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:
Mar 25, 2023, 10:00 AM
Tippecanoe Branch Library, 3912 S Howell Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53207
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.
Do your part in helping protect Lake Michigan and beautify your yard at the same time! Native plants can be pre-ordered now through March 31st with plant pickup on June 10th. Supplies are limited, so if we sell out the sale will close. Click here to order!
For more details about the sale check out our Plant Sale details page.
Starting January 11th, 2023, we invite public, not-for-profit, and private sector organizations within eligible municipalities to apply for funding through the Green Infrastructure Partnership Program (GIPP) to create new rain gardens, bioswales, green roofs, and a variety of green infrastructure (GI) practices that help capture and manage rainfall and melting snow.
Property owners or developers must submit applications by 10 AM CST on March 8, 2023.
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