Sweet Water -- Southeastern Wisconsin Watersheds Trust

Sweet Water -- Southeastern Wisconsin Watersheds Trust Forging Partnerships for Healthy Waters in Southeastern Wisconsin The Southeastern Wisconsin Watersheds Trust, Inc. (Sweet Water) is a unique partnership established in 2008 to achieve healthy and sustainable water resources throughout the 1,100 square mile Greater Milwaukee Watersheds through coordinated, collaborative efforts.

Our members include independent units of government, special purpose districts, non-profit organizations, local residents and representatives of business and academia, all sharing common goals for our shared waters. Recognizing that our rivers travel through our region irrespective of municipal or sewerage district boundaries and that the health of our waters reflects our shared land use and commo

Our members include independent units of government, special purpose districts, non-profit organizations, local residents and representatives of business and academia, all sharing common goals for our shared waters. Recognizing that our rivers travel through our region irrespective of municipal or sewerage district boundaries and that the health of our waters reflects our shared land use and commo

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We're hiring!Join our team in the newly created position of Watershed Program Manager! If you’re interested in encouragi...
06/21/2021

We're hiring!

Join our team in the newly created position of Watershed Program Manager! If you’re interested in encouraging stewardship of our southeastern Wisconsin environment and Lake Michigan and you enjoy working with passionate community members, we’d like to meet you!

Learn more and apply at www.swwtwater.org/employment

We're hiring!

Join our team in the newly created position of Watershed Program Manager! If you’re interested in encouraging stewardship of our southeastern Wisconsin environment and Lake Michigan and you enjoy working with passionate community members, we’d like to meet you!

Learn more and apply at www.swwtwater.org/employment

Timeline Photos
06/21/2021

Timeline Photos

Join the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, Milwaukee County Parks and MMSD today, June 21 at 6 pm, for a virtual public information meeting. Hear about new changes coming to Honey Creek to restore habitat and remove the concrete channel. Visit the Honey Creek Flood Management and Habitat Restoration Project webpage to register for the Zoom meeting. Registration is required. https://www.mmsd.com/what-we-do/flood-management/menomonee-concrete-removal/honey-creek

Happy National Public Works Week!Did you know that the Department of Public Works in your city, town, or village is work...
05/17/2021

Happy National Public Works Week!

Did you know that the Department of Public Works in your city, town, or village is working every day to keep your community's water resources safe and healthy?

Whether it's by collecting garbage or yard waste to prevent it from polluting our rivers and Lake Michigan or by maintaining infrastructure that helps prevent flooding and stormwater runoff, DPWs perform many essential services that keep our watersheds clean!

Sweet Water is proud to partner with many southeastern Wisconsin DPWs! Check out our website at http://bit.ly/ROW_Partners to find a list of our partners as well as links to their DPW and stormwater management pages!

Is your municipality one of our partners? Give your DPW a thanks and a shoutout by tagging them in a comment on this post! #npww

Happy National Public Works Week!

Did you know that the Department of Public Works in your city, town, or village is working every day to keep your community's water resources safe and healthy?

Whether it's by collecting garbage or yard waste to prevent it from polluting our rivers and Lake Michigan or by maintaining infrastructure that helps prevent flooding and stormwater runoff, DPWs perform many essential services that keep our watersheds clean!

Sweet Water is proud to partner with many southeastern Wisconsin DPWs! Check out our website at http://bit.ly/ROW_Partners to find a list of our partners as well as links to their DPW and stormwater management pages!

Is your municipality one of our partners? Give your DPW a thanks and a shoutout by tagging them in a comment on this post! #npww

Happy Earth Day!
04/23/2021

Happy Earth Day!

Happy AmeriCorps Week to our Volunteer Coordinator and Adopt Your Drain Program Manager, Luka Pavlakis!Serving through M...
03/11/2021

Happy AmeriCorps Week to our Volunteer Coordinator and Adopt Your Drain Program Manager, Luka Pavlakis!

Serving through MCHS AmeriCorps Volunteer Wisconsin, Luka is developing and implementing strategies to increase engagement in our Adopt Your Drain program. Volunteers involved in this program help keep the communities and water resources of southeastern Wisconsin clean, healthy, and safe! We are lucky to have Luka on our team and commend his efforts to safely activate the engaged residents of Wisconsin as many of us stay close to home!

#AmeriThanks to Luka and all current and alumni AmeriCorps members!

Marshfield Clinic Health System Center for Community Health Advancement Serve Wisconsin

Happy AmeriCorps Week to our Volunteer Coordinator and Adopt Your Drain Program Manager, Luka Pavlakis!

