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Marquette University in partnership with the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) is constructing two new stormwater runoff mitigation projects under the Fresh Coast Protection Partnership program, incorporating green infrastructure. The two green infrastructure projects are Parking Lot T by the School of Dentistry and the other on the south lawn of Lalumiere Hall.
FCPP is a community-based partnership between the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District and infrastructure solutions firm Corvias aimed at improving water quality, reducing stormwater runoff, and localized flooding through the capture and management of millions of gallons of water during rain events.
Combined, the Marquette projects have the potential to prevent up to nearly 500,000 gallons of stormwater runoff during a single rain event to reduce sewer overflow volume and reduce the risk of flooding and help protect rivers and lakes from pollution. Aligned with the “Sustainability of Valuable Resources” theme in the university’s strategic plan, Beyond Boundaries, the FCPP and Marquette are sharing the costs to design and construct the green infrastructure.
“Marquette is grateful for its ongoing relationship with MMSD and to the Fresh Coast Protection Partnership for the opportunity to serve as responsible stewards of campus lands to help preserve and protect the environment,” says Lora Strigens, vice president for planning and facilities services. “As an urban campus, we have thought creatively over the years on how to best manage stormwater runoff, a critical issue for the nearby rivers and Lake Michigan. Recent campus additions like green roofs and the retention basin near the Athletic and Human Performance Research Center have been a great step forward. The FCPP has provided us — and others in the area facing the same challenges — with new opportunities to better manage our delicate, finite natural resources.”
Both projects are underway—the Lot T project is expected to be complete near the start of the fall 2022 semester, and the Lalumiere project will wrap up in early fall. Watch Marquette Today for updates.
The FCPP is a three-year public-private partnership. The FCPP is intended to help MMSD ramp up green infrastructure implementation to meet the group’s 2035 Vision goal of capturing the first half-inch of rainfall across impervious surfaces within MMSD's service area. Over the next several years, MMSD and its partner Corvias will plan, design, bid and build nearly 8.5 million gallons of stormwater capture capacity with green infrastructure.
MMSD has a long history of providing funding for green infrastructure to public and private partners. Increasing numbers of intense rain events and the incorporation of green infrastructure into MMSD's permit have pushed MMSD to do more to be resilient in the face of climate change. The FCPP will push beyond the scope of previous green infrastructure programs to better direct where green infrastructure is placed (to maximize benefits), how it is designed, and how it is constructed.
Green infrastructure 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.
Are you a homeowner, organization, or business looking for help on installing green infrastructure? Contact the Fresh Coast Guardians Resource Center to get started today.
The Working Soils® Program aims to permanently protect privately held working land in the Milwaukee River watershed floodplain. Healthy soils store rainwater, recharge groundwater, and reduce water pollution.