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Making a Visible Difference in Communities: Wisconsin

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Milwaukee, WI

EPA worked with Milwaukee to improve conditions along the 30th Street Greenway Corridor.  The area has a high poverty rate, a large minority population and blood lead levels in children that are 3-10 times higher than the national average. In 2010, a flood resulted in $32 million in private property damage. 

Priorities included:

  • mitigating surface flooding and basement backups
  • improving water quality
  • cleaning up brownfields as part of a longer term revitalization plan for the Harbor District that aims to create jobs, eliminate blight and improve public access to Lake Michigan
  •  improving energy efficiency in municipal facilities through a partnership with ENERGY STAR

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