Project Milwaukee: The Currency of Water

Many industries that first created jobs -- and a reputation -- for Milwaukee were closely connected to water. Breweries, for instance, relied on the area's supply of water for their operations. Some businesses and community leaders believe water also holds the key to the region's future. They want southeastern Wisconsin to become a global hub for the water technology industry.

The conversation surrounding the topic is heating up. But questions remain. For example, what investments would be needed to create a water technology hub here? Would the industry provide the kind of jobs that the region needs? Could other cities beat us to the punch?

In December of 2009, the WUWM Newsroom and Lake Effect journalists explored what it takes to develop a global hub for water technology in southeastern Wisconsin in the Project Milwaukee: The Currency of Water series.

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Environment
11:52 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Why Do We Use Drinking Water to Flush Our Toilets?

A wastewater pipe
Credit eutrophication&hypoxia/Flickr

WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence interviews Lynn Broaddus, director of environment programs at The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread.

The Johnson Foundation is taking a detailed look at how we can transform the nation's water infrastructure.

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Project Milwaukee
3:34 pm
Fri December 11, 2009

The Great Lakes WATER Institute's Role

Val Klump is a senior scientist and Director of the Great Lakes WATER Institute at UW-Milwaukee. Rebecca Klaper is a Shaw Associate Scientist at the institute. They spoke with Mitch Teich as part of the Project Milwaukee series, "The Currency of Water."

Project Milwaukee
3:31 pm
Fri December 11, 2009

Marquette's New Water Law Curriculum

Matt Parlow is a law professor at Marquette University Law School. Peter Rofes also teaches law there, and is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. They spoke with Lake Effect's Mitch Teich in June.

Project Milwaukee
3:29 pm
Fri December 11, 2009

Israel's Water Plan

Eilon Adar is the director of the Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. He spoke with Stephanie Lecci from his home in Israel.

Project Milwaukee
3:25 pm
Fri December 11, 2009

Water Efforts Criticized as Misguided

All week, we’ve been reporting on local efforts to position Milwaukee as the world’s hub for water technology and research. We visited companies already here, and reported on incentives to grow the industry, such as tax breaks. But there’s been limited criticism. Today, we delve into a report that calls the initiative financially risky and unlikely to succeed. WUWM’s Erin Toner has today’s installment of Project Milwaukee: The Currency of Water.

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