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Celebrate Water with Kim Marotta and Gale Klappa

June 13, 2014

Mequon Nature Preserve, Inc. (MNP Inc.) is hosting “Celebrate Water.” This event, scheduled for 5 p.m. June 17, 2014, will share the importance of clean water and its impact on industry. Kim Marotta, Director of Sustainability will speak on “No Water, No Beer.” Following, MNP Inc. will recognize Gale Klappa, Chairman, President and CEO of We Energies with a stewardship award to honor the investment made in the preserve’s renewable energy sources including a wind turbine and solar panels, as well as in the formation of wetlands. MNP Inc. is grateful to We Energies as well as the many other foundations and donors who have funded wetland reconstruction and land restoration over the past 10 years.

At Mequon Nature Preserve (MNP), 24 acres of restored wetlands prevent between 8.6 and 36 million gallons of stormwater from leaving the site each year. MNP has other green infrastructure that controls stormwater such as tree canopies, native landscaping, permeable pavement, greenways, green trail design, rain gardens, bio-swales, a bio-cistern, a green roof, and rain barrels. This captures between 10 and 20 million additional gallons of stormwater per year depending upon rainfall.

There are two immediate benefits in controlling stormwater. First, by holding onsite the large rush of water that comes with a storm, the volume flowing immediately downstream is reduced thus reducing flooding and erosion. A second benefit is that stormwater runoff from roads and fields is cleansed naturally from pollutants through the wetlands. Thus, when water leaves Mequon Nature Preserve, eventually flowing into Lake Michigan, it does at a higher quality. MNP Inc. takes seriously the responsibility of improving water quality and partners with Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, UW-Milwaukee, Veolia and others to monitor quality and water tables and assess wetland effectiveness. Students and volunteers also assist.

The availability of fresh water affects quality of life as well as many sectors of the economy such as transportation, manufacturing, agriculture, fisheries, tourism, and recreation. Clean water is a key determinant in the viability of the region and the preserve plays a role.

“Celebrate Water” will be held at Mequon Nature Preserve’s PieperPower Education Center, 8200 W. County Line Road, Mequon, WI 53097. The event is free and open to the public. RSVP to center@mequonnaturepreserve.org or 262-242-8055 x104. This event is sponsored by Associated Bank and Schenck SC.
Event Schedule:
4:30 p.m. reception
5 p.m. Kim Marotta and Gale Klappa
6 p.m. reception ends
4 and 6 p.m. brief walking tours of Mequon Nature Preserve

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