Get the Scoop on Wisconsin's Water!
How has the state's rich water heritage shaped the resource of today, its regulation and use? What are the issues we face with both quantity and quality? What solutions will assure clean and plentiful water for the future? Where do we find and how do we use data that allow us to understand and further the story of Wisconsin's water?
This half-day workshop is designed to help reporters and the public deepen their understanding of the state of Wisconsin's waters and what the future may hold. The workshop will include background, resources, and tips for following Wisconsin's water stories.
The workshop will be action packed and leave participants will new information, connections, and ideas. Ron Seely will be the moderator throughout and sessions include: Wisconsin's Water Legacy, Quantity and Conflict, Diving into Data, and Protection and Quality.
1 - 1:45 PM
Wisconsin's Water Legacy
What is the history of Wisconsin's water, from use and abuse to regulation and restoration? What is its role as the center of culture and for many a source of subsistence?
PRESENTERS: Curt Meine and Dylan Jennings
1:45 - 3 PM
State of the Waters: Quantity and Conflict
Agriculture and development issues often run up against tough questions about whose interests have priority. From high capacity wells to Great Lakes water withdrawals, how do we balance multiple uses and multiple risks?
PRESENTERS: Ken Bradbury, Adrian Stocks, Curt Meine, and Brent Cousin
3:15 - 4 PM
Diving into Water Data
Where do we turn for data on water use and water quality? Once we find it, how do we use it to better understand and tell the stories about Wisconsin's water? Participants are invited to bring wi-fi enabled devices to follow along during this hands-on data exploration.
PRESENTERS: Kyle Burton, Dee Hall and Adrian Stocks
4:15 - 5:30 PM
State of the Waters: Protection and Quality
Is our water drinkable, swimmable and fishable? What issues from agricultural run-off to industrial pollution to lead are we struggling with? Where have we succeeded in protecting our water? Where have we failed? What does the future hold?
PRESENTERS: John Dickert, Kim Wright, Dave Marshall and Steve Carpenter