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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:
Jun 10, 2023, 11:00 AM
MMSD Headquarters' parking lot
11:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Milwaukee, WI 53204
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.
The plant sale is NOW CLOSED! The limited plant inventory was sold before our closing date of 3/31.
To be notified of our next Rain Garden Plant Sale, sign-up for our Fresh Coast Guardians newsletter: https://www.freshcoastguardians.com/newsletter-signup
For more rain garden/native plant sales: https://dnr.wisconsin.gov/topic/endangeredresources/nativeplants.html
If you already placed your order, plant pickup is on June 10th at MMSD.
For more details about the sale check out our Plant Sale details page.
Check out some of the green strategies local residents and businesses are using to help combat water pollution.
Rain Garden By A Local Homeowner
Porous Pavement By Urban Ecology Center
Green Roof By Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance
Bioswale By The Village Of Brown Deer
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
direct rain to lawn or garden
create deeper roots
protect your roof
rain soaks into the ground
catch dirty road runoff