General Mitchell Elementary School Wins MMSD Award for Green Infrastructure Project

General Mitchell Elementary School Wins MMSD Award for Green Infrastructure Project
Posted on 06/26/2020
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On Monday, June 22, 2020, the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) Commission approved the award of $3,619,917 to 20 successful applicants to the District’s Green Infrastructure Partnership Program. 
One of the applicants, General Mitchell Elementary School, received $115,791.
“General Mitchell’s Green Team is committed to improving their campus grounds with bioswales, trees/forest, prairie gardens, and even patios in order to provide their students with a wide variety of locations and activities for furthering their educational experiences,” said principal Ryan Johnson. “After sending in proposals and presenting plans, we (Diana Dahm - Student Services Counselor, Janet Murphy-Speech and Language Pathologist and I) were very excited to get this news!”
MMSD’s Green Infrastructure Partnership Program offers incentive funding on a per-gallon-captured, reimbursement basis for green infrastructure strategies designed to capture and clean water where it falls. Applications were scored based on an established set of criteria focused on the applicant’s ability and commitment to implement, maintain, and promote their project.  
When completed, these projects will provide a total of nearly 1.9 million gallons of stormwater detention capacity.  These projects will incorporate a wide variety of green infrastructure designed to manage water where it falls thereby helping to reduce the likelihood of sewer overflows and basement backups. 
MMSD's interest in green infrastructure is to increase the implementation of innovative approaches to wet weather management that is cost-effective, sustainable, and environmentally friendly. Green infrastructure management approaches and technologies infiltrate, capture, and reuse stormwater to maintain, restore, or mimic nature by draining it into the ground to reduce water pollution. 
“I have long been a believer in the benefits of outdoor learning experiences and this grant will help to further increase those opportunities for both our students and the surrounding community.  Initial planning for improvements will begin in late July of this year, and our team is hopeful that work can begin as early as this fall,” said Johnson.
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