35th Annual Meeting: Wisconsin's Role in Great Lakes Restoration
March 3 - 4, 2011 at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel, 333 W. College Avenue, Appleton WI 54911
Download the Conference Registration Information and Mail-in Form [994 kb pdf file].
Download the Conference Program [515 kb pdf file].
This year's theme was "Wisconsin's Role in Great Lakes Restoration". We had excellent technical sessions on great lakes topics, as well as surface water and groundwater issues throughout Wisconsin. Our plenary provided national, state and local perspectives on how the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is providing policy and funding momentum to clean up contaminated sediment, expand fish spawning habitat, control invasives species, and make our beaches safer. Dinner speaker Greg Summers provided a thought-provoking history lesson about environmentalism in the Fox Valley that generated plenty of philosophical discussion about "all or nothing" environmental debates.
Distinguished Service Award
The Wisconsin Section of AWRA awarded the Distinguished Service Award to Roger Bannerman of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Roger has worked tirelessly to solve urban and rural nonpoint source pollution problems for many years, producing nationally recognized research and mentoring many young water resource scientists.
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 twelve graduate students and posters by five graduate and three undergraduate students.
Best Student Oral Presentation Award went to Nathan C. Magnusson, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for
Assessing the Effect of Pleistocene Glaciation on the Water Supply of Eastern Wisconsin.
Student Poster Award went to Stephanie G. Prellwitz, University of Wisconsin-Madison Biological Systems Engineering, for
Soil Stability within Wetland Treatment Swales for Urban Runoff.
Best Student Poster Award went to Adam J. Bechle, University of Wisconsin-Madison for
Development and Application of an Automated River-Estuary Discharge Imaging System.
Undergraduate Excellence Award went to Caren J. Ackley, University of Wisconsin-Parkside Geosciences Department, for
Removal of Arsenic and Chromium from Water Using Fe-Exchanged Zeolite.