In the 1990s, the Milwaukee urban core and many metro communities needed solutions to flooding and stormwater management, on the shore of Lake Michigan.
The Conservation Fund led a team with AES and Friends of the Menomonee River to develop a regional plan for land protection and restoration, with multiple benefits for ecosystems, river systems and human systems.
The plan developed for the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District recommended prioritized riparian habitat, floodplain, environmental corridor and natural area protection.
GIS-based remote sensing techniques and integration of soils and wetland data identified more than 28,000 acres of undeveloped land with potential to reduce flooding – and take advantage of green infrastructure and habitat opportunities.
Mapping and data analysis combined with ecological assessments on a parcel basis provided recommendations for low-impact development and a host of strategies to “work with the land” to resolve development issues. These were fundamental to educational sessions, seminars and white papers offering scientific underpinnings to local stakeholders.
Begun in 2000, the MMSD Conservation Plan has since grown into the District’s Greenseams program, supported by The Conservation Fund and others. Today, MMSD Greenseams is a nationally acclaimed model of metropolitan regional stormwater planning, based on ecological principles and land stewardship values.
- Ecological Consulting
- GIS Mapping
- Remote Sensing + Analysis
- Education + Outreach
Milwaukee Metropolitan Conservation Plan