We are incredibly thankful to the Wisconsin Lakes Partnership for including us in organizing Wisconsin Water Week! Our Lake Superior regional conference would not have happened without their efforts in organizing a state-wide water week which was officially recognized by Governor Evers last week. Read the press release below.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 03/17/2021
Local watershed partners Celebrate Success of first annual Wisconsin Water Week
Ashland, WI: On Thursday, March 11th, the Superior Rivers Watershed Association and the Lake Superior Collaborative hosted the first ever Lake Superior regional conference for the inaugural Wisconsin Water Week.
After the success of the 2020 Wisconsin Lakes and Rivers Convention, which had to switch to a virtual format at the last minute due to COVID-19 concerns, organizers saw an opportunity to expand the event into a full week of programming. The Wisconsin Lakes Partnership coordinated a vast online virtual effort among water groups and partnerships across the state. The result became Wisconsin Water Week, a statewide week dedicated to celebrate, discuss, and educate about our shared Wisconsin waters.
Governor Tony Evers proclaimed March 8-12 “Wisconsin Water Week” on March 8, 2021. Thursday was reserved for 10 simultaneous regional conferences across the state. For these regional conferences, the Wisconsin Lakes Partnership enlisted the help of local groups. For our Lake Superior region, they enlisted Alex Faber, Executive Director of the Superior Rivers Watershed Association and Erin Burkett, Lake Superior Outreach Specialist with the University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension and coordinator of the Lake Superior Collaborative.
The Lake Superior regional conference consisted of over 25 speakers, featuring Keynote Speaker Dr. Nancy Langston from Michigan Tech, speaking on Sustaining Lake Superior: Hope for the Future in a Warming World. 110 participants joined us for our regional conference, raising nearly $1,000 for the Superior Rivers Watershed Association.
- 10 simultaneous regional conferences on Thursday
- Across all 10 conferences, 901 registrations raised over $9,000 to support regional water efforts in Wisconsin
- The Lake Superior region had 110 participants, raising nearly $1,000 for the Superior Rivers Watershed Association
Recordings of the presentations will be publicly available in early April. Visit www.superiorrivers.org for release information.
About the Superior Rivers Watershed Association: The Superior Rivers Watershed Association is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in Ashland Wisconsin. Founded in 2002 as the Bad River Watershed Association, Superior Rivers engages watershed citizens as stewards of their clean water resources.
About the Lake Superior Collaborative: The Lake Superior Collaborative formed in 2018 to coordinate protection and restoration efforts in Wisconsin’s portion of the Lake Superior Basin. The collaborative is composed of governmental agencies, academic institutions, and non-governmental organizations working in or near the Lake Superior Basin of Wisconsin.