LRP - Licenses

LRP - Regulations

LRP - Permits

Recreation - Statewide

Recreation - Trapping

Recreation - Fishing

Recreation - Hunting

Env. Protection - Management

Env. Protection - Emergency

Env. Protection - Resources

To sign up for updates or to access your subscriber preferences, please enter your contact information below.

TMDL overview
Overview of TMDLs.
TMDL development
TMDLs in development.
TMDL approvals
List of TMDLs approved by USEPA.
TMDL implementation
TMDL implementation.
Wastewater, storm water, CAFOs
Point source issues in TMDLs.
Nonpoint source
Runoff and stormwater related to TMDLs.
TMDL map and projects
Map of TMDL Projects and New Dynamic Project Pages.

Milwaukee BasinTotal Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs)

A view of the Milwaukee bridge

Help us improve water quality in the Milwaukee Basin

Background information

Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District has developed total maximum daily load calculations, known as TMDLs, for the Menomonee River, Kinnickinnic River, Milwaukee River Watersheds and the Milwaukee Harbor Estuary. Development of the calculations is required for impaired waterways under the federal Clean Water Act as part of efforts to meet applicable water quality standards.

The Milwaukee sewerage district initiated the TMDL project as a third party on behalf of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources using a contract consulting team to assist with the modeling and calculations. Development of the project has been a multi-year process building on previous watershed work conducted in the basin. The pollutants addressed in the calculations are fecal coliform bacteria, phosphorous and sediment.

Additional background material, meeting notes and presentations from earlier stakeholder meetings organized by the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District can be obtained by contacting Bill Krill at

Citizen input invited

DNR is seeking feedback on the draft Milwaukee Basin TMDL project. Between now and the public hearing, scheduled for this fall, DNR will be conducting a series of informational meetings and addressing comments before presenting a final product at the public hearing. Please provide your comments via the following email address:

Related news release: Public input invited on draft plan to improve water quality in Milwaukee basin

Report downloads

Draft report: Milwaukee River Basin TMDL [PDF]

GIS Data: TMDL Reach Files [ZIP] and Disclaimer [PDF]

Allocations: Average Monthly Phosphorus Limits [PDF]

Meeting presentations:

Appendix A:
Appendix B: Large Format Maps
Appendix C:
Appendix D: Load Duration Curves
Appendix E:
Appendix F:

Next steps:

Milwaukee River

In order to maximize input and discussion, the following process is being used to help ensure public participation and help dischargers and stakeholders understand the TMDL and the process used to develop it.

July 21: Meetings with Permitted Municipalities to Discuss Stormwater

  1. 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. - Agenda [PDF]
    The first session will be held at the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District Headquarters (Meeting Group A).
  2. 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. - Agenda [PDF]
    The second session will be held at the Washington County Public Agency Center in the City of West Bend (Meeting Group B).

Agendas for both sessions are linked above next to the meeting times. Two locations are provided to reduce travel. Meeting content will be the same. We would appreciate your attendance at the location corresponding to your meeting group.

July 25: Public Informational Meeting and Workshop

  1. 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
    The July 25 workshop will be at the Wauwatosa City Hall building.


    1. CDM Smith Slides [PDF]
    2. MMSD Slides [PDF]

Late Summer: Stakeholder Meetings

August 4, 2016 9:30 to 11:30 Agenda [PDF]
Informational Meeting for WPDES Wastewater Individual Permit Holders
Public Agency Center, Room 1113A & B
333 W. Washington Street #3200, West Bend, WI

November 15: Public Informational Hearing and Comment Period

Public notice [PDF]

Contact information
To provide comments on the information, send an email to: DNR Milwaukee Basin TMDL or mail:

Kevin Kirsch
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
101 S. Webster St.
PO Box 7921
Madison, WI 53707-7921

Last revised: