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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With help from the MMSD's Environmental Education Initiative, 19 teachers from 17 Wisconsin high schools are participati...
09/04/2020

With help from the MMSD's Environmental Education Initiative, 19 teachers from 17 Wisconsin high schools are participating in the Riveredge Nature Center's Testing the Waters Program. This program continues to succeed in providing students and teachers the opportunity to learn outdoors and conduct fieldwork. Here, students are learning about fecal coliform and dissolved oxygen tests.

To learn more about MMSD's EEI program: https://www.mmsd.com/what-we-do/education/water-education-resources

09/03/2020
2020 Fresh Coast Ambassadors Program

It’s a wrap!

Our 2020 Fresh Coast Ambassadors share their journey this summer. MMSD partners with Cream City Conservation and Employ Milwaukee to introduce adolescents and young adults of the 30th Street Corridor and Kinnickinnic River neighborhoods to water industry careers, watercourse issues, and green infrastructure while promoting personal and professional development. https://www.mmsd.com/careers/workforce-development

We love that you’re enjoying your time on the river, but please STOP placing bottles under our bridges! This picuture is...
09/02/2020

We love that you’re enjoying your time on the river, but please STOP placing bottles under our bridges! This picuture is from the Michigan Street bridge on the Milwaukee River. If the bottles aren't removed, they will fall into the water the next time the bridge opens! Our crew on the Lynrd-Skymmr, Milwaukee Riverkeeper, and many others are helping to remove the bottles which take away from cleaning our rivers.

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We are very excited that the Kinnickinnic River Plaza won the Milwaukee Awards for Neighborhood Development Innovation (...
09/02/2020
Milwaukee Awards for Neighborhood Development Innovation (MANDI) Announces 2020 Winners for Improving Milwaukee Neighborhoods during Virtual Event

We are very excited that the Kinnickinnic River Plaza won the Milwaukee Awards for Neighborhood Development Innovation (known as the MANDI's) Brewers Community Foundation Public Space Award and Wells Fargo People’s Choice Award! Congrats Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers and KK River Neighbors in Action.

Read more about all of the winners here: https://urbanmilwaukee.com/pressrelease/milwaukee-awards-for-neighborhood-development-innovation-mandi-announces-2020-winners-for-improving-milwaukee-neighborhoods-during-virtual-event/

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Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District - MMSD's cover photo
09/01/2020

Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District - MMSD's cover photo

The City of Milwaukee -- working with Crisol Corridor, Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers, residents, business ow...
08/31/2020
Visioning South 13th - Survey | Crisol Corridor

The City of Milwaukee -- working with Crisol Corridor, Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers, residents, business owners, and MMSD -- has begun the effort to develop a strategic action plan that will build upon many initiatives and projects occurring on and around South 13th Street.

We need your help to set the vision and scope for the plan – What does revitalizing South 13th Street mean to you and your community? What should this plan include? Please help us understand what you like about South 13th Street and what you would like to see improved by filling out this short survey. www.crisolcorridor.org/survey

Envision South 13th Together We understand that many of our neighbors, businesses, families and community members may be struggling to find a sense of normalcy in the uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 ...Read More

08/30/2020
Rain Garden Plant Sale Last Day

Today is the last day to order your rain garden plants!

What are the benefits of rain gardens? They beautify your yard and neighborhood, help protect our streams and Lake Michigan from pollution by reducing stormwater runoff, reduce the risk of flooding and drainage problems, and provide habitat for pollinators and birds. https://mmsdraingardenplantsale.ecwid.com/

Do you know how much plastic is in our water, air, and food? How about adding some educational, interesting, and importa...
08/28/2020
Plastic Pollution Virtual Film Series - Beyond Plastics

Do you know how much plastic is in our water, air, and food? How about adding some educational, interesting, and important content to your film rotation? Our partners at Plastic Free MKE have you covered with their Plastic Pollution Virtual Film Series! Check out the link below- you may be surprised by what you learn about the plastics all around us! https://beyondplastics.org/article/plastic-pollution-film-series/

6 fantastic films to educate you about our plastic pollution crisis and inspire you to act. Stay home, stay safe, and help fight plastic pollution!

