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Tours & Outings

Note: Advanced Pricing (ADV) is November 8, 2023 - March 1, 2024 / Onsite Pricing (ONS) is March 2, 2024 – May 22, 2024.

Technical Tour:  Menomonee River Flood Management Projects Bicycle Tour (ticketed event)

Sunday, May 19, 2024 | 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

**** SOLD OUT ****

$65 ADV / $75 ONS
2.5 PDHs

Join us for a relaxing bicycle ride through downtown Milwaukee. 

The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) implements regional flood management projects in the Milwaukee area. MMSD has implemented a comprehensive system of flood management projects from the headwater of the Menomonee River to its mouth in downtown Milwaukee.

This tour focuses on six projects including levee systems, flood storage basins, and concrete channel rehabilitation projects that together protect Milwaukee residences and industry from flooding while enhancing the environment.

Project webpages: (exact stops may change)

Bicycle rental is included in the ticket price.

Social Event:  WDSA Graduate Student Committee Meet-up at the Old German Beer Hall

Sunday, May 19, 2024 | 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm
The Old German Beer Hall (1009 North Dr. M.L.K Jr. Drive, Milwaukee 53203)

Free / Pay On Own

The WDSA Graduate Student Committee has organized a special meet-up for students at the Old German Beer Hall located at 1009 North Dr. M.L.K Jr. Drive in Milwaukee. The meet-up will take place immediately after the EWRI Congress Welcome Reception.

This social event will provide a great opportunity for graduate students to network and connect with peers from other universities working on similar research topics.

This is a no-host event and participants will need to find their own transportation.

If interested, please RSVP at this link.

Technical Tour: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences Tour (ticketed event)

Monday, May 20, 2024 | 3:00 pm – 6:15 pm

$35 ADV / $40 ONS
1.0 PDHs

The School of Freshwater Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is the first school in the nation dedicated solely to the study of freshwater and the largest academic research institution on the Great Lakes.  

The tour will take a closer look at this state-of-the-art facility and learn how, for more than 50 years, the faculty and scientists have been conducting internationally recognized freshwater research across five essential themes: human and ecosystem health, freshwater system dynamics, weather and climate science, freshwater technology, and freshwater policy and economics.  

The walking tour is about 90 minutes and focuses on research being conducted by our faculty, scientists, and students.  Dive in to see how we earned a reputation for freshwater.

Technical Tour: Kinnickinnic River Flood Management Projects Bus Tour (ticketed event)

Tuesday, May 21, 2024 | 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

$65 ADV / $75 ONS
2.0 PDHs

The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) implements regional flood management projects in the Milwaukee area. MMSD and area partners have developed a plan for the Kinnickinnic River watershed, Milwaukee’s most urban watershed, to reduce flood risk for over 700 homes and businesses, naturalize over 7 miles of concrete lined streams, and revitalize community spaces.  

MMSD and the Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers (SSCHC) will lead a tour through several project areas, in design or completed, on the Kinnickinnic River.

This will include the recently completed Pulaski Park project which removed 1,700 feet of concrete channel and restored the river to a natural stream within the park.  The tour will highlight the various partnerships between MMSD, city of Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, SSCHC and others to engage the community throughout the life of these projects; transforming the river from a liability to a community asset. 

MMSD Kinnickinnic River Flood Management webpage

Transportation is included in the ticket price.

Social Event:  Meet-up at The Turf

Tuesday, May 21, 2024 | 6:15 pm – 9:00 pm
3rd Street Market Hall (275 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53203)

Free / Pay On Own

Join us for some fun & games!

This event is hosted by the Local Activities Council, the New Professionals Council and the Chicago EWRI Chapter.  Meet us at The Turf for an exciting gathering featuring games including Gian Jenga!  Whether you are new to EWRI or a seasoned member, come get to know fellow members and explore opportunities to get involved with EWRI Committees and Local Chapters.  

This gathering is all about fun with no official sponsors.  It's a bring-your-own-wallet party!

Technical Tour: Green Stormwater Infrastructure and Greenseams® Walking and Bus Tour (ticketed event)

Wednesday, May 22, 2024 | 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

$65 ADV / $75 ONS
2.5 PDHs

The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) has two programs to capture rainfall where it falls in both urban and undeveloped areas.

In undeveloped areas, MMSD’s Greenseams® program has protected 5,300 acres of undeveloped land in watershed headwaters with a goal of protecting 10,000 acres.

In urban areas, MMSD has a goal of capturing 0.5” of rainfall in green stormwater infrastructure throughout the MMSD service area.  

Tour stops will highlight green storm water infrastructure implemented by the city of Milwaukee and other local partners along with a Greenseams® property that has preserved park and open space in the greater Milwaukee area.

MMSD Greenseams® web page

Transportation is included in the ticket price.

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