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This year’s Convention logo combines the familiar “infinity” loop with the adaptive cycle common to many social and ecological systems. The spring transitioning to summer represents a period of growth and resource accumulation, transitioning to maturation and loss (fall), senescence (winter), and then back to rebirth (spring).

Each and every spring since the 1980s, water advocates, scientists, managers, and educators have gathered for our annual convention. It is another sort of rebirth, a testament to the resilience of individual people and our collective partnership that works so hard to care for lakes. In 2020, we are proud to be broadening our effort to include river stakeholders, and we continue to embrace a full watershed approach to caring for rivers, lakes, and streams. Leaders from Extension, the Department of Natural Resources, Wisconsin Lakes, and many local partners have put tremendous time and effort into creating this year’s program. 

We always seek to keep enough of the familiar threads to give our gathering an identity while weaving in new strands to keep things interesting. This year, we’ll be looking back at the Year of Clean Drinking Water and the work of the Speaker’s Water Quality Task Force. We will also be dedicating a stream of presentations to climate change impacts and how we can address them in Wisconsin. 

Looking forward to seeing you in Point!



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2020 Lakes and Rivers Convention T-shirt!
Show your love for Wisconsin's waters by purchasing the 2020 Wisconsin Lakes and Rivers Convention t-shirt and picking it up at the Convention! This short-sleeved t-shirt features this year's Convention logo and theme "2020 Wisconsin Waters: Focusing on Resilient Lakes & Rivers" on the back and the Wisconsin Lakes Partnership logo on the front.

Pre-orders: $10 (until March 16) CLICK HERE
A limited number of t-shirts will be available during the Convention for $15 each

Shirts will only be available for pick-up at the Registration table during the Convention, April 1-3 from 8:00am-5:00pm.

Agenda At-a-glance

Wednesday, April 1 - Pre-Convention Workshops/Technical Sessions

​8:00 am
​Registration Desk Opens
​9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Morning Workshops (click here for details​)

​12:00 pm - 6:00 pm​Exhibits Open
​12:00 - 1:00 pm​Lunch on your own or pre-register to purchase lunch on-site
​1:00 - 4:00 pm

Afternoon Workshops (click here for details​)

​3:00 - 3:15 pmRefreshment Break
​4:45 - 5:45 pmWednesday Technical Sessions (click here for details)
​5:45 - 7:00 pmNetworking Time - dinner on your own
7:00 - 11:00 pmWisconsin Lakes and Rivers Convention Welcome Reception (click here for details​)

Thursday, April 2​ ​

​6:45 - 7:30 am​Sunrise Yoga (click here for details)
​7:30 am​Registration Desk Opens
​8:00 am - 6:00 pm​Exhibits Open
​8:00 - 8:50 amConcurrent Sessions 1 (click here for details)
​9:00 - 10:30 amWelcome and Keynote Speaker Dr. Douglas Beard (click here for details​)
​10:40 am - 12:00 pmConcurrent Sessions 2 (click here for details)
​12:15 - 1:30 pm​Lunch 
​1:45 - 2:25 pm
Concurrent Sessions 3 (click here for details)
​2:35 - 3:15 pm
Concurrent Sessions 4 (click here for details)
​3:15 - 3:45 pm
​Refreshment Break 
​3:30 - 4:30 pm
​Concurrent Lightning Presentations (click here for details)
​3:30 - 5:00 pm
​Poster Presentations and Visit the Exhibitors and Educational Displays (click here for details​)
​5:00 - 6:00 pm
​Networking Time
​6:00 - 8:00 pm
Wisconsin Lake Stewardship and Stream Monitoring Banquet and Awards Ceremony (click here for details)
​8:00 - 11:00 pm
​Lakes Partnership After Hours (click here for details​)

Friday, April 3 ​ ​

6:45 - 7:30 am
​Sunrise Yoga (click here for details)
​7:30 am
Registration Desk Opens
​8:00 am - 12:00 pmExhibits Open
​8:00 - 8:50 amConcurrent Sessions 5 (click here for details)
​9:00 - 10:15 amKeynote Speaker Lauren Salvato (click here for details)
​10:15 - 10:45 am​Refreshment Break
​10:45 - 11:45 amConcurrent Sessions 6 (click here for details)
​12:00 - 1:15 pm​Closing Luncheon (details coming soon​)
​1:30 - 2:30 pm
Concurrent Sessions 7 (click here for details​)
​2:30 - 2:45 pm
​Refreshment Break
2:45 - 3:45 pm
Concurrent Sessions 8 (click here for details​)

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