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May 10, 2024





Water@UW-Madison News

Water@UW-Madison Celebrates 10 years of Water Research.

The Water@UW-Madison’s annual Spring Symposium was an extra-special one this year. Nearly 150 people attended the 10th anniversary celebration, and several commented on what turned out to be an interesting – and balanced- program. Highlights included William “Nąąwącekǧize” Quackenbush’s  keynote speech, 12 lightning talks displaying an incredible range of water research happening in Madison, and of course, the Celebration itself where people shared conversation, food and drink while viewing the art works created by this year’s Flow cohort and interacting with our graduate student poster presenters. Live handpan music created an energetic and vibrant mood — the energy and passion in the room was undeniable!

Photo by Marie Zhuihov, people look at posters and art
Photo by Marie Zhuikov; a moment from the celebration

During the Symposium, we learned the history of Teejop through the story of a project led by Quackenbush, the Ho-Chunk historic preservation officer. Heworked with numerous tribal members to build a dugout canoe from a large, locally harvested cottonwood tree while rediscovering traditional technologies. Quackenbush engaged the audience with an interactive demonstration of deep time complexed by the regrettable erasure of vast swaths of history, cultural knowledge, and practice. Attendees here are gathered around the canoe, which became the focal point in 2022 on its first journey through our watershed.

Photo by Marie Zhuikov; of a dugout canoe
Photo by Marie Zhuikov

Folks remarked on the lightning talks that followed – which really worked to display the incredible range of water-related study occurring on the UW-Madison campus. Together with the graduate student posters, Flow art piecesa, nd conversations happening everywhere, the event served to unite us, create new opportunities and provide a chance to connect and reflect.

Photo by Marie Zhuikov; people sit in an audience before a flash talk presenter
Photo by Marie Zhuikov, A snapshot from a flash talk

 In one attendee’s words:

 “This spring, it was a notably nice balance of depth (keynote), intrigue (speed talks), networking/community-building (posters, breaks, food, artwork)… as someone who is not affiliated with the university formally besides being an alum, I find this is a wonderful operationalization of the ‘Wisconsin Idea.’ It’s such a great opportunity to connect, and I hope it continues. Thank you!” 

Upcoming Events

Great Lakes Literacy’s 5th Annual Great Lakes BioBlitz
This free event is a great opportunity to engage youth and the public in community science, collect data to support biodiversity research and conservation, and learn more about the organisms in the Great Lakes Basin. The BioBlitz begins on Earth Day (Monday, Apr. 22, 2024) and it runs for 4 weeks, ending on Saturday, May 18, 2024. You may participate as an individual, a family, a class, or other group!

Highlighted deadlines occur prior to our next newsletter
Highlighted opportunities were just added: new this week!

Click on the opportunity title for more information.

UniverCity Alliance Outreach Specialist- UW-Madison
The Outreach Specialist will support and promote partnership relationships between university and local governments, coordinate meetings, and deliver and assist with planning outreach program activities. This position will also be responsible for in-reach, working with campus stakeholders to implement the program, and matching faculty and instructors with projects. Applications due by May 31.

Director of Center for Watershed Science and Education – UW-Stevens Point
This WSE Director position is a full-time (12-month), UW-Stevens Point tenure track Faculty position that includes 80% Director responsibilities (grant writing, research, Extension programming, and administration) and 20% undergraduate teaching (approximately 2 courses per academic year). The individual will be a UW-Madison Division of Extension Specialist providing Extension leadership, research, and community engagement while engaging the CNR undergraduate and graduate education and community engagement mission. Applications received by Jun 9, 2024 are ensured full consideration.

Bay of Green Bay NERR Tribal Engagement Convener – UW-Green Bay
The person in this role will support designation efforts through building relationships and connections with tribal partners, helping with management plan development, and working with me and the NERR steering committee on planning for the Bay of Green Bay NERR’s regional work and footprint. After designation this position will be focused on K-12 education and partnerships with tribal nations and communities and will work closely with tribal school systems. Deadline for applications is Monday, June 10, 2024

Engagement Impact Manager- University of Minnesota-Twin Cities 
The Engagement Impact Manager is responsible for collecting, tracking, analyzing, and reporting public engagement activity and impact data for the University of Minnesota system. It does not require high-level statistical skills; rather, the focus is on conceptualizing, coordinating, and reporting about community engagement activities. This position reports to the Vice Provost for Public Engagement.

