The Respect Our Waters educational campaign assists MS4 communities in southeastern Wisconsin with their Education & Information Outreach (E&IO) permit 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 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.

2018 e-reporting

The 2018 Respect Our Waters Education and Information wrap-up report has been completed. Each of our municipal partners have been given an electronic copies of this report. If you have not received this document or are interested in learning more, please contact Jake Fincher.

For more information about the MS4 eReporting process, please visit the WDNR website.

Calibrating salting equipment

When the City of Cudahy received a new truck and salt unit, recently, they found that it needed additional calibrating before it was prepared to spread salt on the roads. Initially, when the unit was set to spread 300 lbs per lane mile, it spread almost double that amount — 575 lbs per lane mile!

Cudahy’s Department of Public Works had known that additional calibration was needed for years, but this is the first video documentation that they have been able to make of this phenomenon. If you need assistance calibrating your salt spreader, Cudahy’s DPW is happy to help.

They’ve also averaged 24 tons per event for 149 lane miles, including salt used for water main breaks, fires & sump-pump nuisances, which comes to an average of less than 200 lbs per lane mile. They report safe streets at this level of ice control!

 See below for a video of the discrepancies between pre- and post-calibration of the salt spreader.


Erosion Control Training

Recorded Webinar: 1057 Standard Trackout Control Devices

Wisconsin Land + Water hosted a webinar about updates to DNR Standard 1057 Trackout Control Practices (formerly Stone Tracking Pad & Tire Washing) on October 18th. While this date has passed, you can still access the recorded version of this webinar at the link below. The presenters include Penny Pohle, WI Land+Water; Kate Brunner, Standards Oversight Council; Amy Minser, Wisconsin DNR; C. Kimberly Gonzalez, Wisconsin DNR; and Chris Homburg, Homburg Contractors, Inc.

Wisconsin Land + Water has a host of other resources on their website, including more archived webinars on a variety of topics.



pdf fLYERS

Unfortunately, Sparkles cannot attend every community 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!