Hey folks! It's time to start putting your application together for our first Institute of 2012:
Wisconsin Watersheds Institute — Milwaukee River Basin April 25 - 28, 2012 Application deadline: Wednesday, March 14, at 7 PM Eastern Time
This learning program will enable 14 journalists to explore parts of the Milwaukee River Basin in southeastern Wisconsin. The drainage includes the Menomonee River and Kinnickinnic River. Both are tributaries of the Milwaukee, which flows into Lake Michigan. Watershed ecology and economic development will be unifying themes of this program. The city of Milwaukee will serve as the hub for the trip.
Content of the program will emphasize understanding the dynamics of restoration, protection and management of critical watersheds and vital habitats in the Great Lakes ecosystem. Journalists will meet and travel with experts representing a broad and balanced spectrum of vocations and viewpoints. The program will pay special attention to urban influences on the river and its watershed. Journalists will observe innovative examples of urban agriculture, composting, recycling and urban storm-water management. They will also learn about dam removal, wetlands protection, stream ecology, and shifts in fish migration.