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The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District awarded the 2100 Apartments in Wauwatosa, WI. a Green Luminary award for outstanding green infrastructure projects that help protect Lake Michigan. Through a combination of a green roof, permeable pavers, stormwater trees, and native plantings, the project can manage nearly 20,000 gallons of runoff each time it rains.
Green Luminaries help protect our rivers and Lake Michigan by harvesting rainfall for other uses or by mimicking nature and draining it into the ground to reduce water pollution.
Green infrastructure is an approach to wet weather management that is cost-effective, sustainable, and environmentally friendly. On a smaller scale, green infrastructure practices include strategies such as rain gardens, rain barrels, porous pavements, green roofs, infiltration planters, trees and tree boxes, and rainwater harvesting for non-potable uses such as toilet flushing and landscape irrigation. At the largest scale, the preservation and restoration of natural landscape features (such as forests, floodplains and wetlands) are critical components of green stormwater infrastructure. By protecting these ecologically sensitive areas, communities can improve water quality while providing wildlife habitat and opportunities for outdoor recreation.
View previous Green Luminary award winners from the MMSD service area.
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.
Whether you're a business or a homeowner, there are smalls ways you can reduce pollution and help prevent flooding. Learn how to install a rain garden and help protect Lake Michigan.