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.

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!

07/02/2020
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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.

Subscribe to our Watershed Watch newsletter and stay updated with stormwater news you can use!Each month Sweet Water pro...
04/06/2020
Subscribe to WW — Sweet Water

Subscribe to our Watershed Watch newsletter and stay updated with stormwater news you can use!

Each month Sweet Water provides updates on how we are working to collaborate with diverse stakeholders and take a watershed approach to restoring and protecting our local water resources. We also provide readers with partner updates and opportunities to engage in this work!

Sign up today so that you don't miss our April edition, coming soon!

Happy Americorps Week to our favorite Americorps member, Ali Woodruff!Serving through MCHS AmeriCorps Volunteer Wisconsi...
03/09/2020

Happy Americorps Week to our favorite Americorps member, Ali Woodruff!

Serving through MCHS AmeriCorps Volunteer Wisconsin, Ali has helped us to increase the capacity of our volunteer engagement program, Adopt Your Drain! She has been instrumental in inspiring volunteers to help improve the health of our local watersheds and water resources!

Thanks to all current and alumni members who are #MadeinAmericorps

Marshfield Clinic Health System Center for Community Health Advancement Serve Wisconsin

The Green Infrastructure Workshop for Municipal Staff, Contractors, and Consultants yesterday was a great success! Thank...
01/23/2020

The Green Infrastructure Workshop for Municipal Staff, Contractors, and Consultants yesterday was a great success!

Thanks to all presenters for sharing valuable green infrastructure lessons. We learned from
Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District - MMSD and Fresh Coast Guardians about opportunities to support and implement these types of projects. DPW Milwaukee and Village of Bayside also shared lessons learned and success stories of GI in their communities.

Stay tuned for information about the next GI workshop, coming up in February!

Thanks to sponsors MMSD, Wisconsin Coastal Management Program (a program of Wisconsin Department of Administration), and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for making these workshops possible! And thanks Clean Wisconsin for being an excellent host!

Sweet Water is honored to have a board comprised of industry leaders. Check out a recent award given to our phenomenal b...
01/14/2020

Sweet Water is honored to have a board comprised of industry leaders. Check out a recent award given to our phenomenal board member, Karen Sands!:

Congratulations, to our Director of Planning Research and Sustainability, Karen Sands, honoree for the Top 10 Influential Women of Water 2020!

"We have all the water on earth that we’re ever going to have. Protecting it in a sustainable, fiscally responsible manner is crucial and something we take seriously. Sustainability is a pathway forward, a way to ensure we do our part to protect the region’s environmental health so future generations have the same opportunities that we do now.” Karen Sands

To learn more about our sustainability efforts: https://www.mmsd.com/what-we-do/sustainability

If you’re involved in municipal stormwater, engineering, and/or public works projects and want to do more with green sto...
01/13/2020
Workshop: Green Stormwater Opportunities — Sweet Water

If you’re involved in municipal stormwater, engineering, and/or public works projects and want to do more with green stormwater infrastructure, this workshop is for you!

Municipalities are increasingly utilizing green stormwater infrastructure in their public works projects. Learn how you can incorporate these practices into your work and hear about local success stories.

Follow the link below to learn more and to find out how to reserve your spot!

Municipalities are increasingly utilizing green stormwater infrastructure in their public works projects. Learn how you can incorporate these practices into your work and hear about local success stories. If you’re involved in municipal stormwater, engineering, and/or public works projects and wan...

A Wealth of Nature / Preserve Our Parks shared a great article about restoration projects on the Milwaukee River in Ozau...
01/08/2020
Touring restoration sites on the Milwaukee River in Ozaukee County | A Wealth of Nature

A Wealth of Nature / Preserve Our Parks shared a great article about restoration projects on the Milwaukee River in Ozaukee County. These important projects are helping to improve fish habitat in the river, ultimately leading to more fishable waters in the Greater Milwaukee Watersheds!

Thanks to all partners who work on improving the health of our local lakes and rivers. We can't wait to see what progress we make in 2020!

