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It takes vision and foresight to sustainably manage water where it falls. Green Luminary® 's ultimately help protect our rivers and Lake Michigan by adapting practices that harvest rainwater for other uses and mimic nature by draining it into the ground to reduce water pollution. Green Luminary® 's like these projects are led by true champions who recognize not only the need to manage stormwater, but also the need to innovate and grow, to create lasting good works, and to connect people and prosperity to the environment.
The Greenprint for Milwaukee Shoreline project uses a combination of native plantings, bioswales, and permeable pavers, to help protect Lake Michigan by managing over 205,000 gallons of stormwater each time it rains. The native prairie plants provide a habitat for essential pollinators, a respite for migratory birds, and beautify the grounds. The project was funded through a partnership between the War Memorial Center, Milwaukee County, Fund for Lake Michigan, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and MMSD.
Porous Pavement in the parking lot.
Construction of porous sidewalk.
Bioswales next to driveway.
Staff from MMSD, War Memorial, The Sigma Group & Stormwater Solutions Engineering
The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District gives Green Luminary® awards to businesses, organizations, and communities that implement exceptional green infrastructure design projects that benefit our lakes and rivers, as well as our communities.
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The War Memorial Center was never intended to be a static veterans memorial. The founders—the Milwaukee community—envisioned something more. Rather than build another flagpole or bench, the people of Milwaukee wanted a living memorial to “Honor the Dead by Serving the Living.” The educational experiences bring to life this memorial and tell the stories of the veterans who served and sacrificed for our freedom.
Looking for something to do as a team? Something that will bring you closer together, make a huge difference in your community, and only needs to be done twice per year? Consider adopting a section of the Milwaukee, Menomonee and Kinnickinnic Rivers.
Rain gardens help reduce sewer overflows and water pollution by absorbing stormwater runoff from hard surfaces into the ground naturally. Learn how to plant a rain garden and help protect Lake Michigan.
Receive Water Drop Alert text messages when heavy rain threatens the area. When a Water Drop Alert has been issued a reminder is sent to use less water until the rain passes.
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