Serving through MCHS AmeriCorps Volunteer Wisconsin, Luka is developing and implementing strategies to increase engagement in our Adopt Your Drain program. Volunteers involved in this program help keep the communities and water resources of southeastern Wisconsin clean, healthy, and safe! We are lucky to have Luka on our team and commend his efforts to safely activate the engaged residents of Wisconsin as many of us stay close to home!

#AmeriThanks to Luka and all current and alumni AmeriCorps members!

Marshfield Clinic Health System Center for Community Health Advancement Serve Wisconsin

Check out this opportunity to gain the experience necessary to become a conservation leader through working with Cream C...
01/13/2021

Check out this opportunity to gain the experience necessary to become a conservation leader through working with Cream City Conservation!

YOU BELONG HERE!
Guess what friends: We’re hiring!

And we’re looking for people just like you!
- people who love people
- people who love the 🌎
- people who want to change the world starting with their own city!

If you’re 21+, have a valid drivers license and experience working outdoors, doing #conservation, construction or working with youth, this may be the perfect fit for your talents.

Check out our website www.creamcityconservation.org for more info. Click on CAREERS to apply!

(Full-time, part time, and seasonal roles available)

Pay starts at $16/hour and goes up to $20 based in experience and certifications.

Join us in making #Milwaukee #GREEN and #EQUITABLE

(Ps. Stay tuned for our youth employment opportunity announcement for 15-20 year olds!)

12/01/2020
Honey Creek Headwaters Stream Restoration Project

At the Clean Rivers, Clean Lake Conference a few weeks ago, our partners at Ruekert & Mielke, Inc. and City of Greenfield, WI shared their plans to restore an area of Honey Creek and the surrounding watershed. By taking an integrated watershed management approach, they plan to implement projects that will meet water quality, water quantity, biodiversity, and community goals!

Check out some awesome drone footage of the project area and learn more by watching the following video! For more videos and resources from the conference, visit our virtual conference rotunda at www.swwtwater.org/crcl-virtual-rotunda!

City of South Milwaukee
11/19/2020

City of South Milwaukee

For professionals in the real estate development industry, our partner in stormwater management, Sweet Water -- Southeastern Wisconsin Watersheds Trust, is offering a green infrastructure workshop. Learn more here: https://bit.ly/swgreenwkshp

Have the post-conference blues? Can't wait until the 2021 Clean Rivers, Clean Lake Conference?You are in luck! We have a...
11/17/2020
Building Capacity in Resilience - 2020 Clean Rivers, Clean Lake Conference

Have the post-conference blues? Can't wait until the 2021 Clean Rivers, Clean Lake Conference?

You are in luck! We have a bonus conference session to share! Maria Hart, from Nomad Planners LLC, and Linda Reid, from Water365, lead a session on building capacity in resilience, accessible at the link below.

This recorded discussion provides knowledge and competencies to stakeholders so that they can increase their capacity to face climate change. Tools and resources to build this capacity are provided as well.

Maria Viteri Hart and Linda Reid lead a presentation about building resiliency. This event took place during the 2020 Clean Rivers, Clean Lakes Conference. E...

It may be Friday the 13th tomorrow, but you're in luck! We still have one more session of the Clean Rivers, Clean Lake C...
11/13/2020
2020 Clean Rivers, Clean Lake Conference

It may be Friday the 13th tomorrow, but you're in luck! We still have one more session of the Clean Rivers, Clean Lake Conference to go!

Register before 9 am tomorrow for the session, Resilience in Science and Policy. First, we will have presentations from researchers who study issues that affect the health and safety of our watersheds, two of whom are from University of Wisconsin Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences. Then we will have a panel of water policy experts engage in discussion facilitated by Milwaukee Riverkeeper. Finally, members of the Milwaukee Water Equity Task Force will present.

We will round out the day with recognition of a truly worthy Watershed Champion. This ceremony is supported by CDM Smith.

To see other presenters at this session, and to register, follow the link below. Hope to see you there!

Join us virtually to create more resilient watersheds in the face of global pandemics, climate change, aging infrastructures and more!

11/12/2020
Atwater: Beyond the Beach 'Shed Talk

We enjoyed a successful first day of the Clean Rivers, Clean Lake Conference yesterday! Here is just one of the many presentations that we were able to share. Thanks to Marek Landscaping, LLC for sharing this 'Shed Talk, and to @strandassociatesCOL for being the 'Shed Talk sponsor of this talk.

We're looking forward to another great session of the Clean Rivers, Clean Lake Conference this afternoon! Today focuses on designing, implementing, and assessing resilient stormwater infrastructure. You can still register for this session until 1:30pm CST- visit https://bit.ly/register-crcl-2020 to register right away!

