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 expertise of hundreds of specially skilled and dedicated employees. MMSD is highly regarded nationally as a leader in wastewater treatment, flood management, and green infrastructure. A recipient of the U.S. Water Prize and many other awards, the District is most proud of its record of 98.5%, 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. Sign up for our newsletter from Executive Director, Kevin Shafer, Blues Notes: https://www.mmsd.com/about-us/contact-us/newsletter-signup Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MMSD_MKE Follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mmsd_mke/ Follow us on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/H20Milwaukee

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Check out Green & Healthy Schools Wisconsin virtual classroom learning series. Join Michael Timm for a guided exploratio...
11/14/2020
Registration: Green & Healthy Schools WI Virtual Classroom Learning Series

Check out Green & Healthy Schools Wisconsin virtual classroom learning series. Join Michael Timm for a guided exploration of the Milwaukee Community Map to learn about Milwaukee's water story.

This recorded session and educator resources will be available November 18 on the Green & Healthy Schools Wisconsin website and YouTube Channel.
Learn more and register https://forms.gle/DWg5Brf1mrAXgFrV8

For more information, please visit: http://eeinwisconsin.org/core/item/page.aspx?s=141948.0.0.2209 Questions? Contact Lesley Sheridan ([email protected])

Riveredge Nature Center, The Conservation Fund, and MMSD will help protect 287-acres through a conservation easement to ...
11/13/2020

Riveredge Nature Center, The Conservation Fund, and MMSD will help protect 287-acres through a conservation easement to ensure this land is always a natural habitat for plants and animals to flourish, for humans to learn and explore, and to reduce the risk of flooding.

MMSD and The Conservation Fund have helped secure the permanent easement through MMSD's Greenseams® program that is now protecting more than 4,000 acres. https://www.mmsd.com/about-us/news/riveredge-nature-center-mmsd-greenseams-conservation-easement

"It’s one of the first pieces of a multi-million dollar plan to build a 40-million gallon stormwater retention system an...
11/12/2020
Eyes on Milwaukee: City Clears Way For Big Sewer Project

"It’s one of the first pieces of a multi-million dollar plan to build a 40-million gallon stormwater retention system and prevent sewer overflows onto surrounding streets. The area surrounding the city’s Century City Business Park has suffered repeated flooding in the past 12 years. A 2010 storm caused $32 million in damage."

Learn about one of our projects with DPW Milwaukee and Northwest Side Community Development Corporation in the 30th street corridor to help reduce flooding: https://urbanmilwaukee.com/2020/11/11/eyes-on-milwaukee-city-clears-way-for-big-sewer-project/

84-inch-wide pipe is first phase of 40-million gallon stormwater project to prevent sewer overflows.

MMSD and Veolia North America are honored to be recognized for the 2020 National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NA...
11/11/2020

MMSD and Veolia North America are honored to be recognized for the 2020 National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) Peak Performance And Excellence In Management Awards. These awards recognize outstanding clean water utilities that demonstrate operational excellence. Congratulation’s to our South Shore facility (Platinum award) and Jones Island facility (Gold award).

To learn more: https://www.wateronline.com/doc/nacwa-honors-peak-performance-management-award-winners-anniversary-commemoration-0001

In 2019, we expanded our green infrastructure family with the Fresh Coast Ambassadors program. This program was created ...
11/09/2020

In 2019, we expanded our green infrastructure family with the Fresh Coast Ambassadors program. This program was created to address undermaintained green infrastructure on public land and provide a career pathway for young people whose identities are significantly underrepresented in the water and environmental sectors.

Learn more about the Fresh Coast Ambassador program: https://www.mmsd.com/careers/workforce-development

Join Sweet Water -- Southeastern Wisconsin Watersheds Trust Inc. on November 11-13 for the virtual Clean Rivers, Clean L...
11/03/2020

Join Sweet Water -- Southeastern Wisconsin Watersheds Trust Inc. on November 11-13 for the virtual Clean Rivers, Clean Lake Conference. Explore projects, research, and policy that make watersheds, water resources, and water-dependent communities more resilient. MMSD's Bre Plier, will be presenting our Fresh Coast Protection Partnership program.

For a detailed agenda and to register, go to: https://www.swwtwater.org/clean-rivers-clean-lake-conference

Protecting our land and water is key to sustaining the economic vitality of our communities, safeguarding natural charac...
11/01/2020

Protecting our land and water is key to sustaining the economic vitality of our communities, safeguarding natural character of our watershed, as well as build our resiliency to extreme weather.

To learn more about our Working Soils® Program: https://www.mmsd.com/what-we-do/flood-management/working-soils

"Green infrastructure can offer some of those triple-bottom-line benefits like better aesthetics, more habitat and water...
10/31/2020
Ready to Capture the Rain | Municipal Sewer and Water

"Green infrastructure can offer some of those triple-bottom-line benefits like better aesthetics, more habitat and water-filtering capabilities, and increased property value."

Read more from Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District's Manager of Sustainability, Bre Plier, as she discusses all of MMSD's green infrastructure programs in Municipal Sewer & Water Magazine. https://www.mswmag.com/editorial/2020/11/ready-to-capture-the-rain

Milwaukee triples down on green infrastructure and engages residents in improvements.

