2019 Summit

Celebrate Water Door County is proud to present our 2019 Water Summit.  A year of celebration and education will culminate with a three day summit June 4-6, 2019.  The summit is sponsored by Healthy Water Door County, a fund of the Door County Community Foundation, and The Enroth Fund of The Greater Milwaukee Foundation. Additional promotional help has been generously donated by the Peninsula Pulse and the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters. A year of celebration has lead to this: a three-day summit at the Landmark Resort in Egg Harbor, featuring a keynote speaker, educational sessions, and field trips.

For $35 you are able to enjoy three meals, your choice of 6 out of 12 educational sessions, a luncheon with author Dan Egan (The Death and Life of the Great Lakes), and a breakfast with Community Foundation CEO & President, Bret Bicoy. The keynote presentation is held at the Door Community Auditorium and is free and open to the public. Field trips are optional and presented for $20, which includes transportation. Included in the summit activities is a Science Poster Project that gives high school or college students an opportunity to present a project among their peers and professionals.

You can reserve a room at The Landmark during the Summit by calling 1 (800) 273-7877. Request a room in the Celebrate Water block. Reservations are needed by April 20, 2019.

Click on the icon below to register. Details on speakers and field trips are listed below the Summit Schedule.

Registration closes May 26


Each educational session will fall under a category: State of the Waters, Policy/Advocacy/Ethics, Industry & Agriculture, or Contemporary Issues. Below, each speaker is listed with their individual topics, as well as what category their talk falls under.

Summit Presenters

Jill Heinerth

Jill Heinerth, Celebrate Water Door County, Water Summit, keynote speaker, cave diving

Keynote speaker + 2:15 – 2:55 pm: ‘Swimming Inside the Veins of Mother Earth’ – Contemporary Issues

Heinerth is a Canadian cave diver, underwater explorer, writer, photographer, and film-maker. She serves as the inaugural Explorer in Residence for the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. Other awards and accolades include induction into the Explorer’s Club and the inaugural class of the Women Diver’s Hall of Fame, the Wyland ICON Award, named a “Living Legend” by Sport Diver Magazine, was selected as “Sea Hero of the Year 2012” by the Scuba Diving Magazine, and was awarded the inaugural Sir Christopher Ondaatje Medal of Exploration.

In 1998 she was part of the team that made the first 3D map of an underwater cave. Heinerth was the first person to dive the ice caves of Antarctica, and has dived deeper into caves than any other woman in history. She is an advocate for clean water and understanding fragility of this resource. Her interests are varied and she has had her hands on projects of all kinds. One such project is “We Are Water,” which explores the fragile relationship between our planet’s endangered freshwater resources, and the ever increasing needs of our expanding population.

Dan Egan

Dan Egan, The Death and Life of the Great Lakes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Celebrate Water Door County, author, journalist, Water Summit

12 – 1:30 pm: Luncheon discussion

Egan is a reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel who has covered the Great Lakes since 2003, and a senior water policy fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s School of Freshwater Sciences. He was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize twice, and has won the Alfred I. duPont–Columbia University Award, John B. Oakes Award, AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Award. The idea for The Death and Life of the Great Lakes came about during a book-writing seminar at Columbia University’s journalism school. It is a New York Times Bestseller, Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award. It was also the April 2018 pick for the NewsHour-New York Times book club, Now Read This. Egan’s book also just recently won the 2018 Communication Award for the ‘Book’ category from The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

Egan’s book will be one of two choices for the Door County Reads (2019) and the UW-Madison choice for their Go Big Read (2018). In addition, it is required reading for the incoming freshman and the law school students as well (2018).

Joel Brammeier

Joel Brammier, Alliance for the Great Lakes, CEO, President, Celebrate Water Door County, Water Summit

8:30 – 9:10 am: ‘Clean Water for All People and Wildlife’ – State of the Waters

Brammeier is President and CEO of Alliance for the Great Lakes, a non-profit  working to protect the Great Lakes through advocacy, volunteering, education, and research. He oversees all aspects of the organization, leads a team of professionals across five locations, along with a base of more than 15,000 volunteers. Brammeier has become a voice for invasive species and has testified before Congress on invasive species solutions. He is also active as an advisor for U.S. governors and Canadian premiers on the Great Lakes Compact.

