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.
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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Congratulations to our partner Harbor District Milwaukee Inc. who received the first-ever Great Lakes Restoration Initia...
06/16/2020
EPA awards first Trash Free Waters grant for the Milwaukee Great Lakes

Congratulations to our partner Harbor District Milwaukee Inc. who received the first-ever Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Trash Free Waters grant to construct and install a trash collector on the Kinnickinnic River. Thank you for helping to clean our water! https://onmilwaukee.com/raisemke/articles/epa-trash-free-waters-grant.html

Harbor District, Inc. was selected to receive a $492,300 grant to construct and install a trash collector on the Kinnickinnic River.

Lynrd Skimmr has a new look! Inspired by the Muskie, Wisconsin’s state fish, you may see the Lynrd Skymmr as it “hunts a...
06/15/2020

Lynrd Skimmr has a new look!

Inspired by the Muskie, Wisconsin’s state fish, you may see the Lynrd Skymmr as it “hunts and devours” debris in Milwaukee’s rivers and inner harbor using it’s newly painted set of eyes and choppers.

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Continued tracking of water quality, along with improvements to MMSD's wastewater treatment system and stream restoratio...
06/14/2020

Continued tracking of water quality, along with improvements to MMSD's wastewater treatment system and stream restoration activities, help ensure a healthy aquatic environment so that everyone can use and enjoy the waterways.

One way that you can stay informed on what’s going on with water quality in Southeastern Wisconsin is to check out the 2018 Surface Water Quality Annual Report: https://mmsdgis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=18474483c3644196896db7749994226e

What is a home lateral?All homes and businesses connected to sanitary sewer systems have a lateral. It's the pipe that t...
06/13/2020

What is a home lateral?

All homes and businesses connected to sanitary sewer systems have a lateral. It's the pipe that transports water used inside your home out to your city's sanitary sewer system in the street. Why should you care? If your lateral is cracked or leaking it can cause basement backups. Learn more: https://www.mmsd.com/what-you-can-do/managing-water-on-your-property/laterals

06/12/2020
Milwaukee Water Commons

Thanks to Shalina Ali of TRUE Skool, Inc. for discussing the importance of reducing water usage during storm events to help prevent overflows and basement backups in this episode of "Water Connects Us" from Milwaukee Water Commons.

Episode 5 of Water Connects Us with TRUE Skool, Inc.'s Shalina Ali, is especially relevant today after heavy rains bring flooding and a combined sewer overflow to Milwaukee. Thank you, Shalina, for being a water leader and steward! Learn more about yesterday's rain event from Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District - MMSD>>https://bit.ly/3dVgWlG and make sure you are signed up for text Water Drop Alerts #climateresilience #waterwarrior #climatechange

Did you know the average American uses about 500 plastic bags each year? Sadly, a lot of those bags end up as litter in ...
06/11/2020
Letter from a Plastic Bag Monster — PlasticFreeMKE

Did you know the average American uses about 500 plastic bags each year?

Sadly, a lot of those bags end up as litter in our waterways. Click on the link to hear from Plastic Free MKE Plastic Bag Monster to learn how we can keep plastic bag use to a minimum and out of our waterways! https://www.plasticfreemke.org/plastic-bag-monster

Hello,For those of you who don’t know me, I am gaining some traction as the “Plastic Bag Monster.” I have 500 plastic bags that are attached to me and I stand outside of grocery stores where many of my plastic bag friends exist and get released into our environment. In actuality, I am just the...

What a difference there is looking east from the S. 16th Street bridge by Pulaski Park versus west! MMSD and partners ar...
06/10/2020
2020-05-05-KK01 from Milwaukee, WI, USA

What a difference there is looking east from the S. 16th Street bridge by Pulaski Park versus west! MMSD and partners are working hard to restore the Kinnickinnic River.

Learn more about the Kinnickinnic River Flood Management Plan here: www.mmsd.com/application/files/4314/9522/1491/KK_Watershed_Flood_Management_Plan_05_04_17_-_-EXECUTIVE_SUMMARY_002.pdf

View photos of Pulaski Park: https://roundme.com/tour/582286/view/1875926/

May, 2020, Location 01

06/08/2020
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 is working to protect local waterways and improve the quality of life in their community. https://www.mmsd.com/about-us/news/city-of-wauwatosa-green-luminary-award

06/04/2020
Milwaukee Water Commons

Listen in as executive director of the Urban Ecology Center discusses his love for the Milwaukee River and how more species of fish are back due to water pollution decreasing in Milwaukee Water Commons "Water Connects Us" series.

