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UWRF to Host St. Croix Basin Conference April 19

By Kendra Knutson
MARCH 30, 2007--The University of Wisconsin-River Falls will host the 2007 St. Croix Basin Conference set for Thursday, April 19.

The St. Croix Basin team, which includes organizations, agency personnel, scientists and others interested in protecting the St. Croix Basin, is inviting students, faculty, staff and the general public to the day-long conference to discuss how nutrient and sediment reduction across the basin can be achieved. Those attending will learn tools and techniques to reduce nutrient and sediment pollution in water and will also have the chance to meet and interact with others in the industry.

Techniques designed to reduce water run-off will help businesses comply with environmental regulations, in turn saving them money, it will decrease contaminants flowing into the Mississippi River and improve overall water quality for fish, plants, and animals. It is important to preserve the water quality of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway shared by Minnesota and Wisconsin.    

This workshop would be particularly useful to commercial, industrial, and agricultural operators, local government officials, permit granting agencies, people dealing with septic systems, feedlots and agriculture, POTW designers/consultants, public work supervisors, land and water conservation staff, wastewater treatment owners and operators, lake organizations, watershed planners, or anyone else interested in protecting water resources.   

The overall theme of the conference is "Goals in Common for an Uncommon River." The event will be held in the new University Center with registration, continental breakfast, and poster display beginning at 8a.m. Sessions are set to start at 9 a.m., with a buffet luncheon at noon. The day will conclude with a conference social from 3:45 p.m. until 4:30 p.m.  

Jim Harrison, National Park Service, is conference coordinator for the St. Croix Basin Water Resources Team. Cosponsors include the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Other team members include: Metropolitan Council Environmental Services, University of Wisconsin-Extension, U.S. Geological Survey, St. Croix Watershed Research Station at the Science Museum of Minnesota, and the Washington Conservation District and Chisago County from Minnesota and St. Croix County in Wisconsin.  

The cost for regular registration is $50 with the cost for students being $25. Breakfast and lunch is included in the cost. There is also free round-trip shuttle service from Spooner, Grantsburg, and St. Croix Falls.    

UWRF Chancellor Don Betz will open the conference along with Craig Affeldt, MPCA. A keynote address will be given by Brad Pfaff, of the office of U.S. Rep, Ron Kind (Wis. 3 rd Congressional District), titled, "Farm Bill Renewal Should Reward Stewardship."

Also speaking will be Dale Gallenberg, dean of the UWRF College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences; Charlie Radar, UWRF geography department; Marylee Murphy, University of Minnesota and St. Croix Watershed Research Station and the Science Museum of Minnesota; Dennis Frame, UW-Extension; Dan Shaw, Great River Greening; Kurt Leuthold, Barr Engineering; Joe Kerlin, city of New Richmond; Roger Tomten, Putman Planning and Design; Jane Carlson, Strand Associates; Chuck Janski, Bonestroo Rosene Anderlik and Associates; Curt Sparks, North American Wetland Engineering, LLC; and Michael Stifter, facilities management director UWRF. Katrina Larsen, director of outreach at UWRF, will serve as a moderator for the last general session.   

The advance registration deadline is April 9. Registration can be completed online at For questions call UW-Extension at 715-635-7406.          


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