Brammeier received his master’s degree from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources & Environment and a bachelor’s degree from Valparaiso University.

David Groenfeldt

8:30 – 9:10 am: ‘Water Ethics’ – Policy/Advocacy/Ethics

Groenfeldt is founder and director of the Water-Culture Institute, a non-profit whose mission is dealing with water usage, management, protections and governance. The institute is cooperating with UNESCO and other international organizations to create a water ethics charter. Groenfeldt has a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Arizona.

His career has focused on water issues, including five years with the International Water Management Institute in Sri Lanka, and 13 years in Washington, D.C. working with consulting firms, and the World Bank, on water and natural resources policies in developing countries. Starting in 2002, Groenfeldt has focused on environmental and cultural aspects of water policy. He helped establish the Indigenous Water Initiative to coordinate inputs from Indigenous Peoples in the World Water Fora in Kyoto (2003) and Mexico City (2006).

Val Klump

Val Klump, School of Freshwater Sciences, Celebrate Water Door County, Water Summit

9:15 – 9:55 am: ‘Dead Zones, Drugs, and an Uncertain Future: Meeting the Challenge of Restoring our Great Lakes’ – State of the Waters

Klump is Dean and Professor for the School of Freshwater Sciences, which is the nation’s only graduate school dedicated solely to the study of freshwater. He has his PhD in Marine Sciences from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, his JD from Georgetown University Law Center, and his BS in Zoology from Duke University.

His research focuses on how nutrients and carbon are cycled in lakes. This work has taken him from the deepest soundings in Lakes Superior and Michigan aboard a research submersible, to the largest and oldest lake in the world – Lake Baikal in eastern Siberia. His recent research highlights the presence and dynamics of “dead zones” in Green Bay including the impact climate change has on their extent and duration.

Klump currently serves as a board member of several regional and national organizations including: the International Joint Commission’s Science Advisory Board Research Coordination Council, the NOAA Integrated Ocean Observing System Federal Advisory Committee, and more.

Mike Gilbertson

Mike Gilbertson, DNR, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, WDNR, Celebrate Water Door County, Water Summit

9:15 – 9:55 am: ‘Changes to NR 151 – Silurian Bedrock Performance Standards’ – Policy, Advocacy, Ethics

Gilbertson started working for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in 2001 coordinating surface water monitoring projects and collecting water quality data to be used in TMDL development.

He has worked for the DNR as a Regional CAFO Specialist and as a Regional Nonpoint Source Coordinator responsible for monitoring compliance with NR 243 and NR 151 in southwest Wisconsin. Currently he is the Agricultural Nonpoint Source Implementation Coordinator for the DNR where he is responsible for consistent implementation of agricultural performance standards in NR 151 statewide and policy development for the agricultural nonpoint source program. He is located in the State Natural Resources Building in downtown Madison.

Jamie Patton

Jamie Patton, UW-Madison, UW-Extension, Celebrate Water Door County, Water Summit

10:15 – 10:55 am: ‘Healthy Soils, Healthy Waters: The Land-Water Connection’ – State of the Waters

Patton is a Senior Outreach Specialist with the Nutrient and Pest Management Program at UW-Madison/UW-Extension.

Based out of northeast Wisconsin, Patton actively cooperates with government agencies, NGOs, academics, farmers, and communities to employ research and outreach efforts to support farm system approaches to improving soil health, farm resiliency, and ground and surface water quality. She earned her soils degrees from Iowa State University and Oklahoma State University and previously worked as the UW-Extension Agriculture Educator in Shawano County.

Amber Beard

10:15 – 10:55 am: ‘Sustainability for Hospitality and Tourism’ – Industry & Agriculture

Beard is a Door County native of Ellison Bay and has spent the last 14 years in global destinations leading in sustainability across a variety of industries. Since 2013 she has been Vice President of Sustainability for Six Senses Hotels Resort & Spas, which is a global leader in both sustainability and wellness, as well as the recipient of World’s Best Hotel Group by Conde Nast for the last two years.

