Leaders in state water quality work and residents alike will have an opportunity to learn about innovations and efforts to clean up area rivers and Lake Michigan at the 10th annual Clean Rivers, Clean Lake Conference, scheduled for May 1st at the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee.
“Southeastern Wisconsin is recognized across the nation for its rich water resources,” said Jeff Martinka, executive director of Sweet Water. “The Clean Rivers Clean Lake conference provides the opportunity to learn about breakthroughs in cleaning up our valuable waters.”
Conference highlights include a national perspective from U.S. Water Alliance Executive Director Ben Grumbles discussing urban pollution reduction innovations and options for confronting rural nonpoint pollution from longtime NRCS chief Dave White. The day will also include sessions on climate change, water quality trading updates (including the new WI phosphorus rule); an update on the important pending release of the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) studies and nearly 30 workshop speakers.
“From green infrastructure projects such as permeable pavement to agriculture sector issues, this conference will cover a wide spectrum of topics related to improving water quality and have something for everyone interested in cleaning up area rivers and Lake Michigan,” explains Martinka.
For a second year an evening event will be part of the conference that is open to the public and free of charge. The program looks at the history and the current realities of the Lake Michigan fishing industry, featuring a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources supervisor and perspectives and stories by commercial fishing families. This year’s featured conference artist is photographer and author Eddee Daniel who is the Menomonee Valley’s first artist-in-residence.
“This year’s conference attendees will get to explore southeastern Wisconsin’s water realities today and its storied past,” said Martinka. “Don’t miss your opportunity to learn about what’s being done to protect southeastern Wisconsin’s rivers and Lake Michigan!”
Conference registration fee is $90 and $30 for students with current ID. The evening program is free of charge and open to the public. For more information and to register, please visit the Sweet Water web site at www.swwtwater.org.