Water has played a part in Milwaukee’s history, economy, culture and recreation for years — not to mention the fact that it’s vital for brewing beer. From management plans to histories to tourist guides, the Wisconsin Water Library has what you need for research, fun reading and travel.
HARD WATER: POLITICS AND WATER SUPPLY IN MILWAUKEE, 1870-1995
By Kate Foss-Mollan. West Lafayette, Ind.:
Purdue University Press, 2001.
Examines formation, growth and change in the Water Department of Milwaukee from 1870-1995. It combines history, technology, politics and policy-making in an effort to understand how municipal decision-making processes determine technological determinations throughout the history of water works.
By the Wisconsin Marine Historical Society.
Charleston, S.C.: Arcadia Publishing, 2011.
Explores the growth of Cream City’s port and three riverfronts through a variety of photographs spanning the 1800s to the present thanks to the collections by the Port of Milwaukee, the Milwaukee Public Library and the Wisconsin Marine Historical Society.
MILWAUKEE AT WATER’S EDGE: RESOURCE GUIDE TO THE LIVELY SIDE
By Tom Pilarzyk. Boulder, Colo.: Trails Books, 2013.
A timely guide to top attractions and hidden treasures. Short, magazine-style chapters describe eight city sections along the waterfront and how they embody culture, diversity and vibrancy.
THE STATE OF THE MILWAUKEE RIVER BASIN
By the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
Madison, Wis.: Wisconsin DNR, 2001.
Provides an overview of land and water resource quality, identifies challenges and outlines actions the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and its many partners can take to protect and restore natural resources throughout the Milwaukee River Basin.
A WATER RESOURCES MANAGEMENT PLAN FOR THE MILWAUKEE HARBOR ESTUARY
By the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission. Waukesha, Wis.: The Commission, 1987.
A three-volume report that details the comprehensive study of the water pollution, flooding, storm damage and dredging problems of the Milwaukee Harbor estuary area and a plan to meet water use objectives in a cost-effective manner.
Please visit the Water Library at http://aqua.wisc.edu/waterlibrary for more information.
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