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Celebrate Wisconsin Water Week April 4-10

Attend The 2022 Wisconsin Lakes And Rivers Convention
April 6-8, In-Person Or Virtually

MADISON, Wis. – The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) invites the public to participate in Wisconsin Water Week by attending the 2022 Wisconsin Lakes and Rivers Convention April 6-8.

Gov. Tony Evers declared April 4-10, 2022 Wisconsin Water Week to showcase the value of clean water for all Wisconsin residents and to acknowledge the state’s efforts to protect our recreational waters, invest in conservation and ensure clean, usable water for all Wisconsinites.

The theme of the 2022 Wisconsin Lakes and Rivers Convention is “Protecting What We Love for the Future.” This year’s event will be held in-person in Stevens Point, with the option to attend virtually.

The convention brings together DNR staff members and water resources partners from around the Midwest to speak on a range of water science and conservation issues. This year’s speakers include DNR Deputy Secretary Sarah Barry who will kick-off the convention; Charlie Wooley, regional director of U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Midwest; and Chad Pregracke, founder and president of Living Lands & Waters, an environmental organization dedicated to water conservation.

Hands-on workshops and presentations will be centered around the theme of protecting our water resources. View the entire schedule online.

Virtual attendance via Zoom is available on Thursday and Friday. Virtual attendees will have access to eight sessions, lightning talks and both keynote speakers.

Register online at wisconsinwaterweek.org. Face coverings will be required at this indoor event while Portage County is at the high or substantial community transmission level for coronavirus. Additional details are available on the event page

The Wisconsin Lakes and Rivers Convention is hosted by the Wisconsin Lakes Partnership, which joins science, education and citizens to empower people to work together to care for our lakes. Since its genesis in the early 1970s, the Wisconsin Lakes Partnership has been recognized as a national model of collaboration.

The Partnership has three core partners: the Department of Natural Resources, which supplies scientific research, technical expertise and regulatory authority; the Extension Lakes Program at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, which provides supporting educational materials and programs; and the statewide non-profit Wisconsin Lakes, which mobilizes citizens to be advocates for lakes.

More information and tickets for the Wisconsin Lakes and Rivers Convention are available here.

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