BECOME A FRESH COAST GUARDIAN

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: 

Install a Rain Barrel

blue rain barrel

Get a rain barrel

Plant a Rain Garden

plant with rain drops

Dig It!

wear Your Support

Fresh Coast Guardian T-shirt

Get your FREE T-shirt

Have questions? Contact us or stop by the Fresh Coast Resource Center today!

May 30, 2019, 6:00 PM

Rain Barrel Workshop 3 - Milwaukee Recreation Dept.

Hawthorn Glen, Assembly Room, 1130 N 60th St.Milwaukee, WI, 53208

What Is Green Infrastructure?


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.


Benefits

• 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.

Explore Benefits

Our Goal

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.

Freshcoast Guardians Goal

Rain Garden Plant Sale is Open!

Our annual Rain Garden Plant Sale is going on now! Get up to 50% off retail plant prices. Order online HERE!

Plants must be ordered by March 31st, 2019 and will be available for pickup on June 8th at MMSD’s Headquarters.

Rain Garden Plant Sale Details.

Rain Garden Workshops

Interested in learning about the basics of installing and caring for a rain garden? The Fresh Coast Resource Center and the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District are hosting Rain Garden Workshops on March 16th and 23rd, 2019. Each workshop will focus on how to design and build a rain garden, how to select plants, and how your rain garden can protect Lake Michigan. At the workshop, gardening experts will be on hand to discuss design tips and assist you with creating your rain garden.  

Sign up here:

March 23rd workshop  - WORKSHOP FULL

Get Inspired

Check out some of the green strategies local residents and businesses are using to help combat water pollution.

Residential Project

Rain Garden By A Local Homeowner

Non-Profit Project

Porous Pavement By Urban Ecology Center

Private Project

Green Roof By Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance

Municipal Project

Bioswale By The Village Of Brown Deer

Green Strategies

Explore these solutions, then call us with your questions at 414-225-2222.  We’re here to help!

Rain Barrels & Cisterns

save rain for later

Rain Gardens

beauty & rain collection

Native Landscaping

create a healthy habitat

Stormwater Trees

hold more water

Soil Amendments

create deeper roots

Green Roofs

lower your utility bills

Porous Pavement

rain soaks into the ground

Bioswales

catch dirty road runoff

Wetlands

support wildlife

GreenseamsĀ®

manage flooding upstream

All Strategies