George Kraft is an Emeritus Professor of Water Resources and continues as a research scientist with both the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point College of Natural Resources and the University of Wisconsin – Extension. Dr. Kraft’s position is largely dedicated to serving the citizens, communities, businesses, and governments of Wisconsin. He is passionate about outreach in the Wisconsin Idea tradition: “the boundaries of the University are the boundaries of the state.”
Dr. Kraft’s research interests revolve about questions of water resource sustainability, particularly about profitable agriculture and water impacts. His outreach involvement includes how lakes and streams have been dried by groundwater pumping, particularly in the Wisconsin central sands, modernizing Wisconsin’s groundwater pumping management policy and laws, nitrate and pesticide pollution of groundwater, and assisting stewardship groups organize and manage their water resources.
He is actively involved in his community, coaching high-school cross-country skiing and serving as the President of the Tomorrow River Scholarship Foundation. Non-work interests include aerobic sports, especially cross-country ski racing. He has completed 26 Birkebeiner ski races and finishes near the front of the pack.