2008 Speakers

Photo: Timothy Baye

Timothy Baye is a Professor of Business Development with the University of Wisconsin-Extension (UWEX). Baye has developed, taught and managed business education programs serving owners and executives of small-to-medium sized enterprises throughout Wisconsin, and beyond. He has been a leader in the development of specialized educational programs for Wisconsin's agri-business and manufacturing sectors and has served as a principle consultant for both the UW-Madison Agribusiness Center and the Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership.

In support of Wisconsin's economic development efforts, Baye has counseled over 1,200 small business clients since 1987. He has been awarded the Max Hensel Excellence in Counseling Award by the UW-Small Business Development Center System. Baye has taught over 400 seminars to business audiences throughout Wisconsin and the Midwest. Baye's expertise includes: business formation and modeling; marketing strategy and strategic planning; project analysis and development; capital budgeting; financial analysis; and, business planning.

From 2005 through 2006, Baye served as CEO of Lafayette BioAg, LLC (LBA). LBA is a technology and project development firm headquartered in Platteville, Wisconsin. LBA is the developer of Symbiosys™, an integrated agricultural-energy campus which efficiently combines ethanol, livestock, digesters, electrical, fertilizer, thermal and floriculture production into a near closed-loop system. LBA's initial project is slated for a location southwest of Madison, WI. LBA has strategic partners across the U.S. & Europe. Although no longer a part of the management staff, Baye remains a director of LBA.

Baye is also holds a senior position with ReCon Associates, a management consulting and professional development firm. As an executive of ReCon Associates, he provides his clients in-depth project analysis and professional development services. His clients include numerous agri-business and manufacturing companies, the Open Society Institute, the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Agency for International Development, World Bank, and Wisconsin's Department's of Agriculture, Energy and Development.

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Photo: Stephen Carpenter

Stephen Carpenter is the Stephen Alfred Forbes Professor of Zoology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Limnology. He directs the North Temperate Lakes Long-Term Ecological Research site as well as a diverse program of whole-ecosystem experiments. He is co-Editor in Chief of Ecosystems, and a member of governing boards for the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, and Resilience Alliance. Carpenter is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. He has received many awards for distinguished research. Among these are a Pew Fellowship in Conservation and Environment, the G. Evelyn Hutchinson Medal of the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, the Robert H. MacArthur Award from the Ecological Society of America, the Excellence in Ecology Prize for Limnetic Ecology, the Naumann-Thienemann medal of the International Society for Limnology, many honors from the UW-Madison campus, and election to the Ralf Yorque Society. The Institute for Scientific Information has recognized him as one of the world's most highly cited researchers in Environmental Science. Carpenter is a former President of the Ecological Society of America.

Carpenter is an ecosystem ecologist known for his leadership of large-scale experiments and adaptive ecosystem management. His work has addressed trophic cascades and their effects on production and nutrient cycling, contaminant cycles, freshwater fisheries, eutrophication, nonpoint pollution, ecological economics of freshwater, and resilience of social-ecological systems. Carpenter has published 4 books and about 300 scientific papers, book chapters, reviewed reports and commentaries. He received a B.A. from Amherst College (1974), M.S. from University of Wisconsin-Madison (1976), and Ph.D. from U.W. Madison (1979). He joined the UW-Madison faculty in 1989.

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Photo: Mayor Dave Cieslewicz

Dave Cieslewicz was first elected Mayor of Madison in April, 2003, and re-elected to a second term in April, 2007. As Mayor, Cieslewicz has focused primarily on public safety and provision of quality basic services for Wisconsin's fastest-growing city.

Promoting Madison's environmental activism, Cieslewicz was one of the first mayors in America to sign on to the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement to reduce Madison's greenhouse gas emissions. He has developed the "Building a Green Capital City" plan for sustainability, purchased the city's first hybrid diesel-electric buses, and created a new position in city government focused solely on sustainability issues. Under the Mayor's leadership, Madison was one of the first cities in the nation to adopt "The Natural Step" program to enhance the sustainability of City operations and facilities.

