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Our Water community film event at Avalon Theater April 25

The Avalon Atmospheric Theater & Lounge will host Our Water, a Saturday morning special event on April 25 featuring films about our relationship to our most precious natural resource.
Our Water begins with “Life in Our Lake,” an eight-minute film by Michael Timm that dramatizes the quagga mussel invasion of Lake Michigan. “Inland Seas,” a 49-minute documentary by scientist Rebecca Klaper and Matthew Radcliff, details the issues surrounding diversion requests to the Great Lakes. “Milwaukee: A City Built on Water,” a 57-minute documentary by Claudia Looze and historian John Gurda, shares our city’s water history.
The program is rounded out by shorts produced by Jenny Plevin and the Milwaukee Water Commons. Immediately following the films, the conversation expands to involve the audience, who can ask questions in a 15-minute talkback featuring historian Gurda, Klaper of the UWM School of Freshwater Sciences, and other water leaders including Rich Meeusen of the Water Council and Plevin of the Milwaukee Water Commons.
Timm, a Milwaukee writer with a master’s degree from UWM’s School of Freshwater Sciences, is organizing the event. He has also created a board game, Mussel Madness, where kids cooperate to save the Great Lakes from mussel invasion. Audience members will be treated to a sneak peek of Mussel Madness on April 25.
“We all love the Great Lakes, but how much of their story do we really understand? This event is a chance to join the community to learn more about these remarkable life-giving systems,” Timm says. “I am grateful to theater owner Lee Barczak for the opportunity to share these films beneath the Avalon’s starlit ceiling. Our Water is a great way to conclude Earth Week 2015.”
The newly renovated Avalon Atmospheric Theater & Lounge, reopened in December 2014, is located in Milwaukee’s Bay View neighborhood at 2473 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. Tickets to Our Water are $11 ($10 plus a $1 online processing fee). Advance tickets are recommended. The films are suitable for all ages. The event is from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Doors open at 9 a.m. Street parking is available.
Save the date: 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 25, 2015
Contact: Michael Timm,, c. 414-378-0945


Milwaukee County Parks awarded $635,000 grant

By Press Release

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 The grant money will be used to combat invasive species in the Great Lakes basin.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that the Milwaukee County Parks will receive a grant of $635,000 as part of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative to combat invasive species in the Great Lakes basin.

Milwaukee County Parks will collaborate with the Milwaukee Conservation Leadership Corps/Student Conservation Association, the Great Lakes Community Conservation Corps, the Alliance for the Great Lakes, and the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute to remove invasive plant species from 32 ecologically diverse natural areas encompassing 1,300 acres of critical wildlife habitat in the Milwaukee County Park System.

The project will also provide educational opportunities for students in grades 6-12 as well as for college students.

“Thank you to the EPA for this important opportunity to collaborate with them in achieving a shared goal of environmental stewardship,” said Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele. “Equally as important, we will engage students around Milwaukee County in a hands-on learning opportunity that will not only benefit the park land directly, but also instill a sense of environmental ethics and pride in our great park system.”​

In other grants news, the Milwaukee County Parks Department has received a 2015 Root River Watershed Initiative Network grant of $9,910 to reforest 6.9 acres of leased agricultural land.

The reforestation project, directly adjacent to the Root River, will be planted to a diversity of native trees and shrubs that will provide habitat for migratory and breeding wildlife populations. The Parks Department will be partnering with the Franklin High School Eco-Club to install this planting in the fall of 2015.