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2022 Wisconsin Lakes and Rivers Convention
Part of Wisconsin Water Week

Protecting What We Love for the Future
April 6-8, 2022

In Person Event with Virtual options

You can also CLICK HERE to search past Convention Archives.

The full agenda (PDF)

Sponsors and Exhibitors (PDF)

If you would like to connect with sponsors, exhibitors, or presenters, you can access their contact information via the EventLeaf website until the end of 2022.

Highlight Videos (links to Extension Lakes YouTube channel)

If you’ve been to the statewide Lakes and Rivers Convention before, you know we often include a digital production as part of our welcome plenary session. This year (2022) was a little different, but we hope equally inspiring! As you know, the 2022 Convention theme was Protecting What We Love for the Future. And, in Wisconsin, we LOVE our water! Some of you have a specific stream, lake, or wetland that you’re fond of, and we challenged you to send in a short video telling us why. As you can imagine, we received many different answers and several different types of videos. Sit back and enjoy this compilation of entertaining and inspiring clips.


Lake Stewardship and Volunteer Stream Monitoring Awards

Lake Stewardship and Volunteer Stream Monitoring Awards Ceremony (coming soon)

Awards Ceremony Program (PDF)

Individual videos for award winners:

  • Paul and Kathy Byrne, Crawford Stewardship Project (Volunteer Stream Monitoring Award: Adult category) - coming soon
  • Connie Hagen, Door Creek (Volunteer Stream Monitoring Award: Adult category) - coming soon
  • Candy Ramsey, Spider Chain of Lakes (Lake Stewardship Award: Excellence in Public Engagement category)
  • Bill Boettge, Beaver Dam Lake (Lake Stewardship Award: Excellence in Building Partnerships category)
  • Black Oak Lake Preservation Foundation (Lake Stewardship Award: Programmatic Excellence for Lake Healthy)

Recorded sessions from Hot Topics stream (also virtual) - coming soon:

Two presentations about Groudwater Management (link to Zoom recording)

  • The Central Sands Lakes Study: Findings and Recommendations to Guide Groundwater Management (Jeff Helmuth, Hydrogeologist, Wisconsin DNR)
  • Evolution of Groundwater Quantity Management in Wisconsin (Adam Freihoefer, Water Use Section Chief, Wisconsin DNR)


Four presentations about Climate Change and Resilience

  • Findings from the 2021 Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts Report (Katie Hein, Lake Monitoring Lead, Wisconsin DNR)
  • Building Resilience In Southeastern Wisconsin (Nadia Vogt, Senior Project Manager, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District)
  • Monroe County Climate Change Task Force - A Proactive Approach (Bob Micheel, Director, Monroe County Land Conservation Department)
  • Adapting to Climate Change through Natural Flood Management (Kyle Magyera, Local Government Outreach Specialist, Wisconsin Wetlands Association)


A Tribal Perspective on Environmental Justice (Burton Warrington, President, Indian Ave Group, LLC)



Recorded sessions from Hot Topics stream (also virtual) - coming soon:

  • What Do We Know About Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in Wisconsin’s Surface Waters and Fish? (Meghan Williams, Environmental Toxicologist, Wisconsin DNR and Patrick Gorski, Emerging Contaminants Research Scientist, Wisconsin DNR)
  • A Water Policy in Wisconsin Update: Breaking the Rulemakings? (Michael Engleson, Executive Director, Wisconsin Lakes)
  • Integrated Aquatic Plant Management (Madi Johansen, Statewide Aquatic Plant Management (APM) Coordinator, Wisconsin DNR)
  • How Climate Change is Impacting Mississippi River Health: Can We Adapt Quickly Enough to Produce Meaningful Change? (Shawn Giblin, Mississippi River Water Quality Specialist, Wisconsin DNR)
  • At Risk: Climate, Flooding & Public Health (Maggie Thelen, Climate and Health Program Coordinator, Wisconsin Department of Health Services)
  • Climate Resilience and Tribal Adaptation: How the Mashkiiziibii are Protecting the Seventh Generation through Nibi (Jacob Slattery, Bakaan-Ingoji Gaa Ondaadag (Non-Local Beings) Program Manager, MNRD)
  • Manoomin (Wild Rice) Habitat and Phenology (Susan Knight, Associate Scientist, and Gretchen Gerrish, Director, UW-Madison Center for Limnology Trout Lake Station

2022 Wisconsin Lakes and Rivers Photography Contest

Photo Contest Winners and information for next year's contest


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