New group aims to develop ‘water thinkers’

Kick-off event scheduled for March 15 in Stevens Point

Contact Jeremy Solin, jeremy.solin@wisc.edu, 715-340-0376

A community of people passionate about water education, outreach, and research in Wisconsin will be on hand for the launch of the new Wisconsin Water Thinkers Network  this month. Sixty water educators, stewards, faith leaders, researchers and business representatives from throughout the state will attend the event to be held on March 15 in Stevens Point.

The Wisconsin Water Thinkers Network is supported by the University of Wisconsin-Extension, the Wisconsin Environmental Education Foundation and ThinkWater, with financial support from the Wisconsin Environmental Education Board. ThinkWater (www.thinkwater.us), based at the University of Wisconsin-Extension, is funded by the US Department of Agriculture’s National Institute for Agriculture with the goal of applying systems thinking to complex water-related issues in the United States. ThinkWater is developing a model in Wisconsin to be used in the state and across the country.

The goal of the WWTN is to develop “water thinkers” statewide who understand and value water, can think deeply about the complex issues surrounding it, are interested in pursuing water careers, and are already good water stewards in both their personal and professional lives.

“The WWTN is marshaling those of us passionate about water education, outreach, and research to develop a shared vision, understanding, and culture in order to become a state of water thinkers,” according to Jeremy Solin, Wisconsin ThinkWater coordinator.

To learn more or to become involved with the Wisconsin Water Thinkers Network, visit http://eeinwisconsin.org/net/content/go.aspx?s=123715.0.0.2209. for future webinars, conversations, and events.

The Wisconsin Water Thinkers Network kickoff event is being planned by the following WWTN leadership team members: Amber Radatz (University of Wisconsin-Extension, Discovery Farm), Elizabeth Thelen (The Water Council), Huda Alkaff (Wisconsin Green Muslims), Jeremy Solin (University of Wisconsin-Extension, ThinkWater), Jesse Haney (Wisconsin Environmental Education Foundation), Joe Van Rossum (University of Wisconsin-Extension), Justin Hegarty (Reflo), Liz Sutton (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Freshwater Science), Mary Pardee (University of Wisconsin-Extension), and Nate Conroy (STEM Hero).

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