Water Goals

Goal: Reduce stormwater runoff and clear water from entering sewer system.

Targets:

  • Baseline measures of impervious surface and green infrastructure established on a citywide basis by June 2014
  • A City green infrastructure policy plan created by December 2014
  • A regional climate change resiliency plan that uses the best available atmospheric science developed, via City collaboration with partners, by 2015
  • Volume of stormwater runoff captured through green infrastructure increased by 10 percent annually

Goal: Achieve swimmable and fishable waters in Milwaukee watersheds and the near shore of Lake Michigan.

Targets:

  • Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDLs) studies developed, with City assistance, for the Kinnickinnic, Menomonee and Milwaukee River watersheds and the Milwaukee Harbor estuary
  • All riparian corridors on all waterways and in the estuary preserved and expanded as redevelopment occurs, balancing both the built and natural environments

Goal: Establish Milwaukee as America's Water-Centric City.

Target:

  • Water-centric strategies used on both public and private projects across residential, business, and commercial applications to substantially increase water conservation and citywide energy savings

Goal: Prevent new Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) from entering Lake Michigan and Milwaukee area waterways.

Target:

  • Plan of action adopted by 2018, in coordination with Great Lakes cities, states, federal and international governments, to prevent new AIS from entering Lake Michigan and local waterways