Is your 4th or 5th-grade class looking to learn about Lake Michigan? Explore the natural history, geology, and what make...
10/30/2020

Is your 4th or 5th-grade class looking to learn about Lake Michigan?

Explore the natural history, geology, and what makes Lake Michigan an important resource with Schlitz Audubon Nature Center's FREE virtual water-themed programming, supported by MMSD. This programming pairs great with our virtual Jones Island Water Reclamation Tour! Request the pre-recorded Lake Michigan presentation here: www.schlitzaudubon.org/learn/youth-education/fall-2020-youth-programming/school-programs/

In the greater Milwaukee area, over 60% of all impervious surfaces are roads, parking lots, and driveways. When it rains...
10/29/2020

In the greater Milwaukee area, over 60% of all impervious surfaces are roads, parking lots, and driveways. When it rains, these hard surfaces create a lot of stormwater runoff that can overwhelm our sewer system or flow directly into our rivers. In contrast, porous pavement allows runoff to soak into the pavement surface and the engineered stone layers below. The water then slowly moves down into the ground and is connected to local stormwater sewers or can be collected and stored for future use. https://www.freshcoastguardians.com/resources/green-strategies/porous-pavement

10/28/2020
Take Back My Meds

MMSD, Wisconsin Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes and Take Back My Meds urge you to protect Lake Michigan and combat the opioid crisis by safely disposing of your unused prescription medicine at free drop boxes.

Visit www.takebackmymeds.com for dropbox locations.

In 1925 when Milwaukee's Jones Island began operation, it was the largest sewage treatment plant in the world. It was th...
10/25/2020

In 1925 when Milwaukee's Jones Island began operation, it was the largest sewage treatment plant in the world. It was the largest facility in the nation to harness nature to clean wastewater by having microorganisms feed on pollutants. There was a problem with what to do with the resulting material that remained—the large volume of microbes. Rather than disposing of the plentiful, nutrient-rich microbes into landfills, in 1926, Milorganite Fertilizer was created and is still sold nationwide today. https://www.mmsd.com/about-us/history

Join the discussion for the development of the strategic action plan for South 13th St., Envision South 13th St. Togethe...
10/24/2020

Join the discussion for the development of the strategic action plan for South 13th St., Envision South 13th St. Together.

The parks and trails will be the focus of this public input meeting. MMSD Senior Project Manager, Patrick Elliot, presents an overview of the KK River work and its relation to the revitalization of South 13th St. For more information about Envision South 13th St. plan and to register for this event: https://city.milwaukee.gov/AreaPlans/Southwest/Envision-South-13th-Street-Together

Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers DPW Milwaukee

10/21/2020

Today, we Imagine a Day Without Water.

It’s a day to pause and notice the way that water systems impact our lives and communities and commit to ensuring a sustainable water future for generations to come. What would your day be like if you couldn’t turn on the tap and get clean drinking water, or if you flushed the toilet and wastewater didn’t go anywhere? #ImagineADayWithoutWater #ValueWater The Value of Water

MMSD welcomes a new vessel, the Mallard! The Mallard is essential for monitoring surface water in the lower reaches of t...
10/18/2020

MMSD welcomes a new vessel, the Mallard!

The Mallard is essential for monitoring surface water in the lower reaches of the rivers, harbor, and nearshore waters of Lake Michigan. It will be used when conducting project work or fulfilling regulatory requirements in shallow water and when the Research Vessel Pelagos is undergoing maintenance. Wave hello next time you see the crew out on the water!

Imagine a day without water. When you have reliable water service, you do not have to think twice about the infrastructu...
10/16/2020

Imagine a day without water. When you have reliable water service, you do not have to think twice about the infrastructure that brings water to your home or business and then safely returns water to the environment.

MMSD's Executive Director, Kevin Shafer, and Milwaukee Water Works Superintendent, Karen Dettmer, talk about our need for investment in water infrastructure and the consequences for public health and the economy. https://www.mmsd.com/about-us/news/great-water-great-coffee-milwaukee-imagine-a-day-without-water

DPW Milwaukee

Fall is an excellent time to plant a stormwater tree in your yard. The soil is warm and the air is cool, which makes it ...
10/15/2020

Fall is an excellent time to plant a stormwater tree in your yard. The soil is warm and the air is cool, which makes it easier for the plants to adapt to their new location. Stormwater trees help soak rainwater into the ground or hold it on their leaves and branches until it evaporates.

For tips on selecting and planting a stormwater tree: https://www.freshcoastguardians.com/resources/green-strategies/stormwater-trees

10/13/2020
Mandel Group | Green Luminary® Award

With three acres of green roofs completed or under construction, Mandel Group, Inc. in Milwaukee is finding its customers love the green space in an urbanized area that also helps manage water where it falls.

