Water experts and leaders from around the state led discussion of progress over the last decade and major trends and projections that will shape Wisconsin’s freshwater ecosystems and water resources in the future. Of the many issues Wisconsin faces, this forum focused specifically on how climate, agriculture, and water infrastructure issues are shaping our waters.
Speakers included (click name for bio):
- Tim Bate, director of Planning, Research and Sustainability for the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District
- Pat Leavenworth, former state conservationist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service
- John Magnuson, professor emeritus of zoology and director emeritus of the Center for Limnology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Curt Meine, conservation biologist, historian, and writer
- Paul Robbins, director, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Kimberlee Wright, Executive Director, Midwest Environmental Advocates
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Tim Bate is the director of Planning, Research and Sustainability for the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, and was responsible for the engineering and technical planning aspects of the District’s 2020 Facilities Plan. Among his other duties, he is responsible for the development of the total maximum daily load (TMDL) studies of the Menomonee, Kinnikinnic and Milwaukee River watersheds and the Milwaukee Harbor Estuary.
Curt Meine is a conservation biologist, environmental historian, and writer. He serves as Senior Fellow with the Aldo Leopold Foundation in Baraboo, and with the Chicago-based Center for Humans and Nature. He is also a Research Associate with the International Crane Foundation and Associate Adjunct Professor in the University of Wisconsin–Madison Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology.
Patricia (Pat) Leavenworth served as state conservationist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Wisconsin from 1994 until her retirement in October 2012. Before receiving her master’s degree from Yale, Pat worked in water quality analysis for the State of New Hampshire and as an event researcher for the Smithsonian Institution Center for Short-Lived Phenomena. Pat joined NRCS in 1979.
As director of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, Paul Robbins oversees the institute's mission of serving as a world leader in addressing environmental change. He brings years of experience as a researcher, studying human interactions with nature and the politics of natural resource management, as well as administrative leadership.
Kimberlee (Kim) Wright has worked in the public interest and for statewide conservation efforts for 30 years. The first part of her career in Wisconsin centered on protecting natural areas on public and private lands while working for social justice as a volunteer for the elderly, disabled and otherwise marginalized communities.