Water Connects Us - Episode 6 with Ken Leinbach, Executive Director of the Urban Ecology Center!! Check out that Milwaukee River after those heavy rains last week. "So much power, so much grace, and so much beauty." We couldn't have said it better, Ken! #commonwaters #milwaukeeriver #respectwater

The Peregrine Falcon eggs should hatch any day now! Check out Veolia North America falcon cam to see live updates.Rounde...
06/03/2020

The Peregrine Falcon eggs should hatch any day now! Check out Veolia North America falcon cam to see live updates.

Rounder the Peregrine Falcon is back for his 9th year at Jones Island Water Reclamation Facility. Recognizing the opportunity to assist this endangered species Veolia employees gave the peregrines a helping hand by installing a nest box on the roof of the Milorganite Fertilizer® Building in 2008. The falcons took to their new home and have been nesting there ever since. https://www.veolianorthamerica.com/milwaukee/sustainability/protecting-biodiversity/live-falcon-camera

Did you know that in 2019 through Milwaukee Riverkeeper Adopt-A-River program, sponsored by MMSD, 856 plastic bottles we...
05/31/2020

Did you know that in 2019 through Milwaukee Riverkeeper Adopt-A-River program, sponsored by MMSD, 856 plastic bottles were removed from our local waterways? Be a part of the solution, and join Adopt-A-River.

Learn more about how your organization can help protect our waterways: https://www.milwaukeeriverkeeper.org/restore/adopt-a-river/
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Looking for ways to keep the kids busy? MMSD has fun and educational resources for you to use at home! Click on the link...
05/30/2020

Looking for ways to keep the kids busy? MMSD has fun and educational resources for you to use at home! Click on the link below to check out our activity book, Every Drop Counts. It contains a variety of activities centered around water and green infrastructure topics. Print the entire book, or select pages of coloring, word searches, mazes, and more!https://www.mmsd.com/application/files/3015/8860/3976/Activity_Book_website_version.pdf

Lake Michigan levels are very high. We encourage people utilizing the beach to use caution when swimming. Stay safe.
05/29/2020
Milwaukee Water Commons

Lake Michigan levels are very high. We encourage people utilizing the beach to use caution when swimming. Stay safe.

"There's a lot of factors in play this year that we haven't seen before." Let's all be aware and educated going into this summer. #WaterSafety is going to be critical.

"When a family arrives at a beach, Racklyeft recommends designating one person on shore to always watch children in the water until handing off the duty to another person, like a designated driver. His nonprofit is working on creating a card or beach towel for designated "water watchers" so others on beaches know that's what they're doing."

Join us on June 4th from 6-7 pm for a virtual Rain Barrel Workshop. Make a difference in our community by managing storm...
05/28/2020

Join us on June 4th from 6-7 pm for a virtual Rain Barrel Workshop. Make a difference in our community by managing storm water where it falls with a rain barrel!

Learn about water conservation and capturing free water by the barrel for your garden and flowers. Participants will be eligible for one free rain barrel per household. Presented by Clean Wisconsin in partnership with the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District - MMSD and the Fresh Coast Guardians Resource Center. https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6511090563399420686

Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District - MMSD's cover photo
05/28/2020

Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District - MMSD's cover photo

05/26/2020
Fund For Lake Michigan | Green Luminary® Award

Since 2011, the Fund for Lake Michigan has invested $12 million on 150 projects that help protect Lake Michigan and make Wisconsin a better place to live. The group's green infrastructure projects can capture and manage 15 million gallons of water every time it rains. From Bradford Beach sustainability initiatives, to Three Bridges Park in Menomonee Valley, the Fund for Lake Michigan is helping protect Lake Michigan.

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.

To learn more about MMSD's Green Luminary® program visit: https://www.mmsd.com/what-we-do/green-infrastructure/green-luminaries

Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District - MMSD's cover photo
05/26/2020

Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District - MMSD's cover photo

Check out this 365 view of the work to restore the Kinnickinnic River to a natural stream and park improvements within P...
05/23/2020
2020-05-05-KK 03 from 2672 S 19th St, Milwaukee, WI 53215, USA

Check out this 365 view of the work to restore the Kinnickinnic River to a natural stream and park improvements within Pulaski Park! Construction continues on the Cleveland Ave bridge over the Kinnickinnic River as the river is widened and new trails are constructed under the bridge. Pending weather conditions in May/June, MMSD is on schedule to reopen the Cleveland Ave bridge to traffic by the end of June 2020 and complete construction in the Park by August 2020.
https://roundme.com/tour/582287/view/1875927/

Learn more about the project on our website: https://www.mmsd.com/what-we-do/flood-management/kinnickinnic-river/pulaski-park

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05/21/2020
Wisconsin Conservation Voters

Stormwater management across a region requires collaboration and partnership. Our Milwaukee River basin is a water-rich system. We need to plan ahead to manage impacts from flooding now and in the future. The most cost-effective regional-scale flood mitigation strategy is to protect wetlands and rivers. Thank you Ozaukee Washington Land Trust for your partnership to help manage stormwater where it falls. Together we strive to protect floodplain soils so that they can absorb, store, and filter rainwater naturally.

