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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Project Milwaukee
2:51 pm
Tue December 8, 2009

What Makes a Water Economy

Rich Meeusen is the Chairman, President, and CEO of Milwaukee-based Badger Meter, a company that makes water meters. He's also Co-Chair of the M7 Water Council. He spoke with Lake Effect's Mitch Teich as part of our series, Project Milwaukee: The Currency of Water.

Project Milwaukee
2:46 pm
Tue December 8, 2009

The Business of Water

Not too long ago, Milwaukee was thought of as a beer town. After all, the city was home to four large breweries, and they used plenty of water. So did other industries that took root here, such as tanneries. Milwaukee was perfect, sitting in around one-fifth of the world’s fresh water supply. All the related companies that developed are now prompting Milwaukee to forge ahead with a plan to become a global water hub. In this installment of our Project Milwaukee series, The Currency of Water, WUWM’s LaToya Dennis introduces us to some of the players. It’s a little after four on a weekday afternoon and second shifters at Badger Meter are busy.

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Project Milwaukee
2:41 pm
Mon December 7, 2009

History of Water in Milwaukee

Mitch Teich interviews historian John Gurda.

Milwaukee-born writer and historian John Gurda is a regular Lake Effect contributor. He’s the author of nineteen books, including The Making of Milwaukee, and his latest, One People, Many Paths: A History of Jewish Milwaukee. Our interview on Milwaukee’s water history is part of our series, Project Milwaukee: The Currency of Water.

Project Milwaukee
2:37 pm
Mon December 7, 2009

The Water That Made Milwaukee Famous

An evolving Milwaukee River.

Today, WUWM begins a week-long series called “Project Milwaukee: The Currency of Water.”

We will explore southeastern Wisconsin’s prospects of becoming an international hub for water technology.

WUWM environmental reporter Susan Bence starts with a look at the history of water use in Milwaukee and what’s contributing to the water hub dream.

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