Video: Faculty Emeritus Harold ‘Jack’ Day honored as 2022 Water Champion

Professor Emeriti Jack Day (left) and Robert Wenger
Jack Day (left) and Robert Wenger receive Founders Award for collaborative achievement in 2005

Longtime advocate and educator UW-Green Bay Emeritus Prof. Harold ‘Jack’ Day is named this year’s Water Champion by the Green Bay Water Utility and NEW Water. Day served on the Commission of NEW Water, the brand of the Green Bay Metropolitan Sewerage District, for 29 years. Throughout his career, Day has worked endlessly to protect water resources, particularly in greater Green Bay. UW-Green Bay Prof. Kevin Fermanich was a previous recipient of this honor.

Watch a video presentation on his lengthy career and work to preserve the water quality in the region.

“He based this premise on the fact that we serve a community located at the mouth of the largest freshwater estuary in the world, which imposes greater responsibilities on us to help protect this unique resource,” says John Kennedy, a freshwater scientist, and friend and

Jack Day

Jack Day

colleague of Day. Day advanced water quality science through his extensive work with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization and American Society of Civil Engineers.

“Jack has demonstrated a sustained and relentless commitment to improving water quality in Northeastern Wisconsin, while also bringing a global perspective through his extensive network of collaborators and friends,” says College of Science, Engineering and Technology Dean John Katers from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. “He has been an inspiration and valued mentor to many, and his impacts will be long-lasting.”

NEW Water and the Green Bay Water Utility team up annually to celebrate World Water Day through the naming of a Water Champion. World Water Day ( is a commemorative event established by the United Nations in 1993 to bring awareness to global water issues. The Water Champion recipient demonstrates outstanding efforts to protect Wisconsin’s water resources.

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Tricia Garrison|Public Affairs & Education Manager
Green Bay Metropolitan Sewerage District