2013 Meeting Highlights
37th Annual Meeting: Managing Wisconsin's Urban Water Resources
March 7 - 8, 2013 at the Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield Hotel, 375 S Moorland Rd, Brookfield WI 53005
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The 37th annual meeting of the Wisconsin section of the American Water Resources Association was held March 7 - 8, 2013 at the Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield Hotel, Brookfield. There were 208 hundred registrants who attended the meeting which included 36 oral presentations and 33 posters. The theme of the meeting was "Managing Wisconsin's Urban Water Resources". In support of this theme Mike Hahn, chief environmental engineer with the Southeast Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission, Kevin Shafer, executive director with Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewage District, and William Holahan, UW - Milwaukee professor of economics emeritus gave plenary talks on urban water management from a water supply perspective, urban water management from a wastewater/stormwater/watercourse perspective, and the value and socioeconomics of water and water related decisions, respectively. Bradley Eggold, Southern Lake Michigan Fisheries Supervisor, Wisconsin DNR, was the dinner speaker and he discussed the Root River steelhead facility. We had excellent technical sessions on methods for characterizing and managing urban runoff, evaluating lakes, characterizing impacts of agricultural runoff, and groundwater modeling.
Michael Hahn of Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission delivers his lunch plenary about managing Wisconsin's urban water resources (pictured above).
Bradley Eggold of Wisconsin DNR delivers his dinner plenary address entitled Root River Steelhead Facility (pictured above).
Distinguished Service Award
This year we were proud to present the Distinguished Service Award to Randall Hunt of the United States Geological Survey. This award recognizes his exemplary service on behalf of the section, research colleagues, students, and the international community of hydrologists. His research covers a broad range of groundwater-surface water systems including wetland, stream, and lake interactions. The vast body of research by Randy is well documented in 124 publications that illustrate his willingness to share his hydrology expertise with others. He has mentored numerous graduate students and many former students are regular contributors to annual AWRA meetings. As a regular attendee of the AWRA - WI Section annual meetings, Randy is routinely called upon to give the final oral presentation of the meeting. He typically delivers with a report on the state-of-the-science with a mixture of informative lecture, historical significance, and witty humor. Thank you, Randy, and congratulations!
Randy Hunt receives the Distinguished Service Award from Roger Bannermann, AWRA President (pictured above).
Student Presentation Awards
AWRA encourages student participation in its annual meeting by recognizing the best student oral presentation, best student poster, and undergraduate excellence in either the oral or poster categories. This year's competition featured oral presentations by 12 students and posters by 18 students.
Best Student Oral Presentation Award went to Samuel C. Zipper, University of Wisconsin-Madison for Shallow Groundwater Impacts on Corn Biophysics and Yield during a Drought, Yahara River Watershed, Wisconsin.
Best Student Poster Award went to Harsh Vardhan Singh, University of Wisconsin-Madison for Sediment Routing through Ephemeral Grassed Waterways in a Nested Watershed.
Samuel Zipper of UW-Madision poses proudly with Roger Bannermann, AWRA President (pictured above).
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