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Lake Michigan - Milwaukee, WI

Green Infrastructure

"By managing water where it falls, we can reduce the amount of water that gets into sanitary sewers and cut down on polluted stormwater runoff, the biggest remaining threat to clean rivers and lakes in the United States." 

Kevin Shafer, MMSD Executive Director
Kevin L. Shafer, P.E. 
MMSD Executive Director
Managing Water Where it Falls

We have an aggressive goal and we need your help! 

It's to create, by the year 2035, enough green infrastructure in our region to capture 740 million gallons of water every time it rains.  Why?  To reduce water pollution and improve our rivers and Lake Michigan.

Yes, 740 million gallons is huge, but consider this:


By managing water where it falls, we can:
  • Help protect rivers and lakes from water pollution.
  • Keep it from becoming someone else's headache.
  • Reduce the risk of basement backups and sewer overflows.

What is Green Infrastructure?
It captures, absorbs or stores rain and melting snow, taking on numerous shapes and sizes from 55 gallon rain barrels to trees and porous pavers for parking lots, driveways and sidewalks.  You can see green roofs on buildings or bioswales along city streets.

You can learn more about these water quality techniques on the pages of this web site and a special section of MMSD's web pages dedicated to green infrastructure.
Start your journey by clicking here   MMSD 


The green roof on MMSD's headquarters in downtown Milwaukee