The Fox River and Green Bay watershed is one of Wisconsin’s most important economic centers and also one of our greatest ecological challenges. Reaching through vast farmlands, manufacturing centers and urban and suburban communities, this river system is the largest source of phosphorus pollution to Lake Michigan and also a resource of immeasurable value to Wisconsin. Algae blooms, sediment-laden water, and degraded habitat are some of the impacts from an overload of nutrients (phosphorus and nitrogen) in the system.
This forum explored specific challenges and opportunities for restoring water quality in the Fox and Green Bay watershed, with a focus on nutrient pollution. Scientists, community leaders and experts in phosphorus management strategies shared insights on how to manage phosphorous, a major contributor to problematic algae blooms, sediment-laden water, and degraded habitat. Follow the links to the right to view Forum Videos and click here to download the agenda.
Fermanich is a Professor of Geoscience and Environmental Science at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, where he holds the Barbara Hauxhurst Cofrin Professorship of Natural Sciences. He teaches courses in soil science, environmental science and policy, GIS, hydrogeology, ecosystems management, and environmental systems. He and his students study water quality, watershed management, soil health, and agricultural management.
H. J. "Bud" Harris is Professor Emeritus of Natural and Applied Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. He joined UWGB when it was a fledgling institution in 1969 and retired in 1999. During his tenure at UWGB, Harris taught undergraduate courses in ecology and graduate courses in wetland ecology and ecosystem management. He and his students initiated research on coastal wetlands of Green Bay, Lake Michigan.
Vicky Harris is a Water Quality Specialist at UW Sea Grant. Vicky’s initiatives focus on contaminated sediment remediation of the Fox River and Green Bay, sustainable community development, nonpoint-source pollution prevention in the Fox-Wolf and Green Bay watersheds, coastal habitat protection and restoration, and ecosystem responses to water quality improvements.
J. Val Klump is a Professor, Dean of Research, and Senior Director of the School of Freshwater Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His research focuses on how nutrients and carbon are cycled in lakes. This work has taken him from the deepest soundings in Lakes Superior and Michigan aboard a research submersible, to the largest and oldest lake in the world—Lake Baikal in eastern Siberia.
Melissa Malott joined Clean Wisconsin as water program director in 2006. She advances clean water policy throughout the state, working on issues such as polluted runoff, Great Lakes restoration, and groundwater conservation programs. At Clean Wisconsin, Malott was instrumental in crafting Wisconsin’s new phosphorus rule, which is one of the most innovative solutions to agricultural related polluted runoff in the U.S.
Keith Marquardt is a Water Resource Management Specialist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. His working job title is TMDL Project Manager for the Fox and Wolf Basins. Marquardt’s responsibilities include the implementation of the Lower Fox River Basin TMDLs and the development of the Upper Fox River Basin and Wolf River Basins TMDLs.
Stephen McCarthy is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin–Madison Department of Landscape Architecture and is registered in Illinois and Wisconsin. He has practiced landscape architecture for 35 years with a focus on public natural resource based projects, native landscape restoration, and natural area preservation.
Troy J. Streckenbach is in his second term as Brown County Executive, consisting of 31 County departments that include approximately 1,600 positions with a budget of over $290 million annually. Streckenbach graduated from the University of Wisconsin in Oshkosh and earned a degree in International Studies. Streckenbach is focused on rebuilding Brown County’s economy by creating an environment that retains and helps encourage business development in Northeast Wisconsin.
David Taylor is the Director of Special Projects for Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District. He is leading the District’s effort to implement a new regulatory compliance strategy for phosphorus called watershed adaptive management. Taylor has been engaged in water quality issues at the state, regional and national level.
Tracy Valenta is the Water Resources Specialist for NEW Water. She has managed the Ambient Water Quality Monitoring Program since 2003. The program evaluates the chemical and biological conditions of the lower Fox River and Green Bay. Valenta has worked on water quality issues since 1997. Her career began at the Manitowoc Soil and Water Conservation Department where she worked as a GIS technician mapping streams and worked on a lake reclassification grant.