42nd Annual Meeting: Working Together for Wisconsin's Water: Balancing Industry, the Environment and Public Health

Meeting Information

March 8 - 9, 2018 at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel, 333 W College Ave, Appleton, WI 54911

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Meeting Highlights

The 42nd annual meeting of the American Water Resources Association-Wisconsin Section was held March 8 - 9, 2018 at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel, Appleton, Wisconsin. There were 209 registrants who attended the meeting, which included 47 oral presentations and 22 posters. The meeting theme was "Working Together for Wisconsin's Water: Balancing Industry, the Environment, and Public Health".

In support of this theme, the Plenary Session included: Jim Jordahl from the Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance speaking on Farmers, Cities, Ag Retail and More: Diverse Partnerships Working to Improve Water Quality in Iowa; and Jim VandenBrook from the Wisconsin Land and Water Conservation Association speaking on The Collision of Agriculture, Environment, Public Health, and Science: NR 151 - An Unprecedented Collaboration to Protect Groundwater Quality in Eastern Wisconsin. Based on the success of our inaugural 2017 Lightening Talk Session, we continued the tradition this year, covering a diverse array of topics including storm-induced water level oscillations, water resources science, geologic mapping needs in Wisconsin, groundwater modeling using artificial intelligence, and water conservation practices. We had excellent technical sessions focused on the areas of Groundwater, Urban Water Quality, Geomorphology, Groundwater Quality, Central Sands, Surface Water Extremes, Streams, Groundwater-Surface Water, Coastal Modeling, Agriculture and Watershed Management, and Groundwater Modeling. The Dinner Speaker was Michael Tiboris from the Chicago Council on Global Affairs who gave a wonderful presentation on Nutrient Pollution and the Broadening Urban-Rural Divide. 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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Lunch business meeting.
Picture of lunch
Lunch business meeting.
Picture of lunch Plenary Speaker Jim Jordahl
Plenary speaker Jim Jordahl from the Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance speaking on farmers, cities, agriculture retail and more.
Picture of lunch Plenary Speaker Jim VandenBrook
Plenary speaker Jim VandenBrook from the Wisconsin Land and Water Conservation Association speaking on the collision of agriculture, environment, public health, and science.
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AWRA President Mike Parsen kicking off dinner.
Picture of dinner speaker Michael Tiboris
Evening speaker Michael Tiboris from the Chicago Council on Global Affairs speaking on nutrient pollution and the broadening urban-rural divide.
Picture of student career session
The student career session.

Distinguished Service Award

This year we were proud to present the Distinguished Service Award to Pat Jurcek.

Picture of Pat Jurcek, Distinguished Service Award recipient
Pat Jurcek receives the Distinguished Service Award from Mike Parsen, AWRA President.

Student Presentation Awards

The section was pleased to award four Outstanding Student Presentations this year. The award winners included: Nicholas Potter for Outstanding Undergraduate Oral Presentation, Carly Mueller for Outstanding Undergraduate Poster Presentation, John Reimer for Outstanding Graduate Oral Presentation and Madeline Matthews receives the Outstanding Graduate Oral Presentation.

Picture of Nicholas Potter, Student Awards
Nicholas Potter receives the Outstanding Undergraduate Oral Presentation Award from Mike Parsen, AWRA President.
Picture of Bree Bender, Student Awards
Carly Mueller receives the Outstanding Undergraduate Poster Presentation Award from Mike Parsen, AWRA President.
Picture of Yan Zhu, Student Awards
John Reimer receives the Outstanding Graduate Oral Presentation Award from Mike Parsen, AWRA President.
Picture of Christa Kananen, Student Awards
Madeline Matthews receives the Outstanding Graduate Oral Presentation Award from Mike Parsen, AWRA President.

Presentations