Bayside Village: Stormwater Flow Education

The Village of Bayside has been awarded a Fund for Lake Michigan grant to work with the Pelham Heath neighborhood (bounded by East Brown Deer Rd, North Lake Drive, East Dane Rd, and the railroad tracks) and Schlitz Audubon Nature Center to map and assess the current flow and drainage of stormwater across the neighborhood due to the present land management practices in the right-of-way.

Southeastern Wisconsin Watersheds Trust, Inc. (Sweet Water) brings diverse partners together and provides the leadership and innovation necessary to protect and restore our shared water resources in southeastern Wisconsin. For this project, we will be working with Bayside to create a series of educational content in the "Bayside Buzz", sharing project information at the Village's Summer Picnic, helping facilitate and coordinate neighborhood meetings, and gather information to create a social map which locates areas of flooding due to poor stormwater drainage.

In addition, we will be asking residents to participate in a collaborative design process wherein stormwater runoff ditch designs will be built in an outdoor classroom. This outdoor classroom will allow residents to see different design and vegetation options and understand how these land management practices work to enhance safety and protect property by insuring proper stormwater flow and drainage.