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

UW-Green Bay Workshop Provides Freshwater Education to K-12 Educators

UW-Green Bay, Atlas Science Center, NEW Water and the Freshwater Collaborative of Wisconsin partnered to offer K-12 educators a half-day workshop in August that promoted freshwater education. The goals for the summer teacher workshop were to 1) inform teachers about the NERR…

Camp Offers River Adventures, Water Education and Leadership Opportunities

Nadalee Thao, a high school junior from Milwaukee, had heard that the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse was a good science school, and she was interested in checking it out. She had the opportunity to do so as a participant in…

Freshwater Collaborative of Wisconsin Awards More than $500,000 for Projects Involving 10 UW Institutions

MILWAUKEE, Sept. 15, 2022—In its latest round of funding, the Freshwater Collaborative of Wisconsin has awarded $544,541 for eight projects that will increase research and student training collaborations among 10 UW System universities. Students will be involved in projects and…

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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