August 10th, 2019
We believe everyone has a right to fishable
swimmable rivers and lakes.
The Milwaukee River has come a long way in recent history and the evidence is clear: Milwaukee has seen two dams removed, an increase in fish biodiversity, the establishment of a protected Milwaukee River Greenway, an abundance of anglers and kayakers, and downtown revitalization efforts that began with a Riverwalk and now extend to the Harbor District where the Milwaukee meets the Menomonee and the Kinickinnic Rivers.
While we have come a long way, there is still work to be done to continue improving water quality and removing barriers to who can reasonably access and enjoy our waterways. Through community engagement with over 1300 Milwaukeeans, Milwaukee Water Commons created a Water City Agenda. You told us that in order for Milwaukee to be a true model water city ALL residents need to have fishable swimmable waterways and meaningful water experiences.
It's time to celebrate, protect, and reclaim these waters for all.
This is our swim in our river.
Let's jump in together, Milwaukee!
IS IT SAFE?
Your safety is our #1 priority.
We will test the water to make sure it meets all safety standards. The race will be canceled in the event of:
Recent significant rainfall
Severe weather & lightning
Poor water quality tests
Paramedics & lifeguards on duty
Safety kayaks in the water
Mandatory bright yellow swim caps (provided by us)
Restricted boat traffic during race
Coordination with the US Coast Guard and Milwaukee Police
US Masters Swimming sanctioned
Stay tuned for 2020!
Whose idea was this anyway?!
Believe it or not, we're not the first to organize an open water swim in a historically polluted waterway. Check out these other events all over the country:
Video by Joel Peregrine