The Center for Water Policy has received funding from the Freshwater Collaborative of Wisconsin to lead, facilitate, and support the UW Water Policy Network. The project’s goal is to foster collaboration on water policy research and curriculum across the System.
The Center’s strategy is to strengthen relationships among multi-disciplinary faculty, researchers, and students working on freshwater policy to build a community of practice. The Center convenes the UW Water Policy Network for presentations and discussions around key policy issues identified in the Freshwater Collaborative of Wisconsin’s 10 Grand Water Challenges. The Policy Network serves as a hub for government agencies, private sector, NGOs, media, and other stakeholders, to identify water policy collaborators and experts.
“This support will help us strengthen our academic offerings at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, prepare a skilled workforce, and provide the knowledge needed for difficult water policy decision-making in the not-so-distant the future,” said Rebecca Klaper, vice dean of the School of Freshwater Sciences, which houses the Center for Water Policy.
The funding is part of a statewide initiative, backed by the Wisconsin Legislature and Gov. Tony Evers, to tackle 10 grand water challenges and support curriculum development, undergraduate research opportunities, career development and field training experiences.
Altogether, the Freshwater Collaborative of Wisconsin will support 42 grants to further develop UW System-wide water science programs, internships and research opportunities. High school and undergraduate students will have opportunities to participate in hands-on field and research experiences with faculty throughout the state, allowing them to develop a diverse range of skills. The Collaborative is also partnering with industry, nonprofits and community organizations to increase career development opportunities for students.