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, educates community leaders on the water cycle, the watersheds of Lake Michigan and the Milwaukee River Basin, and how water moves through our city, our neighborhoods, and our communities. Each year, the program trains neighborhood leaders from five partner sites, taking them through a process that includes water education, cross-community relationship building, art-making and project development.
Each Water School neighborhood site is tasked with developing a 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 other organizations, we cultivate neighborhood water leadership throughout the city and help cement the value of water stewardship in all our participants. We work with each individual project site to provide education, support and resources so emerging water leaders can work toward positive solutions to identified problems.