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Green Infrastructure is one piece of the multi-tiered approach to meeting MMSD’s 2035 Vision for zero basement backups, zero overflows, and improved water quality.
Many urban communities incorporate green infrastructure along with the traditional grey infrastructure. This includes a range of effective, economical techniques that use what nature has taught us to manage water.
MMSD has proposed an ultimate goal of eliminating all sewer overflows by the year 2035. Green infrastructure will be a critical component of meeting this goal, especially given the District’s heavy investment to date in grey infrastructure.
Sustainability is not an endpoint at the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District(MMSD), but rather it is the pathway forward. It’s about ensuring we do our part to protect the region’s environmental health, support social sustainability, and be fiscally responsible.
This guidebook outlines the definitions of green and gray infrastructure and the commonly-cited types of green infrastructure that can be used on school grounds. Five schools in the MMSD region are featured as examples of how schools are using green infrastructure in their schoolyards.
In order to realize and sustain broad GI implementation across the MMSD service area, the region needs an implementable GI operation and maintenance (O&M) framework to cost‐effectively protect and maintain GI benefits.