Mar. 25, 2020 2020 Wisconsin Lakes and Rivers Convention

Now an Online Convention

The 2020 Wisconsin Lakes and Rivers Convention, originally planned for April 1-3 at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Stevens Point, will now be happening as a completely on-line convention. The three days of web-based programs should appeal to lake and river advocates, scientists, managers, educators, and the general public who have an interest in protecting Wisconsin’s waters.
Leaders from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, UW Madison Division of Extension, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Wisconsin Lakes, and many others are collaborating to move the conference to a live, online format. Using the Zoom platform, this event will be able to accommodate hundreds of participants from across Wisconsin and the upper Midwest. Attendees can join the meeting on a computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone. Moderators will be in each session to facilitate viewer questions in real time.
This Convention features over 40 concurrent sessions, 10 half-day workshops on April 1, and a plenary session on each day (April 2nd and 3rd). The online platform will allow people to participate from the safety of their own homes. This will also provide the opportunity for a wider audience, including students, educators, and the general public, to join us and learn from experts in the water industry.
The Thursday keynote, Doug Beard, will share his personal interpretation of the resiliency concept. He has worked on river and watershed issues around the globe and he oversees the United States Geological Survey’s National Climate Adaptation Science Center. USGS sponsors path-breaking collaborative science to help communities understand and prepare for climate impacts.
Friday we will hear from Lauren Salvato from the Upper Mississippi River Basin Association. The wetter than normal weather has been placing tremendous stress on the entire Mississippi, and Lauren will share insights into how states are working together to build the resilience needed to keep the river a robust economic and ecological resource.
To most accurately plan for the number of people planning to join the meeting, there is a registration process with a nominal fee. Each half-day workshop will cost $5 and the whole day of Thursday or Friday are $10 each.
For more information on topics covered, keynote speakers, and how to register, visit
Wednesday Workshop registration closes this coming Sunday at 4pm, and the number of seats in each Wednesday workshop is capped. Register sooner rather than later for in-depth session on these topics:
Wednesday Morning Workshops (9am CST-noon)
Everything You Wanted to Know about Conservation Farming (but were afraid to ask)
Lake District Commissioners Introduction
Lake & River Advocacy
Volunteer Management for Water Organizations
Wisconsin Mussel Monitoring Program Training
Wednesday PM Workshops (1pm CST – 4)
Advanced Lake District Commissioner Training
Countywide, Regional Lake & River Groups
Introduction to Cyanobacteria
Lake District Treasurer Training
Loon Ranger Training