Milwaukee Water Commons City Agenda 2016
Situated on the shores of Lake Michigan and at the confluence of three rivers, Milwaukee has always been a gathering place by the water. For centuries, inhabitants have relied on our waters for fishing, commerce, transportation, recreation, brewing, manufacturing, and world-class drinking water. We have oriented ourselves by them, particularly the great blue horizon to our east, and we have drawn solace from their beauty. We have witnessed our waterways become polluted with industrialization in the 19th and 20th centuries, and then recover significantly over the past forty years with greater environmental awareness. However, many water-related challenges remain, and with those challenges come many opportunities for positive action. We face important choices as citizens of Milwaukee about our relationship with water, and these choices will determine our city’s future and the legacy we leave the generations to come.