Water Quality Improvement Plan

Southeastern Wisconsin Watersheds Trust, Inc. has been commissioned by Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District to create a Water Quality Improvement Plan (WQIP) for the Greater Milwaukee Watersheds. This plan will build on the technical strength of the TMDL Report, several nine key element (9KE) plans, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District’s (MMSD) Regional Green Infrastructure and 2050 Facilities Plans, and a number of Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission’s (SEWRPC) plans.

However, the WQIP is different from these plans in that it focuses on how to make sure the goals and the recommendations in these other plans are put into action in an efficient way while also achieving important co-benefits.  This relates directly to how work is funded and implemented, how work is prioritized, how collaboration can work, and how to leverage the strengths of each sector in this, and how the impacts of watershed restoration efforts can be monitored and measured over time. It will achieve these goals through the use of integrated watershed management, which recognizes the need for collaboration among a range of stakeholders in an impaired watershed.

This web page will serve as a platform to keep stakeholders up-to-date about how the WQIP is evolving. It will also be a source for stakeholders to access relevant documents that the WQIP references and develops, such as an ‘Options Paper’ for providing preliminary analysis of stakeholder interest in options for integrated watershed management. Information about stakeholder meetings and other relevant events will be available here as well.

Questions? Feedback? Contact a member of the WQIP Team:

Janet Pritchard: pritchard@swwtwater.org

Kristin Schoenecker: kristin@swwtwater.org

Options Paper, summary, and resources

See below for the process by which IWM ‘Options’ will be chosen and implemented:

 
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WQIP Development timeline and events

 
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Upcoming Events

Spring/Summer Stakeholder Outreach

  • Watershed-focused NGO Meeting

    • 1:00 - 3:00 pm, Tuesday, May 28

    • UWM School of Freshwater Sciences, Room #2030

  • Kinnickinnic Watershed Advisory Committee Meeting

    • 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, Thursday, June 6

    • UWM School of Freshwater Sciences, Room #3080

  • Menomonee Watershed Action Team Meeting

    • Time TBD

    • Place TBD

  • MMSD’s Technical Advisory Team Meeting

    • Monday, June 20

    • MMSD, Room 121

  • Milwaukee River Basin TMDL Implementation Sector Team Meeting

    • Time TBD

    • Place TBD

If you cannot make any of these meetings, or if you would like to have a deeper conversation concerning the Options Paper, please contact Janet Pritchard at pritchard@swwtwater.org to set up a one-on-one meeting.

September “Deep Dive” Conversations

In September 2019, the WQIP Team will convene ‘Deep Dive’ discussions into the WQIP Options. Unlike the more general WQIP workshops for watershed stakeholders, each deep dive will be a two-hour stakeholder discussion of just one WQIP Option.

Are you particularly interested in one (or more) of the eight WQIP Options proposed in the WQIP Options Paper? Contact the WQIP team to let us know which deep dive session you’d like to join, and we will try to accommodate your schedule. In any case, check this page for specific dates and times and plan to join us for WQIP deep dives in September.

  • Deep Dive on Option 1.1 Proposed funding arrangement for green solutions

    • Time TBD

    • Place TBD

  • Deep Dive on Option 1.2 Public private partnerships

    • Time TBD

    • Place TBD

  • Deep Dive on Option 1.3 Watershed-wide price supports

    • Time TBD

    • Place TBD

  • Deep Dive on Option 1.4 Adaptive management approach

    • Time TBD

    • Place TBD

  • Deep Dive on Option 2 Expanding watercourse projects to watershed projects

    • Time TBD

    • Place TBD

  • Deep Dive on Option 3 Supporting desired management efforts

    • Time TBD

    • Place TBD

  • Deep Dive on Option 4 Partnering with private sector development

    • Time TBD

    • Place TBD

  • Deep Dive on Option 5 Creative repurposing of relic properties

    • Time TBD

    • Place TBD

Past Events

  • KK Watershed Advisory Committee Meeting

    • Tuesday, February 26, UWM School of Freshwater Sciences

  • May Joint Science & policy advisory committee meeting

    • Wednesday, May 15, UWM School of Freshwater Sciences