Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District - MMSD

Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District - MMSD The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District’s mission is to cost-effectively protect the waterways in Southeastern Wisconsin through reliable sewerage services, building flood resilience, and protecting and enhancing our waterways and land.
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MMSD's mission is to protect public health and the environment through cost-effective water management, leadership, and partnerships. MMSD is a regional government agency that provides water reclamation and flood management services for about 1.1 million people in 28 communities in the Greater Milwaukee Area. Protecting public health and the fresh water supply for millions of people takes the expe

MMSD's mission is to protect public health and the environment through cost-effective water management, leadership, and partnerships. MMSD is a regional government agency that provides water reclamation and flood management services for about 1.1 million people in 28 communities in the Greater Milwaukee Area. Protecting public health and the fresh water supply for millions of people takes the expe

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Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan stopped at Pulaski Park, where MMSD has restored the Kinnick...
07/08/2021
EPA chief visits Milwaukee, leaders say federal funding provides opportunity to replace lead lines

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan stopped at Pulaski Park, where MMSD has restored the Kinnickinnic River to a natural stream to reduce the risk of flooding.

Local leaders highlighted the partnerships between governments and community members that supported the project. "To look around this crowd and see the state, see the county, see the city, see the community, this is a model for what we want to see all across the country," Regan said. https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/politics/2021/07/06/epa-administrator-milwaukee-leaders-discuss-lead-pipe-replacement/7844449002/

EPA Administrator Michael Regan Mayor Tom Barrett Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources County Executive David Crowley

Administrator Regan met with Milwaukee leaders Tuesday to discuss how the Biden administration's infrastructure package could help the city replace lead service lines.

"Milwaukee is doing exactly what we want to see the rest of the country doing, looking at ways to marry jobs, natural re...
07/08/2021
EPA tours Milwaukee's Pulaski Park highlighting infrastructure deal

"Milwaukee is doing exactly what we want to see the rest of the country doing, looking at ways to marry jobs, natural resources, protecting the planet, protecting communities," said EPA Administrator Michael Regan.

https://www.cbs58.com/news/epa-tours-milwaukees-pulaski-park-highlighting-infrastructure-deal

Mayor Tom Barrett Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources County Executive David Crowley

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael Regan visited Milwaukee Tuesday, July 6. He wanted to highlight the infrastructure deal crafted by a partisan group of

MMSD was proud to share with EPA Administrator Michael Regan our community’s ability to work collaboratively in deliveri...
07/07/2021

MMSD was proud to share with EPA Administrator Michael Regan our community’s ability to work collaboratively in delivering projects like the Pulaski Park flood Management that not only protects its residents and the environment, as well as opportunities to develop our local workforce. Federal infrastructure investments will not only improve assets that protect our environment but strengthen our human capital.

How do you enjoy Lincoln Park and Estabrook Park? Let us know by taking our survey and joining us for a virtual communit...
07/07/2021

How do you enjoy Lincoln Park and Estabrook Park? Let us know by taking our survey and joining us for a virtual community meeting on July 14th at 5:30 pm.

To register and take the survey: www.mmsd.com/what-we-do/milwaukee-estuary-aoc/lincoln-park-oxbow-estabrook-falls-habitat-enhancement

Waterway Restoration Partnership Milwaukee County Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

How do you enjoy Lincoln Park and Estabrook Park? Let us know by taking our survey and joining us for a virtual community meeting on July 14th at 5:30 pm.

