Discover Green Luminaries

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On this day nine years ago, intense rain led to flooding that claimed one young man's life and caused over $30 million in damage to Milwaukee County. Streets turned into rivers deep enough for canoes, over 4,000 homes flooded, and a sinkhole at Oakland and North avenues swallowed an SUV. Meterologist John Malan reported that over 6 inches of rain fell in just one hour! The damage from the July 22, 2010 storm, however, inspired many Milwaukeeans to invest in green infrastructure.

In our first post highlighting the many amazing things you can discover through the Milwaukee Community Map, we invite you to explore the public, private, and community folks that MMSD has highlighted as "Green Luminaries" for their projects including green infrastructure to absorb stormwater where it falls. Check out the Milwaukee Community Map here!

Once you have accessed the Milwaukee Community Map in Google Earth Pro on Desktop, find the “MMSD — Honoring Green Luminaries” story under Our Water Stories. Click on each heron icon to see one of MMSD’s 42 short videos highlighting these projects. Use the map to discover where these water leaders are and toggle on/off different basemaps to explore different relationships.