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By storing and draining water into the ground naturally, Greenseams® helps prevent future flooding and water pollution while supporting and protecting MMSD's structural flood management projects - infrastructure investments worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Greenseams® is an innovative flood management program that permanently protects key lands containing water-absorbing soils.
The program makes voluntary purchases of undeveloped, privately owned properties in areas expected to have major growth in the next 20 years and open space along streams, shorelines, and wetlands.
All land acquired will remain undeveloped. Wetlands maintenance and restoration at these sites will provide further water storage. Greenseams® also preserves wildlife habitat and creates recreational opportunities for people living in the region. Where applicable, the properties can be used for hiking, bird watching, and other passive recreation.
MMSD hired The Conservation Fund to run Greenseams®. It is a national non-profit conservation organization that forges partnerships to protect America's legacy of land and water resources, performs high volume real estate transactions for local land trusts and government agencies throughout the country.
Water flows from a natural spring on Greenseams® Hoerig property
Greenseams® - Victory Creek in Franklin, WI
Guests tour a Greenseams® property in the City of Milwaukee
You can see all kinds of wildlife on Greenseams® properties