She has recently returned to Door County, opening her own company, projekt hABitat, to share her expertise in sustainability and wellness with the local community she has always called home.

Dennis Hickey

Dennis Hickey, Hickey Bros. Fisheries LLC, Celebrate Water Door County, Water Summit, fishery, Door County fishing, fishing history, Door County

11:00 – 11:40 am: ‘Fishing Industry in Door County’ – Industry & Agriculture

Hickey co-founded Hickey Bros Fisheries, LLC with his brother Jeffery Hickey in 1967. Over the next 50+ years, Dennis has set on a path to not only provide fish to the community and beyond, but to assist in the study of the commercial fishery in Lake Michigan. Working with UW-Stevens Point, US Fish & Wildlife, and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources; his contributions to study and influence change in practice has been the motivator for the current projects Hickey Bros Research LLC engage in. Hickey has served the State of Wisconsin as the Commercial Fishery Representative to the Great Lake Fish Commission since 1986.

He received the Buzz Besadny Award for Fostering Great Lakes Partnerships in 2000 for outstanding personal contributions to the protection of the Great Lakes fishery and in recognition of the commercial fishing industry’s many partnerships with management agencies.

Greg Kleinheinz

Greg Kleinheinz, UW-Oshkosh, Celebrate Water Door County, Water Summit

11:00 – 11:40 am: ‘Water 101’ – Contemporary Issues

Dr. Kleinheinz has a B.S. from Northern Michigan University, and a Ph.D. from Michigan Tech University. He serves as the Viessmann Chair for Sustainable Technology, Director of the Environmental Research and Innovation Center, and is professor of Environmental Engineering Technology at UW-Oshkosh. He is a Registered Sanitarian and has over 18 years of experience working on water and wastewater issues.

He, and his beach group, currently conduct beach monitoring and/or research in 10 Wisconsin counties and 3 in Michigan, with a summer research group of over 20 students working at over 100 beaches. They have been involved in beach issues in Door County since 2001 and operate a lab at Crossroads at Big Creek in Door County. Their research interests include economic valuation studies, investigations of novel sampling techniques, sanitary survey tool development, and more. By using these various research and investigative tools, Dr. Kleinheinz and his group have conducted over $12 million dollars of beach research projects.

Don Niles

Don Niles, Dairy Dream Dairy, Southern Door, Peninsula Pride Farms, Celebrate Water Door County, Water Summit, farmer, Wisconsin farming, farmers of Wisconsin

1:30 – 2:10 pm: ‘Water Quality on Our Peninsula: The Farmer’s Role’ – Industry & Agriculture

Dairy Dreams Dairy is owned by two partners, the family of John Pagel and Don Niles. These two long-time friends decided to build a modern new dairy in northern Kewaunee County. Over the years the dairy has grown from 1,400 to 3,000 cows, along with all young stock, at the same site. We have always stressed superb cow care as the cornerstone of our farm.

Attention to detail to “all things cow” is a central core commitment. Along with caring for our animals comes a commitment to farm the shallow soils of northern Kewaunee with a similar degree of care. The Pagel family and Don are very focused on leaving the next generation with a successful farm that is a welcome neighbor.

Matt Winden

1:30 – 2:10 pm: ‘The Economic Value of Great Lakes Beach Reengineering: Impacts to Beach-Users and Local Economies’ – Contemporary Issues

Dr. Winden is an Associate Professor of Economics and Assistant Director of the Fiscal and Economic Research Center at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He specializes in environmental and natural resource economics issues and focuses on valuing environmental amenities and economic impact assessment. His prior research includes valuation of biofuels’ crops environmental impacts, assessment of the benefits of disaster mitigation spending on coastal communities, analysis of water quality trading programs, valuation of water quality, and valuation and classification of ecosystem services.

He teaches courses in economic theory, resource and environmental economics, and quantitative methods at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Dr. Winden earned his BS from the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay and his PhD from The Ohio State University.

