North Point Lighthouse Friends, Inc.
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North Point Lighthouse – May 8, 2019 Lecture “MMSD – The Status of Water in our Region”

Sponsored by Landmark Credit Union

By - Apr 23rd, 2019 06:11 pm

About the Lecture

Milwaukee’s approach to water management has come full circle.  Evolving from a swampy area thriving with fish and wildlife to a polluted network of abused waterways, Milwaukee has now come full circle to managing water with nature’s tools. Kevin Shafer will explore this metamorphosis illustrating this cycle and provide a glimpse of our water future.

About the Lecturer

Kevin Shafer has served as the Executive Director of the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) since 2002. Shafer is responsible for the overall management, administration, leadership and direction for MMSD in meeting short and long-term goals and objectives; coordinates the establishment of strategic goals and objectives and their approval by the Commission; oversees the development of policies and operating plans; and represents MMSD to its customers, bond rating agencies, and the public.

Prior to joining the MMSD, Shafer spent 10 years in private industry with an international engineering firm in Chicago and Milwaukee, and six years with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Fort Worth, Texas. He holds a bachelor’s degree in science and civil engineering with a specialty in water resources from the University of Illinois and a master’s in science and civil engineering from the University of Texas. He is a past president of the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, past co-chair of the Water Research Foundation, and past member of the EPA’s Local Government Advisory Committee. He serves as vice-chair on the U.S. Water Alliance Board of Directors, and is on the boards of The Water Council, River Revitalization Foundation, Mequon Nature Preserve, and Great Lakes Protection Fund.

About the 2019 Lectures at the Lighthouse Series sponsored by Landmark Credit Union

The Lectures at the Lighthouse series runs from January through November and features prominent historians, authors and scholars who discuss various topics and fascinating stories related to Milwaukee and Great Lakes maritime history. Lectures are open to the public and held at the lighthouse museum located at 2650 N. Wahl Avenue in Milwaukee’s historic Lake Park. General admission is $10; admission for seniors and students with ID is $5 and North Point Lighthouse members are free. There is no pre-registration for lectures.

About North Point Lighthouse

The North Point Lighthouse and Museum, located at 2650 N. Wahl Avenue within historic Lake Park, is a Milwaukee maritime treasure. Each year, thousands of visitors from the surrounding community, region and around the world experience its beauty, history and charm. Built in 1888, the lighthouse tower and keepers quarters are open to the public every Saturday and Sunday from 1-4 p.m. throughout the year, plus additional summer hours. Admission fees are $8 per person over 12 years of age; $5 for children 5-11 years old and senior citizens over 65; and free under 5 years. Children must be 5 years old and over 38 inches tall to climb the tower. Year-round, all active armed service personnel and veterans with ID receive free admission for public tours.

Visitors can experience a maritime museum featuring exhibits, artifacts and stories and climb the 74-ft. tower. The lighthouse is also available to rent for private events and tours. The lighthouse has been preserved and restored as a maritime museum through the efforts of the North Point Lighthouse Friends, Inc. and has been open for public tours, visits and events since 2007. The mission of the North Point Lighthouse Friends, Inc. is to preserve the North Point Light Station, inspire appreciation of its importance in Wisconsin maritime history and promote its use consistent with the character of Lake Park and the surrounding neighborhood.

For admission fees and public hours, visit

For information about lectures, tours and events, contact Sue Grzeca, 414-332-6754 or

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