Watershed conference speakers March 9 include USDA official
UW-Stout professors also discussing Red Cedar River issues at annual event
March 1, 2017
The sixth annual Red
Cedar Watershed Conference will feature speakers from the U.S. Department of
Agriculture, Oregon State University and University of Wisconsin-Stout.
The conference, from
8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Thursday, March 9, will be held at UW-Stout’s Memorial
Student Center. Learn more and register at the conference website.
The conference brings
together professionals, educators, activists and residents from around the
region to discuss ways to improve water quality within the Red Cedar River watershed,
which includes about 40,000 acres of
open water and 4,900 miles of waterways in northwestern and west-central
Speakers examine issues
related to point- and nonpoint-source pollution in watersheds. Blue-green algae
blooms caused by an excess of phosphorous have compromised water quality
throughout the Red Cedar River watershed, including lakes Menomin and Tainter
in Dunn County.
They keynote speakers are:
- Jimmy R. Bramblett, USDA
deputy chief for science and technology, Natural Resources Conservation
Service, presenting “Healthy Soils, Clean Water.”
- Kathleen Dean Moore,
distinguished professor of philosophy emerita, Oregon State, presenting “I
Dreamed the Earth was Healed and Whole Again.”
- UW-Stout associate
professors Chris Ferguson, economics; Tina Lee, anthropology; and Nels
Paulson, sociology, presenting “Why the Red Cedar Watershed Will Not Fail:
Practical Lessons from the LAKES Project.”
For the last three summers, UW-Stout has hosted the LAKES
REU — research experience for undergraduates. Students from around the U.S.
have conducted research on the Red Cedar River watershed as part of a National
Science Foundation grant.
Breakout session speakers are:
- Bill Davison, a local food
system educator with the University of Illinois-Extension, presenting,
“Good Soil, Clean Water — Connecting Conservation to the Marketplace.”
- Michael J. “Mic” Isham,
chair of the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians
and chair of the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission Board of
Commissioners, presenting, “The Red Cedar: What it Meant and Still Means
to the Ojibwa People.”
- Jamie Patton,
UW-Extension, presenting “Soil Health as a Management System.”
- Buzz Sorge, Wisconsin DNR,
presenting “Red Cedar Watershed — Our Pathway to Clean Water.”
- Dave Styer, owner of
Alfalawn Farm in Dunn County, and Joe Tomandl III, a state farmer and
executive director of the Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship, presenting
“Exploring Two Paths for the Future of Dairy Farming and its Environmental
- Terry VanDerPol, a western
Minnesota farmer and land stewardship director, presenting, “How to
Develop Conservation Leases for Nonfarmer Landowners.”
UW-Stout and the Dunn County Land and Water Conservation
Division are the conference’s .
The event is being hosted by the Tainter Menomin Lake
Improvement Association and coordinated by UW-Stout’s Professional Education
Programs and Services.
foreground, is near Lake Menomin. The university’s Memorial Student Center will
be the site of the Red Cedar Watershed Conference on Thursday, March 9.