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WATERSHED RESTORATION Sweet Water advances watershed restoration plans for the Menomonee and Kinnickinnic Rivers through the development of implementation strategies, identification catalytic projects for funding, and cultivation of key partnerships to lead project efforts.

Sweet Water galvanizes funding and coordinates efforts for the development of restoration plans for other regional watersheds with work at this time focused on the Root River. - read more

OUTREACH Sweet Water promotes greater understanding of the challenges facing the health of our rivers and Lake Michigan and of the innovative approaches and practices to address those challenges.

From the Clean Rivers, Clean Lake conference, to forums, newsletters, social media, and the Respect Our Waters campaign -- Sweet Water spurs dialogue and awareness of efforts to improve the health of our waterways. - read more

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POLICY INNOVATION New regulatory tools -- TMDLs, watershed-based stormwater permits, adaptive management and water quality trading – are enabling diverse stakeholders to work across municipal jurisdictions to tackle the pollutants fouling our rivers.

Sweet Water is advancing the adoption of these regulatory innovations through public forums and bringing policy expertise to the planning table as these tools are piloted in our region.- read more

GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE Issues facing our waters today require new strategies called green infrastructure that use or mimic nature’s processes to mitigate nonpoint pollution stemming from stormwater runoff by retaining the rain where it falls.

Sweet Water encourages the use of green infrastructure through its Water Quality Mini-Grant Program, inclusion in its annual Clean Rivers, Clean Lake Conference as advocating for green infrastructure projects in the region. - read more

About Us

Our rivers and Lake Michigan are invaluable resources, holding the key our region's vitality. These waterways have defined our history; influenced our economy; and enriched our quality of life.

Today, this invaluable resource is under threat from nonpoint pollution carried by stormwater runoff. Much work is needed to reach the promise of the Clean Water Act – fishable and swimmable water.

A watershed-approach employing regional collaboration is required to address the issues facing our rivers and Lake Michigan and to advance watershed restoration efforts.

Southeastern WI Watershed Trust leads this regional effort. Join us.

600 E. Greenfield Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53204-2944

Most Recent Articles

Announcing Request for Proposals for the 11th Annual Clean Rivers, Clean Lake Conference

Posted by on Nov 30, 2014 in News

Sweet Water has released its RFP for presentations for the upcoming 11th annual Clean Rivers, Clean Lake conference to be held April 30th at the Harley-Davidson Museum®  in Milwaukee. The proposals are due...

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Sweet Water Welcomes Melissa Ugland, new interim executive director

Posted by on Nov 12, 2014 in News

Sweet Water welcomes Melissa Ugland as our new interim director.  Melissa assumed her duties as Interim Executive Director October 13th and will shepherd us through our next request for funding from the Joyce...

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Sweetwater Announces RFP for 2014 Water Quality Mini-Grant Program

Posted by on Sep 17, 2014 in News

The 2014 RFP for Sweetwater’s Water Quality Mini-grant Program has been...

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Sweet Water Announces Transition as Jeff Martinka Moves to New Position

Posted by on May 21, 2014 in News

Sweet Water’s executive director, Jeff Martinka, is moving to a new...

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10th Annual Clean Rivers, Clean Lake Conference Presentations Now Online

Posted by on May 16, 2014 in News

This year’s Clean Rivers, Clean Lake conference had a strong lineup of...

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Sweet Water’s Clean Rivers, Clean Lake Conference Booklet

Posted by on Apr 30, 2014 in News

For your convenience, you can reference Sweet Water’s Clean Rivers,...

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Spring cleaning? MMSD’s Dukes of Hazardous Waste can help.

Posted by on Apr 9, 2014 in News

Spring cleaning is a seasonal task for many of us.  If you’ve earmarked...

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Clean Rivers, Clean Lake Conference Program Now Available

Posted by on Apr 2, 2014 in News

The program for the upcoming Clean Rivers, Clean Lake conference is now...

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Sweet Water and Root-Pike WIN Launch Respect Our Waters Contest

Posted by on Mar 27, 2014 in News

Sweet Water and Root-Pike WIN have launched a Sparkles look-alike contest as...

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Winter 2014 Rivers Report Now Online

Posted by on Feb 20, 2014 in News

We’ve just published the Winter 2014 Rivers Report.  You can read it at...

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Clean Rivers, Clean Lake Conference May 1 — On-line Registration Now Open

Posted by on Feb 6, 2014 in News

Our 10th annual Clean Rivers, Clean Lake Conference will be held May 1 at the...

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Menomonee Watershed Action Team Meeting November 13

Posted by on Nov 10, 2013 in News

The Menomonee Watershed Action Team will meet this week, November 13, from...

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Sweet Water Announces RFP for 2013 Water Quality Mini-grant Program

Posted by on Sep 22, 2013 in News, News Roll

Sweet Water is now seeking submissions for its 2013 Water Quality Mini-Grant...

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Shoreline Cities Green Infrastructure Grant Opportunity

Posted by on Mar 11, 2014 in News


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