702 Langdon St
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
Science and Environment Writer
Ron Seely is an award-winning science and environment writer who spent 35 years at the Wisconsin State Journal, 20 years of which he spent writing about science and the environment.READ MORE
Conservation Biologist, Historian and Writer
Curt Meine, Ph.D., is an internationally recognized conservation biologist, historian, and writer who has spent more than 30 years exploring the relationship between humans and the landscape, including a focus on issues such as wetland restoration, conservation planning and sustainable agriculture.
Director of Public Information, Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission
Tribal Council Member for Bad River Ojibwe
Dylan Jennings is the Director of the Public Information Office of the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission and a Tribal Council Member for the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe.READ MORE
Director and State Geologist
Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey
Ken Bradbury is the Director of the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey, and State Geologist, whose research has focused on characterizing the state’s groundwater resources and modeling groundwater flow from recharge areas to wellheads.READ MORE
Wastewater Field Operation Director
Water Quality Bureau, Wisconsin DNR
Adrian Stocks, Wastewater Field Operations Director for the Bureau of Water Quality at Wisconsin DNR, joined DNR in 2014 as the Wastewater Permits Section Chief. The Permits Section is responsible for policy development and implementation of the municipal and industrial wastewater program.READ MORE
Wisconsin Wildlife Federation
Note: Curt Meine sat in for George Meyer, who could not attend.
George Meyer has been the Executive Director of the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation since 2003. He spent 32 years at Wisconsin DNR, 20 of which were in senior management, including staff attorney, dealing with numerous controversial public policy issues.READ MORE
Holsum Dairies Manager
Note: Brent Cousin, a veterinarian for Holsum Dairies sat in for Bob Nagel, who could not attend.
Bob Nagel, MS DVM, is a partner and general manager at award-winning Holsum Dairies LLC in Hilbert, WI, which as two 4,000-cow dairy operations that have been honored for sustainability and innovation.READ MORE
Field Operations Manager
Bureau of Drinking and Groundwater, Wisconsin DNR
Kyle Burton has been with the Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources’ Bureau of Drinking Water and Groundwater for 18 years. He has served the Public Drinking Water program in numerous capacities over those years including Field Specialist, Field Supervisor, and now as the Bureau’s Field Operations Director, overseeing the field implementation of the Public Drinking Water Program statewide.READ MORE
Managing Editor and Co-Founder
Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism
Dee J. Hall is co-founder of Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism. She joined the staff as managing editor in 2015 after 24 years as an editor and reporter at the Wisconsin State Journal.READ MORE
President and CEO
Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative
John Dickert is the President and CEO of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative (Cities Initiative). The Cities Initiative works with more than 130 U.S. and Canadian mayors from across the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Basin to advance the protection and restoration of water resources to achieve a more environmentally and economically sustainable Great Lakes region.READ MORE
Midwest Environmental Advocates
Kim Wright is Executive Director of Midwest Environmental Advocates, a non-profit environmental law center that provides direct services to people with environmental problems. Prior to joining MEA, Wright managed a statewide grant program for land trusts working in partnership with the Wisconsin DNR to protect critical habitat and natural areas.
Wright received a law degree and a bachelor of science in rural sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Since graduating from law school she has worked statewide in the public interest, most recently focusing on the erosion of regulatory protections and concerns about science-based decision making. She has served as director of conservation programs for The Nature Conservancy and as the executive director for Domestic Abuse Intervention Services.READ MORE
Friends of the Lower Wisconsin River
Dave Marshall is an environmental consultant and a Science Committee member for the Friends of the Lower Wisconsin River (FLOW). He retired from the DNR bureau of Fisheries and Habitat Protection in 2006 after 30 years with the department working on water quality issues involving lakes and rivers.READ MORE
Professor and Director Emeritus
UW-Madison Center for Limnology
Steve Carpenter is “Free-Range Scientist” at the Center for Limnology of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he is the emeritus Director and Stephen Alfred Forbes Professor. He is a leader of whole-ecosystem experiments focused on lake ecosystems to assess the impacts of nutrient enrichment, fisheries, and contaminants on water quality and fish stocks.READ MORE