Why Wisconsin?

Wisconsin’s unique natural setting makes it the perfect home for the Freshwater Collaborative:

  • Bordered by one of the world’s great river systems and two inland seas, in the heart of the Great Lakes Region​
  • More than 44,000 miles of rivers and streams and 15,000+ lakes​
  • More than 1,200 miles of shoreline​
  • Rich and diverse wetlands; significant groundwater assets

The 13 public universities of Wisconsin are already home to strong water programs covering diverse and crucial areas of study, including:

  • Climate Change
  • Water Quality and Safety
  • Emerging Contaminants
  • Invasive Species
  • Fisheries Management
  • Infrastructure Engineering and Innovation
  • Watershed and Ecosystem Management
Wisconsin: We Run on Water