It's not too late! There's still time to register for Clean Rivers, Clean Lake!The first session of the conference start...
11/10/2020
2020 Clean Rivers, Clean Lake Conference

It's not too late! There's still time to register for Clean Rivers, Clean Lake!

The first session of the conference starts in 24 hours! Join us on Wednesday at 9:00 am CST to learn about projects that promote resilient waterways and watersheds.

This first day is sponsored by Ruekert & Mielke, Inc. and Wisconsin Coastal Management Program (a program of Wisconsin Department of Administration).

Register for this day, and the other two sessions on Thursday and Friday, at the link below! You can find the titles and presenters to be featured each day at this link as well.

Join us virtually to create more resilient watersheds in the face of global pandemics, climate change, aging infrastructures and more!

A week from today is the first day of the Clean Rivers, Clean Lake Conference. A week from today is also Veterans Day.Ac...
11/04/2020
Clean Rivers, Clean Lake Conference — Sweet Water

A week from today is the first day of the Clean Rivers, Clean Lake Conference. A week from today is also Veterans Day.

Active members of the military and Veterans alike make our world more resilient. To recognize these important members of our society, we have invited Gary Paradoski, Veteran of the U.S. Army and current president of Aqua Vitae, to give a Veterans Day Address on the first day of CRCL 2020.

Gary was a land surveyor for the Artillery and now designs and oversees natural resources, green infrastructure, and water quality projects. Join us to hear how he believes his service prepared him for a career in making more resilient watersheds.

Find the full agenda for Day 1 of the conference and register at the link below.

Clean Rivers, Clean Lake Conference

Looking for a way to extend lessons learned at the Clean Rivers, Clean Lake Conference for building more resilient water...
11/04/2020
Events • Wisconsin’s Green Fire

Looking for a way to extend lessons learned at the Clean Rivers, Clean Lake Conference for building more resilient watersheds, water bodies, and water-dependent communities?

You're in luck! Our friends at Wisconsin's Green Fire: Voices for Conservation are hosting events on the evenings of November 11th and 12th that you can join after tuning into CRCL!

Join to improve your understanding of the role that racial equity plays in making environmental and conservation fields more inclusive and effective. Check out Wisconsin's Green Fire website at the link below to learn more!

And don't forget to register for your ticket to the Clean Rivers, Clean Lake Conference at https://bit.ly/register-crcl-2020!

calendar of events The Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin, Gathering Waters, and Wisconsin’s Green Fire are partnering to offer a diversity, equity and inclusion workshop series for our staff, board, members, and partners. There is no charge for these programs, but we ask you to consider a ...

Interested in earning Continuing Education Credits or Professional Development Hours through attending CRCL 2020? Click ...
10/28/2020
CRCL Credits — Sweet Water

Interested in earning Continuing Education Credits or Professional Development Hours through attending CRCL 2020? Click the link below to learn how!

Attendees of all three days will be eligible for a total of seven PDHs or 7.5 CECs (those seeking CECs can also attend individual days to earn 2.5 CECs/day)!

You must register for the conference and indicate your interest in receiving credits by Monday, November 9th at 7:00 am to be eligible to receive PDHs or CECs.

We will be offering PDHs and CECs to attendees of the conference. We will be taking attendance and will verifying attendance by requiring the completion of a brief survey at the close of each session for those seeking credit. You must register for the conference and indicate your interest in receiv...

Announcing the 2020 Clean Rivers, Clean Lake Agenda! We are excited to share presentations that will showcase what resid...
10/26/2020

Announcing the 2020 Clean Rivers, Clean Lake Agenda!

We are excited to share presentations that will showcase what residents and professionals of southeastern Wisconsin (and beyond) are doing to make watersheds, water resources, and water-dependent communities more resilient.

Stay tuned in the weeks leading up to the event for additional panelists and featured speakers who will be contributing to the conference! Ready to register? Visit bit.ly/register-crcl-2020 to claim your ticket!

We hope you are getting as excited about #CRCL2020 as we are! In just 24 hours, we will be releasing our conference agen...
10/24/2020
Watershed Champions Nomination Form — Sweet Water

We hope you are getting as excited about #CRCL2020 as we are! In just 24 hours, we will be releasing our conference agenda that will outline the daily themes, presentation topics, and speakers for each of our completely virtual sessions! Check back here to see it first!

In the meantime, head to our Watershed Champion Nomination page to nominate a person, community, or organization doing great work to improve water quality in southeastern Wisconsin!

