38th Annual Meeting: Mining and Wisconsin Waters

Meeting Information

March 13 - 14, 2014 at the Chula Vista Resort, 2501 River Rd, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965

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Meeting Highlights

The 38th annual meeting of the American Water Resources Association-Wisconsin Section was held March 13 - 14, 2014 at the Chula Vista Resort, Wisconsin Dells. There were 179 registrants who attended the meeting which included 36 oral presentations and 22 posters. The meeting theme was "Mining and Wisconsin Waters".

In support of this theme the Plenary Session included: Bradley Johnson from the Wausau Service Center, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources speaking on Industrial Sand Mining in Wisconsin; Seth Ebel from Chippewa County Department of Land Conservation and Forest Management speaking on County Experiences with Industrial Sand Mining; and Bruce Brown from Badger Mining Corporation speaking on Wisconsin's Sand Industry: The Facts, the Fiction, and the Future. We had excellent technical sessions on Agricultural Hydrology and Management, Groundwater Modeling, Agricultural Watershed Modeling, Groundwater Quality, Mining Impact on Groundwater and Surface Water, Urban Water Quality, Surface Water Quality, and Measuring, Monitoring, and Managing Water Resources. The Dinner Speaker was Steve Swenson from the Aldo Leopold Foundation who gave a wonderful presentation on Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic in Our Time. Poster Session included a mixture of interesting topics presented by undergraduate and graduate students, regulatory and industry professionals, and academic colleagues.

The 2014 Student Career Workshop was well attended by students seeking input on career pathways from a panel of experienced Wisconsin water professionals. Panelist included representatives from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, US Geological Survey, University of Wisconsin system, and the consulting industry.

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Bruce Brown from Badger Mining Corporation speaking on Wisconsin's Sand Industry.

Distinguished Service Award

This year we were proud to present the Distinguished Service Award to David Mechenich of the Center for Watershed Science and Education at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. This award recognizes his 25 years of exemplary service on behalf of the section, research colleagues, students, and the international community of hydrologists. David has been the driving force for developing and maintaining the Central Wisconsin Groundwater Center well water quality database which contains nearly 700,000 test results from over 80,000 well water samples. He created the interactive Wisconsin Well Water Quality viewer that integrates easy public access of databases from the Groundwater Center, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Groundwater Retrieval Network, and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection. David, thank you for your service, and congratulations!

Picture of David Mechenich, Distinguished Service Award recipient
David Mechenich receives the Distinguished Service Award from John Skalbeck, AWRA President.

Student Presentation Awards

The section was pleased to award four Outstanding Student Presentations this year. Award winners included: Stephen Sellwood for Outstanding Graduate Oral Presentation, Kyle Ankenbauer for Outstanding Graduate Poster Presentation, and the team of Kyra Fitzgerald and Dana Gibson for Outstanding Undergraduate Oral Presentation.

Picture of Stephen Sellwood, Student Awards
Stephen Sellwood poses proudly with John Skalbeck, AWRA President.
Picture of Dana Gibs, Student Awards
Dana Gibs poses proudly with John Skalbeck, AWRA President.