08/25/2020
The Kinnickinnic River in Milwaukee, WI, after the heavy rain

This video was taken this morning on the Kinnickinnic River in Milwaukee, WI, after the heavy rains. Reminder, to keep away from fast-moving rivers that are extremely dangerous!

Our work to remove the concrete lining in the Kinnickinnic River will help reduce the risk of flooding, improve public safety by slowing down the river, and improve the natural habitats within the river.

To learn more about the efforts on the Kinnickinnic River Watershed: https://www.mmsd.com/what-we-do/flood-management/kinnickinnic-river

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08/25/2020
City of Milwaukee | Green Luminary® Award

Green alleys alone in the City of Milwaukee help manage 180,000 gallons of water when it rains. The green alleys, a dozen so far, also filter and clean dirty water before it has a chance to get into area rivers and 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. https://www.mmsd.com/what-we-do/green-infrastructure/green-luminaries

Join MMSD on a walking tour of the Menomonee Valley as part of Menomonee Valley Week 2020! Learn how the valley's landsc...
08/25/2020
For years The Menomonee Valley was full of vacant buildings and abandoned land, but that’s no longer the case

Join MMSD on a walking tour of the Menomonee Valley as part of Menomonee Valley Week 2020! Learn how the valley's landscaping does its part to protect the Menomonee River and how to use some of the same landscaping techniques at home. Check out this tour and the other fun events Valley Week 2020 has to offer at: https://www.thevalleymke.org/events/valley-week-2020

https://www.fox6now.com/fox6-wakeup-news/for-years-the-menomonee-valley-was-full-of-vacant-buildings-and-abandoned-land-but-thats-no-longer-the-case

For years The Menomonee Valley was full of vacant buildings and abandoned land, but that’s no longer the case. Brian is previewing this year’s Valley Week with details on how you can enjoy the sights and sounds of one of the Valley’s most recognizable buildings for free.

The revitalization of the Kinnickinnic River watershed and the surrounding neighborhoods on Milwaukee’s near-south side ...
08/24/2020
MANDI Vote 2019

The revitalization of the Kinnickinnic River watershed and the surrounding neighborhoods on Milwaukee’s near-south side comes down to one simple idea: “Agua es vida,” or “Water is life.”

The KK River Plaza is nominated for a MANDI award! Read more about this project, the other finalists, and VOTE here: https://urbanmilwaukee.com/mandivote/

Winners receive $1,000 and the Wells Fargo People's Choice Award at the Milwaukee Awards for Neighborhood Development Innovation on August 27th. Click on any of the nominees to learn more via profiles written by LISC.

08/23/2020
Selecting Rain Garden Plants

There's one week remaining to purchase your rain garden plants! When it comes to choosing plants for your rain garden, it's easy to be overwhelmed by the options.

Gardening expert, Melinda Myers, offers a few of her favorite rain garden plants to help you get started. Check out our rain garden kits to make plant selection easy! https://mmsdraingardenplantsale.ecwid.com/

As part of the Center for Community Investment's Connect Capital program, MMSD and our partners -- DPW Milwaukee, Sixtee...
08/22/2020
Transportation: City Testing Strategies To Protect Pedestrians, Slow Motorists

As part of the Center for Community Investment's Connect Capital program, MMSD and our partners -- DPW Milwaukee, Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers, and the Crisol Corridor (BID#50) -- positioned needed street improvements along South 13th St. for prioritization with the City of Milwaukee. It was one of five projects in the City to pilot DPW's new Rapid Installation Projects program. These improvements will help address priorities of residents and business owners along S. 13th St. -- safer streets. The installations at five key intersections will help slow traffic and make the crosswalks more visible to drivers. Milwaukee is one of six cities in the country participating in the Connect Capital program through a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. https://urbanmilwaukee.com/2020/07/31/transportation-city-testing-strategies-to-protect-pedestrians-slow-motorists/

City extending curbs at intersections with paint, plastic posts and concrete.

August 25th, from 3:30-6:30 pm check out the new Pop-up Farmers' Market at the West Basin site on N. 35th St.  Northwest...
08/21/2020

August 25th, from 3:30-6:30 pm check out the new Pop-up Farmers' Market at the West Basin site on N. 35th St. Northwest Side Community Development Corporation received a grant from the CIty of Milwaukee's Fresh Food Access Fund to address food accessibility in the 30th St. Corridor.

