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Tammy Baldwin Tours Milwaukee Harbor

Senator Baldwin was promoting legislation to help communities develop revitalization plans for waterfronts.

By - Sep 22nd, 2015 10:10 am
Senator Tammy Baldwin speaks with Lilith Fowler. Photo by Graham Kilmer.

Senator Tammy Baldwin speaks with Lilith Fowler. Photo by Graham Kilmer.

Senator Tammy Baldwin toured the Milwaukee Harbor Friday to look at areas that could receive support for development if her Waterfront Community Revitalization and Resiliency Act is passed.

Baldwin took a boat tour of the Milwaukee harbor from the southern end of the inner harbor and north up to the N. Broadway Bridge. A key site shown to Baldwin was the coal pile next to UW-Milwaukee’s School of Freshwater Sciences on the east end of E. Greenfield Ave.. The field is called the Solvay Coke and Gas Site, the investigation into it’s level of contamination is still underway and expected to be completed in 2016.

Baldwin spoke about the importance of developing a “master plan” for the revitalization of waterfront communities. She said very often, especially during fiscally constrained times such as these, communities are only able to take a piecemeal approach to revitalization projects. Her legislation is aimed at providing the “tools” for communities to develop plans for the entire revitalization of their waterfront, so that they can tackle all necessary projects as funding becomes available. The projects are often interconnected and are more effective long term with wide ranging planning. Preference for funds through the grant program will be given to communities that do comprehensive planning, said Baldwin.

“Starting out with a master plan, that says, lets think about our economy in the 21st century, lets think about our cultural and social recreational needs as a community,” Baldwin said.

The legislation includes the creation of a “resilient waterfront community designation,” said Baldwin. This will serve as what Baldwin referred to as a “good housekeeping seal of approval” to incentivize communities to work on holistic planning that considers the economy, the environment, access to waterways, and social and cultural issues.

Senator Tammy Baldwin at the Milwaukee Harbor. Photo by Graham Kilmer.

Senator Tammy Baldwin at the Milwaukee Harbor. Photo by Graham Kilmer.

The last time there was broad planning for the Milwaukee harbor and port was in the 1920’s, said Lilith Fowler, the executive director of the newly-formed Harbor District, a non-profit aimed at revitalizing Milwaukee’s harbor area economically, environmentally and socially. Fowler and Baldwin spoke about how this is an opportunity to create a sweeping plan for turning this area of the city back into a centerpiece of the community.

“If you’re not thinking about the whole thing at once, you miss opportunities,” said Fowler of constructing a large plan for the harbor area.

Beginning to think about how to tackle waterfront issues such as decaying infrastructure and lack of access to the waterfront itself tend to be issues common to most of the waterfront communities Baldwin visited in Wisconsin. This creates the possibility for communities to network and share ideas for the most feasible and effective projects for waterfront revitalization.

Fowler said the Waterfront Revitalization and Resiliency Act represents phase one of the revitalization of the Milwaukee waterfront and harbor area, because it provides the support to look at changes for the community in a broader way.

Categories: Politics, Real Estate

13 thoughts on “Tammy Baldwin Tours Milwaukee Harbor”

  1. Victor says:

    Tammy who?

  2. Paul says:

    She should travel the harbor after the a rain storm, then she would see the sewage overflows that Barrett promised would be stopped, but let’s waste millions on a trolley instead..

  3. Dave says:

    Here we go again with the ignorance. MMSD has done phenomenal job cleaning up its operation and reducing overflows over the past generation. There was an excellent series on UM regarding this recently. I’m guessing you never bothered to read the stories.

    You can find them below. Try to actually read them. I know it may be hard for you.

    If you really want to observe some devastating pollution, you should check out Green Bay’s dead zone thanks to your friends the mega dairy farmers.

  4. Paul says:

    Dave, read all the reports you want, than go see it yourself and you might change your mind

  5. Dave says:

    Ha. Don’t let the facts get in the way, right? Pretty sure that’s the definition of willful ignorance. That should be the state motto. “Forward” my ass.

  6. mbradleyc says:

    MMSD may be the best entity of it’s kind in the world. Milwaukee’s sewers are as good as there are anywhere and far better than most. Chicago doesn’t even really try to clean their sewage. They just send it down the Canal to the Illinois River. If the nation is ever able to reverse the flow of the Chicago River back to nature, they are going to have a world of trouble.

  7. Paul says:

    Dave, you can read all the “facts” you want, I’ll let my personal observations define the truth

  8. Nicholas says:

    Personal observations trump factual evidence now?


  9. Paul says:

    Nicholas, yes personal observations trump reports.
    If the weather reports tell you it’s sunny and warm and you walk out your door and it’s raining, you do you believe?

  10. Dave says:

    Jesus Christ…

  11. Vincent Hanna says:

    Paul and the Conservative Mind: “I know ‘scientists’ say the Earth is round, but I walk outside and personal observation tells me it’s flat.”

  12. AG says:

    Paul, since you’re talking of your personal observations… how many sewer overflows have you observed this year?

  13. Rich says:

    My toilet backed up the other day and sewage overflowed onto my floor. I called Tom Barrett to come fix it, but his office said he was “busy”.

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