Fresh Coast Guardians are everyday people who love Lake Michigan and want to protect it.
You can help us prevent polluted storm runoff from reaching our waterways by managing water better when it rains or snows. Here’s how:
It captures, absorbs and 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. Green roofs can top buildings and bioswales can line city streets.
• Helps protect rivers and lakes from water pollution.
• Keeps stormwater from becoming someone else's headache downstream.
• Reduces the risk of basement backups and sewer overflows.
We have an aggressive goal and we need your help! It's to create, by the year 2035, enough green infrastructure in our region to capture 740 million gallons of water every time it rains. Why? To reduce water pollution and improve our rivers and Lake Michigan. Yes, 740 million gallons is huge, but consider this:
One Inch of Rain on MMSD's Service Area = 7.1 Billion Gallons of Water.
Every year, MMSD invites public, private, and not for profit organizations who plan to install Green Infrastructure (GI) strategies on their property within eligible municipalities, to submit applications for partnership funding through our Green Infrastructure Partnership Program.
Starting January 13, 2020, we invite organizations to apply for funding from MMSD to create new rain gardens, bioswales, green roofs and a variety of techniques that help capture and harness rain and melting snow.
Applications will be accepted until 10AM CST on March 10, 2020.
More details can be found here.
Our Rain Garden Plant Sale is going on now! Get up to 50% off retail prices. Order online here.
Plants must be ordered by April 6th, 2020 and will be available for pickup on June 13th, 2020 at MMSD’s Headquarters.
For more details on the plant sale or our rain garden workshops click here.
Check out some of the green strategies local residents and businesses are using to help combat water pollution.
Explore these solutions, then call us with your questions at 414-225-2222. We’re here to help!
save rain for later
beauty & rain collection
create a healthy habitat
hold more water
create deeper roots
protect your roof
rain soaks into the ground
catch dirty road runoff
manage flooding upstream