Wellington “Buddy” Huffaker will open the conference Thursday, March 14, at University of Wisconsin-Stout by discussing Leopold's vision of a land ethic, in which people become part of the biological community and how this concept applies to the work in Red Cedar River watershed.
Huffaker will speak from 8:40 to 9:40 a.m. in the Great Hall of the Memorial Student Center.
Other keynote speakers will be:
• Elisabeth Harrahy, assistant professor of biological sciences at UW-Whitewater, from 12:45-1:45 p.m., discussing the health effects of blue-green algae
• Gary Green, professor of community and environmental sociology at UW-Madison, from 3-4 p.m., discussing civic participation and engagement.
The goal of the conference is to examine possible solutions to the impaired waters that have caused blue-green algae blooms and compromised the quality of the lakes and rivers within the Red Cedar River watershed.
The Red Cedar River starts in Sawyer County and flows 85 miles before it empties into the Chippewa River northeast of Durand. The watershed drains nearly 1,900 square miles in parts of eight counties, including Dunn County as it passes through Menomonie.
Attendees can choose from nine breakout sessions on a variety of related water and land-use topics. Speakers will be from UW-Stout, UW-Stevens Point, UW-Extension, Clark County, Dunn County, St. Croix County and the state Department of Natural Resources. Also, a roundtable discussion on agricultural practices will feature farmers from Dunn and Barron counties.
Open time will allow for review of exhibits from businesses and organizations throughout the watershed.
Early registration ends Friday, March 1.
The conference’s major sponsors are the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics College at UW-Stout, Wisconsin DNR, Xcel Energy, Tainter/Menomin Lake Improvement Association, Fairmont Minerals: Wisconsin Industrial Sand, SEH engineering and Tractor Central.
For more information or to register, call Professional Education Programs and Services at UW-Stout, 715-232-2793 or go to the website.