Watershed Champions are individuals, communities, and organizations that have made significant efforts in securing healthy and sustainable water resources in the Greater Milwaukee watersheds.

Sweet Water -- Southeastern Wisconsin Watersheds Trust's cover photo
10/22/2020

Sweet Water -- Southeastern Wisconsin Watersheds Trust's cover photo

Many of you are familiar with our Respect Our Waters campaign, which educates residents of southeastern Wisconsin about ...
10/08/2020
Respect Our Waters

Many of you are familiar with our Respect Our Waters campaign, which educates residents of southeastern Wisconsin about what they can do to prevent stormwater pollution. Now we want to see what the region has learned through a photo contest!

Learn more and submit a photo of how you Respect Our Waters at the link below!

Show off how you Respect Our Waters- Submit a photo for a chance to be seen on TV!

Take a picture doing your favorite activity to take care of the water we use in southeastern Wisconsin every day for a chance to have it featured on television!

You can also help your favorite picture win by VOTING for your favorite!

Some people clean storm drains, some plant absorbent native plants, and some clean up after their pets. Want other ideas for your photo? Check out RespectOurWaters.com for more ways to take care of Wisconsin's waters!

https://www.respectourwaters.org/photo-contest

Each year, Sweet Water and CDM Smith are proud to thank, honor, and celebrate regional Watershed Champions at the Clean ...
10/06/2020
Watershed Champions Nomination Form — Sweet Water

Each year, Sweet Water and CDM Smith are proud to thank, honor, and celebrate regional Watershed Champions at the Clean Rivers, Clean Lake Conference!

Watershed Champions have made significant efforts in securing healthy and sustainable water resources in the Greater Milwaukee watersheds. We rely on YOU to help us identify deserving awardees!

Nominate an individual, community, or organization to be a Watershed Champion at the link below!

Watershed Champions are individuals, communities, and organizations that have made significant efforts in securing healthy and sustainable water resources in the Greater Milwaukee watersheds.

On only his second week, Luka is stepping in front of the camera to help raise awareness about stormwater pollution!
10/01/2020

On only his second week, Luka is stepping in front of the camera to help raise awareness about stormwater pollution!

Join us in welcoming the newest member of the Sweet Water team! Luka is our newest AmeriCorps member, joining us to coor...
09/23/2020
Welcome Luka Pavlakis to Sweet Water! — Sweet Water

Join us in welcoming the newest member of the Sweet Water team! Luka is our newest AmeriCorps member, joining us to coordinate the Adopt Your Drain program over the course of the next year.

We're grateful to Volunteer Wisconsin, run by Marshfield Clinic Health System Center for Community Health Advancement, for allowing us to bring such talented individuals to our team.

We're already so excited to work with Luka to encourage residential action to improve our watersheds! Check out the link to learn more about Luka!

We have a new Adopt-Your-Drain coordinator here at Sweet Water! Each year, Sweet Water partners with Volunteer Wisconsin, a program run by Marshfield Health Clinic, to host an AmeriCorps member for a year of service. This program year, Luka is joining the team and will manage volunteers through our

The period to propose a presentation for the Clean Rivers, Clean Lake Conference has been EXTENDED until Wednesday, Sept...
09/22/2020
2020 CRCL Presentation Proposal Form — Sweet Water

The period to propose a presentation for the Clean Rivers, Clean Lake Conference has been EXTENDED until Wednesday, September 30th at 11:59 pm!

Because the conference will be virtual this November, we have new opportunities for the types of presentations we will feature. Along with more traditional presentations, propose a video, photo gallery, virtual "field trip", or another multi-media idea!

For more information and to propose a presentation today, visit the link below! #CRCL2020

Southeastern Wisconsin Watersheds Trust, Inc. (Sweet Water) is now accepting presentation proposals for the VIRTUAL 2020 Clean Rivers, Clean Lake Conference. The conference will span November 11, 12, and 13, for approximately 2.5 hours each day.

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Our rivers and Lake Michigan are invaluable resources that hold the key to our region's vitality. These waters have defined our history, influenced our economy, and enriched the quality of our lives for centuries.

Sweet Water is committed to restoring the Greater Milwaukee watersheds to conditions that are healthy for swimming and fishing. We bring diverse partners together and provide the leadership and innovation necessary to protect and restore our shared water resources.

Through support from our partners and collaborators in the Milwaukee area and beyond we are proud to host an annual Clean Rivers, Clean Lake Conference, provide guidance and support to a wide range of regional projects aimed to improve watershed health, and provide thousands of dollars in Mini-Grants to local grassroots organizations each year.

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