Before becoming Mayor, Cieslewicz was the co-founder and first executive director of 1000 Friends of Wisconsin, a non-profit research and advocacy organization focusing on land use and transportation. Before that he was Director of Government Relations for The Nature Conservancy, which followed his service as chief of staff in a state senate office and work for the Assembly Natural Resources Committee.

Born in 1959 and raised in West Allis, Wisconsin, Cieslewicz is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin in Madison. About once a month you can find him playing Sheepshead with friends at the Memorial Union. He lives in the Regent Neighborhood on Madison's west side with his wife Dianne and their dog Calvin.

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Betsey Day is a consulting environmental scientist living in Middleton. She has been active with the Friends of Pheasant Branch since 1997 as a volunteer, Steering Committee member, coordinator of the North Fork Pheasant Branch Watershed Task Force, and as a member of the recently formed Watershed Committee. She enjoys working with diverse interests toward creative, collaborative, and sustainable solutions to environmental challenges. She learned the value of the "work with" model for solution-based environmental advocacy and problem-solving as a Friends of Casco Bay (Maine) board member supporting the work of the Casco Bay Baykeeper. Betsey earned her M.S. in Water Resource Management at UW-Madison and is currently a Principal Environmental Scientist with Natural Resources Consulting, Inc. of Cottage Grove, WI.

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Jerry Derr has been president of the Dane County Towns Association since 1992 and chairman of the Town of Bristol for 23 years. He is a life-long resident of Dane County who has logged 30 years of public service. Derr has been a founding member of the Token Creek Watershed Association Board, director of the Wisconsin Towns Association, director of the Wisconsin County Mutual Insurance/Community Insurance Corporation, president of the Burke-Bristol-Sun Prairie Fire Board, commissioner of the Northeast Community Court, and a life member of the Dane County Conservation League.

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Photo: Lloyd Eagan

Lloyd Eagan is currently the Regional Director of the South Central Region of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR). She oversees all WDNR programs within an eleven county area of Wisconsin including natural resources and environmental protection activities. She has served as Regional Director in South Central Region since December of 2005.

Prior to her current position, Ms. Eagan was the Bureau Director for WDNR's Air Management Program. Before that Ms. Eagan held a variety of positions including unit leader, section chief, Dane County Lakes and Watershed Coordinator, Water Quality Planner for Southern District, Water Quality Planner for the Municipality of Metropolitan Seattle, Environmental Coordinator for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and a variety of other part-time water resource protection jobs.

Ms. Eagan received a Bachelor's degree from Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts in 1975 where she majored in environmental biology. She received a Master of Science degree in Water Resources Management from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1977.

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Photo: Kathleen Falk

Kathleen Falk was elected in 1997 as the Dane County Executive and has served as the chief elected official for Dane County, whose county seat is Madison. With a population of over 475,000, Dane is Wisconsin's second largest county. Known for her leadership and ability in bringing people together over important and often contentious issues, County Executive Falk has focused on initiatives to reduce sprawl and improve water quality; to serve the needs of kids, families and the elderly so they can succeed; and to be "smart on crime" by using effective drug treatment strategies with repeat, non-violent offenders. She says she loves balancing budgets and crafting innovative ways to make government more efficient for taxpayers. She has consistently earned Dane County the top AAA bond rating for management of the county's $460 million annual budget.

Falk is the first women County Executive in Dane County and the longest serving. Ms. Falk, an attorney, was a candidate for Governor in the Democratic primary in 2002, the first major party woman candidate for Governor in Wisconsin history. Prior to serving as County Executive, Falk served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Wisconsin Department of Justice for 14 years as the state's Public Intervenor in the Attorney General's office. Prior to that Falk served as co-director and counsel to Wisconsin's Environmental Decade where she won nationally significant cases. Ms. Falk is married to Peter Bock and is the proud mother of a 27-year old son, Eric.