Ozaukee County Planning and Parks Department

Despite the current controversy surrounding a fish passage proposal for the Kletzsch Park Dam, the concept of a fish passage is itself not controversial. In fact, numerous successful restoration projects have been completed on the Milwaukee River both upstream and down from Kletzsch. On June 7, 2019...

Check out these funding opportunities to help get the new year started right! These grants and scholarships are availabl...
01/07/2020
January 2020 Grant Opportunities — Sweet Water

Check out these funding opportunities to help get the new year started right! These grants and scholarships are available for environmental and water quality projects in our region and are intended to support a range of needs, from organizational capacity building to water quality monitoring.

Each month Sweet Water compiles a list of local, regional, and national funding opportunities.  These grants and scholarships are available for environmental and water quality projects in our region and are intended to support a range of needs, from organizational capacity building

11/19/2019

The 15th annual Clean Rivers, Clean Lake Conference was a success! Thank you to our sponsors, exhibitors, volunteers, conference planning committee and all that attended! Visit our website for more follow-up information. We will be sharing conference presentations soon!
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Again a big thanks to our sponsors and exhibitors! Fund for Lake Michigan, The Brookby Foundation, The City of Milwaukee, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District - MMSD, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Corvias, CDM Smith, MillerCoors, Ruekert & Mielke, Inc., Strand Associates, Applied Ecological Services, HNTB, Wisconsin Coastal Management Program, Brown and Caldwell, @AWSNorthAmerica, @OTIE, Jacobs Engineering Group Inc., @Symbiont, Onset, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences, Stormwater Solutions Engineering, LLC, @NEXT.cc, Respect Our Waters, UWM School of Architecture and Urban Planning (SARUP), County Materials Corporation

This just in! We have a few remaining scholarship spots available for the Clean Rivers, Clean Lake Conference, beginning...
11/13/2019

This just in! We have a few remaining scholarship spots available for the Clean Rivers, Clean Lake Conference, beginning in less than 24 hours!

Want to learn about watershed restoration, policy innovation, and technology advances in the Greater Milwaukee Watershed, but didn't think you could afford the price of a conference ticket? Message us at the link below to secure a spot at a reduced price!

Hurry! Time's ticking until the Conference begins!

We're excited to hear from all of our presenters on Thursday, but we are especially pleased to announce that Lieutenant ...
11/12/2019
2019 Clean Rivers, Clean Lake Conference

We're excited to hear from all of our presenters on Thursday, but we are especially pleased to announce that Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes will be giving a few welcome remarks in the morning!

For that reason and so many more, register for the Clean Rivers, Clean Lake Conference today!!!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-clean-rivers-clean-lake-conference-registration-73019079031

Join us at the 2019 Clean Rivers, Clean Lake Conference on November 14, 2019! This year's theme is Leveraging Experience for Future Success.

Congratulations to our 2019 Watershed Champions!Thanks to CDM Smith for sponsoring this year's awards! We're excited to ...
11/11/2019

Congratulations to our 2019 Watershed Champions!

Thanks to CDM Smith for sponsoring this year's awards! We're excited to recognize these champions who have made significant efforts in securing healthy and sustainable water resources in the Greater Milwaukee watersheds at the Clean Rivers, Clean Lake Conference this Thursday!

Want to celebrate with us? Registration for the conference is still open! Follow the link in the comments to find information about securing your spot at this great event!

We are 1 week away from “Leveraging Experience for Future Success” and our speaker lineup is top-notch. Here are some se...
11/07/2019

We are 1 week away from “Leveraging Experience for Future Success” and our speaker lineup is top-notch. Here are some sessions we’re excited about: Milwaukee’s Proud History of Watershed Health Innovation, Healthy Soils and Clean Farms and Multi-Stakeholder Habitat Restoration Projects. See the full agenda at https://www.swwtwater.org/clean-rivers-clean-lake-conference #CRCL19

TODAY is the last day to receive general registration rates for the 15th annual Clean Rivers, Clean Lake Conference on N...
11/03/2019