Full-Time Climate Resilience Specialist – Pokagon Band
The Climate Resilience Specialist will provide technical expertise and coordination support to develop and integrate Tribal priorities regarding climate resilience, change, and adaptation.

Watershed Engagement Coordinator- Green Lake Association
The Watershed Engagement Coordinator will coordinate volunteer and educational opportunities that create active and engaged water quality ambassadors throughout the watershed. This individual will manage all aspects of the volunteer program, citizen science program, educational efforts, and outreach strategies. Position Open Until Filled

Friends of Lake Wingra Board Members Madison, WI)
The Friends of Lake Wingra (FOLW) is seeking 3-5 new board members to join our organization who represent our diverse urban watershed. Our goal is to embrace the organization’s long-standing scientific integrity, collaboration, and passion for Lake Wingra. FOLW is a volunteer-led non-profit organization and our capacity is determined by the level of activity and commitment of our board members. New board member terms begin July 1. Apply by May 15 

For more opportunities, check the Wisconsin Wetlands Job Board and WiscJobs

LTE Public Health Field Staff – Dane County
Under the direction of the Environmental Health Services Supervisor, the public Health Field Staff  will perform a variety sampling and data collection activities in the field as well as technical and analytical work in the Public Health Laboratory.  (Summer only)

Check the Freshwater Collaborative’s Research Positions and Internships page for more opportunities.

UWGS – Water Resources Research Act Grant Program – National Competitive Grants
These national competitions focus on water problems and issues of a regional or national concern, including separate competitions for General water resources, PFAS, and Aquatic Invasive Species in the upper Mississippi. Proposals due May 16, email maboyce@aqua.wisc.edu as soon as possible for submission instructions.

Spring round of open innovation challenges ;The Water Council
Our Corporate partners (A. O. Smith, Badger Meter and Watts Water) are seeking innovative solutions for the following topics.  Those include: Water quality sensors for hardness, scale and biofilm monitoring in pipe networks; Water quality sensors for phosphate, ammonia and other nutrients.You can find more information or refer any global researchers or startup applicants HERE. There is prize money of up to $10,000 and exposure to the sponsor companies’ R&D teams for other potential engagement pathways.  Interested applicants simply need to register on the platform and apply to be considered. Applications accepted through May 19, 2024.

Midwest Climate Adaptation Science Center FY25 climate adaptation research projects
As faculty/staff at a MW CASC consortium institution, you are eligible to submit a statement of interest.
Details on the solicitation process are available on the Smartsheet CASC Solicitation Guidance landingpage. From the main page, you can navigate to the full solicitation guidance for Consortium-Affiliated (non-USGS) applicantsAll Statements of Interest (SOIs) must be submitted through the Smartsheet submission portal by Thursday, May 23, 2024, at 5pm ET.

Virtual Institute for Earth’s Water; Schmidt Sciences’ Climate Institute
Through VIEW, we will fund the research required to achieve a sustainable global water future. EOI submissions should provide a 2-page project proposal with a budget of up to USD 10 million to support a 5-year project. Submissions will be accepted from now until Monday, May 28 at 11:59pm ET. We are hosting two informational webinars on this EOI via Zoom on Thursday, April 18, 2024 at 7 am ET and 5 pm ET. The webinars will each be 30 minutes, and will provide an overview of VIEW, information on how to apply to this EOI request, and include time for questions.

DNR Surface Water Grants
Did you know UW-Madison is automatically eligible for surface water grants? If you work in surface water education, planning, or management, you are eligible to compete one of these opportunities in this $6M program. Reach out to your regional environmental grant specialist NOW to indicate your interest. Pre-applications are due on September 15.