The event will follow the City of Milwaukee COVID-19 guidance regarding masks and social distancing. Community events like the market help residents make a connection to the site of MMSD's West Basin Stormwater Project. The West Basin is the third in a series of three intersecting stormwater basins in the 30th St. Corridor to help reduce flooding and basement backups. The engineering design phase of the project will begin in 2021 with NWSCDC coordinating stakeholder engagement for the project.

“But perhaps the most exciting feature of the park at the moment is the newly restored Kinnickinnic River bed and banks....
08/20/2020
MMSD restores Kinnickinnic River and boosts Pulaski Park experience

“But perhaps the most exciting feature of the park at the moment is the newly restored Kinnickinnic River bed and banks.""

Learn more about the Pulaski Park Flood Management project from OnMilwaukee: https://onmilwaukee.com/living/articles/pulaski-park-mmsd.html

The newly revamped Pulaski Park on the South Side has sculptural benches, new futsal and basketball courts, a shiny new playset, a new bridge over the Kinnickinnic River and more. But perhaps the most exciting feature of the park at the moment is the newly restored river bed and banks.

Food and water bring people together. Congratulations, to our project partners NRCS, Fondy Food Center, Ozaukee Washingt...
08/19/2020
Making Allies for Healthier Communities Recognized with Wisconsin's 2020 Rod Nilsestuen Award for Working Lands Preservation | Gathering Waters

Food and water bring people together.

Congratulations, to our project partners NRCS, Fondy Food Center,
Ozaukee Washington Land Trust, Land Trust Alliance and The Conservation Fund for your continued collaboration to protect area waterways and facilitate land ownership to farmers serving Milwaukee’s urban markets. Thank you for being our partners for a healthier environment.
https://gatheringwaters.org/blog/making-allies-healthier-communities-recognized-wisconsins-2020-rod-nilsestuen-award-working

The recipient of Wisconsin’s 2020 Rod Nilsestuen Award for Working Lands Preservation is not a person, but a partnership: Making Allies for Healthier Communities. The partnership, based in southeast Wisconsin, was created to protect farmland and provide a livelihood and the opportunity for land ow...

Don’t Let Good Water Go to Waste! Want some FREE water for your gardens and lawn? Want to help protect Lake Michigan?  I...
08/18/2020

Don’t Let Good Water Go to Waste! Want some FREE water for your gardens and lawn? Want to 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 Guardians. Purchase a rain barrel or redeem your certificate at our headquarters M-F 8 am to 4 pm. https://www.mmsd.com/what-we-do/green-infrastructure/rain-barrels

Recent research connects wet wipes with microplastic pollution - 50% of flushable wipes contain plastics. Please help ke...
08/16/2020
The role of wet wipes and sanitary towels as a source of white microplastic fibres in the marine environment

Recent research connects wet wipes with microplastic pollution - 50% of flushable wipes contain plastics. Please help keep wipes out of our water and sewers. #wipesclogpipes

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0043135420305583

Understanding source elements of the ocean plastic crisis is key to effective pollution reduction management and policy. The ubiquity of microplastic …

08/15/2020
Benefits of Rain Gardens with Melinda Myers

Why plant a rain garden? Rain gardens are typically planted with wildflowers and deep-rooted native vegetation that helps infiltrate rain channeled to them from roofs, driveways, yards, and other impervious surfaces. Learn more about the benefits of rain gardens from Melinda Myers.

Purchase your rain garden plants through our rain garden plant sale happening now until August 30th. https://mmsdraingardenplantsale.ecwid.com/

Over the past few months, multiple partners and residents planted over 330 trees on the northwest side of Milwaukee. The...
08/14/2020

Over the past few months, multiple partners and residents planted over 330 trees on the northwest side of Milwaukee. These trees can soak up over 18,500 gallons of water during a storm, keeping rainwater from entering our pipes and rivers. That’s enough to fill over 230 bathtubs! Learn more about the project here: https://www.mmsd.com/what-we-do/green-infrastructure/milwaukee-stormwater-tree-project.

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08/13/2020
Crisol Corridor

Tune in now for the launch of the Envision South 13th St. Together, a planning effort to guide the revitalization of the commercial corridor along S. 13th St., guided by the priorities of the corridor businesses and residents in the neighborhood.