To register and take the survey: www.mmsd.com/what-we-do/milwaukee-estuary-aoc/lincoln-park-oxbow-estabrook-falls-habitat-enhancement

Waterway Restoration Partnership Milwaukee County Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

"The facility will help to remove harmful chemicals from the waters that have settled in the estuary. They've been there...
07/06/2021
The Milwaukee Estuary could soon be cleaner, thanks to another round of dredging and a new sediment containment facility

"The facility will help to remove harmful chemicals from the waters that have settled in the estuary. They've been there for 100 years. We didn't place them there, but someone had to step forward and do something to remove them. They're a risk to public health and the environmental health of the region. Though past remediation efforts have moved the area into better environmental standing, the final sediment dredging will move the estuary toward being delisted as an Area of Concern.” Kevin Shafer – MMSD Executive Director.
https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/health/2021/07/06/milwaukee-estuary-cleanup-harmful-sediment-moves-closer/7797017002/

If approved by the Senate and Gov. Evers, a facility to contain contaminated sediment would open the area to more uses.

Want FREE water for your gardens and HELP protect Lake Michigan?  Installing a rain barrel is an easy way to do your par...
07/05/2021

Want FREE water for your gardens and HELP protect Lake Michigan?

Installing a rain barrel is an easy way to do your part to protect Lake Michigan and become a Fresh Coast Guardian. Purchase a rain barrel or redeem your certificate at Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District - MMSD headquarters M-F 8 am to 4 pm. https://www.freshcoastguardians.com/resources/green-strategies/rain-barrels-cisterns

Want FREE water for your gardens and HELP protect Lake Michigan?

Installing a rain barrel is an easy way to do your part to protect Lake Michigan and become a Fresh Coast Guardian. Purchase a rain barrel or redeem your certificate at Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District - MMSD headquarters M-F 8 am to 4 pm. https://www.freshcoastguardians.com/resources/green-strategies/rain-barrels-cisterns

Fertilize your lawn with Milorganite Fertilizer around the Fourth of July to help build a deep root system that can bett...
07/04/2021

Fertilize your lawn with Milorganite Fertilizer around the Fourth of July to help build a deep root system that can better withstand the stress of summer and absorb more rain. The slow-release nitrogen never burns, and the iron will give you a green that lasts.

Learn more summer lawn tips: https://www.milorganite.com/blog/Lawn/help-your-lawn-manage-summer-weather

Fertilize your lawn with Milorganite Fertilizer around the Fourth of July to help build a deep root system that can better withstand the stress of summer and absorb more rain. The slow-release nitrogen never burns, and the iron will give you a green that lasts.

Learn more summer lawn tips: https://www.milorganite.com/blog/Lawn/help-your-lawn-manage-summer-weather

We hope everyone has a safe and fun holiday weekend! As you celebrate, please be sure not to litter in our lakes and riv...
07/03/2021

We hope everyone has a safe and fun holiday weekend! As you celebrate, please be sure not to litter in our lakes and rivers! This includes mattresses...

Remember, what you don't discard properly, whether on a boat or land, impacts our waters and wildlife.

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We hope everyone has a safe and fun holiday weekend! As you celebrate, please be sure not to litter in our lakes and rivers! This includes mattresses...

Remember, what you don't discard properly, whether on a boat or land, impacts our waters and wildlife.

Veolia North America

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, an area rich in water resources, yet the benefits of water infrastructure investments, including j...
07/02/2021

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, an area rich in water resources, yet the benefits of water infrastructure investments, including job creation and contracting opportunities, are not being shared equitably.

Learn how Milwaukee is trying to spur a more equitable water future. https://www.mmsd.com/about-us/news/building-careers-opportunities-in-the-milwaukee-water-sector

The Value of Water Veolia North America Employ Milwaukee Cream City Conservation Greater Milwaukee Foundation Groundwork Milwaukee Milwaukee Area Technical College Milwaukee County Milwaukee Water Commons Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, an area rich in water resources, yet the benefits of water infrastructure investments, including job creation and contracting opportunities, are not being shared equitably.

