About the Shorewood Waters Project

The Shorewood Waters Project is a Village of Shorewood project that began in 2011 with financial support from a $240,000 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) grant. This Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grant focused on assessing stormwater management practices and outcomes in Shorewood and included a component for community education. Since the grant ended in 2013, the Village of Shorewood's Department of Public Works has continued to create fun and engaging events and educational programs to empower Shorewood residents with solutions to enhance and protect the waters that border Shorewood - Lake Michigan and the Milwaukee River.

See our Events page!


Educational Materials

Below is a list of the educational products, events and programs created to date:

Events & Programs

  • Milwaukee River and Atwater Beach cleanups
  • Milwaukee River canoe and kayak trips
  • Lake Michigan boat tours
  • Milwaukee River Walks: hikes in the river
  • Native Plan Contest (2012): formally adopting Butterfly Weed as the Official Native Plant of Shorewood
  • "Waters of Shorewood" historical presentation with John Gurda
  • Atwater School rain garden
  • Lake Bluff School rain garden
  • Shorewood Waters Coaster Project with local restaurants and bars
  • Barktoberfest
  • Fish and Feather Festival
  • Shorewood Summer Splash Summer Launch community event (2018)
  • Go Wild: Gardening for Bees, Birds and Butterflies native plant presentations
  • Shorewood Loves Dogs mascot contest and dog owner information campaign (2019)