Publication outlining how green infrastructure can complement Milwaukee gray infrastructure to achieve a goal of zero sewer overflows.
(2012) Published by Fresh Coast 740. Our ultimate goal is simple in concept, but challenging, thought provoking, and a true test of the regional will to further protect our rivers and our fresh coast Lake Michigan. Imagine zero sewer overflows! Green infrastructure is a big part of the solution, and you can help.
Milwaukee’s success with grey infrastructure is crucial to high quality conveyance, storage and treatment in an urbanized environment. During intense, prolonged rains it can be overwhelmed. Adding green infrastructure can reduce stormwater runoff during large and small rain events. Think outside the pipe.
Green infrastructure is an approach to wet weather management that is cost-effective, sustainable, and environmentally friendly. At the largest scale, the preservation and restoration of natural landscape features (such as forests, floodplains and wetlands) are critical components of green stormwater infrastructure. By protecting these ecologically sensitive areas, communities can improve water quality while providing wildlife habitat and opportunities for outdoor recreation. On a smaller scale, green infrastructure practices include strategies such as rain gardens, porous pavements, green roofs, infiltration planters, trees and tree boxes, and rainwater harvesting for non-potable uses such as toilet flushing and landscape irrigation.