2016 Planned Keynote Presenters


gabe brown

Gabe Brown,  Expanding on Regenerative Agriculture

Gabe is one of the pioneers of the current soil health movement which focuses on the regeneration of our resources.
Gabe, along with his wife Shelly, and son Paul, own and operate a diversified 5,000 acre farm and ranch near Bismarck, ND.  Their ranch focuses on farming and ranching in nature’s image.
The Browns holistically integrate their grazing and no-till cropping systems, which include a wide variety of cash crops, multi-species cover crops along with all natural grass finished beef and lamb.  They also raise pastured laying hens, broilers and swine.  This diversity and integration has regenerated the natural resources on the ranch without the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and fungicides. 
The Browns are part owners of a state inspected abattoir which allows them to direct market their products.  They believe that healthy soil leads to clean air, clean water, healthy plants, animals and people.
Over 2,000 people visit the Brown’s Ranch annually to see this unique operation.  They have had visitors from all 50 states and 18 foreign countries.


tim davis
Tim Davis, Ph.D.,  Algae: the Why, the Risks and Our Role in Taming It  

Dr. Timothy Davis has spent the last 10 years studying the ecology of harmful algal blooms (HABs).  Dr. Davis completed his Bachelor's of Science at Southampton College of Long Island University in 2004.  He then moved to Stony Brook University where he conducted his dissertation research focusing on understanding the environmental drivers of HABs in the several lakes throughout the northeast USA including Lake Erie and Lake Champlain.  After he completed his dissertation in 2009, Dr. Davis moved to Brisbane, Australia to continue his work at the Australian Rivers Institute.  He spent the next two years studying the ecology of the toxic HABs that occur in drinking water reservoirs that serve the greater Brisbane population of almost two million people.  In 2012, Dr. Davis moved to the Canadian Center for Inland Waters in Burlington, Ontario.  For the next year he investigated the water quality and harmful algal bloom issues in Lake Erie, Lake Ontario, Lake Huron and Lake Winnipeg.   Dr. Davis currently works for NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL) in Ann Arbor, MI.  He leads GLERL's HAB monitoring and research program which supports critical NOAA HAB forecasting products and is also an adjunct professor at the University of Michigan. 


maude barlow

Maude BarlowWorking Together to Protect Watersheds: A Blue Future is Possible

Maude Barlow is the National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians and Senior Advisor on Water to the United Nations. She also chairs the board of Washington-based Food and Water Watch and is a Councilor with the Hamburg-based World Future Council.
Maude Barlow was one of the “1000 Women for Peace” nominated for the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize. In the same year, she received the prestigious Lannon Cultural Freedom Fellowship as well as the Right Livelihood Award. Known as the “Alternative Nobel” and given by the Swedish Parliament, the Right Livelihood Award cited her “exemplary and long-standing worldwide work for trade justice and the recognition of the fundamental right to water.” She also won the Citation of Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2008 Canadian Environmental Awards, Canada’s highest environmental honor.
Recently Maude was named the first Advisor on Water to the United Nations where she advises Father Miguel d'Escoto, the new President of the General Assembly.
Maude is also the star of several documentaries about water. She is also the best selling author or co-author of 16 books, including the recently released Blue Covenant: The Global Water Crisis and The Coming Battle for the Right to Water. 

 2016 Planned Breakout Session Presenters


  • Gabe Brown, Go Plant, Not Dig
  • Steve Richter, Pleasant Valley Watershed Project
  • Dan Prestebak, John Sippl, Katie Wantoch, The Red Cedar Demonstration Farm: Soil Health and Water Quality
  • Rod Olson, MD, Amanda Kostner, Gage McClean Soaking In, Getting Water to Stay Home: Rain Gardens, Detention Ponds, Puddles and Pot Holes
  • Tyler Gruetzmacher, Nels Paulson, Ron Verdon, Bob Walter and Dan Zerr, The People and Plan That Will Direct Efforts Toward Cleaner Water in the Red Cedar River Basin
  • Mike Engleson, Water Battles at the State Capitol

  • Lynne Kolze, Building Social Capacity, Linking the Sociology with the Science
  • Dave Carlson and Joe Knight, Media’s Role in Conservation
  • John Cole and Scott Sinz, Hunting and Fishing: "What’s Clean Water Have to Do with It?"