UW-Green Bay hosts Watershed Symposium

fox-river-watershed-logoThe 2010 Watershed Symposium at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay on Wednesday, March 17, will feature high school students discussing their own research, and some of the leading professionals who are addressing environmental issues confronting the Lower Fox River Watershed.

This is the seventh year for the Watershed Symposium, which is sponsored by the Lower Fox River Watershed Monitoring Program at UW-Green Bay. It begins at 8:15 a.m. and continues throughout the day in Mary Ann Cofrin Hall on the UW-Green Bay campus.

The symposium provides a forum for high school watershed teams to share their monitoring results, interact with teachers and professional scientists, and learn about research and watershed management in the Fox River Basin.

Vicki Harris, Water Quality and Coastal Ecosystems Specialist, for the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute, will provide the keynote address on the “State of the Bay.” There will also be a showing and discussion of the video “All Washed Up: Lake Michigan’s Algae Challenge.”

Other presentations include:
• “Controlling Manure Runoff” (aka: “Taking the P out of Cow Poop”) by UW-Green Bay graduate student Annette Pelegrin;

• “Groundwater Drawdown and Recovery in Northeastern Wisconsin” by UW-Green Bay graduate student Julie Maas;

• “The Fox River Cleanup Project is Moving Forward” by Scott Stein, Fox River Cleanup Group PR team; and Ray Mangrum, Tetra Tech, Project Manager;

• “Mussel Monitoring Program of Wisconsin” by Lisie Kitchel, Endangered Resources Bureau, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Program director Kevin Fermanich, associate professor of Natural and Applied Sciences, expects 25-30 high school students and six teacher from five area high schools.

“We’re happy that this will be the seventh year for the symposium, which gives students the opportunity to share their monitoring activities, and learn about other activities,” said Fermanich. “Certainly one of our goals is to connect students with professionals and educators.”

The symposium and Lower Fox River Watershed Monitoring Program has enjoyed support from Arjo Wiggins Appleton and the Georgia-Pacific Company, and is sponsored by the UW-Green Bay program in Natural and Applied Sciences, the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity, UW Sea Grant Institute, Green Bay Metropolitan Sewerage District and six area high schools.

For more information about the symposium contact Kevin Fermanich at (920) 465-2240, or fermanik@uwgb.edu; or online at www.uwgb.edu/watershed.

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