This week on Earth Talk, we sat down with an old friend Tom Stolp, executive director of Ozaukee Washington Land Trust (OWLT), to learn about the history of land trusts and why protecting public land is crucial to protecting our water quality and character of our rural communities.

"Open spaces for all."

These words define the mission of the OWLT. Working to improve water quality for lakes, streams, rivers, and wetlands, as well as preserving wildlife habitat, the team at OWLT promotes the need for land preservation, recreation, and stewardship.

To learn more about how you can get involved check out OWLT's website at https://owlt.org/ as well as Gathering Waters, Wisconsin's alliance of land trusts at https://www.gatheringwaters.org/.

"One inch of rainfall over our 411 square mile area is equivalent to about 7 billion gallons of water -- 7 billion," Sha...
05/20/2020
MMSD: Deep tunnel filled to nearly 97% after Sunday’s storm

"One inch of rainfall over our 411 square mile area is equivalent to about 7 billion gallons of water -- 7 billion," Shafer said.

https://fox6now.com/2020/05/18/mmsd-deep-tunnel-filled-to-nearly-97-after-sundays-storm/

MILWAUKEE -- For many of us Sunday, May 17, staying dry was tough, and making sure our basements didn't flood -- even tougher as Mother Nature brought heavy rain to southeast Wisconsin -- prompting flooding. "I think we got over 4 inches in some areas, but I think close to an average of 4 inches of....

We're proud to be a part of our community and we are working hard to keep you safe. Veolia North America
05/19/2020

We're proud to be a part of our community and we are working hard to keep you safe.

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Water Drop Alert has ended. Thank you for limiting your water usage to reduce water pollution.Water Drop Alert has been ...
05/17/2020

Water Drop Alert has ended. Thank you for limiting your water usage to reduce water pollution.

Water Drop Alert has been issued!
Until the rain passes, please try and use less water to reduce the risk of basement backups and sewer overflows.
• Hold off on washing dishes
• Do the laundry tomorrow
• Take a shorter shower
TEXT: WATERDROP to 797979 to sign up for alerts.

For water reclamation facility and deep tunnel updates: https://bit.ly/2p6eWTB

05/16/2020
Testing the Waters

Through MMSD's Environmental Education Initiative, Riveredge Nature Center served over 1,250 High School Students from 18 schools in their 2019 Testing the Waters Program. Students took field trips to Horicon Marsh and learned about hydrology, natural history, stormwater runoff, and aquatic invasives. Some students even found space on a dock near their school to allow access for water quality monitoring! Watch the video to learn more. https://vimeo.com/394299683

Riveredge Nature Center's Testing the Waters program has engaged decades of high school students throughout Milwaukee-area watersheds to learn about water quality…

What is gray infrastructure? What is green infrastructure? Gray infrastructure consists of all of the pipes, sewers, sto...
05/14/2020

What is gray infrastructure? What is green infrastructure?

Gray infrastructure consists of all of the pipes, sewers, storage tanks and tunnels, and their human-made water conveyance and storage strategies that move and store water.

Green Infrastructure manages water where if falls by slowing it down, retaining it, filtering it, and allowing it to infiltrate into the ground instead of entering the sewer system. Learn more in the The City of Milwaukee Green Infrastructure Plan: https://city.milwaukee.gov/ImageLibrary/WCC/Images/GreenLots/FINALGIPLAN--reduced_2.pdf?

The National Science Foundation's STEM For All Video Showcase features over 170 innovative projects aimed at improving S...
05/12/2020
2020 STEM For All Video Showcase

The National Science Foundation's STEM For All Video Showcase features over 170 innovative projects aimed at improving STEM learning and teaching. Our partner Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center is included with a video about their Wisconsin Youth Water Stories Summit. Watch all the videos and vote for your favorites. https://stemforall2020.videohall.com/

Projects funded by NSF and other federal agencies share 3-minute videos showcasing their work. Join the conversation with the presenters and vote for your favorites, May 5th - 12th, 2020.

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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.