2012 Wisconsin River Water Quality Improvement Symposium

Thursday, March 29th, 2012
University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, Dreyfus University Center

Thank you to all who attended!


Citizens, business persons, and professionals gathered to discuss the Wisconsin River and its tributaries, play a role in its future, and to learn about...

  • The Wisconsin River and the monitoring effort that is underway
  • State level guidance for water quality protection
  • What the Wisconsin River means to communities along its banks
  • What is or isn't being done to protect or improve conditions in the river and its tributaries

The Wisconsin River Flyover showing phosphorus concentrations is now available on You Tube.  Click here to access the video link. 



2nd Wisconsin River Water Quality Improvement Symposium


​University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point - Dreyfus University Center ​


Wisconsin River in Portage County​ Patty Dreier, Portage County Executive​

Keynote Speaker​

Thoughts about the Past and Future of the Wisconsin River ​Denny Caneff, River Alliance of Wisconsin

What have we learned?​

provost.pdfAlgae and Phosphorus Basics and a Narration of the Wisconsin River Flyover ​Scott Provost, WI Dept. of Natural Resources
evansgeorgeson.pdfBlue-green Algae Citizen Monitoring in 2011 ​Reesa Evans, Adams County LWCD and Rick Georgeson, Petenwell and Castle Rock Stewards

Monitoring Results and Phosphorus Rules

oldenburg.pdfWisconsin River Water Quality Study Monitoring Results ​Pat Oldenburg, WI Dept. of Natural Resources
kjohnson.pdfWisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources' Role, View, and Vision of Phosphorus Regulations ​Ken Johnson, WI Dept. of Natural Resources

​Interactive Session

​Economics, Recreation, and Challenges in the Wisconsin River Watershed ​Facilitated by Aaron Thompson, UW-Stevens Point

​Existing and Ongoing Water Quality Efforts

johnson.pdfWater and Agricultural Management in Marathon County ​Andy Johnson, Marathon County
piotrowski.pdfIndustrial Perspective and Potential Contributions ​John Piotrowski, Packaging Corp. of America

Wisconsin River in our Communities​

bradlenz.pdfCity of Wausau River Edge Master Plan ​Brad Lenz, City of Wausau
​Panel Discussion with Elected Officials in the Wisconsin River Watershed ​Facilitated by Eric Olson, UW Extension Lakes
Panel: Heidi Roekle, Adams County Board and Adams County Chamber of Commerce and Tourism; John Small, President Village of Marathon City and Marathon County Board; Steve Wetter, Mayor of Boscobel; Mike Wiza, Stevens Point City Council and Portage County Board​

View from Citizen Groups​

Facilitated by Eric Olson, UW Extension Lakes​
friendsoflowerwi.pdfAccomplishments of the Friends of the Lower Wisconsin Riverway ​Dave Marshall, Friends of the Lower Wisconsin Riverway
Updates from citizen stewardship groups: Petewell and Castle Rock Stewards, Rick Georgeson and Citizens for Safe Water Around Badger, Laura Olah
Learn more about the Wisconsin River Water Quality Improvement Project

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