Milwaukee River Basin

Milwaukee River Basin
Milwaukee River Basin Facts Milwaukee River Basin is located in portions of seven counties, contains (entirely or portions of) 13 cities, 32 towns, 24 villages and is home to about 1.3 million people. The southern quarter of the basin is the most densely populated area in the state, holding 90% of the basin’s population. The...

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Dams

Dams
Wisconsin Dam Summary There are approximately 3,800 dams in existence in the State of Wisconsin. Since the late 19th century, more than 700 dams have been built, then washed out or removed. Since 1967, approximately 100 dams have been removed. Almost 60% of the dams in Wisconsin are owned by a former company or private...

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Sewers & Rivers in Milwaukee

Sewers & Rivers in Milwaukee
Milwaukee's Sewer History The City of Milwaukee began construction of a public sewer system more than 130 years ago to carry wastewater to the surrounding rivers and to Lake Michigan. This design was insufficient for numerous reasons: the population of the area was too great, the waters smelled horribly, and there were fears of disease...

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Pollutants and Contaminants

Pollutants and Contaminants
The Clean Water Act defines "pollution" as the "man-made or man-induced alteration of the chemical, physical, biological, or radiological integrity of water." More general pollution includes any alteration in the character or quality of the environment, or any of its components, that renders it harmful or less suited for certain uses. Point/Non-Point Pollution Point Pollution...

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H2O Conservation

H2O Conservation
The Milwaukee Wetscape & Why Conserve? In Milwaukee, we’re lucky to have an abundance of water. This basin is home to 1000 miles of river and is bordered by Lake Michigan, which contains over one trillion gallons of water. But even Milwaukee's vast water resources are limited and, because of this, we need to protect...

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Bridge History

Bridge History
A Historic Overview of Milwaukee's River Bridges Summary Drive, bike, or walk around the City of Milwaukee long enough and you will soon encounter one of our local rivers: the Menomonee, Milwaukee, or Kinnickinnic. However, navigating around the city and over these natural features requires innovative bridges that serve pedestrian, vehicular, and river traffic. The...

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