasizes Combined &
Separate Sewer Service
Areas
• Supports Private Property
Inflow & Infilt...
What’s Next With GI?
• Existing Programs Continue/Expand
• New Programs:
– Schools
– Economic Development
• Ad-hoc Committ...
The Business Case For Going Green
• Green Infrastructure Can Supplement
Traditional Grey Infrastructure
• Green Infrastruc...
• “Every Drop Counts” Campaign
• Greenseams Property Acquisitions
• Flood Management Projects
• Increasingly Widespread Gr...
Many Strategies, Many Pilot Projects, Multiple Scales
4/8/2014
GreenseamsSM
2,600+ Acres Since 2002
4/8/2014
Lake Michigan Rain Garden Initiative
Over 26,000 plants
sold since 2006
4/8/2014
Rain Barrels
• Over 18,000 Sold
• Triple-bottom Line Story
• Over 1,000,000 Gallons/Event
• Benefits in Milwaukee
• Widesp...
Green Roofs
MillerCoors
Mequon
MMSD
Clock
Shadow
Building 9+ acres
4/8/2014
Park/Park-like Installations
• Schule Center
• S. 6th Street Gardens
• Southshore Beach Parking
• Bradford Beach Bioretent...
Boerner Botanical Garden
Bradford Beach
Karen Sands, AICP
Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District
ksands@mmsd.com
414-225-2123
www.mmsd.com
www.h2ocapture.com
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Multiple Benefits: Regional Visioning to Local Engagement

  1. 1. Park Pride’s 13th Annual Parks and Greenspace Conference Multiple Benefits: Regional Visioning to Local Engagement (Milwaukee, WI) March 31, 2014 Karen Sands, AICP Manager of Sustainability Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District
  2. 2. • MMSD Background/Impetus for Going Green • MMSD Regional GI Plan • Pre-Plan Programs, including Greenseams® • Project Examples Today’s Talk…
  3. 3. Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District We Serve: • 1.1 Million Customers • 28 Municipalities • 411 Square Miles We Protect the Public & Lake Michigan: • Convey/Store/Reclaim Wastewater • Manage Flooding 4/8/2014
  4. 4. • Sewers • Treatment Plants • Tunnels/Storage Vessels • Large-scale Flood Management MMSD’s Grey Backbone… 4/8/2014
  5. 5. 300 Miles MMSD Sewers 3,000 Miles Municipally Owned Sewers 3,000 Miles Private Laterals The MMSD Region’s Sewers 4/8/2014
  6. 6. Jones Island South Shore 4/8/2014
  7. 7. Designed to minimize basement backups and for 1- 2 overflows per year. 300 Feet Below ground 521 Million Gallons of Storage 28.5 Miles Long 17- to 32-feet In Diameter ISS/Deep Tunnels 4/8/2014
  8. 8. Also, Flood Management 4/8/2014
  9. 9. Lincoln Creek Example Before After • Concrete removal to naturalize channel • Minimized floodplain • Habitat enhancement 4/8/2014
  10. 10. The Deep Tunnel has kept 98+ Billion Gallons of pollution out of Lake Michigan 4/8/2014
  11. 11. Overflow Reduction Plan • $1 Billion Spent by 2010 • Reclamation Facility Upgrades • Deep Tunnels • Sewer Rehabilitation 4/8/2014
  12. 12. End Result! 4/8/2014
  13. 13. Despite An Extensive Grey Backbone, CSOs Still Happen 4/8/2014
  14. 14. • Is That Enough? • Does Our Public Expect More? • Are We “Sustainable”? What about “Regenerative”? • What Does the Future Hold? What’s our Role? How Do We Plan For it? We Meet Our Effluent & AQ Permits, So… 4/8/2014
  15. 15. We plan for it with vision… MMSD’s 2035 Vision and Strategic Objectives Strategic Objectives For: 1. Integrated Watershed Management 2. Climate Change Mitigation/Adaptation with an Emphasis on Energy Efficiency 4/8/2014
  16. 16. 2035 Vision’s Green Infrastructure Goals • Capture the 1st 0.5” of rainfall • Capture & reuse the 1st 0.25 gallon per SF 4/8/2014
  17. 17. To Serve Our Region… MMSD Implements Grey & Green Infrastructure 4/8/2014
  18. 18. Green Infrastructure In Our New Permit 4.10 Wet Weather Management – Green Infrastructure “…The practices/control measures put in place in 2013 must cumulatively have a design retention capacity of at least 1 million gallons, and each following calendar year during the permit term an additional 1 million gallons of green infrastructure retention capacity must be put in place...” 4/8/2014
  19. 19. Regional Green Infrastructure Plan: A Top-Down Approach • Implement the 2035 Vision (740 MG!!) • Help Prioritize GI Funding Decisions • Provide Input to Next Facilities Plan • Logically Implement WPDES GI Goals
  20. 20. What’s So Groundbreaking? • Emphasizes Combined & Separate Sewer Service Areas • Supports Private Property Inflow & Infiltration • Promotes Turf Grass with Soil Amendments
  21. 21. What’s Next With GI? • Existing Programs Continue/Expand • New Programs: – Schools – Economic Development • Ad-hoc Committee Tackles Policy • R&D: – O&M: sensors – Behavior change study w/UWM 4/8/2014
  22. 22. The Business Case For Going Green • Green Infrastructure Can Supplement Traditional Grey Infrastructure • Green Infrastructure Provides Many Other Quantifiable Benefits • Economic • Social • Environmental 4/8/2014
  23. 23. • “Every Drop Counts” Campaign • Greenseams Property Acquisitions • Flood Management Projects • Increasingly Widespread Green… • Rain Barrels & Rain Garden Plant Sales • Downspout Disconnections • Green/Sustainable Infrastructure Partnerships • Studies to Justify the “Business Case” Before There Was a Plan… 4/8/2014
  24. 24. Many Strategies, Many Pilot Projects, Multiple Scales 4/8/2014
  25. 25. GreenseamsSM 2,600+ Acres Since 2002 4/8/2014
  26. 26. Lake Michigan Rain Garden Initiative Over 26,000 plants sold since 2006 4/8/2014
  27. 27. Rain Barrels • Over 18,000 Sold • Triple-bottom Line Story • Over 1,000,000 Gallons/Event • Benefits in Milwaukee • Widespread Implementation • Far-Ranging Outreach has Spill-over Value • Unique Approaches • Culture Change • Volume of Interest • Technical Successes 4/8/2014
  28. 28. Green Roofs MillerCoors Mequon MMSD Clock Shadow Building 9+ acres 4/8/2014
  29. 29. Park/Park-like Installations • Schule Center • S. 6th Street Gardens • Southshore Beach Parking • Bradford Beach Bioretention • Firefly Gardens, MKE County Grounds • Oak Creek Wetlands • Brown Street Academy • Maryland Avenue School • Urban Ecology Center • All-People’s Church • Menomonee Valley Bioretention • Beerline Trail • Colectivo on the Lake • Mequon Nature Preserve • Boerner Botanical Garden • MKE County Zoo
  30. 30. Boerner Botanical Garden
  31. 31. Bradford Beach
  32. 32. Karen Sands, AICP Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District ksands@mmsd.com 414-225-2123 www.mmsd.com www.h2ocapture.com

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