UW-Green Bay Professor Kevin Fermanich talks water quality at announcement
On May 30, 2019, NEW Water announced a partnership with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to further the scientific knowledge of cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae. As part of their announcement, UW-Green Bay Prof. Kevin Fermanich (NAS) helped educate area leaders on water issues impacting Northeast Wisconsin.
In the photo, left to right: Prof. Kevin Fermanich, UW-Green Bay; Sarah Bartlett, Water Resources Specialist, NEW Water; Nancy Quirk, General Manager, Green Bay Water Utility; Tom Sigmund, Executive Director, NEW Water; Green Bay Mayor Eric Genrich. Photo provided by the City of Green Bay.
“What happens on the land directly impacts water quality,” said Fermanich. “Our work in the watershed actively addresses the runoff issues that lead to water problems in the Bay. Through strategic partnerships, we will be able to achieve healthier waters for the community to enjoy.”
NEW Water was selected to partner with NASA due to its well-established Aquatic Monitoring Program, which has monitored area waters since 1986. NASA’s AERONET-OC instrument referred to as the SeaPRISM is mounted at one of NEW Water’s monitoring stations. To “ground truth” the water color measured by NASA satellites, data is collected at the surface of a body of water.
Learn more: www.newwater.us/seaprism. Photos below provided by NEW Water.