2019 Summit

Celebrate Water Door County presented its first Water Summit June 4-6, 2019 at the Landmark Resort in Egg Harbor. The Summit was sponsored by Healthy Water Door County, a fund of the Door County Community Foundation, and The Enroth Fund of The Greater Milwaukee Foundation. Promotional help was provided by the Peninsula Pulse, Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters, and Wisconsin Public Radio.

The first day of the Summit featured keynote speaker Jill Heinerth’s address at the Door Community Auditorium. She talked to a crowd about her life as a cave diver and her inspirational words were the kickoff of this three-day event. Following her presentation, Heinerth talked to those that came by and signed copies of her movie, We Are Water, as well as her children’s book, Chester The Manatee and the Very, Very, Terribly Bad Itch. She will be releasing another book at the end of August, Into the Planet, which blends memoir, adventure, and science into one book.

Day two featured twelve educational sessions and a luncheon with author Dan Egan (The Death and Life of the Great Lakes). Guests were invited to choose between two concurrent sessions. A short break was held after the second set of sessions, with refreshments provided by Serves You Right Catering. The Summit schedule and details on each speaker can be found here.

The Summit was wrapped up on June 6 with a breakfast and address from Bret Bicoy, CEO & President of the Door County Community Foundation. His impassioned speech was the kick off to a fun day of optional field trips. Participants could take a boat tour with Cpt. Jim Robinson of Shoreline Charters in Gills Rock, kayak Dunes Lake with Greg Colthurst and Bayshore Outfitters, or take a tour of Waseda Farms. Participants had the option to stop at Door County Brewing Co. in Baileys Harbor for a drink and to network with speakers and fellow Summit attendees.

Check out more photos from the three-day Summit here

The 2019 Water Summit schedule was as follows:

Tuesday, June 4

7pm: Plenary Session
Jill Heinerth: Into the Unknown, Door Community Auditorium

Wednesday, June 5

7:45am: Registration, Welcome & Continental Breakfast

8:30am: Concurrent Sessions 1
Joel Brammeier: Clean Water for All People and Wildlife
David Groenfeldt: Water Ethics

9:15am: Concurrent Sessions 2
Val Klump: Dead Zones, Drugs, and an Uncertain Future
Mike Gilbertson: Changes to NR151—Silurian Bedrock Performance Standards

10am: Coffee Break

10:15am: Concurrent Sessions 3
Amber Beard: Sustainability for Hospitality and Tourism
Jamie Patton: Healthy Soil, Healthy Waters

11am: Concurrent Sessions 4
Greg Kleinheinz: Water 101
Dennis Hickey: Fishing Industry in Door County

12pm: Plenary Session & Lunch
Dan Egan: The Death and Life of the Great Lakes w/Joel Brammeier

1:30pm: Concurrent Sessions 5
Don Niles: Water Quality on Our Peninsula—The Farmer’s Role
Matt Winden: The Economic Value of Great Lakes Beach Reengineering

2:15pm: Concurrent Sessions 6
Jill Heinerth: Swimming Inside the Veins of Mother Earth
Krista Lutzke: Aquatic Invasive Species in Door County

Thursday, June 6

8am: Plenary Session & Breakfast
Bret Bicoy: Working Together to Protect Our Water

10am: Optional Field Trips

Dunes Lake Kayak Tour
Shoreline Cruise Tour
Waseda Farms Wagon Tour

1pm: Closing Reception
Networking and tour of Door County Brewing Co.

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