XPRIZE Water Scarcity Competition
The 5-year, $150M competition with a $119M prize purse is designed to create new desalination solutions that increase access to clean water globally

CALLS FOR TALKS OR POSTERS                                                                               
SPRING CONFERENCES                                                             
IAGLR’s 67th Annual Conference on Great Lakes Research
IAGLR will host its 67th Annual Conference on Great Lakes Research, May 20-24, in Windsor, Ontario.

This conference aims to inspire collaboration among the water community and foster connections with others practicing interdisciplinary science topics. WaterSciCon24 (previously known as the Frontiers in Hydrology Meeting) will be held June 23-27 in St. Paul, Minnesota. Registration open! Early bird rates until May 15. 

 OTHER OPPORTUNITIES                                                          
Great Lakes Literacy’s 5th Annual Great Lakes BioBlitz
This free event is a great opportunity to engage youth and the public in community science, collect data to support biodiversity research and conservation, and learn more about the organisms in the Great Lakes Basin. The BioBlitz begins on Earth Day (Monday, Apr. 22, 2024) and it runs for 4 weeks, ending on Saturday, May 18, 2024. You may participate as an individual, a family, a class, or other group!

Seasons of the Sugar River – birds and nature: an indicator of the environment
Art Show that features water as many of the 2-D and 3-D pieces of artwork, depict water, and also how birds and nature rely on a healthy Sugar River Watershed; Wednesday, May 1, 2024 through Sunday, June 30, 2024
Place: Capital Lakes Retirement Community  333 West Main St., Madison, Wisconsin

River Rock Coalition Annual Meeting
Meet your fellow volunteers and members and hear all the amazing things we’ve accomplished as an organization this past year. The public is welcome to attend! Guest speaker: Rob Mooney, a postdoc at UW-Madison in the Limnology department has worked extensively in stream sampling, invasive species ecology, and water conservation. Wednesday, May 15th, 5:00 pm – 8:00pm; Dorothy Carnes County Park, N3220 Radloff Lane – Fort Atkinson, WI 53538; $30 registration fee (ticket and dinner); Register for your ticket with your meal choice here.

American Wetlands Month Celebration
Tuesday, May 28, from 4:00 – 8:00 pm at Delta Beer Lab in Madison! You’ll have a great time engaging with other wetland enthusiasts, and—with every pint raised—you’ll be helping to protect and restore Wisconsin’s wetlands for generations to come. RSVP for this special event here.

Great Lakes Great Read
The Wisconsin Water Library at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, supported by Wisconsin Sea Grant, and the Wisconsin Library Association announced the books selected for a basin-wide shared-reading experience, Great Lakes, Great Read: “The Water Walker” by Joanne Robertson is the children’s selection and the adult selection is “The Best Part of Us” by Sally Cole-Misch.

Native Plants Sales! (DNR)
By planting native plants, you can provide food for insects, birds, small mammals and other wildlife. As an added bonus, native plants are a beautiful alternative to sometimes invasive garden plants. They come in a wide variety of colors, shapes and sizes, giving you endless options to create beautiful landscaping that suits your style. Dig into our list of this year’s native plant sales across the state, and start flexing your green thumbs today!

LakeForecast goes live for the 2024 season
LakeForecast is a Clean Lakes Alliance public resource for water quality and beach data on all five lakes. Our network of volunteer water quality monitors is starting to prepare for the lake season ahead to keep you up to date on changing water quality conditions around all five lakes. Download the LakeForecast app so you can be ready for the 2024 summer lake season! Or check lakeforecast.org for the latest water quality conditions. We look forward to kicking off the water quality monitoring season on Thursday, May 23rd.

The 10th annual Rob’s Sugar River Ramble
An opportunity to hike, bike, and paddle the Sugar River followed by a picnic lunch, raffle, and community science booths at Seven Acre Dairy in Paoli on June 2, 2024. Rob’s Sugar River Ramble is an annual fundraiser for the  Upper Sugar River Watershed Association (aka Upper Sugar), a watershed conservation non-profit based in Mount Horeb.

Loop the Lake Benefit Bike Ride
Saturday, June 15th; Olbrich Park (3527 Atwood Avenue, Madison); Course open 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. (optional group start at 9 a.m.)
$45 per in-person rider, kids 10 and under ride free with a paid adult; Event proceeds will support work to protect and improve our lakes. All registered participants will get an official, super soft Loop the Lake t-shirt to show their support for our lakes! Register here. 

