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2011 Discovery Conference

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2010 Discovery Conference
Date: Thursday, April 22, 2010.
Location: Olympia Resort, Oconomowoc

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Registration / Continental Breakfast

7:30 AM to 8:30 AM

8:30 AM to 8:40 AM

Keynote: Water: Milwaukee’s Goldmine
8:40 AM to 9:40 AM

Richard A. Meeusen, Chairman of the Board, President
and Chief Executive Officer
Badger Meter, Inc.

Mr. Meeusen will discuss the world water situation and
the efforts of the Milwaukee 7 Water Council to help
transform Southeastern Wisconsin into the “Silicon Valley
of Water Technology.”

Session No. 1: Water Resources Planning In SE

9:40 AM to 10:40 AM

Michael G. Hahn, P.E, Chief Environmental Engineer
Southeastern WI Regional Planning Commission

This presentation will provide an overview of the
recommendations of the recently-completed regional
water quality management plan update for the greater
Milwaukee watersheds, including the Kinnickinnic,
Menomonee, Milwaukee, and Root River watersheds, the
Oak Creek watershed, the Milwaukee Harbor estuary,
and the nearshore Lake Michigan area. The ongoing
implementation process will be described.
The presentation will also address the regional water
supply planning program, including background
conditions in southeastern Wisconsin relating to
groundwater and surface water sources and issues. A
summary of the plan year 2035 alternative water supply
plan components considered and evaluated will be
provided along with the elements included in the
preliminary recommended water supply plan. The
groundwater impacts and related environmental
considerations leading up to selecting the preliminary
recommended plan will be presented.

Morning Break
10:40 AM to 11:00 AM

Session No. 2: The Great Lakes Water Resource

11:00 AM to 12:00

Edward F. Glatfelter, Water Conservation Program
Alliance for the Great Lakes

Mr. Glatfelter will present a discussion about: why there
is a Great Lakes Water Resources Compact; its two
primary purposes: prohibiting diversions and water
conservation; the limited exceptions to no diversions;
how the exceptions apply to New Berlin and Waukesha;
how the diversion prohibition could apply far from the
major lakes; the status of Compact implementation in
Wisconsin, including: why rules and regulations for
process and water conservation are not in place and why
Wisconsin DNR is proceeding without them.

12:00 to 12:30 PM
Lunch Speakers: Continuing Education & WI
Licensure Law Changes
12:30 PM to 1:30 PM

Brad B. Volker, P.E.
Cooper Engineering
& Glen Schwalbach, P.E., Energy Consultant

Mr. Volker will provide an update on the new mandatory
requirements for continuing education (AB 187 & WI Act
47). Mr. Schwalbach will discuss licensure law changes
for registered engineers in the State of Wisconsin.

Session No. 3: Case Studies: City of New Berlin &
City of Waukesha Lake Michigan Water Diversions

1:45 PM to 2:45 PM

Steven H. Schultz, P.E., Dept. Head Water Supply &
Wastewater Treatment
Ruekert Mielke, Inc.
& Daniel S. Duchniak, General Manager
City of Waukesha Water Utility

Case Study: New Berlin’s Straddling Community
Diversion. This case study will focus on the 10 year
process New Berlin went through to address their water
supply issues. Much has been publicized regarding
Radium in drinking water in New Berlin, but the issue has
it’s roots in other water quantity and quality concerns as
well. During the process, obstacle after obstacle
required the City to reevaluate their approach to their
issues while at the same time dealing with regional and
international politics, socio-economics, and engineering
challenges. While engineering is often straightforward,
the ancillary issues can often affect the outcome of
sound engineering judgment. The interconnection of
these issues and how they were resolved is the basis for
the case study.
Case Study: Dan Duchniak will discuss the City of
Waukesha’s draft application to the DNR to become the
first community outside of the Great Lakes Basin to
request a diversion of water out of the basin.

Session No. 4: The Aquatic Invasive Species
Partnership in Wisconsin

2:45 PM to 3:45 PM

Robert Wakeman, Aquatic Invasive Species Statewide
Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources

Bob Wakeman has recently become the Aquatic Invasive
Species Coordinator for the Wisconsin Department of
Natural Resources. His earlier positions as a Water
Resource Manager, Lake Management Specialist, and
Aquatic Habitat Coordinator enable Bob to draw from a
broad spectrum of experiences to guide the growth of
this statewide program.
Bob is a strong proponent of partnerships in managing
environmental issues. Without assistance from the
public, local governments, consultants and environmental
organizations the protection of our states water
resources from aquatic invasive species will be nearly
impossible. Awareness is critical and Bob looks for
opportunities to provide information on aquatic invasive
species to a wide spectrum of audiences.
Description: The Aquatic Invasive Species Partnership in
Wisconsin is multi-layered. It utilizes education,
enforcement, grants and a growing body of science both
biological and marketing to achieve a change in people’s
behavior. This presentation will introduce you to the AIS
Partnership in Wisconsin, recent initiatives and past

Afternoon Break
3:45 PM to 4:00 PM

WSPE State Meeting
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

All members are invited to attend the WSPE Annual
Meeting. Your input and feedback are important to the
future of this organization. Please join us.

Past President’s Reception
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Cash Bar with Complimentary Hors d’oeuvres


The Discovery Conference is held every year in the spring and boasts seminars that showcase the latest trends in the fields of engineering. In addition, the Governor's New Product Awards Banquet is held the evening of the Discovery Conference. Details on this year's event and a registration form can be downloaded here.

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