Welcome to the Milwaukee Community Map!
The Milwaukee Community Map is a free and amazing tool that uses the power of Google Earth to visualize stories never before experienced by general audiences in one place.
The data informing these stories is shared by community, public, and private entities. For the first two phases, these stories are 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 January 2019. Reload your link to access the updated map...
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
Guide to the Map With Activity/Inquiry Suggestions
RSVP for our next FREE Teachers Workshop!
Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019
Technical Note: Please ensure you have the most updated version of Google Earth 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. If you experience loading difficulty please delete the link, clear the cache of your Google Earth for Desktop, close the program, restart it, and open the link again.
On the Horizon
Thanks to support from Brico Fund and the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program, Milwaukee author and historian John Gurda will be partnering with us to present animated Water History Tours showing how Milwaukee's waterscape has been transformed by human activity. They are like mini flyover videos that show transformation over space and time. The first three tour drafts are shared above as screen videos. Stay tuned for the integration of “Deeper Dives” incorporating the tours plus related interactive content.
The pilot phase of the Milwaukee Community Map was supported by Brico Fund.
Phase 2 is 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.
What’s your watershed?
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.