Nebraska Water Center

NORFOLK — Building a clean water future in Northeast Nebraska is the theme for the Nebraska Water Center’s annual conference

It is scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 9-10, at the Divots Conference Center in Norfolk.

“Our center has a long tradition of working within our state on water quality issues. What’s different about this year’s conference is the specific focus on Northeast Nebraska and locally based solutions to their challenges,” said Chittaranjan Ray, director of the Nebraska Water Center, part of the Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute at the University of Nebraska.

The conference is based around three pillars — water quality and public health, innovative solutions to current problems and community engagement.

More than 40 speakers, including producers, policymakers, nonprofit professionals, university researchers, agency experts and high school students and teachers will share what they are doing to ensure a clean water future.

The Nebraska Water Center is one of 54 Water Resources Research Institutes nationwide established by congressional mandate in 1964.

Day one begins with a “State of the State’s Water Quality” overview featuring a slate of state, university and local water managers. A lunch keynote follows featuring USDA National Water Quality Initiative coordinator Dee Carlson.

That afternoon, the focus will move into the field with two sessions on innovative farming solutions.

Sessions on policy and stakeholder engagement close out the day portion. The evening will feature area high school students and teachers presenting their work on citizen science and water quality monitoring.

The second day kicks off with a discussion of the public health impacts of water quality. On its heels, several University of Nebraska-Lincoln researchers will present innovative treatment options for water contamination. The second to last session discusses how best to engage stakeholders.

Lastly, members of the university’s Water Resources Advisory Panel will reflect on key messages and actionable next steps.

Information and registration details are available at https://watercenter.unl.edu/2019-nebraska-water-conference. Otherwise, contact Tricia Liedle, pliedle@nebraska.edu or 402-472-3305.

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