The Water Column

By - Aug 20th, 2009 12:11 pm

"Ominowakiing" means "Milwaukee"

Welcome to Ominowakiing!

The word “Milwaukee,” as most good Milwaukeeans know, comes from the Algonquian word Millioke, meaning “Good/Beautiful/Pleasant Land,” and a word in the Ojibwe language, Ominowakiing:  “Gathering place by the water.”

These words are all beautiful, and so is the meaning behind them:  water. The essence of life. Water is where we came from; it’s why we survive, along with everything else on earth. Without water, our planet couldn’t sustain life. It’s no coincidence that humanity’s most vibrant civilizations thrived alongside major bodies of water. We need it for commerce, agriculture, health and growth. And Milwaukee is a shining example of the power of water to make a community great.

This column will be a gathering place for Milwaukee to share technical and elemental water developments on the shores of the Great Lakes.

Ominowakiing is a place of opinions, essays and video posts written by myself and other people more knowledgeable in water study than I am. Here, I will try to bridge my passion with the intellects of experts in the field of freshwater studies.

A side note: just as water is integral to our development as a region, it’s integral to my personal development:  “Agua” was my very first word.

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0 thoughts on “Ominowakiing: The Water Column”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Excited to have my first piece published at ThirdCoast Digest!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Sorry, I take all my (albeit completely inaccurate) definitions from Alice Cooper.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Ryan, we’ll be excited to follow this column as it explores the policy and commerce and personal passion surrounding our city’s most precious natural resource

  4. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the comments, I’m excited for the column too… Rock on Linn, thanks Jon Anne!

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