Water Resources Management

Water Resources Management (WRM) is a Masters of Science program housed within the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. Dr. Anita Thompson has served as the program chair since 2015. WRM students participate in a collaborative, interdisciplinary workshop with a water resources management focus. Below are workshop projects since 2015.

Water Resources Management Practicums

Assessing Land Use Effects and Promoting Community Engagement in the Waubesa Wetlands Watershed (2017 - 2018)

The high-quality Waubesa Wetlands in Dane County, Wisconsin have unique hydrogeology, are extremely diverse, support many rare plants and animals, and provide important ecosystem services. Upstream development could affect their integrity.

Addressing Impairment in Beaver Dam Lake and Beaver Creek (2016 - 2017)

Beaver Dam Lake is a popular recreation spot in Dodge County, Wisconsin. However, the lake often has poor water clarity and large algal blooms. We evaluated and made recommendations to improve water quality in the lake and creek.

Making Stricker's Pond a Better Resource for Middleton and Madison Residents (2015 - 2016)

Stricker's Pond is a small, yet invaluable natural resource located on the border of Middleton and Madison. The pond faces several challenges. We conducted a multidisciplinary, comprehensive assessment to improve the state of the pond and watershed.