Charlie Koenen

While I’ll agree the Aldermen likely were drinking a bit too much of the sweet water when they drafted up that agreement, wouldn’t we be remiss if we didn’t take into account the directors that served that water and accepted those lofty employment goals… who also were drinking that sweet water… are no longer in place?

It is my understanding the shift and focus has returned to the foundation or learning/education side of business and the methods have been retooled to represent more sustainable growing techniques. While its likely within our right to scold and scorn, perhaps a more understanding parental approach might be the wiser route.

For many people, the urban aquaponics model is still an essential necessity for the challenging times ahead. The newly designed system represents a big shift from the original (and arguably unsustainable) model initially setup inside the plant.

I for one am willing to let this new direction and leadership show what it can do rather than scrap the whole deal just to make a point. For it is only through trial and error that civilization has advanced to this point…. if we are to continue further, securing our food is essential and learning how to create a balanced input-output system that is scalable does not seem a fools errand.

Bill Sell

Thanks, Charlie. I appreciate your compassionate advice. Sweet Water
is definitely moving in a more teaching and experimental mode and I
support that. There is a world wide interest with the promise of
perfecting the technology of aquaponics. Aquaponics will ultimately
succeed, and I would like to see that happen in my neighborhood,
although I will be happy wherever it emerges, whether Milwaukee or
India or Germany or Antarctica.

I enjoy seeing successes in Bay View, but my village is not my whole
world. Success happens everywhere that people collaborate and aspire
to making something new. No one thought, in 1961, before Kennedy
announced a “plan to put a man on the moon and return him safely to
earth” that we would be on the moon in less than one decade. In
1961 it was still science fiction, that business of walking around on
moon or planets. Suddenly, in a burst of (cold war) energy, people
made it happen - even the deaths of several astronauts along the way
did not deter the people who believed in the goal. We humans need
vision. We are happier looking forward to a success than looking back
at our failures.


Tom Brandstetter

The e-mail I use on bay view matters was hacked so I could not add to Charlie and Bill’s comments, so I cut and pasted to our site. I agree with both of them in what they said responding to the very negative people that jumped on the story.

This is very complicated and multi layered as is life. Many of the very negative shallow people in the city just don’t get the bigger picture. Charlie and Bill do get it and I’m glad to see they stepped up on this. Yes, there where physical design issues in the beginning. Much of that has been resolved by moving it to green houses (solar gain) with less gravity to deal with the fish at about the same level. Yes, the loan promises were not very well thought out. Beyond those two issue which of course are not insignificant SWO/SWF is a blessing for Milwaukee and the world. So many positive intangibles beyond loans issues have already come and will continue to come from this dream.

Milwaukee can’t begin to thank Godsil for all he does

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