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'Protecting the St. Croix' Conference Set

MARCH 27, 2009 | The St. Croix Basin Water Resources Planning Team and the University of Wisconsin-River Falls are set to host a conference centered around conservation on the St. Croix River on April 16, from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. in the University Center at UWRF.  

The 2009 conference, "Protecting the St. Croix: The Plan to Reduce Phosphorus by 100 Tons" marks the 41 st year of the designation of the St. Croix and Namekagon rivers as a national scenic riverway. The conference covers ways to conserve resources and protect the water basin that is vital to this region.  

Anyone interested is invited to attend the daylong event, which will include a continental breakfast, buffet luncheon and an array of presentations. Cost is $50 per person or $25 per student with I.D. and will cover all meal expenses; registration deadline is April 10.

The conference features presentations by qualified speakers and researchers and facilitated discussion involving stakeholders--including municipal and state governments, farmers, businesses, industry, wastewater operators, local land management organizations and other landowners -- whose input to and reduction of overloaded nutrients in the St. Croix Basin will make or break this mitigation effort.

Presentations include: "The St. Croix River Association, An Old Organization with a New Mission, by Dan McGuiness, interim executive director of the St. Croix River Association," and keynote address, "Eutrophication in the St. Croix River Basin: Part of the Challenge to Sustain Global Water Resources," by Deborah Swackhamer, professor and co-director, Minnesota Water Resource Center at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.

Other presentations include "Implementation to Restore the Basin Resources," a panel moderated by Randy Ferrin, president of St. Croix River Association; plus other morning presentations including "Plans are Great, but Actions and Implementations will Test our Resolve to Fix Problems," by Todd Ambs, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and Gaylen Reetz, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

The afternoon is composed of breakout sessions on topics such as best management practices for protecting the basin, unregulated urban runoff and municipal/agricultural permit holders followed by a "next steps" discussion.

Attendees will learn new ways to protect the environment and conserve natural resources.

The water resources planning team consists of the National Park Service, the Minnesota and Wisconsin departments of natural resources, and the MPCA. Other team members include the Metropolitan Council Environmental Services, the University of Wisconsin Extension, the U.S. Geological Survey, the St. Croix Watershed Research Station of the Science Museum of Minnesota and the Washington Conservation District and Chisago County in Minnesota and St. Croix County in Wisconsin.

The St. Croix River Association is sponsoring up to 10 students to attend the event free of charge for those who complete an application. To apply for the scholarship send requests via e-mail to Kristen Allen, kristen.allen@uwrf.edu . For more information on event details go to http://basineducation.uwex.edu/stcroix.

For more information on the conference, contact John Haack, UW Extension, 715-635-7406.


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