Partnering to train the next generation of water professionals to meet the challenges of the future

Wisconsinites enjoy an abundance of rivers, streams and lakes that​ provide us with safe drinking water, access to recreational activities and thousands of jobs. We must ensure Wisconsin’s water resources are reliable for generations to come.   

The Freshwater Collaborative of Wisconsin, a partnership of Wisconsin’s 13 public universities, is working to: 

  • Provide UW System-wide programs, internships and research opportunities that teach students real-world skills 
  • Create a workforce of talented water professionals trained to meet the water challenges of the future 
  • Fund innovative, collaborative research to solve Wisconsin’s 10 Grand Water Challenges 
  • Engage industry partners, local communities, policymakers and advocacy groups in the effort to support career opportunities in fresh water 

Wisconsin can become a global leader in water-related science, technology and economic growth — if we invest in our water resources and train the next generation of water scientists.  

Spotlight Stories

LAKES REU Students Explore Health of Red Cedar Watershed

By Abbey Goers, UW-Stout Eleven students from universities across the nation conducted research this summer to understand and improve the health of the Red Cedar watershed, which is affected by eutrophication – phosphorus and nitrogen pollution, causing blue-green algae blooms…

Applications for Research Semester Abroad in the Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico Due Aug. 26

Want to explore one of the most unique aquatic ecosystems in the world? Join the School of Freshwater Sciences’ International Research Experience for Students this fall. The program provides an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students at any higher education…

Multidisciplinary Water Exploration in Western Wisconsin

Watch the video created by the UW-Eau Claire communication team. Nine undergraduates from UW-Eau Claire and UW-River Falls spent an intensive two weeks in June exploring and conducting research in rivers, watershed and creeks through enrollment in a new Western…

Experts Directory

The Freshwater Collaborative of Wisconsin includes faculty and staff from each of Wisconsin's 13 public universities, creating an extensive network of professionals working in the water industry. They can speak to about a variety of issues, including the 10 Grand Water Challenges.

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