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On Monday, June 28, 2021, the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) Commission approved the award of $2,995,168 to 18 successful applicants to MMSD's Green Infrastructure Partnership Program (GIPP).
The GIPP offers incentive funding on a per-gallon-captured, reimbursement basis for green infrastructure strategies designed to capture and clean water where it falls. Applications are scored based on an established set of criteria focused on the applicant’s ability and commitment to implement, maintain, and promote their project.
When completed, these projects will provide a total of nearly 1.6 million gallons of stormwater detention capacity. These projects will incorporate a wide variety of green infrastructure (GI) types designed to manage water where it falls thereby helping to reduce the likelihood of sewer overflows and basement backups.
See how previous Green Luminary® Award winner Sid Grinker, Co. implemented green infrastructure on their property.
The 2021 Green Infrastructure Partnership Program application process is currently closed. Stay tuned for the announcement of the 2022 Green Infrastructure Partnership Program in January of 2022.
Green infrastructure projects are consistent with MMSD's 2035 Vision and Strategic Objectives. Our long-range goal is to eliminate sewer overflows, improve water quality, and incorporate an overall triple-bottom-line sustainable approach to operations. Projects funded through the GIPP support implementation of the MMSD's Regional Green Infrastructure Plan (RGIP) (2013),Urban Biodiversity Plan (2018), and the Resilience Plan (2019).
MMSD's investment in green infrastructure is to increase the implementation of innovative approaches to wet weather management that is cost-effective, sustainable, and environmentally friendly. Green infrastructure management approaches and technologies infiltrate, capture, and reuse stormwater to maintain, restore, or mimic nature by draining it into the ground to reduce water pollution.
Projects should seek to demonstrate a connection or relationship to the purpose and function of other MMSD watercourse flood management, and green infrastructure work.