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The Respect Our Waters educational campaign assists MS4 communities in southeastern Wisconsin with their Education & Information Outreach (E&IO) permit requirements as well as their Public Involvement (PI) requirements for stormwater discharge permit holders. Sweet Water staff members reach the general public in a number of ways, including television advertisements, radio and news interviews, attending community events, and much more.

Sweet Water also assists MS4’s with the annual WDNR online reporting process. At the end of each year’s campaign, an E&IO and PI report is available for partner municipalities. If your community is located in either the Kinnickinnic, Menomonee, or Milwaukee watersheds and you would like more information about the reporting process, please contact Jake Fincher.

Scroll down to find resources for our MS4 partners, including educational flyers, opportunities for education on construction erosion control practices, and a list of our municipal partners.


Construction Erosion Control education

Your MS4 permit also requires that you educate those responsible for construction erosion control in design, installation, and maintenance best practices. We will be adding resources for this below. Current opportunities include:

Webinar to Review DNR Standard 1057 Trackout Control Practices

When: 10:00-11:00 am, Thursday, October 18th

DNR Standard 1057 Trackout Control Practices (formerly Stone Tracking Pad & Tire Washing) was updated under the SOC Full Process and was published in August 2018.  The Trackout Control Practices standard updates included a suite of tracking control options, an avoid/minimize/mitigate approach, additional technology, and more implementation guidance.  The training will be provided by members of the team that developed the standard, including Amy Minser from DNR.

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Construction Site Erosion Control and Stormwater Permit Compliance Training

When: 8:00am-4:30pm, Wednesday, November 28th

Where: Metropolitan Builders Association, N16W2331 Stone Ridge Dr., Waukesha, WI 53188

The North American Stormwater and Erosion Control Association of Wisconsin (NASECA-WI) has created a training program that is Wisconsin-based and covers the principles of erosion and sediment control and the WisDNR, WisDOT, and DSPS rules, regulations, and standards that govern them. This course counts as twelve hours of continuing education credit for Commercial Building Inspectors (CBI), Dwelling Contractor Qualifiers (DCQ), Master Plumbers-Restricted Service (MPRS), UDC Construction Inspectors (UCI), and Utility Contractors (UC). It is also an approved course for the Soil Erosion Inspector qualifier.

For more information about pricing, topics, and logistics, visit https://www.nasecawi.org/events-training/erosion-control-compliance-training/

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pdf fLYERS

Unfortunately, Sparkles cannot attend every event! Therefore, we have flyers that you can print and distribute to your residents in order to continue meeting your permit requirements for public education and outreach about stormwater issues.

These flyers cover a variety of topics as governed by NR216.07.01a, including the prevention of stormwater pollution through sources such as automobiles, pet waste, yard and garden waste, fertilizer, and pesticides, and other sources. They also cover ways to promote infiltration of residential stormwater through rain gardens and trees. Browse the flyers below to find the materials that best suit your event or campaign.



Erosion Control Guide

Wisconsin Construction Site Erosion Control Field Guide

Click here for a downloadable PDF Erosion Control Field Guide that can be distributed to contractors and municipal staff.



MS4 Partners

Click here for to find a list of all of our MS4 partners and links to their stormwater management pages!