Upcoming Fox River Watershed Conference

March 13, 2013 09:26 AM

The University of Wisconsin announces the Fox River Watershed Conference slated for March 22 in Burlington, WI. If you read last week's Inputs Insights blog, you know sometimes government regulation regarding water issues can work against farmers. Wisconsin and Illinois are included in EPA's urging to produce a Nutrient Reduction Strategy, and if farmers are not represented in the early stages of the conversation, the voice of agriculture may not be heard until regulations are already in place.

The release advertising the event does not mention the Nutrient Reduction Strategy or Gulf Hypoxia, but water-related regulations often reach deeper into farm life than is expected. Registration information is included at the bottom of this article.

Upcoming Fox River Watershed Conference

"The “Fox River Summit–Celebrating Success and Addressing Challenges” is scheduled for March 22 at Veterans Terrace at Echo Park in Burlington. Participants will examine watershed management issues that affect both the Wisconsin and Illinois portions of the river basin.

“A key goal of the summit will be establishing a dialog between Wisconsin and Illinois on many shared topics, including recreation, economics, sustainable flows, surface and groundwater interactions and sediment transport,” said Tom Slawski, President of the Southeast Fox River Partnership.

The event is being organized by the Southeast Fox River Partnership, with support from the Southeastern Wisconsin Fox River Commission and UW-Extension.

Jerome Delli Priscoli from the US Army Corps of Engineers will deliver the keynote and discuss a “Declaration of Partnership” to highlight common interests, concerns and commitments regarding the river. Delli Priscoli is the editor of Water Policy and has written extensively on the socio-economic dimensions of water and water policy

Local and regional organizations working to protect the Fox River and US Geological Survey staff will discuss surface and groundwater interactions in the basin. The Departments of Natural Resources in Wisconsin and Illinois will review ongoing state level management efforts.

People who live, work in or visit the Fox River basin area are encouraged to submit issues and concerns for the “Declaration.” Submit them to andrew.yencha@ces.uwex.edu or the Fox River Partnership’s website at http://fyi.uwex.edu/southeastfox/. Comments will be made available at the conference.

The full conference agenda can be found at http://fyi.uwex.edu/southeastfox/.

Registration is $35, which includes lunch. Make checks payable to the Southeast Fox River Partnership and mail to PO Box 735, Waukesha, WI, 53187-0735. Advanced registration ends March 11. Refunds will not be provided for cancellations received after this date. Veterans Terrace at Echo Park is located at 589 Milwaukee Avenue in Burlington WI, www.veteransterrace.com.uwextensionlogo

Posted by extension.news in Community, Natural Resources and Economic Development. Focus will be on management issues affecting Wisconsin and Illinois. Contact: Andy Yencha, 414-256-4631, andrew.yencha@ces.uwex.edu."

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