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 common stressors, we have unified to address the issues facing our rivers and Lake Michigan through a basin-wide, collaborative approach.

Mission: The Southeastern Wisconsin Watersheds Trust (Sweet Water) is a collaborative effort to achieve healthy and sustainable water resources throughout the Greater Milwaukee Watersheds.

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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.

Stormwater Solutions Engineering, LLC worked with multiple partners to transform a deteriorating parking area into a spa...
09/16/2020

Stormwater Solutions Engineering, LLC worked with multiple partners to transform a deteriorating parking area into a space that enhances both storm water capture and community life.

Check out the article by clicking the link in the original post!

AS SEEN IN SWS MAGAZINE: A Deteriorating #Milwaukee Parking Lot 
Transformed into Community Green Space! 🌳

Read more about the transformation of the Mitchell Street parking lot right here: https://www.stormwater-solutions-engineering.com/new-sse-news/mitchellparkinglot

#GreenSpace #GreenEngineering #MKE #MitchellStreet #stormwatersystems

We are so proud of our Mini-Grant awardees for persevering in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. The awardees have co...
09/02/2020

We are so proud of our Mini-Grant awardees for persevering in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. The awardees have continued to find creative ways to work toward healthier waterbodies, watersheds, and communities!

The WATERshed Program worked hard this summer to transition their Lake Michigan field trip to a virtual experience that will engage middle school students in the Racine Unified School District. Many thanks to these and all creative educators who remain committed to their students and the environment in these challenging times!

Welcome back to school!

The WATERshed Program will continue to provide students and teachers with connections to their local watershed and Lake Michigan through virtual field trips! We have had a busy summer preparing for the many changes taking place in education, and transitioning to remote learning. Our program will provide students with quality watershed education and interactive learning experiences throughout the 2020/2021 school year.

We want to thank Career Coaches of Wisconsin for working on the WATERshed Program video project this summer. They provided us with a fantastic group of students and instructors, we had so much fun working with them!

The WATERshed Program is grateful for the continued support from our community, partners and funders Racine Unified Schools Kenosha Unified School District, City of Kenosha, On Lake Michigan, City of Racine, On the lake, Southport Park Association, REC (Root River Environmental Education Community Center) Wisconsin Coastal Management Program, Racine Community Foundation, Sweet Water -- Southeastern Wisconsin Watersheds Trust, Fund for Lake Michigan, and We Energies Foundation

Big News! We are now accepting presentation proposals for the VIRTUAL 2020 Clean Rivers, Clean Lake Conference! The conf...
08/25/2020
2020 CRCL Presentation Proposal Form — Sweet Water

Big News! We are 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. Each day will focus on a different topic in RESILIENCY.

This theme was chosen to support partners in their efforts to address the dynamic and diverse challenges our water resources face. Sample topics could include resiliency to coastal erosion, aging infrastructure, emerging contaminants, and more!

We are accepting proposals for traditional presentations, pre-recorded videos, and other multi-media content. All applications are due at 11:59 pm on Monday, September 21st.

View the application and propose your presentation at the link!

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.

Today is a bittersweet day, as it marks the last week of our AmeriCorps member's term of service with Sweet Water.Over t...
08/24/2020

Today is a bittersweet day, as it marks the last week of our AmeriCorps member's term of service with Sweet Water.

Over the past twelve months, Ali was instrumental in building the Adopt Your Drain program, which engages residents of southeastern Wisconsin in actions that prevent pollution of our local lakes and rivers.

Ali also managed volunteers who made the 2019 Clean Rivers, Clean Lake Conference one of the most successful conferences that we've ever hosted! Through managing interns and communicating with Sweet Water's many partners, she has been a great leader in collaborating with others to improve the quality of our shared water resources.

Thank you, Ali, for your dedication! We are excited to see how you continue to inspire others to care for their communities and environment in the future!

