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The Missing ‘Small Magic’ of Water / 2013 / N. Aten

One loss we have in urban neighborhoods is the ‘small magic’ of water – we no longer see little streams; they run underground in pipes; we no longer see little wetlands and ephemeral wetlands; they are filled. When our only visible water is the big rivers and the Great Lake, we have lessened our opportunities for intimate connections to water, and the sense of stewardship such intimate relationships often engender.

Left, showing present WDNR-mapped surface waters in yellow — notice the absence in Milwaukee — and overlaying the historic vegetation of Milwaukee.  The historic vegetation is extrapolated from the 1835 GLO surveys; reds and blues were large swamps. The Milwaukee County boundary is shown; and the boundary of the inset view to the right.

Right, zoomed in to Milwaukee, showing the 1835 GLO land survey maps, with then-mapped large wetlands (those visible walking the square-mile sections).

Surface Waters and Vegetation History, Milwaukee

   

Maps in support of neighborhood conservation planning / 2014 / N. Aten

Map of historic conditions
Map of historic conditions
Map of working lands
Map of working lands
Map of ownership types
Map of ownership types

   

Island of Hope

Island of Hope: the latest in a series of informational maps to help visually communicate concerns and plans related to the Habitat Preservation Area within the County Grounds.

Milwaukee County Grounds Coalition / 2010-2013 / N. Aten

Island of Hope

New book, The Milwaukee County Grounds: Island of Hope by Eddee Daniel with foreword by Nancy Aten.

Foreword to The Milwaukee County Grounds: Island of Hope

Video based on the book (6 minutes, youtube)

   

New Park Map

Map for Urban Ecology Center Washington Park / 2010 / N. Aten

As a volunteer, and at the request of the UEC Washington Park director, developed maps using County data for the UEC's use in planning and communication.

 

 
 

Landscapes of Place TM / Milwaukee Area and Door Peninsula, Wisconsin