Red Cedar Watershed Conference Sessions & Presenters

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Red Cedar Watershed Conference 2019 Keynote David R. Montgomery

LAND Keynote: Growing A Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life

David R. Montgomery, Professor of Geomorphology, Department of Earth & Space Sciences
University of Washington, Seattle, Washington

LAND Keynote Description
Growing A Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life

Soil may be the least sexy resource upon which civilization depends, yet soil erosion and degradation have plagued societies in the past and pose challenges for feeding the future.  Growing a Revolution relates visits to farmers around the world at the heart of a brewing soil health revolution that cuts through standard debates about conventional and organic farming.  On farms in both the industrialized and developing improving soil health through the adoption of three transformational farming practices—ditching the plow or minimizing soil disturbance, planting cover crops, and growing diverse crop rotations—offered a profitable way to rebuild the fertility of the soil and thereby reduce dependence on fossil fuels and agrochemicals.  Combining ancient wisdom with modern science, these regenerative practices can be good for farmers and the environment, translating into farms that use less water, generate less pollution, lower carbon emissions—and stash carbon underground.

David R. Montgomery Biography

David R. Montgomery is a MacArthur Fellow and professor of geomorphology at the University of Washington. He is an internationally recognized geologist who studies landscape evolution and the effects of geological processes on ecological systems and human societies. An author of award-winning popular-science books, he has been featured in documentary films, network and cable news, and on a wide variety of TV and radio programs, including NOVA, PBS NewsHour, Fox and Friends, and All Things Considered.

Red Cedar Watershed Conference 2019 Keynote Whitney Prestby

WATER Keynote: Fox Demo Farms: Building a Success Story in Northeast Wisconsin

Whitney Prestby, Natural Resource Educator, UW-Extension
Barry Bubolz, Area GLRI Coordinator, Natural Resources Conservation Service
Dan Brick, Owner and operator, Brickstead Dairy
Dan Diederich, Owner and operator, Diederich Farm LLC.

WATER Keynote Description
Fox Demo Farms: Building a Success Story in Northeast Wisconsin

The Fox Demo Farms project is a collaborative effort designed to identify and implement conservation practices that reduce phosphorus and sediment loading into the Fox River and bay of Green Bay. It is a unique partnership that brings producers, local, state, and federal agencies together to help reach the Total Maximum Daily Loading (TMDL) targets. With soil health at the forefront of our message, the Fox Demo Farms project has been working towards solutions that benefit local waterways, as well as the farmer’s bottom-line. The producers have been eager to try new practices, such as “planting into green,” using a ZRX roller/crimper to plant into a thick stand of living cover crop or using interseeding technologies to establish cover crops during the corn’s growing season. We have designed and implemented a comprehensive outreach plan to communicate the positive changes happening throughout the watershed. This multi-pronged approach utilizes a wide range of social science strategies to engage with farmers, both middle and late adopters, as well as the non-agricultural community. We are striving to create opportunities for people to learn from each other, so that we can develop lasting solutions that benefit our shared water resources.

Water Presenter Biographies

Whitney Prestby:
Whitney Prestby is a Natural Resource Educator in the Lower Fox River Watershed. She works closely with the Fox Demo Farms Network, which is a Great Lakes Restoration Initiative project designed to demonstrate leading edge conservation practices to improve Great Lakes’ water quality. Whitney received her Master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, where she researched behavior change strategies employed by non-governmental organizations that focused on climate change issues at the local level.

Barry Bubolz:
Biography Forthcoming

Dan Brick:
Dan Brick is a fifth-generation owner and producer of Brickstead Dairy in Greenleaf, WI. The family farm was established in 1848 and has been in the family ever since. In 1996, Dan became a partner with his father, Gene. In the years since, the dairy farm has expanded from 20 cows when Gene inherited the land, to the current population of 900 cows. While the operational size of Brickstead Dairy has changed over the years, conservation remains to be at the heart of this family business and the pulse that keeps the farm running.

Dan Diederich:
Biography Forthcoming

Red Cedar Watershed Conference 2019 Keynote Speaker Paul Robbins

PEOPLE Keynote: Managing Water Now: Individual Behaviors, Structural Barriers, and the Inevitability Of Change

Paul Robbins, Director, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies
University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin

PEOPLE Keynote Description
Managing Water Now: Individual Behaviors, Structural Barriers, and the Inevitability Of Change

Addressing complex problems like water quality in Wisconsin’s rivers and lakes, while attending to the realities of people’s lives and livelihoods, has always been a challenge. Now, however, the problem is all the more acute, since the number of stakeholders has proliferated, the realities of farm and urban economics have become harsher, and rainfall and temperatures in the region have hit new, and unprecedented levels. Can we depend on individual action and responsibility to bring about widespread change? What structural barriers are there that keep citizens and policy-makers from making different decisions? Is just providing more information enough? This session will present some case materials to address these questions. Using the case of consumer landscape chemical use, the presentation will explore the power of individuals to make a difference in improving water quality, while also explaining why individual action is sometimes not enough. The presentation will conclude with implications of these realities for managing water quality more generally, in diverse urban/rural communities.

Paul Robbins Biography

Paul Robbins is the director of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Robbins has years of experience as a researcher and educator, specializing in human interactions with nature and the politics of natural resource management. 

With writing focused on diverse interdisciplinary audiences and the broader public, he is author of the foundational textbook Political Ecology: A Critical Introduction. His award-winning book Lawn People: How Grasses, Weeds, and Chemicals Make Us Who We Are is widely recognized as one of the most accessible books on the environmental politics of daily life.

A UW-Madison alumnus with a bachelor's degree in anthropology, Paul Robbins also holds a master's degree and doctorate in geography, both from Clark University. He was raised in Denver, Colorado.

2019 Breakout Presentations

Morning Session Block
10:15 am – 11:15 am

Afternoon Session Block
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

LAND: Title Forthcoming
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Memorial Student Center, Great Hall, 10:15 am – 11:15 am

LAND: Title Forthcoming
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Memorial Student Center, Ballrooms, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

WATER: Title Forthcoming
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Memorial Student Center, Cedar/Maplewood, 10:15 am – 11:15 am

WATER: Title Forthcoming
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Memorial Student Center, Great Hall, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

PEOPLE: Title Forthcoming
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Memorial Student Center, Ballrooms, 10:15 am – 11:15 am

PEOPLE: Title Forthcoming
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Memorial Student Center, Cedar/Maplewood, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm