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 Kristin at kristin@swwtwater.org

Options Paper, summary, and resources

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


WQIP Development timeline and events


Upcoming Events

Spring/Summer Stakeholder Outreach

  • Final Introduction to the WQIP Workshop

    • Tuesday, June 2nd, 9:00 am-10:30 am

    • UWM School of Freshwater Sciences, Room #3080

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

WQIP Strategic Advisory Workgroup Meetings

After the more general WQIP workshops for watershed stakeholders, the WQIP Team will convene a WQIP Strategic Advisory Workgroup to help us further refine these options. If you are interested in joining the workgroup and the staying involved in these conversations, please email Kristin at kristin@swwtwater.org.

We will be having four meetings over the course of July and August, and we ask that participants attend and participate in at least three of these meetings. Each meeting will focus on two of the strategies identified in the WQIP Options Paper, although they will not be confined to these subjects but will seek to identify connections between all the strategies.

  • WQIP Strategic Advisory Workgroup Meeting I

    • Time TBD

    • Place TBD

  • WQIP Strategic Advisory Workgroup Meeting II

    • Time TBD

    • Place TBD

  • WQIP Strategic Advisory Workgroup Meeting III

    • Time TBD

    • Place TBD

  • WQIP Strategic Advisory Workgroup Meeting IV

    • 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

  • Watershed-focused NGO Meeting

    • Tuesday, May 28, UWM School of Freshwater Sciences

  • Kinnickinnic Watershed Advisory Committee Meeting

    • Thursday, June 6, UWM School of Freshwater Sciences

  • MMSD’s Technical Advisory Team Meeting

    • Thursday, June 20, MMSD

  • Milwaukee River Basin TMDL Implementation Sector Team Meeting

    • Wednesday, June 19, SEWRPC

  • Private Sector Informational Meeting

    • Tuesday, June 25, UWM School of Freshwater Sciences