Helping catalyze Milwaukee as a true model Water City-

a place where we all have a stake in the health of our waters and

all share in their stewardship and benefits.


Amidst an ever changing new normal, we would like to introduce you to our new video series, Water Connects Us.  In short, less than 30 second videos, we will hear from community members, partners, leaders, organizers, artists, farmers, and elected officials as they share their unique perspectives on water in this moment.

Through these videos, we hope to amplify our shared connections to water and each other, as well as lift up a diverse array of voices.  

We hope you enjoy!

In our first video above, hear from Mark Denning (Sturgeon Clan) and our Artist-in-Residence, Melanie Ariens. Both Mark and Melanie have been involved with the work of Milwaukee Water Commons from the very beginning and continue to be great allies.

In our second episode to the right, Lajwanti Waghray shares her water connection. A film maker with Red Crane Films, Laj is originally from Hyderabad, India and has served on our Arts & Culture Initiative.

Please stay tuned for more episodes here, on social media, on our monthly email newsletter, or on our YouTube channel.

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Episode 3

Poet & Community Builder

Carmen Murguia

Episode 4

Lieutenant Governor

Mandela Barnes

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Episode 5

TRUE Skool

Shalina Ali

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Episode 6

Urban Ecology Center

Ken Leinbach

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Episode 7

Artist & Educator

Peck School of the Arts

Episode 8

Milwaukee Water Commons

Brenda Coley

Episode 9

Milwaukee Riverkeeper

Cheryl Nenn

Episode 10

Retired MMSD Educator

Cora Lee Palmer

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We would love to hear your unique thoughts and perspective on water in this challenging time. If you would like to submit a short video for this series, please email us at


Although Milwaukee's water is very much on the civic agenda, the vast majority of the community is not included in the conversation and the health of the water is not always front and center.  Only by inviting leadership and innovation from throughout the city can we truly grasp what it means to be a model water city and activate the level of commitment necessary for achieving that vision.

It is up to us to revitalize and protect our common waters.

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We work towards a bright and hopeful environmental movement in Milwaukee by focusing on 6 initiatives make up our Water City Agenda:

Our waters can divide us. 

They can also set us free.

The story of our rivers and lake is a complicated one, and it continues to be written. We're committed to building a more equitable Milwaukee water future and making sure that story falls firmly on the side of justice. To learn more, check out this great video about our partner organization, Alice's Garden, made by longtime friend of MWC, local filmmaker Jenny Plevin.