Water Resources Research
Wisconsin Water Experts Meet In Middleton
By Kathleen Schmitt Kline
“Emerging Challenges for the Waters of Wisconsin” was the theme of this year’s annual meeting of the Wisconsin section of the American Water Resources Association (AWRA) March 4–5 in Middleton, Wis.
The meeting included more than 50 oral and poster presentations addressing a wide range of water resources topics, including endocrine disruptors in cattle farm runoff and the effect of road salt on water quality at a local, regional and national scale.
An opening plenary session highlighted emerging challenges for Wisconsin’s water resources, featuring speakers Mark Borchardt, research scientist at the Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation; Jonathan Patz, UW–Madison professor and director of global environmental health; and Paul Kent, attorney with Anderson & Kent, S.C., in Madison. In addition, featured evening speaker state Sen. Mark Miller, co-chair of the Wisconsin legislature’s groundwater work group, discussed efforts to develop a long-term management policy of the state’s groundwater and surface water resources.
Students had been strongly encouraged to attend the annual conference to learn, network and gain experience in presenting their work. As such, the AWRA offered a special reduced student registration rate, awards for the best student presentations, and a free career workshop that followed the conclusion of the conference.
Also following the conference, the WICCI (Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts) Water Resources Working Group held a workshop for conference attendees to help develop and prioritize water resource management adaptation strategies for the state of Wisconsin that can be applied on local, regional and statewide scales as part of WICCI’s first Climate Change Adaptive Assessment report.
For more information about the conference, visit awra.org/state/wisconsin. The meeting is hosted annually by the AWRA–Wisconsin Section, UW Water Resources Institute, Center for Watershed Science and Education at UW-Stevens Point, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey, and the Wisconsin District of the U.S. Geological Survey.