Thanks also to
Marshfield Clinic Health System Center for Community Health Advancement for coordinating the Volunteer Wisconsin AmeriCorps program! We are excited to continue partnering with you in the future!

On Friday, we celebrate the region's most precious freshwater resource, Lake Michigan! On Lake Michigan Day, we highligh...
08/12/2020
Lake Michigan Day

On Friday, we celebrate the region's most precious freshwater resource, Lake Michigan! On Lake Michigan Day, we highlight the many ways people protect and restore our waters throughout the Great Lakes Basin.

This year, in response to COVID-19, Lake Michigan Stakeholder's celebration of Lake Michigan Day will be hosted via a virtual platform.

Between the excellent speakers and panelists presenting at this virtual event, LMS hopes to inspire you to think about how you, too, can protect the incredible natural resources we are so blessed to have in this part of Wisconsin. You’ll never know the impact you can make until you try!

Register for this event at the link below!

We are looking for sponsors for this great event, if you would like to contribute, please click the register tab above!

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So energizing to see the impactful and creative projects that our partners will be implementing with support from the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program!

We are especially excited to work with Lakeshore Natural Resource Partnership to develop and deliver a collaboratively designed water quality and Great Lakes literacy campaign to the Lake Michigan coastal community!

Congratulations to all of the awardees! See the full list from Wisconsin Department of Administration at the link below!

Big News! The Cedar, Pigeon, Ulao, and Mole Creeks Watershed Restoration Plan has been confirmed by WDNR to be consisten...
06/30/2020
Cedar, Pigeon, Ulao, and Mole Creeks Watershed Implementation Plan — Sweet Water

Big News! The Cedar, Pigeon, Ulao, and Mole Creeks Watershed Restoration Plan has been confirmed by WDNR to be consistent with EPA's Nine Key Elements for a Watershed Restoration Plan!

Thank you to all of our partners who have put significant time and energy into working with us to complete this plan. We are excited to work with partners on plan implementation so that we can see water quality improvements in these watersheds and those downstream!

Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District - MMSD Ozaukee County Land & Water Management Washington County, Wisconsin Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Milwaukee Riverkeeper Riveredge Nature Center

The Cedar, Pigeon, Ulao, and Mole Creeks Watershed Restoration Plan covers sub-watersheds in the geographic center of the Milwaukee River watershed. The purpose of the Plan is to provide guidance in project planning, prioritization, and identification of investment opportunities among diverse waters...

When UWM professor Dr. Nancy Frank approached Sweet Water and MMSD about her students developing WQIP public outreach, t...
06/21/2020
Building Unique Partnerships for the WQIP: A collaboration between UWM, MMSD, and Sweet Water — Sweet Water

When UWM professor Dr. Nancy Frank approached Sweet Water and MMSD about her students developing WQIP public outreach, the decision was a no-brainer. Teaming up with the region’s future urban and regional planners and freshwater researchers to help develop public education about the Water Quality Improvement Plan was a great opportunity for taking the first steps toward implementation.

Thanks for being great partners on this project Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District and UWM School of Architecture and Urban Planning (SARUP)! And to the students who made this project a reality, great work!

When UWM professor Dr. Nancy Frank approached Sweet Water and MMSD about her students developing WQIP public outreach, the decision was a no-brainer. Sweet Water’s primary mission is to bring diverse partners together to protect and restore the Greater Milwaukee Watersheds , and the WQIP (the Wate

It's great to see MMSD and researchers from UWM's School of Freshwater Science collaborating to keep the Greater Milwauk...
05/12/2020
Sewage samples could help scientists find coronavirus outbreaks before they begin

It's great to see MMSD and researchers from UWM's School of Freshwater Science collaborating to keep the Greater Milwaukee Area safe. Especially now, unique partnerships like these are crucial to preserving the health of our waterways and our communities.

Thanks for all you do University of Wisconsin Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences and Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District - MMSD!

They believe the information can help spot trends in the number of cases and give healthcare providers a warning days or weeks before it happens.

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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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