On Tuesday, March 10, 2020, in honor of International Women’s Day this past Sunday, Associate Prof. Rebecca Abler (Water Science), Associate Prof. Amy Kabrhel (Natural and Applied Sciences), Assistant Prof. Breeyawn Lybbert (Natural and Applied Sciences) and Associate Prof. Megumi Onoda (Mathematics and Statistics) held a panel discussion on Women in STEM. If you couldn’t make it in person, you can watch online now.
UW-Green Bay Prof. Kevin Fermanich (Water Science, Geoscience and Environmental Science) has been named the 2020 NEW Watershed Champion. He formally received this recognition on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 from NEW Water and the Green Bay Water Utility during the 2020 World Water Day event.
Prof. Fermanich is a lead co-principal investigator on a collaborative project studying the links between edge-of-field water quality, soil health and field management at sites in Great Lakes priority watersheds. Additionally, he is a soil and water resources specialist with Wisconsin Extension.
Fermanich was recognized at the seventh annual World Water Day event hosted by NEW Water, the brand of the Green Bay Metropolitan Sewerage District, and the Green Bay Water Utility at the Jack Day Environmental Education Center. World Water Day (www.worldwaterday.org) is a commemorative event launched by the United Nations in 1993 to bring awareness to global water issues. The two water entities honor World Water Day to call attention to local water issues, including aging infrastructure and impairments, and to celebrate the efforts of a local champion in caring for the watersheds of Wisconsin.
The theme of this year’s World Water Day is “Water and Climate Change.” Globally, this means an increasing demand for water as populations increase, which can drain natural resources and cause environmental damage.
“The Green Bay Water Utility is adapting to address the water effects of climate change to continue to protect health and safety to our customers,” said Nancy Quirk, general manager of the Green Bay Water Utility.
The World Water Day held in Green Bay also serves to celebrate local efforts to strive toward solutions. Learn more about past Champions here.
Fermanich has worked at UW-Green Bay since 1998. Along with many partners, Fermanich and his students study water quality, watershed management, soil health, Green Bay restoration, and agricultural management issues. He is a lead co-principal investigator on a collaborative project studying the links between edge-of-field water quality, soil health, and field management at sites in Great Lakes priority watersheds. Additionally, Fermanich is a soil and water resources specialist with Wisconsin Extension.
“Our era faces a number of water challenges, not only globally, but here in Wisconsin as well. Dr. Fermanich exemplifies the spirit of working together to find solutions to the many vexing water challenges we’re facing today,” said Tom Sigmund, Executive Director of NEW Water.
This post is written in cooperation with NEW Water. Photo submitted by Tricia Garrison, NEW Water. In the photo, from left to right, Tom Sigmund, executive director, NEW Water; Prof. Kevin Fermanich and Nancy Quirk, general manager, Green Bay Water Utility
Could Wisconsin establish itself as the “Silicon Valley of Water”? That’s what the University of Wisconsin System is trying to do with the launch of a Freshwater Collaborative that will bring together its 13 campuses into a first-of-its-kind research hub focused on water topics.
“UW-Green Bay professor and researcher Kevin Fermanich (NAS), has worked with NEW Water on addressing pollution problems in the lower Fox-Green Bay watershed, a 10 million acre area that includes the Fox, Wolf and East rivers that contribute to heavy levels of nutrients and sediments found throughout the watershed. Fermanich said partnering with NASA, the European Space Agency and other international agencies will help improve water quality and conditions throughout the watershed. ‘Our work in the watershed actively addresses the runoff issues that lead to water problems in the bay,'” Fermanich said. “Through strategic partnerships, we will be able to achieve healthier waters for the community to enjoy.'” See the story from the Press-Gazette.
NEW Water, Green Bay’s sewerage district, is partnering with NASA to monitor the water quality on the bay. UW-Green Bay’s Prof. Fermanich leads water quality discussion. Fox 11 has the story.
UW-Green Bay’s new Water Science degree is continuing to gain momentum in the media. WHBY has reports that the program “hopes to solve water issues in Northeast Wisconsin and around the world through a new program.” WBAY also emphasized how the new program will help meet the growing need for water science experts in the area.
The Press Times is a growing publication in Northeast Wisconsin, and this week they share the news about UW-Green Bay’s new Water Science program with their readers in Ashwaubenon, De Pere, Green Bay, Hobart, Howard and Suamico.
Prof. John Luczaj (Natural and Applied Sciences) will be featured on Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR) on Thursday, Mar. 7, 2019 during the 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. hour. Prof. John Luczaj will discuss the new Water Science major that will be offered by UW-Green Bay this fall. The Water Science major at UW-Green Bay is the first of its kind in the UW System.
Announced recently, UW-Green Bay seems like the perfect fit for a Water Science bachelor’s degree. The Daily Cardinal carried the story.