2016 We Are Water - Milwaukee Water Commons

We are a Water City


"Milwaukee’s identity is wrapped up in water.  When you explore history you look at how identity emerges and evolves.  Milwaukee’s here because of its harbor and it grew because of its rivers.  It’s really simple.  Very elemental. 

The rivers and waterways are essential to understanding who we are as a city."

John Gurda

Milwaukee Writer and Historian

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.