UW-Stevens Point hosting Wisconsin River quality symposium

Take an active role in improving the quality of the Wisconsin River by attending a symposium at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. 

The fourth Wisconsin River Water Quality Improvement Symposium, themed “Progress Through Partnerships,” will be held Friday, Feb. 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event provides an opportunity for citizens, educators, legislators and representatives from municipalities, industry, stewardship groups and agencies to learn about the Wisconsin River, the monitoring effort that is underway, and the water quality improvement project.

Attendees will receive updates on water quality conditions and the process for finding the total maximum daily load (the maximum amount of pollutant a body of water can receive while still meeting water quality standards) for the Wisconsin River, its tributaries and reservoirs. They will also discuss case studies on the formation and successes of water quality partnerships, obtain topic-specific advice from "Ask an Expert" discussions and have networking opportunities.

The symposium is part of the Wisconsin River Water Quality Improvement Project, a collaborative effort between UW-Stevens Point and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to address blue-green algae that commonly occur in many of its flowages including Lake Wausau, the Big Eau Pleine, Petenwell and Castle Rock flowages and Lake Wisconsin. Blue green algae produce toxins that can be harmful to the health of humans, pets, livestock and wildlife. The water quality study aims to identify areas within the basin where phosphorus reductions are necessary to improve conditions in the river and its tributaries by focusing actions to reduce algae blooms and pollution. 

Register at www.uwsp.edu/cnr/uwexlakes/Registration. For more information, contact Nancy Turyk, water resource scientist, at 715-346-4155 or email wisriver@uwsp.edu.


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