Reducing polluted runoff to restore our waters

Reducing polluted runoff to restore our waters


Wisconsin’s rich water resources support our economy and our way of life. Unfortunately, polluted runoff threatens the existence of these waters every day.

Polluted runoff from farm fields, city street, fertilized lawns and construction sites harms our water supplies. When rain falls and runs off into our waterways, it picks up pollutants, including sediment, bacteria, phosphorous and more, which greatly diminish our water quality.

To secure safe, clean drinking water, we strive to implement better runoff management strategies and hold polluters accountable.

Clean Wisconsin does this by:

Managing rainwater with green infrastructure

Managing rainwater with green infrastructure

When rainwater drains into our waterways, it picks up pollutants that can harm our water. We help install green infrastructure, like rain gardens, to prevent pollution and protect our drinking water.


Implementing Adaptive Management

Implementing Adaptive Management

Phosphorous is a leading cause of water quality problems in Wisconsin. To reduce phosphorus runoff, Clean Wisconsin helped establish an innovative new strategy, Adaptive Management, to cost-effectively and collaboratively manage this pollutant.


Holding polluters accountable

Holding water polluters accountable

Polluters need to be held accountable for their actions. For decades, Clean Wisconsin’s legal team has engaged in the permitting process and in the courts to protect our water resources.

PHOTO CREDIT Polluted runoff/girl on pier: Courtesy of Dick Lamers

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