Krista Lutzke

2:15 – 2:55 am: ‘Aquatic Invasive Species in Door County’ – Contemporary Issues

As the Program Manager for the county, Lutzke obtains funding from various grantors on behalf of the Door County Invasive Species Team (DCIST) for education and outreach, as well as invasive species treatment programs. Her efforts include a partnership with the County’s Highway Department for right-of-way management of priority invasive species, assisting local Municipalities with the adoption and implementation of a noxious weed ordinance, an invasive species county cost-share program for municipalities, and more.

Bret Bicoy

8:30 – 9:00 am: last address breakfast

Bicoy is President and CEO of the Door County Community Foundation. Prior to returning to Wisconsin in 2008, the Bicoy family lived for 4 years in Las Vegas, Nevada where Bret served as President of the Nevada Community Foundation. A 1992 graduate of Tufts University, Bicoy was honored with the 2006 Young Alumni Achievement Award as one “whose distinguished accomplishments bring credit to his community, his profession, and Tufts University.”

In the 1990s, Bicoy was the Senior Foundation Officer of the Green Bay Community Foundation during which time he helped launch the Door County Community Foundation. As a volunteer, Bicoy is an active Rotarian, previously as a member of the Marietta Noon Rotary Club and now with the Rotary Club of Sturgeon Bay, Door County’s oldest and largest service club.

Field Trips

Waseda Farms

Tour Waseda Farms, Door County’s Certified Organic farm, via tractor and wagon with the guidance of Matt Lutsey. Discuss unique water use and it’s relation to northern Door County farming and gardening. Experience some of Waseda Farm’s 500 acres of perennial grass pastures and see their animals roaming in their natural pasture habitat.

The tour group will meet at the Landmark. $20 cost includes transportation to and from Waseda Farms.

Dunes Lake

Kayak Dunes Lake while enjoying an oral presentation on the lake, a unique shallow water marl substrate coastal wetland system. Learn about the restoration project, which addresses the Dunes Lake changing from an alkaline fen-type lake to eutrophic marsh lake.

$20 cost includes transportation to and from Dunes Lake. Kayak and life vest provided.

Hatch Distilling Co.

Enjoy a tour of Hatch Distilling Co. located in Egg Harbor. Hatch specializes in spirits from local honey and organic grains, including apple brandy, a custom blend of Door County Honeycrisp and Heirloom Apple varieties mixed with local honey. Fermented – Distilled – Barrel Aged. Learn how Healthy Water plays a role in the creation of spirits.

The tour group will meet at the Landmark. $20 cost includes transportation to and from the distillery.

Shoreline Charters

Enjoy a shoreline cruise along the Northern Tip of the Peninsula headed by Captain Jim Robinson. View the karst from the water. This cruise includes towering cliffs, caves, the site of Indian Pictographs, beautiful waterfront homes and see a shipwreck from 1888 if conditions allow.

The tour group will meet at the Landmark. $20 cost includes transportation to and from the dock.

Closing Reception at Door County Brewing Co.

Networking and a tour of the Door County Brewing Co. UW-Oshkosh Environmental Research and Innovation Center (ERIC) staff will be on site for questions.

Transportation to and from the Landmark will be available free of charge or you may drive yourself.

The Great Lakes make up 84% of North America’s surface fresh water and about 21% of the world’s supply of surface fresh water.

The Great Lakes water system is the largest inland shipping system in the world.

The only Great Lake entirely within the U.S. is Lake Michigan.

Lake Michigan’s shores hold the largest fresh water sand dunes in the world.

The Great Lakes were formed due to glacial movements that caused depressions in the earth that eventually filled with water.

Lake Michigan and Lake Huron are considered one lake hydrologically since they are connected by the Straits of Mackinac.

Although it falls under the category of what we define as a lake, Lake Superior acts more like an inland sea.

There are 9,000-year-old animal-herding structures below Lake Huron.

The Lake Huron shoreline extends 3,827 miles and encompasses 30,000 islands. It is the longest shoreline of the Great Lakes.

The water in Lake Erie is recycled every 2.6 years, the shortest of any Great Lake.

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