Residents, businesses, and other organizations can all help protect our shared water resources. Here are some practical things you can do:

Milwaukee Riverkeeper

Volunteers are the lifeblood of Milwaukee Riverkeeper. The Milwaukee River Basin is over 800 square miles and they could use all the help they can get monitoring it and keeping it clean!

Sign up to Volunteer!

Respect Our Waters

Each of us can have a positive impact on the health of our rivers and Lake Michigan. Maybe you’re thinking that you’re just one person, but if we each do our part, our individual actions will make a big difference.

Get Involved

Common Ground Watershed Initiative

Water Drop Alert System. The idea for the Water Drop Alert revolves around heavy rain events in the area and how to prevent sewer overflows. The Water Drop Alerts work by informing the general public when heavy rain events are in the forecast. And when sewer overflows are in progress or imminent we can partner with them to help get the word out to the public.

Sign Up For The Water Drop Alert System


Rain Garden Plant Sale

Run 4 Water MKE

Register for Run 4 Water MKE Walk/Run

The City of Milwaukee’s Water Centric Cities Initiative recognizes the importance of water as essential to a sustainable and resilient future, and Water Centric Cities showcase leadership in managing natural water resource assets in a sustainable and resilient way.


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