Learn how Milwaukee is trying to spur a more equitable water future. https://www.mmsd.com/about-us/news/building-careers-opportunities-in-the-milwaukee-water-sector

The Value of Water Veolia North America Employ Milwaukee Cream City Conservation Greater Milwaukee Foundation Groundwork Milwaukee Milwaukee Area Technical College Milwaukee County Milwaukee Water Commons Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee

"Why not go all the way back to the beginning and make the Burnham Canal a wetland? Instead of settling for what Shafer ...
07/01/2021
After more than a century, Burnham Canal, one of Milwaukee's deadest of dead zones, is being revived as a wetland

"Why not go all the way back to the beginning and make the Burnham Canal a wetland? Instead of settling for what Shafer called “another stagnant water body that would look the same 20 years from now,” recreating a wetland would restore wildlife habitat, filter storm runoff, aid the ongoing rebirth of the Menomonee Valley and create a green oasis on the edge of a densely settled neighborhood."

Learn more about the wetland restoration at Burnham Canal with historian, John Gurda: https://www.jsonline.com/story/opinion/2021/06/30/burnham-canal-milwaukee-dead-zone-being-revived-wetland/7783170002/

It took our ancestors less than two years to turn a pristine marsh into an environmental disaster. Now, a cleanup has begun.

The deadline for applications for MMSD's Youth Council has been extended to August 15. Applications will be reviewed on ...
06/29/2021

The deadline for applications for MMSD's Youth Council has been extended to August 15. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until that time. If you are interested in water, rivers, and lakes and are 16-18 years old attending high school, or working towards your GED, there's still time to apply.

To learn more about the program and to apply:https://www.mmsd.com/application/files/8516/2498/8526/21-013_YouthCouncilFlyerEXT_Web.pdf

The deadline for applications for MMSD's Youth Council has been extended to August 15. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until that time. If you are interested in water, rivers, and lakes and are 16-18 years old attending high school, or working towards your GED, there's still time to apply.

To learn more about the program and to apply:https://www.mmsd.com/application/files/8516/2498/8526/21-013_YouthCouncilFlyerEXT_Web.pdf

Thank you to everyone that came and picked up their rain garden plants! This year was a huge success.After you've plante...
06/29/2021

Thank you to everyone that came and picked up their rain garden plants! This year was a huge success.

After you've planted your rain garden, share a photo with us and we'll send you a Fresh Coast Guardians t-shirt! https://www.freshcoastguardians.com/take-action/support-effort

Thank you to everyone that came and picked up their rain garden plants! This year was a huge success.

After you've planted your rain garden, share a photo with us and we'll send you a Fresh Coast Guardians t-shirt! https://www.freshcoastguardians.com/take-action/support-effort

Milwaukee's regional agencies and organizations focused on protecting our water have partnered together on the One Water...
06/28/2021

Milwaukee's regional agencies and organizations focused on protecting our water have partnered together on the One Water, Our Water initiative.

Just in time for clean beaches week, The One Water, Our Water initiative encourages residents to get involved with protecting our water. Learn more: https://www.mmsd.com/about-us/news/one-water-our-water

American Rivers
Clean Wisconsin
Milwaukee Environmental Collaboration Office - ECO
Fresh Coast Guardians
Groundwork Milwaukee
Menomonee River Valley
Milwaukee Riverkeeper
Milwaukee Water Commons
DPW Milwaukee
Plastic Free MKE
Reflo - Sustainable Water Solutions
Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers
Sweet Water -- Southeastern Wisconsin Watersheds Trust
University of Wisconsin Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences
Veolia North America
Watermarks MKE

Milwaukee's regional agencies and organizations focused on protecting our water have partnered together on the One Water, Our Water initiative.

Just in time for clean beaches week, The One Water, Our Water initiative encourages residents to get involved with protecting our water. Learn more: https://www.mmsd.com/about-us/news/one-water-our-water

American Rivers
Clean Wisconsin
Milwaukee Environmental Collaboration Office - ECO
Fresh Coast Guardians
Groundwork Milwaukee
Menomonee River Valley
Milwaukee Riverkeeper
Milwaukee Water Commons
DPW Milwaukee
Plastic Free MKE
Reflo - Sustainable Water Solutions
Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers
Sweet Water -- Southeastern Wisconsin Watersheds Trust
University of Wisconsin Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences
Veolia North America
Watermarks MKE

06/26/2021
Jones Island Water Reclamation Facility 95th Anniversary

Today is Jones Island's 95th Anniversary!

