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Wisconsin Lakes & Rivers Convention ONLINE

April 1 - April 3

The WI Lakes & Rivers Convention is Now an ONLINE event

Resilience implies being able to maintain form and function despite disturbance. Your 2020 Convention is greatly impacted by the coronavirus and the associated public health protocols. We are not going to be able to meet in person. We are instead developing a method to follow the same agenda in an online format. Those who originally registered for the in-person convention will be “entered” as participants of the new online format. New registrants can REGISTER NOW for a nominal fee. All those who are registered for this online learning event will receive log-in information for their sessions by email the week of the event.

This year’s Convention logo combines the familiar “infinity” loop with the adaptive cycle common to many social and ecological systems. The spring transitioning to summer represents a period of growth and resource accumulation, transitioning to maturation and loss (fall), senescence (winter), and then back to rebirth (spring).

Each and every spring since the 1980s, water advocates, scientists, managers, and educators have gathered for our annual convention. It is another sort of rebirth, a testament to the resilience of individual people and our collective partnership that works so hard to care for lakes. In 2020, we are proud to be broadening our effort to include river stakeholders, and we continue to embrace a full watershed approach to caring for rivers, lakes, and streams. Leaders from Extension, the Department of Natural Resources, Wisconsin Lakes, and many local partners have put tremendous time and effort into creating this year’s program. We are excited to test out this online approach for 2020. We of course look forward to seeing you all in person as soon as possible!

We always seek to keep enough of the familiar threads to give our gathering an identity while weaving in new strands to keep things interesting. This year, we’ll be looking back at the Year of Clean Drinking Water and the work of the Speaker’s Water Quality Task Force. We will also be dedicating a stream of presentations to climate change impacts and how we can address them in Wisconsin.

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WI United States