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 2014 Program Schedule

Registration and Check-In
7:30-8:30 AM
Student Center
Concourse Area
Welcome and Overview
8:30-8:40 AM
Great Hall

Opening Keynote

County Land Conservation Offices working for Clean Lakes and Streams:
Controlling Phosphorus Runoff

Jim VandenBrook, Executive Director
Wisconsin Land and Water Conservation Association, Inc.

What are the sources of water quality issues in our lakes and streams? How can County Land Conservation Departments and Committees work with farmers, shoreline owners, and others to reduce phosphorus and sediment runoff?  What are the voluntary and regulatory controls available to address these pollution sources? What are the existing constraints on both voluntary and regulatory approaches? How might adaptive management approaches provide a community-based solution?

8:40-9:40 AM
Great Hall
Networking Break
9:40-10:00 AM
Great Hall

Concurrent Breakout Sessions 1-3

Session 1, Ballroom A

Green Lands, Blue Waters Initiative –
Practical strategies for using cover crops, perennial plants and permanent pastures to
improve increase yields, reduce run-off and raise farm income.

Laura Paine, Wisconsin Green Lands Blue Waters Initiative Coordinator
Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP)


The GLBW Initiative is exploring practical strategies for farmers to incorporate a variety of cover crops and perennial plantings into their management systems. Farmers are finding that selectively adding these crops can enhance yields of summer annual crops, improve soil health and water retention during drought, reduce runoff, and enable production of new commodities to diversify income opportunities. Farmers are also exploring innovative ways to establish highly efficient permanent pasture systems, perennial crops for bio-mass production on marginal soils, and models for incorporating tree and forest crops into whole farm management.

Session 2, Ballroom B

Key Findings from the use of Inversion Oxygenation and Microbial
Bio augmentation on Inland Lake Water Quality Parameters

Jennifer L. Jermalowicz-Jones, Water Resources Director and Owner
Restorative Lake Sciences, LLC


This session will discuss water quality data parameters such as dissolved oxygen, pH, conductivity, total solids, sediment nutrients and organic matter, algal abundance and population composition, and submersed aquatic vegetation growth relative to impacts from inversion oxygenation with bioaugmentation.  Numerous lakes in Michigan have implemented these technologies to successfully improve water quality.  An overview of multiple case studies and associated results is offered

Session 3, Ballroom C

Finding Common Ground for Sustainable Communities:
How to Reconcile Interests and Make Trade-Offs

Nels Paulson, Assistant Professor, Sociology
University of Wisconsin-Stout

Communities must make decisions on how to govern themselves that involve trade-offs.  Some things and some people must be prioritized over others. This is not an easy process to continually go through for any group, but it is very important to do it well. Some communities do it better than others. This presentation will highlight the key mechanisms for finding effective common ground while deciding on trade-offs, based on previous scholarship and theory in sociology. This is meant to expand upon 2013's discussions on producing a more sustainable community in the Red Cedar Watershed. These mechanisms include valid knowledge upon which governance decisions can be made, certainly, but also some strategies in dramaturgical performance and in identifying and reconciling one another's assumptions and social lenses.

10:00-10:55 AM
Ballrooms A, B, C

Concurrent Breakout Sessions 4-6

Session 4, Ballroom A

City of Menomonie Storm Water Management -- Past, Present and Future

Randy Eide, Director of Public Works
City of Menomonie

Take a walk in time to learn how the City of Menomonie is complying with their MS4 (Storm Water) Permit. Public Works Director Randy Eide will discuss some of the successes and challenges associated with urban storm water management for a mid-sized city surrounding Lake Menomin and and the Red Cedar River.

Session 5, Ballroom B

Wetlands of the Red Cedar Basin and Potential Impacts on Water Quality

Amanda Little, Associate Professor
University of Wisconsin-Stout

The Red Cedar Basin (RCB) contains many different types of wetlands, from bogs and fens to cattail marshes and riverine swamps. While all wetlands provide numerous ecosystem services to society, some wetlands are more effective at removing phosphorus than others. In addition to wetland type, wetland size and position in the watershed also matter for phosphorus retention. This presentation will provide an overview of the types of wetlands found in the RCB, the factors that contribute to how much phosphorus wetlands retain (or contribute), and implications for water quality in the Red Cedar Basin.

Session 6, Ballroom C

Water Policy Update: A Review of Recent Legislation and
Rule Changes Impacting Water in Wisconsin

Mike Engleson, Executive Director
Wisconsin Lakes

Learn about recent and upcoming legislation and rule changes impacting water in Wisconsin on topics including groundwater, stormwater, shoreland development, and more. We'll also touch on what's to come in 2014, how you can educate yourself and keep current about these issues, and what you can do to make sure your opinion is heard.

