41st Annual Meeting: Wisconsin's One Water - Breaking Boundaries

Meeting Information

March 9 - 10, 2017 at Osthoff Resort, 101 Osthoff Ave, Elkhart Lake, WI, 53020

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Meeting Highlights

The 41st annual meeting of the American Water Resources Association-Wisconsin Section was held March 9 - 10, 2017 at the Osthoff Resort, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. There were 168 registrants who attended the meeting, which included 43 oral presentations and 23 posters. The meeting theme was "Wisconsin's One Water: Breaking Boundaries".

In support of this theme, the Plenary Session included: Kevin Shafer from the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District speaking on One Water, Infinite Possibilities; and George Kraft from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Center for Watershed Science and Education speaking on 50 Years of Central Sands Study Just Isn't Enough. An inaugural Lightening Talk Session followed the Plenary Speakers and covered a diverse array of topics such as watershed health, water crisis management, invasive species, road salt contamination of groundwater, and irrigated lands mapping. We had excellent technical sessions focused on the areas of Groundwater Resources in Kewaunee County, Wisconsin's Water Quality, Field Investigations, Surface Water, Central Sands, Water and Agriculture, Water Quality, Groundwater/Surface Water, Groundwater and Urban Stormwater Management. The Dinner Speakers were Stacy Hron from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and Huck Raddemann from CH2M who gave a wonderful joint presentation on A One Water Approach to Restoring Sheboygan River and Its Legacy. The evening Poster Session included a mixture of interesting topics presented by undergraduate and graduate students, regulatory and industry professionals, and academic colleagues.

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Plenary speaker Kevin Shafer from the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District speaking on one water, infinite possibilities.
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Plenary speaker George Kraft from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Center for Watershed Science and Education speaking on 50 years of central sands study just isn't enough.
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Dinner speaker Huck Raddemann from CH2M
Picture of dinner speaker Stacy Hron
Dinner speaker Stacy Hron from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
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Poster session.
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Poster session.
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Distinguished Service Award

This year we were proud to present the Distinguished Service Award to Jeff Helmuth of the Department of Natural Resources.

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Jeff Helmuth receives the Distinguished Service Award from Amanda Bell, AWRA President.

Student Presentation Awards

The section was pleased to award three Outstanding Student Presentations this year. Award winners included: Melanie Stock, Lisa Haas, Allison LoBue.

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Lisa Haas receives an Outstanding Undergraduate Poster Presentation Award from Amanda Bell, AWRA President.
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Allison LoBue receives an Outstanding Undergraduate Poster Presentation Award from Amanda Bell, AWRA President.

Presentations