Mar 1, 2014

Save The Milwaukee Rivers

By Isa C.

Garbage can yuck sticker!
Garbage Can Yuck!
The good news is many people have been putting a lot of time and effort into bringing the Great Lakes back to a tolerable level of natural ecological growth. The bad news is that it the battle is long from over. For more information related to the health and growth as well as the pollution of the Great Lakes, please visit

Why Us?

We believe it is the responsibility of every human being to keep their environment clean, safe and functioning for future generations to come. Whether you believe the planet is six thousand or 4.5 billion years old, it doesn't matter to us. We are here to try to contribute to our environment in the most positive way we can. We hope that is a goal that many people share and are willing to participate in even if it means simply passing the word along. Anyone and we hope everyone can help! Millions of people take it for granted that the earth has been able to "self repair" itself since the history of man. Although many may consider the effects of environmental issues such as global warming, air and water pollution to be "out of our control" or unimportant, we do not share that common attitude towards our earth. We firmly believe that there are a lot of ways in which literally everyone on the planet can help to set goals, contribute and maintain our natural environment as best as possible.
It may come to no surprise to you that our natural environment is quite important to our health. Many different aspects of our earth have provided for early human beings without the aid of modern technology for thousands of years. Quite simply, we cannot survive without nature. Scientists as well as patrons of the planet, normal, average or common, all observe the benefits nature has to offer us. Regardless if you appreciate using the environment for recreation or commercially, it is generally accepted that without trees, plants, air and water, we would not be able to survive. Our environment contains basic items/elements that have and are still considered renewable resources. However, we would contend our commonly accepted elements of life are on the verge of losing their inherent ability to function as they need to provide us with life. Us, being the primary antagonists towards nature in its pristine state, would argue that it is our responsibility to make sure that this situation does not spin out of control. The most logical manner we can do this is to educate the patrons of our planet and become advocates and activists of cleaning up and protecting our environment. This brings us to our mission of cleaning the river waters of Milwaukee, including the Kinnickinnic, Menomonee and Milwaukee Rivers. The Kinnickinnic River is among one of the most polluted rivers in the United States today. This disturbs us and we feel that it is our responsibility to address this problem.

How to help?

There are many ways to help, including but not limited to the following suggestions. In general, they will not only help the Milwaukee Rivers but also Lake Michigan and Wisconsin water as well.  
  • Donate Money: For many people donating money is the best way to help because it simply requires writing a check. Milwaukee Riverkeeper is a great organization that strives to "protect water quality and wildlife habitat in the river corridors and to advocate for sound land use in the Milwaukee, Menomonee, and Kinnickinnic River Watersheds."
  • Conserve Water: There are many ways to conserve water. Milwaukee, specifically, has an enormous strain on water waste when it rains. Many Milwaukee residents may not realize that when it rains a lot of water needs to be drained from the streets, yards, buildings etc. This water has to go somewhere. Most of the time it's drained into the sewers. Unfortunately, this puts a lot of strain on the system. The water that we use in our toilets, showers and sink also strain the system. Although most of the time our water system is able to deal with the amount of water that is being discharged from the city, when it rains a lot the strain on the system worsens. In order for the water system to remain functioning, the city is required to dump a large amount of unfiltered/untreated sewage into Lake Michigan. Although there are measures in place to make sure the sewage doesn't wash up on shore, it still does. Even if it doesn't, it's still contaminating large amounts of fresh water with raw sewage. I'm sure people don't want to go swimming in raw sewage, let alone eat fish or live around it. So, logically, a good way to address this problem is by making sure that every bit of water that goes down the drain counts. We suggest that during times when precipitation is in excess that Milwaukee residents literally conserve as much water as they can. This should allow the sewage system to better handle the volume of water it needs to deal with.
To learn more about how to conserve water, even if it's just making small adjustments to your everyday life, you'll make a big impact, check out 100 Ways to Conserve Water


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