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2024 Agenda

Thursday Keynote Panel: Celebrating 50 Years of Chapter 33 with Mel Vollbrecht, Bill, O'Connor, and Eric Olson
Friday Confluence: Critical and Creative Thinking About Our Waters with Natasha Kassulke and Jerry Apps

The 2024 Wisconsin Lakes and Rivers Convention is a place where you can learn from respected experts, grassroots organizers, and passionate water advocates! Engage in the workshops and interactive sessions all day on Wednesday and Friday afternoon, in addition to the 60 concurrents sessions on Thursday and Friday! Enhance your network of water-focused professionals throughout the Convention by connecting with other attendees, speakers, and exhibitors. Bring it all together during the Friday Confluence and prepare for your next steps!

Scroll down to see our Agenda At-A-Glance and click through to view descriptions of workshops, sessions, and networking opportunities.

  • Interactive workshops (morning and afternoon workshops – pre-registration required)
  • Special Technical Sessions (tentative) driven by participant needs
  • Educational and Business Exhibits
  • Evening welcome reception – great time to network and have fun (must be registered for a Wednesday workshop and/or the Thursday/Friday Convention)
  • Full day of learning and engagement
  • 30 concurrent sessions; topics include:
    • 50 Years of Water Science Translated to Action
    • Lake and River Flora and Fauna
    • Human and Critter Health
    • Managing Recreational Impacts
    • Watershed Approach to Water Protection
  • Educational and Business Exhibits
  • Welcome session and kickoff keynote event
  • Lunch
  • Lightning Presentations
  • Poster Session
  • Golden Gala Awards Ceremony and Banquet for Wisconsin Lake Stewardship & Volunteer Stream Monitoring award nominees and winners (registration required)
  • Lakes and Rivers Partnership After Hours informal networking event
  • Full day of learning and engagement
  • 27 concurrent sessions; topics include:
    • Lake and River Flora and Fauna
    • Legislative & Policy Updates
    • Capacity Building Strategies for Lake and River Groups
    • Aquatic Invasive Species
    • County Successes Over the Last 50 Years
  • Educational and Business Exhibits
  • Friday Confluence Plenary
  • Interactive afternoon workshops (pre-registration required)

View Virtual Session Descriptions

Virtual participants will be able to participate in several sessions at the 2024 WI Lakes and Rivers Convention. You will have access to select sessions on both Thursday and Friday, in addition to the Thursday Plenary Panel and Friday Confluence Plenary. 

All virtual presentations will be available via Zoom links. You will want to make sure you have the most updated version of Zoom, which you can check here: Updating Zoom to the latest version – Zoom Support.

Thursday, April 11

Virtual sessions on Thursday will include these topics to choose from:

  • Managing Recreational Impacts
  • Lake and River Flora and Fauna

Friday, April 12

Virtual sessions on Friday will include these topics to choose from:

  • Capacity Building Strategies for Lake and River Groups
  • Lake and River Flora and Fauna

Benefits of Virtual Event

  • You can stay home (or wherever you are) and save fuel (and reduce emissions!)
  • You can still participate in select sessions AND the keynote speakers
  • You can form a team with other attendees to answer get points for prizes through the Goosechase app

Agenda
At-A-Glance
Click through to view descriptions of workshops, sessions, and networking opportunities.
Agenda subject to change.

Wednesday, April 10

9:00 a.m. –
12:00 p.m.
Morning Workshops (pre-registration required)
12:00 –
7:00 p.m.
Exhibits Open
12:00 –
1:00 p.m.
Lunch on your own or pre-register for provided lunch
1:00 –
4:00 p.m.
Afternoon Workshops (pre-registration required)
4:45 –
5:45 p.m.
Special Technical Sessions (tentative)
6:00 –
11:00 p.m.
Wisconsin Lakes and Rivers Partnership Convention Welcome Reception (included in your registration)

Thursday, April 11

8:00 a.m. –
6:00 p.m.

Exhibits Open/Posters on Display
8:00 –
8:50 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions (five concurrent sessions; all included in your in-person registration. Choose what to attend once you arrive!)

9:00 –
10:30 a.m.
Welcome, Digital Production & Kickoff Keynote Event

10:40 a.m. –
12:00 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions (five concurrent sessions; all included in your in-person registration. Choose what to attend once you arrive!)
12:15 –
1:30 p.m.
Lunch and Speaker
1:45 –
2:25 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions (five concurrent sessions; all included in your in-person registration. Choose what to attend once you arrive!)
2:35 –
3:15 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions (five concurrent sessions; all included in your in-person registration. Choose what to attend once you arrive!)
3:30 –
4:30 p.m.
Lightning Talks
4:30 –
5:30 p.m.
Poster Session
6:00 –
8:00 p.m.

Wisconsin Lake Stewardship and Volunteer Stream Monitoring Golden Gala Awards Ceremony & Banquet

Friday, April 12

8:00  a.m. –
12:00 p.m.
 Exhibits Open
8:00 –
9:00 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions (five concurrent sessions; all included in your in-person registration. Choose what to attend once you arrive!)
9:15 –
10:15 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions (five concurrent sessions; all included in your in-person registration. Choose what to attend once you arrive!)
10:45 –
11:45 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions (five concurrent sessions; all included in your in-person registration. Choose what to attend once you arrive!)
12:00 –
2:00 p.m.
Friday Confluence: Critical Thinking About Our Waters (includes lunch; included in your registration)
2:15 –
4:00 p.m.
Afternoon Workshops (pre-registration required)
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