Green Infrastructure

Managing water where it falls in the Greater Milwaukee watersheds.

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Feb 28, 2018, 5:30 PM

Green Infrastructure Workshop

Room 3080 at UW–Milwaukee's School of Freshwater Sciences, located at 600 E. Greenfield Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53204

What Is Green Infrastructure?

It captures, absorbs and stores rain and melting snow, taking on numerous shapes and sizes from 55-gallon rain barrels to trees and porous pavers for parking lots, driveways and sidewalks. Green roofs can top buildings and bioswales can line city streets.


• Helps protect rivers and lakes from water pollution.

• Keeps stormwater from becoming someone else's headache downstream.

• Reduces the risk of basement backups and sewer overflows.

Explore Benefits

Our Goal

We have an aggressive goal and we need your help! It's to create, by the year 2035, enough green infrastructure in our region to capture 740 million gallons of water every time it rains. Why? To reduce water pollution and improve our rivers and Lake Michigan. Yes, 740 million gallons is huge, but consider this:

One Inch of Rain on MMSD's Service Area = 7.1 Billion Gallons of Water.

Freshcoast 740 Goal

Green Infrastructure

Local Projects

Residential Project

Rain Garden By A Local Homeowner

Non-Profit Project

Porous Pavement By Urban Ecology Center

Private Project

Green Roof By Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance

Municipal Project

Bioswale By The Village Of Brown Deer


Green Strategies

Rain Barrels & Cisterns

collect rain for later

Rain Gardens

beauty & rain collection

Native Landscaping

create a healthy habitat

Stormwater Trees

hold more water

Soil Amendments

create deeper roots

Green Roofs

lower your utility bills

Porous Pavement

rain soaks into the ground


catch dirty road runoff


support wildlife

GreenseamsĀ® 2

manage flooding upstream

All Strategies