Milwaukee Water Commons

Milwaukee Water Commons is a cross-city network that fosters connection, collaboration and broad community leadership on behalf of our waters. We promote stewardship of, equitable access to and shared decision-making for our common waters.

Our Vision

Milwaukee is a model water city where we all have a stake and a say in the health of our waters, and we all share in their care and benefits.

Our Principles

Water is an essential element for all life on Earth.

Water belongs to no one and cannot be owned.

We recognize the gift of the Great Lakes; they have nurtured our ancestors and shaped us as a people and as a community. They continue to sustain us.

We all have a profound responsibility to protect and pass on clean and abundant fresh water to future generations.

Decisions about the care and and use of our waters must involve all of us.

July 21, 2014
In late May, a team of Great Lakes commoners presented at the International Association for Great Lakes Research (IAGLR) conference in Hamilton, Ontario.
July 14, 2014
TIme for a new story on how we honour the Great Lakes. A water-commons ethic and practice sees these waters as sacred, bioregional, a gift from the past, and a duty to protect into the future. Join this Great Lakes Commons.
June 22, 2014
If you couldn't join us for our Commons Charter launch - you can watch it here. To add your support to this new agreement for the Great Lakes, see the link below!
June 22, 2014
An article about our organization was recently published by Great Lakes Echo Great Lakes Commons charter targets shared waters concept by: Heather Hartmann ‘Imagine the Great Lakes as shared waters cared for and protected by the entire region’s community. That’s the vision of a group called the Great Lakes Commons.
April 5, 2014
Reposted from Council of Canadians via Great Lakes Commons Blog.
March 31, 2014
Reposted from New York Times via Great Lakes Commons Blog. By Dan Kaufman
Milwaukee Water Commons Leadership Training
March 21, 2014
On Saturday, March 8 the Milwaukee Water Commons held its first-ever Leadership Training. Over twenty water leaders from across our city will help shape Milwaukee’s water future and awaken our connections to water in six neighborhoods.
Great Lakes Rising!
March 20, 2014
A year and a half ago, On The Commons brought 70 people together from around the Great Lakes bioregion to explore how a commons approach might help us create a life giving future for our Lakes.
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