The Red Cedar Basin Assessment; Success Stories from the Partnerships of Lake Associations, Land Conservation Departments, The DNR and Businesses
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Presenter: Alex Smith
Water Resources Management Specialist
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
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Presenter: Rod Olson
Barron County Historical Activist
Rice Lake, Wisconsin
For 35 years Rod Olson worked as a family and emergency medicine physician in Rice Lake, Wisconsin. He grew up on a farm in central Minnesota, married and raised two boys on Desair Lake. For 26 years, working with neighbors and the DNR, he developed innovative ways for water quality improvement. By kayaking the Red Cedar River and its major tributaries, Rod recorded the impact of our lifestyles on the land and water. He is Co-chair of the Red Cedar River Conference and a member of the Red Cedar River Partnership expanding his restoration skills to neighboring lakes and communities.
His latest efforts are to tie historical preservation, art and natural beauty to water stewardship. With a keen interest in local history and geology, he has helped to bring two sculptures to Rice Lake’s Lakeshore Drive. A steel mammoth named “Wooly” to tell the story of Ancient Times and “Trusty Rusty” a draft horse, who represents the arrival of Europeans and the building of Rice Lake. His committee will be working with the Ojibwa to bring the indigenous people’s past history alive along the Red Cedar River. “Knowing what happened along this River is another reason to save it”.