11:00-11:55 AM
Ballrooms A, B, C
Lunch 12:00-12:45 PM
Great Hall

Afternoon Keynote

Developing and Implementing Cost-effective, Performance-based
Incentives in NE Iowa Watersheds


Chad Ingels, Extension Watershed Management Specialist
Iowa State University, Extension and Outreach


Jeff Pape, Crop Farmer from Dubuque County in Eastern Iowa
Hewitt Creek Watershed Chairman, Chairman


For over a decade, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has worked with a number of watershed groups in northeast Iowa on issues directly related to improving water quality. Engaging residents from the start of each new project was a critical component to success. This performance-based, resident-led approach has roots in the Big Spring and Northeast Iowa Demonstration Projects of the 1990s, and was refined in a series of projects in subwatersheds of the Maquoketa River from 2000-09.With facilitation by ISU Extension, watershed councils were organized in the Maquoketa Headwaters and Mineral Creek watersheds, and later in Hewitt Creek, Coldwater-Palmer, Lime Creek, North Fork Maquoketa Headwaters and Dry Run Creek watersheds.In the most recent projects, watershed councils developed monitoring plans and their own performance incentives to promote and evaluate producer adoption of a group of management practices aimed at improving water quality.Participation in these watershed improvement projects has reached 50-75% of farm operators through this innovative farmer-led approach to water quality improvement.

12:45-1:45 PM
Great Hall

Concurrent Breakout Sessions 7-9

Session 7, Ballroom A

Farmer Led Conservation in Northwest Wisconsin

Amanda Hanson, Conservation Planner
Dunn County

Ben MrDutt, grazier
Dunn County

Brad Johnson, cash grain farmer
Polk County

Julia Olmstead
University of Wisconsin-Extension

What if we put farmers in charge of deciding how best to encourage conservation practices that lead to better water quality? This panel will explain a new pilot project to create farmer-led watershed councils in northwest Wisconsin, from the perspectives of both the farmers involved and the government agency staff working with them.

Session 8, Ballroom B

Riding the Red Cedar River: 114 Mile Kayak View of its Peace and Problems

Rod Olson, President
Desair Lake Restoration, Inc.


Rod will take you on a tour of the Red Cedar River starting in Sawyer County on Big Chetac to the mouth of the river south of Downsville in Dunn County. Photos will show the natural beauty and  power of the river combined with the damage to its water quality and streambanks.

We have heard many speakers refer to the problems of the Red Cedar River, but no one has looked at the entire body of water to see the whole picture until now. Rod will describe how the river changes as it flows south and will show what streams seem to contribute the most phosphorous load.

This session will provide recommendations of what the public and private sectors along the river could do to improve water quality for all of us. The River is beautiful, powerful and so important to us, let's get to know it better!

Session 9, Ballroom C

Stream Restoration Success:
Building Partnerships between Landowners and Sportsman Groups

Tim Meyer, Former NRCS Field Specialist, Former President and current board member/project manager.
Wisconsin Clear Waters chapter, Trout Unlimited

Duke Welter, Secretary, Past Chair, WI DNR Board.
Wisconsin Clear Waters chapter, Trout Unlimited, Driftless Area Restoration Effort

Dale Dahlke, Vice President
Wisconsin Clear Waters chapter, Trout Unlimited

Trout Unlimited (TU) Chapters have made the most of the resources available through forming partnerships with landowners and local sportsman clubs.  TU further coordinates efforts with the WI DNR and brings these groups together in order to better conserve/restore our cold water resources.  Since the cold water resources are in the headwaters of the watershed, multiple benefits are carried throughout the system.

1:50-2:45 PM
Ballrooms A, B, C
Networking Break
2:45-3:00 PM
Great Hall

Closing Keynote

Managing Harmful Blue-green Algal (cyanobacterial) Blooms in a World
Experiencing Human and Climatically-Mediated Change

Hans W. Paerl, Kenan Professor of Marine and Environmental Sciences
University of North Carolina's Institute of Marine Sciences

Because of their relatively low volumes relative to watershed size and high sediment-water column nutrient exchange capacities, most lakes and reservoirs are strongly influenced by external nutrient inputs and internal nutrient recycling. As a result, these systems are highly sensitive to the adverse effects of human nutrient enrichment, especially the appearance and persistence of harmful (toxic, food web altering, hypoxia generating) blue-green algal, or cyanobacterial, blooms (CyanoHABs). CyanoHABs are proliferating world-wide in these ecosystems, and they represent a serious threat to drinking water and recreational use, and long-term sustainability. Traditionally, phosphorus (P) input reductions have been prescribed to control CyanoHABs, because P limitation is widespread and some CyanoHABs can fix atmospheric nitrogen (N2) to satisfy their nitrogen (N) requirements. However, nutrient-impacted systems are increasingly plagued with non N2 fixing CyanoHABs that are N and P co-limited or N limited. In some systems N loads are increasing faster than P loads. Therefore, N and P input constraints are likely needed for long-term CyanoHAB control. Climatic changes, specifically warming, increased vertical stratification, salinization, and intensification of storms and droughts, favor CyanoHABs and thus play synergistic roles in promoting CyanoHAB frequency, intensity, geographic distribution and duration. In particular, rising temperatures cause shifts in critical nutrient thresholds at which cyanobacterial blooms can develop. In practical terms, this means that nutrient input reductions aimed at controlling CyanoHABs may need to be even more aggressively pursued in a warming world. Additional control steps that should be considered include 1) altering the hydrology to enhance vertical mixing and/or flushing and 2) decreasing nutrient fluxes from organic rich sediments by physically oxygenating or removing the sediments or capping sediments with clay. These efforts however have met with mixed results and can disrupt bottom or benthic and planktonic habitats. In most instances, long-term effective eutrophication and CyanoHAB control must consider both N and P loading dynamics within the context of altered thermal and hydrologic regimes associated with climate change.

3:00-4:00 PM
Great Hall
Closing Remarks
4:00-4:15 PM
Great Hall