All students in Water Resources Management must complete a 4-credit interdisciplinary Water Resources Management Summer Workshop. The workshop is a culminating experience near the end of a student's program where a student-faculty team work on a project focused on a contemporary problem in water resources. The workshop brings together students with diverse backgrounds and areas of specialization to work together as an interdisciplinary team which functions as an unbiased, diverse, and well-trained group of professionals that can make a contribution to water resources policy. The workshop provides an opportunity for students to work outside of the textbook environment and tackle a "real-world" problem.
Workshop participants should be prepared to devote most of their time to the full, eight week summer session. In addition, students must participate in the 2-credit planning seminar in the preceding spring semester (or an accepted substitute) and be enrolled the following fall semester. Some workshops involve projects in and around Madison; others entail extensive field work elsewhere in and around Wisconsin. The WRM program assists students with travel, food, and lodging arrangements when workshops focus on projects outside the Madison area. If you are interested in sponsoring a workshop or have an idea for a workshop, please contact the program's faculty chair.
WRM workshops have been conducted, first as seminars and later as workshops, since the mid-1960s. Their titles and accompanying descriptions demonstrate the wide variety of workshop topics and locales since 1970. Some WRM workshops also have their own websites and are linked in the PDF below. Copies of workshop reports are available in the Nelson Institute Student Commons in 15 Science Hall.
Summer Workshop Reports
- 2016 - Making Stricker’s Pond a Better Resource for Middleton and Madison Residents
- 2015 - Habitat Improvement in Agricultural Drainage Ditches in Wisconsin’s Central Sands Region
- 2013 - Assessment of Transient Sediment in the Six-Mile Creek Watershed
- 2012 - The Miljala Channel of Rock Lake: Sediment Control and Water Quality Improvement
- 2011 - Nine Springs Recharge Project: Exploration and Evaluation of Water Reuse in Fitchburg, Wisconsin
- 2010 - The Restoration and Recreational Enhancement of Lake Marion and the Black Earth Creek Corridor
- 2009 - Door Creek Watershed Assessment: A Sub-Watershed Approach to Nutrient Management for the Yahara Lakes
- 2008 - Rethinking nonpoint source pollution management in an agricultural watershed: An application of Wisconsin Buffer Initiative concepts in southwest Wisconsin
- 2008 - Bayou Bienvenue Wetland Triangle, Issues affecting the restoration of a former cypress-tupelo swamp, Lower Ninth Ward, New Orleans
- 2007 New Orleans Report - Wetland Restoration and Community-Based Development - Bayou Bienvenue, Lower Ninth Ward, New Orleans
- 2007 Arboretum Report - Restoration of the Arboretum's Eastern Wetlands
- 2006 - Enhancing an Urban Resource: Watershed Assessment and Management Plan for Monona Bay, Madison, Wisconsin
- 2005 - Starkweather Creek Watershed: Current Conditions and Improvement Strategies in an Urban Context You can also view, print, or download the companion Starkweather Creek Watershed Map.
- 2004 - A Watershed Approach to Wetland Services: Prioritizing Wetland Restoration in the Upper Rock River Basin
- 2003 - UW-Madison Stormwater Runoff Management Project