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The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) Commission approved the award of $4.2 million to 11 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 established criteria focused on the applicant’s ability and commitment to implement, maintain, and promote their project.
When completed, these projects will provide over 2.2 million gallons of stormwater 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 water backing up into basements or overflowing into our waterways.
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 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 flood management and green infrastructure efforts.