The Department of City Development is amending the Southwest Side Area Plan with a Strategic Action Plan called Envision South 13th Street Together: https://city.milwaukee.gov/AreaPlans/Southwest/Envision-South-13th-Street-Together

Envision South 13th Street Together will build upon initiatives and projects occurring in the area. It aims to bring the community together to build consensus on actionable steps for reinvigorating the South 13th Street Corridor and improving connections to the surrounding neighborhoods.

This project is being done in partnership with Milwaukee Department of City Development (DCD), Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers (SSCHC), and Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD).

August 15th, join the Sierra Club's Nearby Nature Milwaukee team, and staff of Northwest Side Community Development Corp...
08/13/2020

August 15th, join the Sierra Club's Nearby Nature Milwaukee team, and staff of Northwest Side Community Development Corporation for a clean up of Lincoln Creek and the site for MMSD's West Basin Stormwater project from 10:30 am-12:30 pm. This event will follow the City of Milwaukee's COVID-19 guidelines, including masks and social distancing. Pick-up supplies at the Bee Bus sign on 35th St.

Have you been to Pulaski Park recently? This beautiful urban park, situated on Milwaukee’s South Side, has always been a...
08/13/2020

Have you been to Pulaski Park recently? This beautiful urban park, situated on Milwaukee’s South Side, has always been an active destination, but now the community has rediscovered a treasure within the park, the Kinnickinnic River! What is your favorite part of the park? Learn more about the Pulaski Park project here: https://www.mmsd.com/what-we-do/flood-management/kinnickinnic-river/pulaski-park

Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers KK River Neighbors in Action

The new roadmap developed by the Milwaukee Water Equity Taskforce shows how leaders can collectively work together to ad...
08/12/2020

The new roadmap developed by the Milwaukee Water Equity Taskforce shows how leaders can collectively work together to address barriers to water workforce entry.

Click to learn more: http://uswateralliance.org/about/equity-taskforce-roadmaps

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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.

The City of Milwaukee recognized the adverse effect of polluted rivers and brought in experts to fashion a solution. The process proceeded in "fits and starts" as the issue of how to protect our waterways became embroiled in politics. Eventually, the public was heard. Politicians debated and support grew for a lasting remedy. The Sewerage Commission of the City of Milwaukee was established in 1913, and the arduous job of designing and building a sewage disposal system began.

In 1914, the Sewerage Commission experimented with a new approach for wastewater treatment involving microscopic organisms - the activated sludge method which was being developed in Europe. A pilot plant was constructed on the tip of Jones Island. This pilot plant was eventually replaced by the Jones Island Sewage Plant in 1925. The new plant used the waste activated sludge process. It was the largest facility in the nation to harness nature in order to clean wastewater, by having microorganisms feed on pollutants. But there was a problem with what to do with the resulting material that remained—the abundant volume of microbes. Rather than disposing of the plentiful, nutrient-rich microbes into landfills, in 1926 Milorganite® fertilizer was created.

In 1972, the State of Illinois sued both the Metropolitan Sewerage Commission of Milwaukee County and the City of Milwaukee Commission, a legal battle that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. In 1977, the District reached an agreement with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to reduce overflows. Both the Illinois lawsuit and DNR agreement led to the development of the Water Pollution Abatement Program (WPAP), which resulted in major improvements to the regional wastewater treatment system.

After extensive planning and public input, construction on the WPAP began around 1979 to repair and expand the entire metropolitan area wastewater conveyance and treatment system. The cornerstone of the WPAP - Milwaukee's Deep Tunnel System – involved 19.4 miles of Deep Tunnels dug 300 feet underground to help reduce sewer overflows and basement backups. It started operating in 1993.

The region invested $3 billion in the WPAP improvements with $1 billion going towards the Deep Tunnel. Water pollution from sewer overflows dropped drastically from the 8 billion to 9 billion gallons that occurred, on average, every year prior to the tunnel.

MMSD invested another $1 billion in an Overflow Reduction Plan that was completed in 2010. Part of the effort led to two additions to the Deep Tunnel system that currently stores 521 million gallons and stretches 28.5 miles long. Our current financial forecast through 2025 calls for investing $1.5 billion in clean water infrastructure, flood management, and debt financing to help protect public health and Lake Michigan.

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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.