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2012 Symposium

Lower Fox River | Watershed monitoring program

Each year, the annual Watershed Symposium provides a forum for sharing student research projects from all of the watersheds. The symposium brings together student-teachers teams from the participating schools, program partners, agency representatives, water resources professionals and community members to learn about overall Program activities and research projects, and to exchange ideas and compare data from the various watersheds. Students present findings in oral or poster format from projects about assessing and improving stream health. The symposium provides high school students with a rare opportunity to interact with researchers in water quality fields. The proceedings are also published in the annual report.

The symposium is held in coordination with the Green Innovations Symposium. Please contact program coordinator Annette Pelegrin or 465-5031 for more information or visit the LFRWP website.


Thursday, April 19, 2012:8:00-3:30

8:15 a.m.Registration
8:30 a.m.Lower Fox River Watershed Symposium:
Symposium Agenda (pdf)

Regional Collaborations Efforts in Watershed Monitoring
  • Kevin Fermanich, Professor, Natural and Applied Sciences, UW-Green Bay
  • Annette Pelegrin, Coordinator Lower Fox River Watershed Monitoring Project, UW-Green Bay

Student Watershed Projects: 5 Student Teams 
  • Student Presentations
  • Video and Poster Session
11:15 a.m.Lunch
Student Awards
Presented by Linda Bartelt, Northeast Wisconsin Educational Resource Alliance

The Balance Equation
Learn how students Madison Richards (Horlick High School), Sinclair Richards (McKinley Middle School) and Samantha Noll, (Case High School), all in Racine, took on the issue of clean water in the developing world, creating a documentary of their travels and efforts in Africa and Santa Domingo.
12:30 - 4 p.m.Tours

Participants must be wearing long pants and sleeves and sturdy footwear (no sandals, high heels or open toes). Where needed, hard hats, safety glasses and vests will be provided.
Discussion - Renard Island and Cat Island, at the GBMSD Jack Day Education Center with Dean Haen, Interim Director, Brown County Port and Solid Waste Department, John Kennedy, Environmental Programs Manager and Tracy Valenta, Water Resources Specialist, Green Bay Metropolitan Sewerage District

Green Bay Packaging, Jennifer Peplinski, Environmental Manager, Green Bay Packaging Inc.

Mahon Creek Monitoring Station operated by UW-Green Bay
12:45 p.m.Tapped, The MovieOptional afternoon showing

University Union,
Phoenix Room
3:00 p.m.The Balanced Equation,Documentary filmPresented by the producers: Madison Richards, Sinclair Richards, and Samantha Noll

This documentary, produced by three teenage girls, examines point-of-use water filtration and chemical treatment systems which are being implemented in Kenya and the Dominican Republic. It was funded by The Dow Chemical Company in partnership with The Keystone Science School.
7:00 p.m.Discussion
(doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

Groundwater Panel

  • Bill Nabak, General Manager, Green Bay Water Utility
  • Patricia Terry, Professor, Natural and Applied Sciences, UW-Green Bay
7:30 p.m.Tapped, The MovieIs access to clean drinking water a basic human right, or a commodity that should be bought and sold like any other article of commerce? Stephanie Soechtig's debut feature is an unflinching examination of the big business of bottled water.