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Carol Fialkowski is an environmental educator whose work focuses on applying environmental and pedagogical research to the development of models for environmental programs designed to benefit urban and underserved audiences. Carol's models include thoroughly crafted evaluation components that become frameworks for continuous improvement and measure both long term growth and attitudinal change. Projects involve multiple partnerships from university personnel and research scientists to community based organizations and schools.

After 25 years in the EE field and over 40 years in education, Carol recently retired from The Field Museum in Chicago where she was the Director of Conservation Education and played a key role in the formation and implementation of the education vision for Chicago Wilderness. She has most recently been honored for her Outstanding Service by the State of Illinois, received the North American Association of EE's highest honor, the Jeske Award, and was recognized by Chicago Wilderness with the Excellence in Conservation Award, 2004. Carol holds a B.A. from St. Xavier University and MEd. from National Louis University.

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Photo: Ken Genskow

Ken Genskow is an assistant professor in Urban & Regional Planning who addresses issues of environmental planning and policy, watershed planning, and collaborative and participatory approaches to resource management. His research and applied work have explored the evaluation and assessment of collaborative watershed management, watershed governance, and the effectiveness of educational and technical assistance programs on land management. Genskow is interested in planning processes that provide for meaningful participation by stakeholders in resource management initiatives as well as planning approaches that explicitly incorporate a social component into environmental planning and management.

Ken holds a joint appointment with UW-Extension, where he serves as a specialist on water resources and directs Extension's statewide Basin Initiative. This natural resources outreach and extension program involves fifteen Basin Educators working throughout the state in territories defined by Wisconsin's major river basins. Basin Educators work with local agency and organizational partners to develop and deliver educational programs on priority state and local resource management issues. The Basin Initiative is supported through ongoing partnerships with Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. Ken is also affiliated with the UW–Madison/UW–Extension Environmental Resources Center.

Professor Genskow has a BS in General Engineering and a Masters in Urban Planning from the University of Illinois. He earned his Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning from University of Wisconsin–Madison.

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Duane Hanusa is a methane digester entrepreneur. He is currently employed by Alliant Energy and has spearheaded and managed Alliant's digester renewable energy projects with Deer Ridge Dairy, Double S Dairy and Top Deck Dairy, among many others. Throughout his involvement with methane digesters, Duane has studied systems throughout Europe and brought back many great ideas. He is presently working with several farmers in Dane County to implement digesters and manure management plans. Duane lives in Baraboo, Wisconsin.

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Neil Heinen is the Editorial Director for WISC TV and the Madison Magazine. He's been with Television Wisconsin, Inc., since 1987 and has been editorial director since 1992. He added duties as senior political writer for sister company Madison Magazine in 2000, and was named the magazine's fourth editor in 2004 and then editorial director in 2005. Heinen is currently vice-president of the National Conference of Editorial Writers and is a fellow in the Center for Democracy in Action.

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Sue Jones directs the Office of Lakes and Watersheds in Dane County's Department of Land and Water Resources. Among her responsibilities is staffing the Dane County Lakes and Watershed Commission, a coordinating and advisory agency whose charge is to protect and improve water quality, as well as the scenic, economic, recreational, and environmental value of Dane County's water resources.

Before joining Dane County staff in 1998, Jones worked for 16 years on surface and ground water protection with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, University of Wisconsin-Extension, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Chicago regional office. She holds an MRP in environmental planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a BS in natural resources management from the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point.

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Photo: Julie Kinzelman

Julie Kinzelman is a research scientist and the Health Department Laboratory Director for the City of Racine, WI. She earned her Ph.D. in public health microbiology from the University of Surrey (UK). Dr. Kinzelman is currently on the Board of Directors for the Great Lakes Beach Association, the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration Beach Initiative Work Group, and holds academic appointments at various universities (University of Surrey, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and the University of Wisconsin-Parkside). A 19 year employee of the City of Racine, her research focuses on applied science solutions to improve surface water quality. Current research projects include trialing standardized sanitary surveys to identify pollution sources at Great Lakes beaches, evaluating real-time PCR, conducting chemical and biological assessments on urban river segments, and assessing the impacts of algal blooms on recreational water quality.

