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StormCon – Gateway to Milwaukee Storm Water Tour Description

Monday, September 13

11:00am - 3:00pm


Gateway to Milwaukee Stormwater Green Infrastructure Bus Tour (Picnic Lunch Included)

Highlighting Milwaukee’s Airport Gateway Business Improvement District and it’s surrounding community - this guided group bus tour will provide a unique glimpse of a wide variety modern sustainable stormwater management features and installations located throughout Milwaukee’s far southside region. Led by Gateway to Milwaukee Executive Director Leif Otteson, along with other guest speakers - this tour will emphasize the real-world application of sustainable storm water management on a variety of scales. Attendees will get up close and personal with existing installations, from large scale municipal and midsize commercial, to public parks and river re-naturalization. 

Key features highlighted on this tour:

  • The Energy Exchange – Commercial Redevelopment & Storm Water Retrofit
    • Former organ factory turned multi-use green oriented office and food-based manufacturing incubator. Highlights include permeable paving, green roof, bioswales.


  • The Green Corridor & Garden District Park– Real world laboratory for all things green infrastructure.
    • This 3.5 mile stretch of S 6th Street on Milwaukee’s far south side and the surrounding commercial corridors boast the area’s largest concentration of innovative and sustainable storm water management installations and other sustainable features. Highlights include permeable paving, underground rainwater retention and storage, bioswales and rain gardens, parking lot renaturalization.
  • The Verdant – Storm Water Management Takes Centerstage at this Reimagined Urban Farm & Event Space 
    • Formerly home to the Hahlbeck Greenhouses farm, this four acre site has been newly renovated by current owner and local green infrastructure pioneer & practitioner Bryan Simon. The site has been reimagined and redeveloped into a versatile space to house a a variety of micro-farm businesses, office spaces (including Simon Landscaping), a unique indoor/outdoor greenhouse event space with future café & restaurant – all surrounded by and centered around a theme of innovative storm water management features and environmental education.  


  • Pulaski Park – KK River Re-naturalization 
    • With onsite discussion lead by Engineer and Project Manager Patrick Elliott of the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD), this stop at one of Milwaukee’s County’s more uniquely situated public parks will highlight how the MMSD, the Milwaukee County Parks and others have come together to simultaneously redevelop this urban park into a community destination while also mitigating largescale residential flooding along this stretch of the Kinnickinnic River.


  • Lakeshore State Park – Wisconsin’s Only Urban State Park.
    • Opened to the public in June of 2007, Lakeshore State Park is a one-of-a-kind shoreline and habitat restoration on Lake Michigan showcasing how years of fill and debris can be transformed into both a renewed natural habitat, as well as a centerpiece for outdoor recreation in an urban setting – both on land and water. Continued maintenance and expansion of native floral plantings and short prairie grasses prioritize erosion mitigation as well as the natural habitat for various wildlife along the shore. Pedestrian only trails allow attendees to walk along and out through the shoreline for a picture-perfect view of the downtown Milwaukee skyline, the Calatrava designed Art Museum, Port Milwaukee and of course Lake Michigan.