WI Salt Awareness Week
Save the Date: January 11-15, 2021
Tune in from 12:30-1pm daily as area experts dive into #thetruecostofsalt on our drinking water, pets, freshwater ecosystems, and more. All WI Salt Awareness Week talks will be livestreamed on YouTube.
MONDAY - Salty Streams and Formerly Freshwater Lakes: An Ecosystem Perspective
Speakers: Hilary Dugan and Bill Hintz
TUESDAY - Be Salt Wise and Pet Smart
Speaker: Brian Ray
WEDNESDAY - Salt your Dinner, not our Drinking Water
Speakers: Amy Barrilleaux and Kevin Masarik
THURSDAY - Put your House/Business on a Low-Salt Diet
Speakers: Juan Lopez and Matthew Maier
FRIDAY - Salt Reduction Champions
Video montage of success stories from across the state.
WI Salt Awareness Week Speaker Line Up:
Hilary Dugan, Assistant Professor, Center for Limnology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Hilary is a limnologist who studies how terrestrial and atmospheric changes, such as warming air temperatures or land use patterns, alter biogeochemical fluxes and aquatic processes in lakes. Her research sites span from Wisconsin to Antarctica.
Bill Hintz, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, University of Toledo
Bill is a scientist at the University of Toledo's Lake Erie Center studying the effects of freshwater salinization on ecological communities in lakes, streams, and wetlands. Originally from Minnesota, and a former Wisconsin resident, he hopes his research can inform proactive environmental policy to protect our freshwater resources.
Brian Ray, DVM, Owner/Veterinarian, Belle City Veterinary Hospital
Dr. Ray is a graduate of Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He has been a small animal practitioner for 26 years. He has owned Belle City Veterinary Hospital in Racine since 2001. He spends his free time with his wife and two children working on their 6-acre homestead.
Amy Barrilleaux, Public Information Officer, Madison Water Utility
Amy directs all external communication for Madison Water Utility, including media relations, marketing, web content and social media. Amy spearheaded the 'Got Water' program bringing hydration stations into public schools. She also launched its Home Water Conservation partnership with Project Home aimed at helping low-to-moderate income homeowners reduce water waste, increase efficiency and save money on their water bills. Both programs are the first of their kind in Wisconsin.
Kevin Masarik, Groundwater Specialist, University of Wisconsin-Extension
Kevin's research and outreach activities focus on groundwater and drinking water quality education for those populations served by rural residential well water systems. Using data collected from well water testing efforts, he is able to educate people about the relationship between land use, geology, and groundwater quality where people live.
Juan Lopez, Regional Manager, Hellenbrand Water Center
Juan is proud to work with Hellenbrand, a progressive, innovative company with superior customer service and applications support. He enjoys working with customers to determine their ideal system while educating them along the way!
Matt is passionate about strategically implementing innovative and progressive practices that protect our environment. In both his asphalt maintenance and winter maintenance businesses, he continuously and consistently explores ways to implement environmentally-friendly practices. This year, Matt testified at the State Assembly in support of Bill 797, a ban on High-PAH pavement sealants.
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