We are proud to celebrate 95 years of protecting people and the environment. We've captured and cleaned 98.4% of all the water that has entered the regional sewer system since 1994. Opened in 1926, this facility was designated a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark in 1974. www.mmsd.com

The Kinnickinnic River Watershed is home to projects like Jackson Park, Pulaski Park, and others, but all of these proje...
06/25/2021
Kinnickinnic River Watershed Flood Management

The Kinnickinnic River Watershed is home to projects like Jackson Park, Pulaski Park, and others, but all of these projects come from the larger Kinnickinnic River Watershed Plan. This multi-phase plan reduces the risk of flooding, improves water quality, and includes community enhancements.

Learn about the Kinnickinnic River Watershed's history, progress, and active flood management projects through our interactive story map. https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/340848cb046a449694059830d396c0f0

Kinnickinnic River Watershed Flood Management 2021.19957

06/24/2021
City of Wauwatosa | MMSD Green Luminary® Award

The road to cleaner rivers and lakes starts in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin with 17 green alleys that can manage hundreds of thousands of gallons of water every time it rains. See how green alleys work and hear why the City plans to install more and more of these green infrastructure tools that help manage water where it falls.

The Green Luminary Award-winning green alley program is just one of the ways that the city of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin is working to protect local waterways and improve the quality of life in their community. View more of our Green Luminary® award winners: https://www.mmsd.com/what-we-do/green-infrastructure/green-luminaries

06/23/2021
Captain Scott and the river skimmer, Lynyrd Skymmr

Say hello to Captain Scott!

In May, our river skimmer, the Lynyrd Skymmr, picked up 95 yards of debris and towed seven trees. Please help us keep our rivers clean and improve water quality by keeping garbage out of our rivers. Veolia North America

"Green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) has become an increasingly common way for cities to rely less on traditional "gra...
06/22/2021
FYI about GSI: The Recipe for Green Stormwater Infrastructure Success

"Green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) has become an increasingly common way for cities to rely less on traditional "gray" infrastructure such as curbs, gutters, and drains to mitigate flooding and stormwater runoff."

Learn more about the successes of green infrastructure: https://www.planetizen.com/features/113389-fyi-about-gsi-recipe-green-stormwater-infrastructure-success

New research highlights some of the ways planners can increase the social benefits and public acceptance of green stormwater infrastructure.

Join the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, Milwaukee County Parks and MMSD today, June 21 at 6 pm, for a v...
06/21/2021

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

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

When pet p**p is left on the sidewalk or grass, rainwater can wash it into storm sewers, and our lakes and rivers. In th...
06/20/2021
Pet p**p is a pollutant -- SWWT — Respect Our Waters

When pet p**p is left on the sidewalk or grass, rainwater can wash it into storm sewers, and our lakes and rivers.

In the water, the p**p uses oxygen as it decays and can release ammonia. Low oxygen levels and ammonia, combined with warm temperatures, can kill fish. Pet p**p also contains nutrients that encourage w**d and algae growth and can carry diseases, which make water unsafe for swimming or drinking.

Please properly dispose of your pet p**p in the garbage! https://www.respectourwaters.org/pet-p**p-is-a-pollutant-swwt

When left on the sidewalk or grass, rain water can wash pet waste into storm sewers where it flows into our lakes and rivers.

Next Saturday is the last Rain Garden Plant Sale pickup day!If you ordered rain garden plants ON OR AFTER March 27th (Or...
06/19/2021

Next Saturday is the last Rain Garden Plant Sale pickup day!

If you ordered rain garden plants ON OR AFTER March 27th (Order #'s 1602 - 1959) your pickup day is June 26th. To ensure a smooth, efficient, and safe process we are asking everyone to register for a half-hour pickup window. We will do our best to serve everyone as fast and safely as we can. We understand that plans change, but please do your best to arrive during your time slot.