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Photo: Gregory Kleinheinz

Gregory Kleinheinz is the Director of Industrial and Environmental Microbiology Laboratory (EML) and the Oshkosh B'Gosh Associate Professor of Microbiology at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. His research interests include, industrial treatment technologies, water and wastewater issues, construction issues and indoor air quality, environmental public health, microbial indicators of water quality, and microbial pathogens in recreational/drinking waters.

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Ellen Kort was named Wisconsin's first Poet Laureate in 2000. For decades she has been committed to poetry in Wisconsin, teaching, writing, giving public readings and instructing in workshops and retreats. She is the author of eleven books, and eight books of poetry, and has been featured in a wide variety of journals and anthologies.

Ellen has received the Pablo Neruda Literary Prize for Poetry, the Mel Ellis/Dion Henderson Outdoor Writing Award, the 1998 Wisconsin Sesquicentennial Poetry Award, the 2001 Dr. Hanns Kretzschmar "Excellence in the Arts" award, the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets 2003 Muse Poetry Prize, the 2003 Council for Wisconsin Writers' Christopher Latham Sholes Award for Outstanding Encouragement of Wisconsin Writers, a 2004 Fellow of Letters by the Wisconsin Academy of Science, Arts, and Letters, and many other awards.

She teaches poetry at the Renaissance Fine Arts Charter School in Appleton, has taught at UW-Green Bay, the Oklahoma Art Institute, the UW's Rhinelander School of the Arts, Green Lake Summer Writing Program, The Clearing, UW-Stevens Point's "Arts World," and the UW-Oshkosh Writing Project for Teachers. She is a resident of Appleton.

Larry Krom is the bioenergy and large wind project manager for Wisconsin's Focus on Energy Renewable Energy Program. Duties of this position include review of grant applications for all renewable energy technologies and design of grant incentives. He is the program's technical lead for biogas technologies in the industrial and agricultural sectors and assists in coordinating program efforts with other state agencies including the Office of Energy Independence, Department of Commerce and Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. Since 1991, Krom has authored numerous renewable energy studies for clients, including the United States Department of Energy, Wisconsin Department of Administration, Energy Center of Wisconsin and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. He has also participated in many research and development projects, including being a research contributor for renewable energy markets in the last potential study conducted by the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin. He has also contributed renewable energy potential analysis for the "Report on Electric Reliability in Dane County" as part of a collaborative with the American Transmission Company.

Krom is a grant reviewer for the Wisconsin Energy Independence Fund which is managed by the Wisconsin Department of Commerce and is a consultant for the Wisconsin Energy Independent Community Partnership managed by the Wisconsin Office of Energy Independence. He is a founder of the Wisconsin Distributed Resources Collaborative and was a committee member and technical issues lead for the Wisconsin Public Service Commission's Distributed Generation Interconnection Advisory Board, 2002-04.

He is the current lead of the "Utility Feed-In Tariff Committee" working on statewide interconnection standards and tariffs for customer-owned renewable natural gas. He has been a board member of RENEW Wisconsin since 1993 and served numerous terms as president.

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Photo: Richard Lathrop

Richard Lathrop is a lake researcher for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and is the Madison lakes field site manager for the North-Temperate Lakes Long-Term Ecological Research project conducted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Limnology. He also holds honorary UW appointments with the Center for Limnology and the Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies.