A Green Luminary® helps protect our rivers and Lake Michigan by adopting practices that harvest rainfall for other uses, or mimic nature, by draining it into the ground to reduce water pollution. https://www.mmsd.com/what-we-do/green-infrastructure/green-luminaries

Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District - MMSD's cover photo
10/12/2020

Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District - MMSD's cover photo

Milwaukee Area Technical College is demolishing a one-story building to make a new gateway to its downtown campus. They'...
10/11/2020
Eyes on Milwaukee: MATC Creating Campus Gateway, Demolishing Building

Milwaukee Area Technical College is demolishing a one-story building to make a new gateway to its downtown campus. They're creating a pocket park and rain garden that will help retain and filter stormwater, helping protect Lake Michigan. Funds from our Green Infrastructure Partnership Program (GIPP) are helping to make it happen.

https://urbanmilwaukee.com/2020/09/24/eyes-on-milwaukee-matc-creating-campus-gateway-demolishing-building

College will better integrate with The Brewery District, Deer District.

MMSD is proud to support environmental education programs like those through Milwaukee Riverkeeper! Here, siblings at Al...
10/10/2020

MMSD is proud to support environmental education programs like those through Milwaukee Riverkeeper! Here, siblings at All Hands Boatworks take a break from building boats to work together to identify macroinvertebrates from the Kinnickinnic River. By recognizing each of the specie's tolerance for pollutants, they were able to evaluate the water quality of the rivers in which they boat.

If you would like FREE opportunities like these, or virtual, for your classroom, visit Milwaukee Riverkeeper's Classroom Programs page: https://www.milwaukeeriverkeeper.org/connect/schools/

"This project serves as a beautiful example on how a more holistic and sustainable approach to projects can achieve a gr...
10/07/2020
Stormwater Solutions Engineering-Stormwater Solutions Engineering - News

"This project serves as a beautiful example on how a more holistic and sustainable approach to projects can achieve a greater community impact.”

MMSD is proud to be part of the Mitchell Street Green Parking Lot project. Read more about the project here: https://www.stormwater-solutions-engineering.com/new-sse-news/mitchellparkinglot?fbclid=IwAR3WsbH0jW8n3ggkDrlf5mYpF8higTjp9IvfcErrEnOHJc68Fu-EGZiP7_E

a deteriorating Milwaukee parking lot transformed into community green space .

Drop off your household hazardous waste at our mobile Wisconsin State Fair (Gate 1) collection site October 9th, 11am to...
10/06/2020

Drop off your household hazardous waste at our mobile Wisconsin State Fair (Gate 1) collection site October 9th, 11am to 2pm and October 10th, 8am to 2pm. Safely dispose of cleaners, lawn chemicals, gas, aerosols, and paints.

There are new rules for dropping off household hazardous waste: you must stay in your vehicle at all times and put all items in your trunk. For more details on rules and a list of what items you can drop off: https://www.mmsd.com/what-you-can-do/home-haz-mat-collection

10/05/2020
Jones Island Water Reclamation Facility | Doors Open 2020

Have you taken the virtual tour of the Jones Island Water Reclamation Facility yet? You have until October 11th to take a free virtual tour of the Jones Island Water Reclamation Facility. See how we clean wastewater, how we make Milorganite Fertilizer, and what you can do at your home to manage water where it falls as part of Historic Milwaukee, Inc. Doors Open 2020. https://historicmilwaukee.org/doors-open/buildings/jones-island-water-reclamation-plant/

10/04/2020
How MMSD's Pelagos Monitors Water Quality on Lake Michigan

The MMSD, Freshwater Resources Monitoring group, conducts surface water monitoring at nearly 100 monitoring sites within the MMSD Planning Area. Field measurements and grab samples are taken 1-2 times per month at these sites and brought to the in-house certified laboratory for analysis.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zjxsq65Hz3M

https://www.mmsd.com/what-we-do/water-quality

August 2019 marks a special moment in Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District's decades-long freshwater monitoring work in Lake Michigan and local rivers. I...

10/03/2020
7 Steps to Managing Water Where it Falls

Capturing water where it falls can help protect Lake Michigan and help keep water out of your basement. Help protect your home, improve water and air quality, reduce the risk of sewer problems, beautify your neighborhood, and “green” your corner of the world by adopting a practice or two! Melinda Meyers shares seven tips in this video to better manage water in your landscape.

Water defines Milwaukee, whether it’s vast Lake Michigan to your east, the rivers, and tributaries that feed it, green i...
10/01/2020
Water Passport - Historic Milwaukee, Inc.

Water defines Milwaukee, whether it’s vast Lake Michigan to your east, the rivers, and tributaries that feed it, green infrastructure designs to absorb rain and runoff, or the underground pipes and chambers that manage storm and wastewater.

Virtually explore the Doors Open Water Passport to learn about Milwaukee’s relationship with water. https://historicmilwaukee.org/doors-open/special-programs/water-passport/

Water defines Milwaukee, whether it’s vast Lake Michigan to your east, the rivers and tributaries that feed it, landscaping features designed to absorb rain and runoff, or the underground pipes and chambers that manage storm and waste water. Fund for Lake Michigan invites you to use the Virtual Do...

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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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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!
Any possibility that the fruity smell coming from the Milorganite plant is in part from the fragrance in laundry soaps like Gain that are really sweet and fruity. Many people have that same sort of smell to their clothes and it's in the air on laundry day.