Friday, December 9th, 2016

The resilient Tom Barrett

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Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett has signed his city up in the Resilient Communities for America. In my latest online op-ed for RightWisconsin (subscription required, but a bargain just to read me), I laugh at Milwaukee’s claim to be a leader in the Resilient Communities:

Why is Milwaukee such a resiliency leader? Because they, “Adopted a Green Streets design and construction policy that will help keep rain water out of the sewers through the use of green infrastructure practices.” Except where the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) hasn’t separated the combined sewers, then the city and its sewerage clients are content to just let it flow.

The “green infrastructure” plan wasn’t even the result of Milwaukee’s planning. They were told to do it. As the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported in January, “The state Department of Natural Resources issued MMSD a new five-year pollution discharge permit this week that requires the district to establish 1 million gallons of so-called green storm-water storage capacity each year, said Ted Bosch, a DNR wastewater engineer in Milwaukee.”

When Tom Barrett was a kid, did he get a cookie every time he cleaned his room after he had been grounded for a week for not cleaning it? Because there’s an awful lot of self-congratulation here for doing something they were told to do.

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