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:

 
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WQIP Development timeline and events

 
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Outreach Events

WQIP Strategic Advisory Workgroup Meetings

After the more general WQIP workshops for watershed stakeholders that took place in the spring and early summer of 2019, the WQIP Team convened a WQIP Strategic Advisory Workgroup to help further refine the options defined in the WQIP Options Paper.

Over the course of the summer, the group met four times and focused on two of the strategies identified in the WQIP Options Paper at each meeting. The conversations surrounding each strategy helped to identify their ability to improve water quality, increase support for efforts, achieve co-benefits, and work towards delisting impaired waterways in the Greater Milwaukee Watersheds. This feedback is helping the WQIP team to create a framework for incorporating these strategies into a plan for Integrated Watershed Management.

  • WQIP Strategic Advisory Workgroup Meeting I

    • 1:00-3:15 pm, Monday, July 22, 2019

    • Room #3080, School of Freshwater Sciences

    • Strategies discussed: Expanding Watercourse Projects to Watershed Projects and Watershed-wide Price Supports

  • WQIP Strategic Advisory Workgroup Meeting II

    • 9:30-11:45 am, Friday, August 16, 2019

    • Room #3080, School of Freshwater Sciences

    • Strategies discussed: Supporting Desired Management Practices and Trading Scenarios

  • WQIP Strategic Advisory Workgroup Meeting III

    • 1:00-3:15 pm, Friday, August 23, 2019

    • Room #3080, School of Freshwater Sciences

    • Strategies discussed: Creative Repurposing of Relic Properties and Proposed Funding Arrangements for Green Solutions

  • WQIP Strategic Advisory Workgroup Meeting IV

    • 9:30-11:45 am, Wednesday, September 4, 2019

    • Room #3080, School of Freshwater Sciences

    • Strategy discussed discuss: Partnering with the Private Sector

Past Events

Spring/Summer Stakeholder Outreach: Intro to the WQIP

  • 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

  • Final Introduction to the WQIP Workshop

    • Tuesday, June 2nd, UWM School of Freshwater Sciences