About Us

MISSION

Milwaukee Water Commons is a cross-city network that fosters connection, collaboration and broad community leadership on behalf of our common waters.

We promote stewardship of, equitable access to and shared decision-making for our common waters.

VISION

Milwaukee is a model Water City where we all have a stake in the health of our waters and all share in their stewardship as well as their benefits.

OUR THREE ORGANIZING FRAMEWORKS

WE ARE ALL MILWAUKEE WATER COMMONS

The Commons

Environmental Justice

Collective Impact

HOW WE ORGANIZE...

  1. Community Engagement

    • Sustainable community engagement requires trust​

    • Building trust is a process

    • Not transactional, but relational

  2. The Jemez Principles (see the full document here)

    • Be inclusive​

    • Emphasis on bottom-up organizing

    • Let people speak for themselves

    • Work together in solidarity and mutuality

    • Build just relationships among ourselves

    • Commitment to self-transformation

WE BELIEVE...

  • Water is an essential element for all life on Earth. ​

  • Water belongs to no one and cannot be owned. 

  • We recognize the gift of the Great Lakes; they have nurtured our ancestors and shaped us as a people and as a community. They continue to sustain us. 

  • We all have a profound responsibility to protect and pass on clean and abundant fresh water to future generations.

  • Decisions about the care and and use of our waters must involve all of us.

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Milwaukee Water Commons

2027 W. Fond Du Lac Ave.

Milwaukee, WI 53205

414.763.6199

staff@milwaukeewatercommons.org

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