2019 Meeting Highlights
43rd Annual Meeting - Clearing the Waters: Effective Science and Communication
February 28 - March 1, 2019 at Lake Lawn Resort, 2400 E. Geneva St, Delavan, WI 53115
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The 43rd annual meeting of the American Water Resources Association-Wisconsin Section was held February 28 – March 1, 2018 at the Lake Lawn Resort, Delavan, Wisconsin. There were 226 registrants who attended the meeting, which included 53 oral presentations and 38 posters. The meeting theme was “Clearing the Waters: Effective Science and Communication”.
In support of this theme, the Plenary Session included: Dominique Brossard, Chair of the Department of Life Sciences Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, speaking on Science Communication: Challenges and Opportunities (pictured below left); and Lee Bergquist from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel speaking on A Reporter’s Perspective on Reporting and Writing on Wisconsin Environmental Issues (pictured below right).
Based on the success of our inaugural 2017 Lightening Talk Session, we continued the tradition this year, covering topics including storm-induced water level oscillations, water resources science, geologic mapping needs in Wisconsin, groundwater modeling using artificial intelligence, and water conservation practices.
We had excellent technical sessions focused on the areas of Wetlands, Hydrogeology, Monitoring, Shorelines, Water Quality, Surface Water and Climate Change, Urban Hydrology, and Science Communication.
The Dinner Speaker was Dale Robertson from the U.S. Geological Survey Upper Midwest Water Science Center who gave an insightful presentation on The Rehabilitation of Delavan Lake and the Long-Term Effects of Changes in the Food Web (pictured below).
The evening Poster Session (pictured below) included a mixture of interesting topics presented by undergraduate and graduate students, regulatory and industry professionals, and academic colleagues.
Distinguished Service Award
We presented this year’s Distinguished Service Award to Maureen (Moe) Muldoon! Moe has been active in the Wisconsin Chapter of AWRA from the beginning, first appearing in the history as a Local Arrangements chair in 1989. She has also served as Secretary, Vice President, President-Elect, President, Past President, and Director-at-Large. As a UW-Oshkosh professor, she has mentored many students, making presentations at AWRA a part of their experience. Her AWRA hydrogeology presentations are numerous and range from fractured rock to microbes to wetlands. We were honored to present this award to a very deserving candidate! Moe is pictured below (center) with Dave Hart (left) and Andy Leaf (right).
During the 43rd annual meeting, the section was pleased to award five Outstanding Student Presentations.
Andy Leaf (President) presented cash awards to the following winners:
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