Our Water: Milwaukee's Mirror

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A community science freshwater series. 

The Community Science Freshwater Series, Our Water, Milwaukee’s Mirror, gathers science experts, community leaders, and local historians to share their experiences and perspectives on water issues in Milwaukee. Through these insightful presentations, guided conversations, and hands-on activities, we hope to engage our community by exploring the fascinating and sometimes troubling history of water in Milwaukee, as well as explore the present pressing issues and hopeful opportunities to protect this common resource for future generations.

Most of the events are free of charge (donations are appreciated).


March - September 2018


Playing on the shores of Lake Michigan

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Aquatic Invasive Species in Lake Michigan (July)

The Great Lakes constitute the largest body of freshwater on the planet. They have long been used to transport people and goods regionally, but later were opened to global markets. With new the ships came the introduction of invasive species, which have drastically altered the biological communities. Emily Tyner from the UWM School of Freshwater Sciences discusses how those invasives remain one of the most significant threats to both the ecological and economic health of the region.

Tuesday, July 17 | 6 - 7:30 p.m. | Menomonee Valley

Stories of the Great Lakes (September)

Stories of the Great Lakes – A Conversation with Dan Egan

As the Community Science Water Series comes to a close, we invite the Milwaukee community to join in a conversation with one of Milwaukee’s most respected reporters on the Great Lakes, Dan Egan.

Dan is a reporter at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel who has covered the Great Lakes since 2003. His latest achievement has been authoring the book The Death and Life of the Great Lakes. Participants will hear directly from Dan’s experiences writing the renowned book and give perspectives and insight surrounding the challenges and opportunities facing the Great Lakes.

September TBD in Riverside Park


Dan Egan, Environmental Reporter, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


Canoeing in the Washington Park Lagoon


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Monarch Larva Monitoring Survey - Washington Park

Washington Park

Monday, July 16th

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

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Small Mammal Surveys (trap setting) – Menomonee Valley

Menomonee Valley

Monday, July 16th

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

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