The City of Milwaukee Office of Environmental Sustainability has recently been awarded a Coastal Management program grant to create a standard policy for the implementation of Green Streets.
A standard policy for Green Streets will enable green infrastructure to be considered during the capital improvement planning process and result in implementation as part of the standard street reconstruction process.
Benefits of the Green Streets policy will be to prioritize green infrastructure implementation where it is cost effective and can benefit related City of Milwaukee water quantity control efforts.
Since 2004, the City has recognized the value of “green” best management practices (BMPs) such as bioswales, bioretention facilities, and permeable pavement to manage the quantity of stormwater, control non-point source pollution, and help protect our coastal resources. The City has implemented numerous green BMPs as pilot projects. These include BMPs in the Menomonee Valley, N 27th St, S. 6th Street, and several other locations featured below.
West Grange Avenue Green Street - South 19th Street to South 27th Street
North 27th Street Green Street - West Capitol Drive to West Roosevelt Drive
The use of bioretention to reduce stormwater runoff and increase on-site stormwater infiltration is incorporated into Green Street projects. These facilites function as filtration/infiltration devices. Roadway runoff enters the bioretention facilities where vegetative plantings filter pollutants and stormwater evaporates or infiltrates into the ground.