The Village of Shorewood's municipal separate storm sewer (MS4) system serves the area of the Village generally west of Oakland Avenue. Approximately 69,000 lineal feet of pipe collect rainwater runoff from both private and public areas such as roofs, parking lots and streets and conveys the water for discharge at various points along the Milwaukee River. A modified storm sewer system also exists within the village's combined sewer system and collects water only from street drains for discharge to Lake Michigan. Please view a system map (PDF).
The discharges from the village's MS4 System are permitted under the Wisconsin Pollutant Discharge Elimination Systems Permit Number WI-S061565-2 (PDF). This permit is issued jointly to the Villages of Bayside, Brown Deer, Fox Point, River Hills, Shorewood, and Whitefish Bay and the City of Glendale.
The Village of Shorewood is required annually to submit a report on its stormwater management activities to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. View the 2019 Annual Report (PDF).
Read more about the Village's current efforts to address stormwater quality in its 2020 Stormwater Management Plan. Visit the project webpage.
The Southeastern Wisconsin Watersheds Trust, Inc. (Sweetwater) made a presentation to the Village Board on February 19, 2018, titled "The Clean Water Act (CWA), WPDES Stormwater Program, Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs), & Stormwater Management Plan (SWMP)
Basics". View the presentation document (PDF) or listen to the Audio.
The Shorewood Waters Project was born as a public education and outreach component of the Village's 2010 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Grant. See how the SWP continues to connect residents with our amazing water resources.
Each of us can have a positive impact on the health of our rivers and Lake Michigan. Maybe you're thinking that you're just one person, but if we can each do our part, our individual actions will make a big difference! Learn more on the Respect Our Waters website.
In the separate sewer area, the disconnection of downspouts and the installation of rain barrels contribute significantly to water quality improvement. Learn more about using rain barrels and where to purchase them.
Shorewood is focused on protecting the region's natural resources and creating a sustainable environment for its residents. Read how our efforts concentrate on both policies and practices in our Guidebook for Green Infrastructure (PDF).