3 Great Things in Tosa: September
Great things are always happening in Tosa. Each month we highlight our favorites.
Here are three great things in Tosa this September:
1. Earlier this year we surveyed you: what type of communication is important to you? The top answer was enhancing our construction communication. We created a custom online interactive map in which people can see construction by the City of Wauwatosa, construction by other organizations such as We Energies, and projects under consideration which highlights work we anticipate in the near future.
2. You submitted over 160 photos in the second annual #TosaLife Photo Contest! Our winners in four categories are:
- Popular Vote, KC Sattler - "Backyard Beauty"
- Cityscapes, Jason Williams - "North Ave Blur"
- Environment, Ann Rovito - "Morning Run"
- Community Engagement & Special Events, Gary Koch - "Leading the East Tosa Gran Prix"
3. The City of Wauwatosa is being recognized by the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewer District (MMSD) as a "Green Luminary" for our green alley construction. This green infrastructure adds to our growing list of projects that consider the environment, including the 69th St Plaza with permeable pavement and natural landscaping, as well as the Tosa Green Summer in which free rain barrels and rain gardens were distributed to residents.
A green alley is constructed in a way that reduces rainfall runoff, helps clean and recharge groundwater and alleviates flooding concerns. In 2018, we will finish installing six new green alleys. (Photo on right: A Green Alley being constructed between 103rd Street and 104th Street.)
“Green infrastructure helps protect our rivers and Lake Michigan by adapting practices that harvest rainfall for other uses or reduce water pollution. We recognize the need not only to manage stormwater, but also the need to create lasting works that connect people to the environment," says Maggie Anderson, Senior Civil Engineer.