To future the directives of the 2020 Facilities Plan and the Regional Water Quality Management Plan 
Update, in 2004, MMSD organized the region’s first watershed-focused conference, the Clean Rivers, 
Clean Lake conference, bringing together businesses, local government, WDNR, environmental NGOs, 
and other individuals interested in the restoration of local waterways and protection of those resources 
and Lake Michigan. Workshops, presentations of signature water quality and restoration projects, and 
updates regarding scientific research and rising issues comprise the program for the conference.  The 
conference is now managed by Southeastern WI Watershed Trust with MMSD’s continued involvement 
in support, planning, and presenting. 

MMSD is undertaking a project to collect data needed for the development of an Oak Creek Watershed 
Restoration Plan. The project is in support SEWRPC’s development of a restoration plan for the 
watershed. It will focus on areas including water quality, recreational access and use, habitat conditions 
and targeted stormwater drainage and flooding issues. 

High level planning is underway to develop a green infrastructure service center that would be a point of 
service for information and training for green infrastructure. 

Performance Measures & Results 

Your Performance Measure(s) 

Your Results (quantitative or qualitative) 

The number of land parcels acquired and 
protected through the Greenseams®



increase with additional acres restored 

To date, 102 properties have been acquired with 3197 acres 
permanently protected. Of these acres, 600 have been restored; 
additionally, 100,000 trees have been planted. 

Outreach efforts for the Working Soils® 
targeting farm owners in the upper 
Milwaukee River watershed with the goal 
to secure its first group of land owners to 
participate in the program. 

An outreach plan will be developed to promote the program in 
strategic locations throughout the project area. Through these 
events, interested farm owners will be identified for the first 
cohort of partners for the program. 

New green infrastructure projects will be 
installed through MMSD’s funding 
program, Green Solutions  

Competitive proposals for GI projects submitted by diverse 
stakeholders will be selected for funding through the Green 
Solutions program and project reports submitted upon 

Municipalities will participate in MMSD’s GI 
Partnership Program resulting in more GI 
installations throughout MMSD’s service 

Participation will increase with municipalities taking full 
advantage of the allotted funding awarded to their respective 
communities for GI projects. Municipalities will reports on GI 
Partnership Program projects. MMSD will track impact on GI 
capture goals. 

Removal of the 5 low-grade barriers in the 
Menomonee River will result in increased 
hydraulic function, aquatic connectivity, 
and habitat  

After the project is completed, data will be collected to 
determine the impact on these parameters.  

The proposed GI Service Center (GISC) will 
advance to the next level of planning 

Scope and supportive documents for the GISC will be developed 
for review 

MMSD will move closer to its goal of 
capturing the first ½ inch of rainfall on 
impervious cover  in its Service Area or 740 
million gallons through its suite of GI 

Data for gallons captured will be reported by each GI program 
including Green Summer, GI Partnership Program, Green 
Solutions as well as additional GI projects with the District’s 
municipal partners