Professors among Red Cedar Watershed Conference speakers
March 10, 2014
annual Red Cedar River Watershed Conference Thursday, March 13, at UW-Stout's
Memorial Student Center will feature speakers from around Wisconsin and around
the country, as well as two UW-Stout professors.
Associate Professor Amanda Little, biology, will discuss from
11 to 11:55 a.m. the Red Cedar River watershed wetlands and why some are more
efficient than others at removing phosphorous. The basin contains many types of
wetlands, from bogs and fens to cattail marshes and riverine swamps. Wetland
type, size and location in the watershed affect its ability to deal with
Assistant Professor Nels Paulson, applied social science,
will discuss the issue of building sustainable communities. He will speak from
10 to 10:55 a.m.
The conference will feature close to 20 speakers examining
point- and nonpoint-source pollution in watersheds. Blue-green algae blooms
caused by an excess of phosphorous have compromised water quality in the Red
Cedar River basin, especially in lakes Menomin and Tainter.
The opening keynote, addressing land issues, will be at 8:40
a.m. by Jim VandenBrook, executive director of Wisconsin Land and Water
Conservation Association. He will discuss how county land conservation
departments and committees work with farmers, shoreline owners and others to
reduce phosphorous and sediment runoff.
UW-Stout's Professional Education Programs and Services is
coordinating the conference. For more information or to register, click here. For another story about the conference, go here.