Dr. Lathrop's research interests include lake eutrophication, phosphorus dynamics, and watershed and in-lake practices to manage, restore and protect lakes. He has had a lead role with a wide variety of collaborative research projects and organizations:

  • EPA Nutrient Science STAR grant project on source and transport of bioavailable phosphorus in agricultural watersheds (Principle Investigator)
  • EPA Water and Watersheds STAR grant project on urbanization effects on groundwater and surface water systems (Co-Principle Investigator)
  • North Temperate Lakes, Long-Term Ecological Research project C0-Investigator, Madison lakes field site manager)
  • Devil's Lake Restoration Project (Project manager and lead scientist)
  • North American Lake Management Society's International Symposia (Program Chair for 2 annual meetings)
  • Madison Commission on the Environment (Chair for 3 years)

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Photo: Jim Lorman

Jim Lorman is a member of the Dane County Lakes and Watershed Commission and chairs its Visioning, Partnerships, and Planning committee. Jim also chairs the Coordinating Committee of the Yahara Lakes Legacy Partnership. He is a founding member and current President of Friends of Lake Wingra, a grassroots citizen organization whose mission is "to promote a healthy Lake Wingra through an active watershed community." Jim is Professor of Biology at Edgewood College, where he has taught natural science, biology, and interdisciplinary environmental studies for 27 years.

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Patrick Marchese has forty-five years of diverse experience in the planning, design, construction, and management of major public works organizations and facilities. His experience includes the top executive positions with managerial and leadership responsibilities for every aspect of operating large multi-disciplined organizations and large complex projects in the public and private sectors. Mr. Marchese served as the executive director of the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, the Director of Public Works and Development for Milwaukee County, and a commissioner of the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission. He is currently the general manager of Oneida Total Integrated Enterprise, a start-up environmental engineering company. Mr. Marchese currently chairs the Executive Steering Council of the Southeastern Wisconsin Watershed Trust.

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Peter McAvoy currently serves as Vice President of the Sixteenth Street Community Health Center's Department of Environmental Health that administers a number of projects targeted to reducing the health risks for children who are exposed to environmental hazards present in the City of Milwaukee's south side neighborhoods. Under his leadership the Center has been instrumental in developing public and private sector partnerships that are revitalizing Milwaukee's Menomonee River Valley and the Kinnickinnic River Corridor. The revitalization efforts are attracting investments, new jobs and creating a healthier environment for the families the Center serves.

Most recently under the sponsorship of the Brico Fund, Mr. McAvoy is working with partners from the private sector, government and the academic community in helping to pass and implement the Great Lakes Compact and to shape new water resource policies and programs for Wisconsin and the Great Lakes Region.

McAvoy earned his Juris Doctorate from Marquette University, a Masters of Science in Environmental Studies/Urban & Regional Planning from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Bachelor of Science in Resource Development from Michigan State University.

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Gregg Mitman is interim director of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he is the William Coleman Professor of History of Science and a professor of medical history, science and technology studies, and environmental studies.

Mitman spearheaded the recent establishment of the Nelson Institute's Center for Culture, History, and Environment and a corresponding graduate-level certificate program. He also organized "Tales from Planet Earth," a highly successful environmental film festival in downtown Madison last November.

His teaching and writing interests span the history of ecology, nature, and health in American culture, and are informed by a commitment and hope to help build a more equitable and just environment.

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Pat Murphy is a state resource conservationist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Madison. He oversees development and implementation of NRCS non-engineering practice standards, interpret program and conservation planning policy, oversees technical training of staff and carries out quality control activities. Murphy is a certified crop advisor and a certified conservation planner. He is a 1980 graduate of UW-Stevens Point with a major in soil science and a minor in water resources.

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Photo: Peter Nowak

Pete Nowak received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota's College of Agriculture in 1977. He served as both an assistant and associate professor at Iowa State University before joining the faculty at the University of Wisconsin in 1985. At UW-Madison he holds multiple appointments as a Soil and Water Conservation Specialist in the Environmental Resources Center and Research Professor and Chair of Outreach in the Nelson Institute. He also served as Chair of the Wisconsin Buffer Initiative for the last three years. Pete's career has focused on measuring and explaining the adoption and diffusion of agricultural technologies, especially those with natural resource management implications. More recently he has focused on examining the application of spatial analytical techniques and statistics to critical issues in resource management.

