Special Congratulations!

We would like to congratulate three Milwaukee organizations who have received special national recognition lately.

Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewage District

Clean Water America announced the recipients of the 2012 U.S. Water Prize and one of the winners was the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewage District (MMSD).  Clean Water America stated:

“The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District is being recognized for its pioneering watershed-based permitting (WBP) pilot program that many of its other cutting-edge approaches fall within. The pilot WBP extends to the natural boundaries of Menomonee and Kinnickinnic Rivers’ watersheds rather than being confined to political jurisdictions or industries. This has the potential to be more effective and efficient than traditional strategies in reducing water pollution within a watershed.”

We would like to thank and congratulate Kevin Shafer and the entire MMSD team for their outstanding work.  This is the second year in a row that Milwaukee has received the U.S. Water Prize as the Milwaukee Water Council received the award in 2011.  To read the full news release can be found here: Winners for the 2012 U.S. Water Prize

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Sweet Water Organics

Over the weekend, The Economist recognized the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Sweet Water Organics for their work in aquaponics.  In a story about how “America is becoming a less attractive place to do business,” the magazine points to our Milwaukee organizations as entities that “can fix what’s wrong.”

Referencing Bill Clinton’s first inaugural address, The Economist states, “There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America.”  The magazine adds,

“For example, water researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee have linked up with urban farmers who occupy abandoned factories. The fruit of this alliance is firms such as Sweet Water Organics, which produces fish and greens in a former crane factory.”

To read the full article from The Economist click:  This time it’s serious

To read Jeff Sherman’s Blog from OnMilwaukee.com click: “What’s right with America?”

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About The Water Council

The Water Council, the only organization of its kind in the United States, was established in 2009 by Milwaukee-area businesses, education and government leaders. With more than 150 water technology companies in the Milwaukee area, the region’s water industry is a $10.5 billion dollar market and accounts for four percent of the world’s total water business. The non-profit organization is linking together global water technology companies, innovative water entrepreneurs, acclaimed academic research programs and, most importantly, some of the nation’s brightest and most energetic professionals. The Water Council is capturing the attention of the world and transforming the Milwaukee region into a World Water Hub for freshwater research, economic development and education. The Water Council is located in the Global Water Center at 247 W. Freshwater Way, Suite 500, Milwaukee, WI 53204.
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