TODAY is the last day to receive general registration rates for the 15th annual Clean Rivers, Clean Lake Conference on Nov 14 at Alverno College. This year’s theme is “Leveraging Experience for Future Success.” Follow the link to learn more about the Conference and to register! #CRCL19 https://www.swwtwater.org/clean-rivers-clean-lake-conference

Know someone who’s done great work in our watershed and might be too shy to nominate themselves? Make someone’s day and ...
11/02/2019

Know someone who’s done great work in our watershed and might be too shy to nominate themselves? Make someone’s day and submit their name! Nominations for SweetWater’s Watershed Champion Award close TODAY! #CRCL19 Nominate here https://www.swwtwater.org/watershed-champions-1

Trick or Treat!What's sweet, green, and sneaking up on you?It's not that sugar crazed monster trying to take all of the ...
10/29/2019
Mini-Grant 2020 Request for Proposals — Sweet Water

Trick or Treat!

What's sweet, green, and sneaking up on you?

It's not that sugar crazed monster trying to take all of the chocolate bars! It's the deadline to apply to Sweet Water's Water Quality Mini-Grant Program!

Now for the treat: Apply by Friday at 11:59 pm to receive between $1,000 & $5,000 for your grassroots water quality improvement project! Find more information on our website, linked below!

https://www.swwtwater.org/mini-grant-2020-request-for-proposals

Applications for Sweet Water's 2020 Water Quality Mini-Grant Program are available. All documents needed for applying can be found below in order to prepare a mini-grant request prior to uploading the documents to the Application Form.

Each year we recognize individuals, communities, and organizations that have made significant efforts in securing health...
10/25/2019

Each year we recognize individuals, communities, and organizations that have made significant efforts in securing healthy and sustainable water resources in the Greater Milwaukee watersheds and we celebrate them at our annual Clean Rivers, Clean Lake Conference. Nominations for our 2019 Watershed Champion Awards close in 1 week! #CRCL19
https://www.swwtwater.org/watershed-champions-1

Still trying to come up with a great Mini-Grant project that can help to protect and restore the Greater Milwaukee Water...
10/04/2019
Water Quality Mini-Grant Application Information Session — Sweet Water

Still trying to come up with a great Mini-Grant project that can help to protect and restore the Greater Milwaukee Watersheds?

You're in luck! On Thursday, October 17th from 1:00-2:30 pm, there will be an open information and Q&A session about applying to receive a 2020 Mini-Grant! Stop by to learn what makes an eligible and competitive project and how to apply!

Follow the link below for more information!

An information session about Sweet Water’s signature Water Quality Mini-Grant Program has been scheduled for Thursday, October 17th from 1:00 pm-2:30 pm . Those crafting a proposal or considering applying to the program are encouraged to attend to learn more about the application process and char

Seeking Clean Rivers, Clean Lake Conference Volunteers!
10/03/2019
Seeking Clean Rivers, Clean Lake Conference Volunteers!

Seeking Clean Rivers, Clean Lake Conference Volunteers!

Southeastern Wisconsin's streams, rivers, and nearshore Lake Michigan make up an integral part of the region's environment and economy. The Southeastern Wisconsin Watersheds Trust (Sweet Water) is...

ANNOUNCING: Sweet Water's Signature Water Quality Mini-Grant Program is accepting proposals for 2020 Mini-Grant Projects...
09/25/2019
Mini-Grant 2020 Request for Proposals — Sweet Water

ANNOUNCING: Sweet Water's Signature Water Quality Mini-Grant Program is accepting proposals for 2020 Mini-Grant Projects!

Applications are due Friday, November 1, 2019. To find out if your great idea for improving water quality in the Greater Milwaukee Watersheds is eligible, and to apply, follow the link below!

Applications for Sweet Water's 2020 Water Quality Mini-Grant Program are available starting Friday, September 6, 2019. All documents needed for applying can be found below in order to prepare a mini-grant request prior to uploading the documents to the Application Form.

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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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