They also will share updates about ongoing and future watershed-related research activities at UW-Stout such as the LAKES Research Experience for Undergraduates program and monitoring supported by the Freshwater Collaborative of Wisconsin; establishment of the Center for Rural Opportunities and Prosperity — CROPS — and Red Cedar Learning Hub; new data about the health of the watershed; ongoing efforts at protecting and improving the watershed; and new initiatives that aim to support the local economy and farmers.
UW-Stout has an environmental science program, a biology concentration within the applied science program and the Center for Limnological Research and Rehabilitation.
The City of Menomonie and Dunn County are the conference’s major sponsors.
"The County Board decided to become a major sponsor of this important conference because improving the water quality in the Red Cedar Watershed is one of our highest priorities,” said Kris Korpela, county manager. “So much of what makes Dunn County special revolves around our rivers, lakes and streams, and this conference is an excellent way to explore what new initiatives we might take to make our waterways as pristine as possible."
Chase Cummings, a Dunn County conservationist, has helped plan the event.
"Much of my time is spent on water quality issues, and this conference is a great opportunity to discuss best practices with experts from around the state and country. I feel privileged to be on the conference's planning committee and look forward to the incredible presentations and discussions that will be offered at the 2023 conference,” Cummings said.
Other sponsors include the Jennie-O Turkey Store, WESTconsin Credit Union, Wisconsin Farmers Union, Rain to Rivers, Xcel Energy, Andersen Corp., Freshwater Collaborative of Wisconsin and Red Cedar Lakes Association.