Milwaukee the Water Capital?
Yes. The single most important expansion of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee currently underway is the proposed School of Freshwater Sciences. We’ve all heard it “water is the new oil.” It is true, fresh water just might be the key to future growth in Milwaukee and Southeast Wisconsin, and with 120 water-oriented companies and facilities for five of the eleven largest water companies in the world, not to mention UWM’s existing Great Lakes Water Institute, Milwaukee is poised to become the world leader in this industry. Not necessarily in the traditional model of simply selling water, but in the research that will help communities efficiently, and cleanly utilize fresh water. In the research that will allow companies to cost effectively use water and properly return it back to its source. In the research that will keep our water clean. How better to protect and preserve Lake Michigan for recreational and public uses, than to have Milwaukee become the leading city for research into proper, clean, and efficient use of fresh water.
We’ve all heard the talk about how Miller Park should have been downtown, and how Milwaukee always seems to not get it “just right”. Well this is a chance to get the right idea, in the right place, at the right time.
To learn more about the proposal and lend your support, the Harbor Commission will be meeting Friday May 8th, at 8:00 am at the Port Authority, 2323 S. Lincoln Memorial Drive, to hear presentations from UWM and the M7 Water Council.