2024 in-person Great Lakes literacy professional learning workshop
The workshop will explore how aquatic invasive species can impact our coasts, lakes, rivers and streams, using Milwaukee as our case study. June 18 and 19, 2024; UW Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences, 600 E Greenfield Avenue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin and aboard the R/V Neeskay; Free! A stipend is available to cover travel costs and participation. There will also be a mini grant to bring this to your learners!; Limited to 16 formal or nonformal educators who teach at the middle and high school level that are new or experienced to Great Lakes Literacy Principles.  Register: https://forms.gle/FF4WhNoEt6239HQf8

Sign up to volunteer with River Alliance.
Help out with office work, events, fieldwork, or a group volunteering event.

Sign up to volunteer with Clean Lakes Alliance.
We are happy to place volunteers on projects that support our lakes! Opportunities include skilled office and administration assistance, special events, and watershed projects like shoreline restoration or beach clean ups.

 SAVE THE DATE                                                                       
NALMS 2024
Flood and Drought, Fire and Ice: Managing lakes under changing climates. Nov 5-8, South Lake Tahoe, Nevada.

National Water Quality Monitoring Council 
14th National Monitoring Conference from March 10 to 14, 2025, in Green Bay, WI.

SEMINARS OF INTEREST                                                             
Clean Lakes 101: Deciphering the State of the Lakes
Tuesday, May 21 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. at The Edgewater. We’ll hear three panelists (Richard “Dick” Lathrop, Kyle Minks, and Paul Dearlove) discuss the conditions, trends, and water quality drivers affecting the five Yahara lakes. Register here.

Nature-Based Solutions for Wetlands and Riparian Areas Webinar – Rock River Coalition
Environmental leaders in Southern Wisconsin are pursuing nature-based solutions to restore function to wetlands and riparian areas.
To better understand the build process and create a few demonstration sites, WI Land and Water is hosting a webinar and one or more hands-on workshops. Nature-based solutions are typically small-scale techniques with lower costs and complexity than other more traditional conservation tools, and these sessions will help us determine the most effective method of building a beaver dam analog. Date and Time: May 30th, 2024 – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Click here if you are interested in participating.

EPA Water Research Webinar Series
Click here to receive notifications for upcoming webinars.

ONE NOAA Seminar Series
To subscribe/unsubscribe: Send an email with the word ‘subscribe’ or ‘unsubscribe’ in the subject or body to OneNOAAscienceseminars-request@list.woc.noaa.gov

Wetland Coffee Break
Bring your coffee and learn about wetlands!

CPEP Seminar
Every Tuesday from 1-2 pm at AOSS room 823 or livestreamed.

 OTHER WATER NETWORKS                                                         
Wisconsin Sea Grant and Water Resources Institute listserv
The University of Wisconsin Sea Grant and Water Resources Institutes routinely share information about state and federal research and fellowship funding opportunities. To SUBSCRIBE to Sea Grant and the Water Resources Institutes’ RFP listserv, send an email to jennifer.hauxwell@aqua.wisc.edu.

Wisconsin Sea Grant Education listserv
Wisconsin Sea Grant invites you to join our listserv to receive announcements for professional learning opportunities and resources for teaching Great Lakes literacy to educators, students, youth and families. Send an email to akmoser@aqua.wisc.edu to be added to our list.

North Central Region Water Network and Newsletter
The North Central Region Water Network is a 12-state extension-led collaboration working to ensure safe and sufficient water supplies across the North Central Region and beyond.

Extension Natural Resources Institute Newsletter

Aquatic Sciences Center Chronicle

Freshwater Collaborative of Wisconsin Newsletter

Lake Superior Collaborative Newsletter
Click here to sign up.

Center for Limnology Newsletter
Send an email to limnology@mailplus.wisc.edu with subject line: Add to newsletter email list.

Green Bay Conservation
Email gbconservationpartners@gmail.com to join.

Wisconsin Association for Environmental Education

UW Water Policy Network




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