More Than Just a Map

The Milwaukee Community Map is a free and amazing tool that uses the power of Google Earth to visualize stories never before experienced in one place.

The data informing these stories is shared by community, public, and private entities and curated around the theme of “Water & Community.”

The map is a resource of, for, and by the community. The nonprofit Reflo - Sustainable Water Solutions curates the map. Community stakeholders use and maintain it. We are open to new collaborations.

The MCM has been updated in March 2019. Reload your link to access the updated map in Google Earth Pro on Desktop...

Download the KMZ here!

Guide to the Map With Activity/Inquiry Suggestions

Details & Frequently Asked Questions

Meet Miranda, Milwaukee Water Storyteller, your Map guide through interactive Stories, Basemaps, and Deeper Dives!

Meet Miranda, Milwaukee Water Storyteller, your Map guide through interactive Stories, Basemaps, and Deeper Dives!


Accessing the Map is as easy as 1-2-3.


1. Download Google Earth Pro on Desktop. >>> 2. Download our KMZ Network Link. >>> 3. Open the file and explore!


Our Water: Why We Care

Have you ever wondered where our water comes from and where it goes? Milwaukee Water Storyteller Miranda takes you on a two-minute tour of the Milwaukee-area watersheds. Access the Milwaukee Community Map in Google Earth to explore how dedicated groups and individuals are making a difference in water quality.
Featured Water Story: Green Luminaries / Featured Basemap: Watersheds


Video Tours

On the Horizon
Thanks to support from Brico Fund and the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program, Milwaukee author and historian John Gurda is partnering with us to present animated Water History Tours showing how Milwaukee's waterscape has been transformed by human activity. The first three tours are shared above as videos. Check out the whole “Deeper Dive” interactive map experience a incorporating the tours plus related interactive content by accessing the Milwaukee Community Map.

The pilot phase of the Milwaukee Community Map was supported by Brico Fund. Phase 2 is also supported by Brico Fund, and from July 2018 through June 2019, in part by the Wisconsin Department of Administration, Wisconsin Coastal Management Program, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Office for Coastal Management under the Coastal Zone Management Act, Grant #NA18NOS4190091.


Explore the Milwaukee Community Map

Download Milwaukee Community Map for Google Earth.

Download Milwaukee Community Map for Google Earth.

Create your own interactive story map with this custom tool.

Create your own interactive story map with this custom tool.

Become a project partner.

Become a project partner.


Embedded Maps

 
 

What’s Your Watershed?


Viewing on a Smartphone, Chromebook, or Tablet?

We are working in 2019 to share water stories and basemaps from the Milwaukee Community Map for phones, Chromebooks, and tablets. Click above to access the first of these exciting maps via the Chrome web browser or the Google Earth app for smart devices.


Be Patient the First Time…

Technical Note: Please ensure you have the most updated version of Google Earth Pro on Desktop installed on your computer. If you use an older version, the map may not load correctly. If your computer is significantly older, it may not be able to support Google Earth. Also, the first time you download or re-download the MCM, please give the file about 3-5 minutes to pre-load. The time depends on your internet connection. If you experience loading difficulty beyond five minutes, please delete the link, clear the cache of your Google Earth Pro on Desktop, close the program, restart it, and open the link again. We suggest reviewing our FAQ and Teachers Guide to optimize your experience of the Milwaukee Community Map if you are new to Google Earth Pro on Desktop. There are a number of simple setting tweaks that can make your exploration much easier.


Version History

Editorial updates March 2019
Technical updates February 2019

Technical & editorial updates January 2019
Video Tour drafts December 2018
Editorial updates November 2018
Editorial updates October 2018
Editorial updates September 2018
Technical & editorial updates June 2018
Editorial updates March 2018
Editorial updates January 2018
Pilot published June 2017


Interested in a Workshop or Presentation?

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Teacher Don explores the MCM at one of our workshops. K-12 teachers are excited about how the map supports their curriculum, connects students with local water context, and makes links between history, science, social studies, and English Language Arts.

Teacher Don explores the MCM at one of our workshops. K-12 teachers are excited about how the map supports their curriculum, connects students with local water context, and makes links between history, science, social studies, and English Language Arts.


Project Partners