His work has been published in a variety of journals and books. He has served as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Soil and Water Conservation, Editorial Board of the Journal of Precision Agriculture and on the Foundation for Environmental Agricultural Education. In the recent past he has worked with the National Academy of Science's Board on Agriculture, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Office of Management and Budget, USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service and a National Blue Ribbon Panel examining the USDA Conservation Effectiveness Assessment Project. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Soil and Water Conservation Society.

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Pat O'Brien is a fourth generation dairy farmer who serves as the president of the Dane County Farm Bureau. Prior to assuming the role of president in 2007, he had served on board of directors for the 1,700-farm member organization since 2001. O'Brien milks 250 cows within the City of Fitchburg, where he was a member of the Fitchburg Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee. He is a member of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation's Volunteers For Agriculture political action committee and its leadership development program known as the Farm Bureau Institute. O'Brien has served as a farmer representative on a number of task force committees in Dane County, which have researched issues regarding the transferring and purchasing of development rights. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville with a degree in agricultural economics, O?Brien is an active member of the St. Andrews Catholic Church in Verona.

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Photo: Tom O'Brien

Tom O'Brien has been the Executive Director of the Watershed Agricultural Council since 2003, having moved from New England where he worked for 20 years in watershed and natural resource management. He is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with various post-graduate coursework and professional development experiences. He and his wife, Theresa, have managed small livestock (and four children) since 1985 and currently have a small beef, sheep, chicken and rabbit farmstead in Oneonta, NY. Tom is an avid proponent of management-intensive grazing and of the environmental and human health benefits of eating grass-finished meats. Although farming outside the NYC Watershed, Tom tries to transfer the knowledge and practices employed here to his small operation in the adjacent Susquehanna Watershed.

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Photo: Kenneth Potter

Kenneth Potter is a Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering and Environmental Studies at UW-Madison. His research interests include aquatic resources, such as streams, lakes, wetlands, and groundwater, and he feels that they are essential to our well being. Ken's research focuses on providing a technical basis for the sustainable use of aquatic resources and for the restoration of degraded aquatic resources. This research is strongly interdisciplinary, involving faculty and students from the earth, life, and social sciences, as well as from engineering. His research methods include the use of field measurements and hydrologic modeling.

Ken Potter has been very active in his work on behalf of the environment in Wisconsin. His dedication has gained him awards, appointment, and national recognition:

  • Vice Chairman of the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Sciences
  • Advisory Council Member of the Greater Everglades Restoration
  • Ragnar E. Onstad Service to Society award

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Photo: Kirsti Sorsa

Kirsti Sorsa works for the Department of Public Health of Madison and Dane County, in the Environmental Technical Services Division. She works in planning, evaluating and implementing programs for the environmental health laboratory and field services. As a project manager for studies of recreational waters in Madison and Dane County, she is responsible for implementation of beach monitoring, including ensuring that technical, financial, and scheduling objectives are successfully achieved.

In the past, Sorsa has consulting, researching, and teaching experience in industry and academia, where she focused on water quality issues, including assessment of fate and transport of contaminants and control of nuisance aquatic species. She has M.S. degrees in biology and limnology from the University of Helsinki, Finland, and a Ph.D. in environmental chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she focused on the chemistry and biology of aquatic systems.