Learn more and register here: https://www.freshcoastguardians.com/take-action/events/mmsd-rain-garden-plant-sale-pickup-later-orders

Next Saturday is the last Rain Garden Plant Sale pickup day!

If you ordered rain garden plants ON OR AFTER March 27th (Order #'s 1602 - 1959) your pickup day is June 26th. To ensure a smooth, efficient, and safe process we are asking everyone to register for a half-hour pickup window. We will do our best to serve everyone as fast and safely as we can. We understand that plans change, but please do your best to arrive during your time slot.

Learn more and register here: https://www.freshcoastguardians.com/take-action/events/mmsd-rain-garden-plant-sale-pickup-later-orders

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260 W Seeboth St
Milwaukee, WI
53204

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 16:30
Tuesday 08:00 - 16:30
Wednesday 08:00 - 16:30
Thursday 08:00 - 16:30
Friday 08:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(414) 272-5100

Website

Products

MMSD Rain Barrels with diverter kit are $60.00 (Cash or Check)

Diverter kits sold separately = $20.00

MILWAUKEE METROPOLITAN SEWERAGE DISTRICT
260 W. Seeboth Street
Milwaukee, WI 53204
Ph (414) 225-2222

Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
https://www.mmsd.com/what-we-do/green-infrastructure/rain-barrels

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A recipient of the U.S. Water Prize and many other awards, MMSD is most proud of its record of 98.4%, since 1994, for capturing and cleaning wastewater from 28 communities in a 411 square mile area. Many metropolitan areas struggle to capture and clean the national goal of 85% of all the rain and wastewater that enters their sewer systems. MMSD is a regional government agency that provides water reclamation and flood management services for about 1.1 million people in 28 communities in the Greater Milwaukee Area.

Protecting public health and the drinking water supply for millions of people takes the expertise of hundreds of specially skilled and dedicated employees. MMSD is regarded nationally as a leader in wastewater treatment, flood management, and green infrastructure.

History

The first sewers were built more than 130 years ago and carried sewage, untreated, and stormwater directly to the rivers and Lake Michigan. These first sewers were “combined” sewers because sanitary and industrial waste were not separated from stormwater. Everything poured right into the rivers. Sewer construction was in its infancy and the prevailing public attitude was that waterways were free to use for disposal of wastes. In the late 19th Century, abuse of the waterways became more rampant and the rivers began to stink and pose health risks.

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Love the way my MMSD bird and butterfly garden is growing! Thanks
What is the average daily volume of municipal wastewater generated in Milwaukee?
Any news on when collection facilities will re-open. I've got a number of things I'd like to safely dispose of.
With all the TP being in short supply... Perhaps a dumb question please: What is MMSD's stance on paper towel usage for the same application? Just curious given these trying times. Any insight is appreciated. Thank you.
You want to replace my water meter..you are going to do it when I'm free. I'm not taking my limited vacation time to meet your schedule. YOU FIGURE IT OUT!!
Question.. all these contracts that are sold to the suburbs...New Berlin, etc, etc.. where does that waste water go? Deep tunnel...so are you building a deep tunnel to take care of that waste water... as the original deep tunnel wasn't built to handle that add'l capacity. are those municpalities then going to pay for their own deep tunnel/storage faciities? Or do the city of milwaukee residents have to pay AGAIN for an insufficient storage facility???(page 14 of your 2017 budget document showing the sewer service area extending to brookfield, meno falls, germantown, new berlin, franklin, musekgo).
MMSD has issued a Water Drop Alert ” until the rain has passed." Will we be notified when it's okay to do laundry and dishes again?
Really interesting podcast about protecting out water:
Sorry . . . but who "likes" the sewerage company? I'll have to take a pass.
It must be Spring. Release the Brown 💩 Trouts!!
Here's what you can do MMSD! A storm drain trash catcher!