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Milwaukee's Next Step: Watershed Restoration Plans (Instead of TMDL's)

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The United States Environmental Protection Agency's watershed approach to facilities planning has been completed in southeastern Wisconsin by the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, in partnership with the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission, the region's 208 planning agency. This combined, innovative planning project was completed and approved by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) in 2007. One of the main conclusions of the project was that significant improvements to surface water quality in the Greater Milwaukee Watersheds can only be achieved through regional implementation of extensive measures to reduce pollution from nonpoint sources. Currently, no real framework exists to implement the broader recommendations from the project to reduce nonpoint stormwater pollution in a cost effective manner. This paper discusses some of the key implementation framework considerations and the future path envisioned that will ultimately lead to significant improvements to water quality in the greater Milwaukee area.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: January 1, 2008

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