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SweetWaterTrustanditsEnvironmentalPartnersGetBoostto ImproveWaterQualityintheMilwaukeeRiverBasin

FORIMMEDIATERELEASE DATE:July7,2009 MEDIACONTACT:PatMarchese, ChairmanExecutiveSteeringCouncil PHONE:2622429495 Cell:4146872494 Email:pmarchese1@wi.rr.com

MILWAUKEE TheSoutheasternWisconsinWatershedsTrust(SWWT)alsoknown astheSweetWaterTrust receivedamajorboostinitscampaigntoimprovewater qualityintheMilwaukeeRiverBasinwithathreeyear$1.9grantfromtheJoyce Foundation.TheSweetWaterTrustisanumbrellaorganizationthatwasformedto improvetheregionswaterresourcesthroughcollaborativeefforts. ThegrantsupportssevenstateandlocalenvironmentalgroupsandtheSweetWaterTrust todevelopprojectsthatwillproducemeasurableimprovementsinwaterqualityand habitatstartingwiththeMenomoneeandKinnickinnicRiverWatersheds.Thisisa uniquecollaborativeeffortamongnonprofits,governments,universitiesandotherentities workingtousewatersnaturalboundaries,orwatersheds,inmakingimprovementsin waterqualityandhabitat. TheJoyceFoundationgrantwillhelpbuildthecollaborative efforttoestablishprojectpriorities,supportsoundscienceandanalyzecomplexpolicy issues,alltowardimprovingwaterqualityandhabitatandthehealthandeconomic strengthofcommunitiesintheGreaterMilwaukeeWatersheds. Thisinvestmentprovidesenormousmomentumtowardmakingmeasurable improvementsinourwaterquality,statedPatMarcheseChairmanoftheSweetWater TrustExecutiveSteeringCouncil.ThegrantwillenabletheTrustanditsenvironmental partnerstoworkcollaborativelytobuildcommunitysupportforimplementingcost effectivewaterqualityimprovementprojectsintheGreaterMilwaukeeWatersheds. . .InadditiontotheTrust,theenvironmentalpartnersreceivingfundingare:1000Friends ofWisconsin, CleanWisconsin, MidwestEnvironmentalAdvocates, Milwaukee RiverKeeper, RiverAllianceofWisconsin, RiverRevitalizationFoundation,and SixteenthStreetCommunityHealthCenter.Eachgroupbringsaparticularfunctionand expertisetothiswaterqualityimprovementeffortincludingthefollowingactivities: Engagebusinesses,municipalitiesandthepeoplewholiveinthewatershedinthe watershedplanningprocessandensurethatinnovative,costeffectiveapproachesare takentoimprovewaterresources. Improvethequalityandquantityofdatacollectedbybothcitizensandagenciesto ensurethatwatershedrestorationplansaredevelopedandimplementedbasedon soundscience. (more)

PageTwo Identifyandadvanceinnovativepoliciesandlegaltoolsbestsuitedtobringaboutthe improvedwaterqualityandwaterresourcesgoalsoftheTrust. RaisetheawarenessofSweetWaterTrustin theGreaterMilwaukeeWatershedsand recruitandinvolveabroadconstituencyengagedinwaterqualityandhabitat improvementsandcoordinatedwatershedrestoration. Createanintegratedandlonglastingstructurethatsupportswatershedrestoration throughcollaborativeeffortsthroughouttheentireGreaterMilwaukeeWatersheds andnearshoreLakeMichigan. ThisgrantrepresentstheJoyceFoundationssecondsubstantialcommitmentto watershedrestoration.Thefirstwasa threeyear,$5millioneffortintheMaumeeRiver basininNortheastIndiana,NorthwestOhio,andSoutheastMichigan.Thiseffortfocused onurbanstormwaterpollution,agriculturalrunoff,wetlandprotectionandrestoration, andcontaminatedsedimentcleanup. SweetWaterTrustisacollaborativeefforttoachievehealthyandsustainablewater resourcesthroughouttheGreaterMilwaukeeWatersheds.Itisanongovernmental,non taxing,voluntaryorganization. MembersoftheTrustincluderepresentativesoflocal, countyandstategovernments,nongovernmentalorganizations,universityacademicsand businessandcommunityleaders. BasedinChicago,theJoyceFoundationsupportseffortstoprotecttheGreatLakes,to reducepovertyandviolenceintheregion,andtoensureitsresidentshavegood schools,decentjobs,astrongdemocracy,andadiverseandthrivingculture. ###