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Faith: I heard about the Sweetwater Trust working
on the Little Menomonee Creek which is up in more
of the protection enhancement area. But it's really
neat seeing how developed the plan is for the Menomonee
River and the watershed action plan. So have you
been involved in the process or how is the City of Brookfield involved with?
Theresa: The City of Brookfield is a little
unique in that the vast majority of the City is
actually not in the Menomonee River watershed.
But we do have a nice, good sliver of the City
that is within that watershed area. So, most of
our tributary area is small streams that actually end
up eventually really contributing into a larger
aspect. So, we figure, even though we are only
a small portion, in this watershed, there are still
things that we can be doing to help contribute
to the improvement of the area.
Faith: And all those streams add up to bigger water…
Theresa: And most of the City of Brookfield
is very developed, maybe a good portion that are
residential but there's not a whole heck of a
lot of open space left anymore.
Faith: So are you doing something like taking cement out?
Theresa: We have looked at a couple, we had one
project, and it was the last stream that was enclosed in
1967 that we actually looked at, opening that back up.
I did a lot of analysis on it. I met with the residents in
multiple occasions, had a couple of meetings with
the Board of Public Works and eventually the project
was determined not to be viable for that area. But,
that was just one so there some other areas that
we’ve opportunities for removing some pipes where streams were enclosed.
Faith: How’s your interaction with the other groups within the trust?
Theresa: We get together, we have – through
our permit, we actually formed a group for our
permitting process, the MS4 Group. We actually meet
every six to eight weeks with several other communities.
Some of which meet pretty much on a regular basis,
sometimes a few others will join us. We all get
together and go over the different activities that
we’re all involved in, what's, like the Menomonee
Falls is doing all the pet waste activities so it’s
like, how can we incorporate their activities into the
City of Brookfield, without having to reinvent
the wheel. Then we have other spots where we’re
working with MMSD, on a green-roof project, and
hopefully we’re also doing the Rain garden project
in conjunction with that. And it's sharing that
information with the other communities and saying,
these are the stumbling blocks that we encountered
and this is what I would recommend and if you guys
plant to implement something like this in your community,
you may want to do this, this, and this, instead. It’ll
make the process go out smoother. It’s good sharing pieces of information like that.
Faith: And then you’re at that sub-watershed scale, so
you can hone in the issues or you can even find out
what the issues are to start with.
Theresa: Absolutely. We do a community
newsletter that goes our quarterly. We also put
information in there about pet waste, salt applications,
information to the residents about stuff like the newest
phosphorus rules and how that affects them and
what things they can do and how to educate
themselves about that. Also, it's just a little…
Theresa: Right. Mostly, just making sure
you get the community involved. It's like, the whole
crux of it. I mean, you can, you never know how much
people want to get involved until you really put it
out there and ask the residents and you’d be
surprised how many people really want to do
projects like rain gardens in their own properties. So… it’s exciting.
Faith: So you’ve seen a lot of involvement. Has it
increased a lot over the last couple of years?
Theresa: Absolutely. And I think that it has a
lot to do with the education, not just the city is
putting out there but organizations like Sweetwater
Trust, MMSD, and all the other ones that have their
different websites and newsletters and newspaper
articles and it peeks people’s interests and it gets them kind of thinking more about it.
Faith: Makes them more aware of what's there.
Faith: That’s neat.
Action Team- Theresa Caven (Meeting2-Interview 2v2)
Faith Fitzpatrick (U.S. Geological Survey) and Theresa Caven (City of Brookfield)
Title: Watershed Action Teams Connect People with Their Urban Streams
Faith Fitzpatrick (U.S. Geological Survey) and Theresa Caven (City of Brookfield) talk about how the City of Brookfield near Milwaukee, Wisconsin actively participates in the highly successful Menomonee River Action Plan team.
Location: Milwaukee, WI, USA
Date Taken: 11/16/2010
Video Producer: Douglas A. Harned , National Water-Quality Assessment Program (NAWQA), USGS, North Carolina Water Science Center, Raleigh, NC
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Additional Video Credits:
Faith Fitzpatrick: Scriptwriter, Narrator, Scientist Consultant
Gerard McMahon: Producer
Douglas Harned: Producer, Video, Editor
Alan Cressler: Video
Luke McMahon: Video
Theresa Caven (City of Brookfield)
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