WATER SCHOOL

An initiative to build community-based leadership that will help define a Milwaukee water
future grounded in stewardship, equity, and community-wide involvement. 

WATER SCHOOL

One of our flagship programs, engages community members in a year-long commitment to the watersheds of Lake Michigan and the Milwaukee River Basin. We explore how water moves through our communities and how our individual actions impact the health of our waters.  Each year, the program collaborates with neighborhood leaders (ages 16 through adult) from five partner sites. We take part in a process that includes water education, cross-community relationship building, art-making and team project development.

The five Water School teams (each comprised of 5 team members) then receive a mini-grant to develop and implement a neighborhood-based water stewardship project that brings new knowledge home to others in their communities and addresses a particular water challenge to promote community health, equity, economic development and justice.  

By partnering directly with neighborhood organizations, we cultivate water leadership throughout the city and help cement the value of water stewardship in all our participants and the work they do. We assist each individual project site by providing education, support and financial resources so emerging water leaders can work toward positive solutions to locally identified problems. 

2022 COHORT
Kinnickinnick River Neighbors in Action
MacCannon Brown Homeless Sanctuary
Running Rebels

Victory Garden Initiative
Villard Street BID

ALUMNI

Alice's Garden
All People's Church

Amani United
Center of Veterans Issues
Core El Centro
Cross Lutheran Church

Doerfler Elementary School
Escuela Verde

Escuela Vieau
Friends of Lakeshore State Park
Golda Meir School
Groundwork Milwaukee
Gerald L. Ignace Indian Health Center
Golda Meier School

Hepatha Lutheran Church
The Islamic Society
Lake Park Lutheran

Nearby Nature- Milwaukee
Pathfinders
Running Rebels
Repentance Outreach Ministries
TRUE Skool
Urban Underground

Vecinos Unidos
Victory Garden Initiative

Word of Faith Ministries
Wisconsin Green Muslims

Young People's Resistance Committee

Contact us for details on how your organization, school or neighborhood group can participate in the next water school!

Email our Water City Program Coordinator, Rhonda Nordstrom, at

rnordstrom(at)milwaukeewatercommons.org or call (414)763-6199.

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This program is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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