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. 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 four meals, ten educational sessions, a luncheon with author Dan Egan (The Death and Life of the Great Lakes), a breakfast with Community Foundation CEO & President, Bret Bicoy, and a closing party and tour at Door County Brewing Co. and Music Hall. The keynote presentation is held at the Door Community Auditorium and is free and open to the public. Field trips are optional and presented at an additional, nominal, cost. 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.

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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

Keynote speaker + 2:15 – 3 pm session – 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

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 Brammier

8:30 – 9:15 am session – State of the Waters

Brammier 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. Brammier 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.

Brammier 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

Photo by Anne Staveley.

8:30 – 9:15 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

9:15 – 10 am session – 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.

Greg Kleinheinz

11:15 am – 12 pm: ‘Water Economics’ – 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.

Jamie Patton

10:30 – 11:15 am: ‘Cover Crops on Water Quality’ – 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.

Bret Bicoy

8:30 – 9:30 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.


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