Winter 2008

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UW Water Resources Research

Wisconsin’s Water-Minded Researchers to Meet

For the past three decades, water scientists and managers from all over Wisconsin have met to discuss the latest research on the state’s most valuable asset, as well as the impending issues facing it. This year’s annual meeting of the Wisconsin section of the American Water Resources Association (AWRA) will take place March 6-7 at the Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield Hotel in Brookfield, WI. The theme of the meeting is “Great Waters of Wisconsin,” and it will include over 50 oral and poster presentations addressing a wide range of water resources topics. Students are strongly encouraged to attend the conference to learn, network, and gain experience in presenting their work. As such, AWRA offers a special reduced student registration rate of $30 ($45 after February 21), as well as several awards for the best student presentations. In addition, this year students are encouraged to sign up for a free career workshop that will follow the conclusion of the conference on Friday afternoon.

An opening plenary session will highlight water management in southeast Wisconsin, featuring invited speakers Robert Biebel (Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission), Kevin Shafer (Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District), and Vicki Thomas (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Great Lakes National Program Office). In addition, featured evening speaker John Gurda, a Milwaukee-born writer and historian, will provide a unique perspective on the local history of Milwaukee and how its water resources influenced its development. Gurda is the author of 18 books, including The Making of Milwaukee, the first comprehensive history of the community published since 1948. Milwaukee Public Television premiered an Emmy Award-winning documentary series based on the book in 2006.

For more information about the conference, including a registration form, please visit The meeting is hosted by the AWRA-Wisconsin Section, UW Water Resources Institute, Center for Watershed Science and Education at UW-Stevens Point, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and the Wisconsin District of the U.S. Geological Survey.

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