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The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD), with the support of local stakeholders, wrote this plan to help protect and restore native biodiversity within MMSD’s planning area through the application of green infrastructure (GI).
Green infrastructure is a key component to meeting MMSD’s 2035 Vision for zero basement backups, zero overflows, and improved water quality.
The Milwaukee region weaves green and traditional grey infrastructure into a sustainable future. This includes a range of effective, economical techniques that use nature to manage water.
MMSD has an ultimate goal of eliminating sewer overflows by 2035. Green infrastructure will be a critical component of meeting this goal, especially given the District’s heavy investments in grey infrastructure.
Sustainability is not an endpoint at the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD), but rather it is the pathway forward. It’s about ensuring we do our part to protect the region’s environmental health, support social sustainability, and be fiscally responsible.
The Kinnickinnic River Watershed Green Infrastructure Plan is the first comprehensive, watershed-specific, plan created as part of the larger watershed planning effort recommended by the RGIP. It builds on the RGIP recommendations to allow multiple stakeholders to strategically implement green infrastructure in a way that meets their objectives.
This guidebook outlines the commonly-cited types of green infrastructure that can be used on school grounds. Five schools in the MMSD region are featured as examples of how schools are using green infrastructure.
To realize and sustain broad GI across the MMSD service area, the region needs to implement a GI operation and maintenance (O&M) framework to cost-effectively maintain GI benefits.
This workbook provides a starting point to help communities review and revise their codes and ordinances with the goal of improving stormwater runoff mitigation by enabling, encouraging and promoting green infrastructure.