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Blue skies and warm sunshine greeted neighbors on 63rd Street as they gathered to learn more about how to manage water where it falls when Mother Nature delivers a less than ideal forecast.

“The rain garden we’re building today will help reduce water pollution, basement backups and sewer overflows,” Bre McDonald of the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) told the small crowd of parents and kids.

“Our goal is to create enough of this green infrastructure, by 2035, to capture 740 million gallons of water every time it rains,” said McDonald.  “That’s a lot of water, but keep in mind that one inch of rain on MMSD’s service area equals 7 billion gallons of water.”

Neighbors were invited to the home to see how to install a rain garden and a rain barrel and hear why they should think about doing the same.  

“We’re all part of the solution,” said Nathan Guequierre of URS Corporation that organized the get together and learning session.  “This garden may look small.  However, if you and you and you put in rain gardens and rain barrels, it adds up to hundreds of gallons of water.”

Learn more about Fresh Coast 740 and the things you can do to help by clicking here.