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The third 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 phosphorous.
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.