Innovating for Shared Prosperity

April 26, 2018

Sister Joel Read Center, Alverno College, Milwaukee

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Next Spring, participants from nonprofit, government, business and academic organizations will gather to learn about improving the health of our watersheds through policy innovation, technical and engineering advances, watershed restoration planning and practices, and collaborative stakeholder involvement. The conference is an all-day event that includes oral and poster presentations, exhibits, an awards presentation for Sweet Water Water Quality Mini-Grant recipients, and a celebration of our Watershed Champions!  

This year's theme is Innovating for Shared Prosperity.


New this year: ‘Shed Talks!

In addition to individual and panel presentation sessions, Sweet Water is accepting applications for individuals to share a water story via a TED Talk-style format.

The purpose of these ‘Shed Talk sessions is to showcase how transformative thinking and innovative water-related projects are springing up in Southeastern Wisconsin.

‘Shed Talks will...

  • Be shared live during a conference plenary session.
  • Cover the same topic areas as presenter sessions (see below)
  • Not exceed 12 minutes, with applications submitted by video.

'Shed Talk Deadline: Friday, January 26, 2018 AT 11:59PM

Individual/Panel Presentations

  • Proposals will be selected to ensure the conference offers a comprehensive, non-commercial, objective, and diverse program.
  • If you wish to submit more than one proposal, please complete a separate online form for each proposal.

Presentation Deadline: Friday, January 5, 2018 AT 11:59PM

Suggested Topics

The conference theme--Innovating for Shared Prosperity--was selected to showcase watershed strategies that promote economic development, quality of life and environmental integrity.

This year, Sweet Water is utilizing the US Water Alliance’s One Water Approach and its six “arenas of action” to guide the conference program. To learn more about the One Water Approach, you can view the One Water web site and roadmap here.

Source: US Water Alliance

Source: US Water Alliance

Presenter proposals that address more than one of these six areas will be given special consideration.

Presentation topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Emerging Technologies
  • Community Engagement
  • Policy and Regulation
  • Economic Development
  • Data Use
  • Inspirational Projects and Practices

2017 Conference

The full agenda from the 2017 conference is available here. Presentations from the day are available for download here

Thanks to everyone for making the conference a success!