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We work to build community engagement and power, especially in
marginalized communities, around critical water issues through
connection, collaboration,
and broad community leadership.


Water City 3.0

A community defined vision for Milwaukee as a
model water city developed through a highly
participatory process engaging over 1300 residents.

6 INITIATIVE AREAS long term vision & short term steps, see icons below.

10 KEY PATTERNS to guide us in becoming a model water city

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Milwaukee Water Commomns Riverside Park

Community Water Assembly

A community led body which fosters decision-making, leadership and stewardship for our water and advances Milwaukee as a model Water City.


We Are Water

A rich inter-arts community-wide lakefront celebration of our common waters. This annual event creates meaningful connections to our water and each other, resulting in wide-reaching outcomes.


Water School

Each year, we bring 5 community partners from all over the city together to participate in a year-long program called Water School.  We aim to to support future water stewards and leaders within their communities through education, collaboration, art-making, and project development.

Cream City Classic-Milwaukee's 1St Open

Cream City Classic

Milwaukee's first open river swim in the Milwaukee River, aimed at raising awareness for all of our rights to fishable, swimmable waters -  an annual event to celebrate how far we've come, promote ongoing stewardship and reclaim these waters for all.

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The Confluence

An annual to semi-annual gathering to celebrate and shape Milwaukee's water future.  The Confluence is a time to come together around the many ways we are all working to create a sustainable environmental movement in Milwaukee with an eye towards the water.  

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