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The 2012 Volunteer Stream Monitoring Symposium Agenda

Friday, March 16 and Saturday March 17, 2012
Concordia Center for Environmental
12800 North Lake Shore Dr
Mequon, WI 53097

Printable agenda (109 KB pdf)

Friday, March 16

2:00 PM Registration opens and poster set-up
2:30 PM

Welcome - Kris Stepenuck

Keynote Address - Cathy Stepp, DNR Secretary

3:00 - 5:00 PM

Impediments to Fish Movement
Panel discussion of experts representing various viewpoints about types of, reasons for, concerns about and solutions to barriers to fish movement in streams. Panelists are as follows:

  • Moderator: Matt Diebel
  • Matt Aho, Fish Passage Director for Ozaukee County
  • Cheryl Nenn, Milwaukee Riverkeeper
  • Sue Beyler, Inland Fisheries Team Supervisor DNR
  • Dale Buser, Milwaukee River Watershed Fish Passage Program
5:00 -6:30 PM

Social Hour and Awards

Come network with others and celebrate great monitoring efforts with the presentation of this year's Stream Monitoring Awards at the Highland House.

6:30 PM Optional dinner at the Highland House.

Saturday, March 17

8:00 AM Registration, poster set-up, and coffee
8:30 AM

Welcome and Agenda review - Kris Stepenuck

8:45 - 9:45 AM

Session I
State of WAV, Results Summary 1997-2011 - Kris Stepenuck and Christina Anderson, UW-Extension and DNR

How Volunteer Data Are Used - Jean Unmuth, DNR Biologist

9:45 - 10:00 AM


10:00 – 11:30 AM

Session II
Urban Issues - What is the Issue and What Monitoring Is Happening

  • MS4s, Stormwater and Illicit discharges: Bryan Hartsook, DNR
  • Contaminated sediments, Marsha Burzynski, DNR (Sharon Gayan, DNR)
  • TMDLs: Nicki Clayton, DNR
  • Phosphorus: Aaron Larson, DNR
  • Road salt: Steve Corsi, USGS
  • Bacteria: Cheryl Nenn, Milwaukee Riverkeeper
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Lunch, posters and optional LEED Tour of the Environmental Center (12:30 -1:00 PM)

1:00 - 2:30 PM

Session III

I. Aquatic Invasive Species in Urban Ecosystems - Bob Wakeman, DNR Aquatic Invasive Species Program

II. Prairie Stream Monitoring and Community Partnerships in Racine - Scott and Maya Dizack, Volunteer Stream Monitors

III. Sturgeon - Learn about their habits, habitats, how citizens are assisting with their monitoring and releases, and how they are impacted by urbanization - Brad Eggold, DNR

2:30 -2:45 PM Break
2:45 - 4:15 PM

Session IV Concurrent Sessions

Session Room A

1. Macroinvertebrates - Learn about macroinvertebrates, which are most commonly found in urban areas, and how they are impacted by urbanization - Kris Stepenuck

2. Finding Data and Developing Maps with DNR Tools - Learn steps to create maps of your monitoring sites and locate data and reports in the DNR's website - Molli MacDonald, DNR

Session Room B - Volunteer Monitoring Case Studies

Hear from professionals and volunteer monitors about their monitoring efforts in urban areas. Monitoring activities, schedule, results, and implications of findings will be shared.

1. Road Salt - Steve Corsi, USGS; Erin and Jake Vennie-Vollrath, Volunteers

2. Phosphorus - Chris Clayton, River Alliance, and Aaron Larson, DNR; Jim Engstrom and Jim Gennrich, Volunteers

4:15 - 4:30 PM Evaluations, door prize drawings*, and adjourn

*Must be present to win.

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