Sustain, Reconnect, and Grow Environmental Corridors (SRGE)
Beginning in 2005, SEWRPC has partnered with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District on an initiative called “Sustain, Reconnect, and Grow Environmental Corridors” (SRGE). This initiative seeks to increase the awareness of the importance of preserving environmental corridors and to enhance and expand environmental corridors, thereby benefiting water quality, expanding wildlife habitat, providing recreational opportunities, and retaining rural character. In 2007, SEWRPC collated information on primary and secondary environmental corridors, isolated natural resource areas, candidate corridor expansion areas, and corridor buffer lands, specifically identifying those lands that are protected through public ownership, private ownership, or conservation easements. This information was presented at a meeting held in May 2007, and may be found here. Ongoing efforts for the SRGE initiative include annually acquiring information on open space acquisition activity by public and private agencies and periodic updates of the SRGE analysis to highlight the previous year’s activity.