Milwaukee taps into Great Lakes' economic potential at Water Summit

September 20, 2011

Produced by Eight Forty-Eight

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The 'Water Summit' in Milwaukee is searching for a way to turn water from Great Lakes into an economic boost for the city.

An airtight solution for unemployment, the top issue in the U.S. of late, remained unsolved by politicians and policymakers alike. But for the city of Milwaukee, the economic future was clear: water. The Wisconsin city planned to bank on Great Lakes water and the technology to clean it for their economic boost. In an effort to further that vision, dozens of the region’s top water scientists, business leaders and politicians gathered at the Water Summit in Milwaukee.

WBEZ’s Cecilia Vaisman was at the Summit yesterday. Vaisman is the editor of Front and Center, WBEZ’s project exploring critical Great Lakes issues, and she joined Eight Forty-Eight with an update from the summit.