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Before I joined the Wisconsin Academy staff last fall, I believed it was rare to witness an individual experiencing an epiphany—a profound moment of insight, or the connection of dots that leads to a new way of looking at a problem.

Marsha McDonald's "1000 Canoes"

Several weeks ago a colleague asked me, “Can a person have an intimate relationship with water?” The question took me by surprise. “Well, of course a person can!” was my reply.

Marsha MacDonald at James Watrous Gallery

Waterways features three Wisconsin artists--Sarah FitzSimons (Madison), Marsha McDonald (Milwaukee), and John Miller (Madison)--whose work investigates the essential nature of water.

Have you ever stood along one of those rivers that flows with such beauty and power that you can’t help but stop and watch?

Little Plover River Runs Dry, Barb Feltz

The campaign TV ads have stopped, the robocalls have ended, and the campaign literature is on the way to the recycle bin.

Our central Wisconsin farm was one of those rocky, sandy, hilly, and droughty farms where it never seemed to rain enough.

Near true-color image of Green Bay from October 1999, showing the immense scale of the algal bloom in the bay.

Welcome! This is the first of what will be many pieces on how different people relate to our shared waters.

Photograph of Jane Elder, executive director

How do the natural places we know and love define so much of what Wisconsin means to us?

Between 2002 and 2003, I was one of more than 700 hundred Wisconsin citizens who participated in the Wisconsin Academy’s Waters of Wisconsin (WOW) initiative.

At the 2013 Academy-hosted Innovators Showcase in Milwaukee, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District director Kevin Shafer outlines how updated infrastructure and monitoring equipment saves the city water and energy at the same time.

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