New Green Infrastructure Plan

Trinity Church green roof in Milwaukee, WI | © Mike Jozwik

Trinity Church green roof in Milwaukee, WI | © Mike Jozwik

Just recently, the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District’s Commission approved a new Regional Green Infrastructure Plan for their service area. American Rivers played a role in helping the lead consultants CH2M HILL and CDM SMITH in some of the planning efforts.

The plan calls for capture of the first 0.5 inch of rainfall across the region by the use of green roofs, rain barrels and porous pavement and other best management practices. This infiltration will lead to 740 million gallons of water being kept from local sewers after implementation of the plan is complete.

Capturing the first 0.5 inch of rainfall in green infrastructure is an essential and cost-effective component to complete the vision of zero basement backups, zero overflows, and improved water quality across Milwaukee and beyond by 2035. The Plan focuses on strategies that would treat impervious surfaces and turf grass areas to provide economic, social, and environmental benefits to the region.

Together, MMSD, local schools, businesses, nonprofits and government agencies can work together to implement projects over the coming decades; and we have the opportunity to transform how infrastructure is viewed nationwide.