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Jon Standridge is a microbiologist and water quality expert with 34 years of experience working for the State of Wisconsin. He managed various units of the University of Wisconsin's Laboratory of Hygiene from 1991-2004. His research expertise includes indicator organisms, emerging pathogen detection, airborne microbes, pathogen transport in watersheds, watershed management, endocrine disruptors, Cryptosporidium, E. coli O157 and Helicobacter pylori detection technology, and algal toxins. He has published over a dozen research articles. In 1996 the Wisconsin Section of the American Water Works Association named him "Researcher of the Year". He has a B.S. in Bacteriology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Mr. Standridge serves as Vice President of the Madison Board of Water Commissioners, Chair of the Madison Commission on the Environment and has served on numerous task forces and committees for the American Waterworks Association (AWWA), AWWA Research Foundation (AWWARF) and Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF). He is a founding partner of Clean Well Technologies who own a patent for hepa filtered water well caps.

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Pat Sutter has been a Soil && Water Conservationist for Dane County Land and Water Resources Department since 1984, serving the Conservation Division. He was promoted to the County Conservationist position in 2006. He manages both agricultural and urban staff that serves all of Dane County.

Pat managed the Black Earth Creek and Dunlap Creek Priority Watershed Projects from 1987 to 2004. Over the years, he has worked on various local, state and federal conservation initiatives to implement conservation practices. Most recently he has supervised the implementation of Lake Mendota Priority Watershed project (located north of Madison).

One of the main goals of all three watershed projects was managing nutrient runoff into the County's lakes and streams. A key to their success was developing a close working relationship with landowners, non-profits, municipalities and partner agencies. As a result of these efforts, tons of sediment and nutrients have been prevented from entering the County's water resources.

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Suzanne Wade is a distinguished lecturer with the University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension as the Rock River Basin Educator for Natural Resources. Suzanne specializes in storm water, groundwater and land use education for both professional audiences and the general public.

She has undergraduate degrees in Ecosystems Analysis and Biology and a Masters in Environmental Education. Suzanne has taught high school Biology, K-12 Environmental Education and spent 15 years at various nature centers before joining Extension 16 years ago.

She is a main author of the award winning Wisconsin Rain Garden Education Kit and has given many talks on the importance of rain gardens to Master Gardeners and garden clubs as well as at regional and national conferences. Suzanne has also developed or municipalities with a stormwater permit an Outreach and Education Plan Template, is involved with the Madison Area Municipal Storm Water Partnership Education Subcommittee, leads the Rock River Coalition Issue Teams and sits on the Rock River Coalition Board.

She has been named a River Champion by the Wisconsin River Alliance, and has received the Wisconsin Citizen Stream Monitoring Pioneer Award and the Wisconsin Association for Environmental Education Aldo Leopold Award.

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Rob Waschbusch manages the U.S. Geological Survey's stream gaging network in Wisconsin, which provides real-time streamflow conditions including drought and flood characteristics. He also works with the USGS Oceans Priority Research Plan-Great Lakes Project, which is looking at:

  • Improving models that forecast beach closures and expanding modeling scope and regional use.
  • Identifying physical and biological processes that influence the occurrence and abundance of indicator bacteria and selected pathogens associated with beach closures.
  • Identifying and evaluating selected new or rapid methods to improve monitoring of bacteria at beaches.
  • Improving communication of monitoring and scientific information for beach managers.

Waschbusch graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a B.S. in zoology and an M.S. in Water Resources Management, and began working for the USGS in 1988 working on Green Bay PCB studies. He then started working on urban runoff studies looking at sediment, nutrients and metals. These runoff studies led to studies of microbiology in runoff and at beaches.

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Jim Welsh has been Executive Director of the Natural Heritage Land Trust in Madison, Wisconsin since 2003. He leads the Land Trust's work to conserve farm land, wildlife habitat areas, and recreation areas in Dane County and vicinity. He has worked for The Nature Conservancy in Michigan, California, and Wisconsin as a land manager, conservation biologist, and project director. He is interested in helping communities reach their goals for protecting the healthy streams, natural places, recreation lands, and farm land that contribute to their quality of life. He has 15 years of experience in land conservation and land management with the Natural Heritage Land Trust and The Nature Conservancy. Jim has a master's degree in ecological restoration from the University of Wisconsin.