Watershed: A Conversation on the State of Water

    • Dorene Day
      Event date: April 11th

      Waubanewquay, or Dorene Day, is an Ojibwe-Anishinabe Kwe of the Waubizayshi O’dodem - Marten Clan, from Asabikone zaaga I’ gunning - Bois Forte Reservation in northern Minnesota. A strong advocate for youth, women, families, health and wellness, and culture-based healing and education. Dorene’s work contributes over 30 years of working within the social service arena. As a traditional healer, teacher, singer and activist, she has remained steadfast in working for the Anishinabe community through all of her efforts, guided by her traditional practices. Dorene took part in a 47-day walk carrying water from the Gulf of Mexico to Lake Superior as part of the 2011 Mother Earth Water Walk that brought Native American grandmothers together from all four directions to increase awareness of freshwater issues.

    • Brian Hicks
      Event date: April 11th

      Brian grew up on a family farm in Southwest Minnesota near Tracy.  He attended the University of Minnesota St. Paul, where he studied animal science and agronomy. He now consults for the Agricultural Drainage Management Coalition. Brian and his wife Michelle are now owners of their fourth generation family farm. The Hicks family has a long legacy of implementing environment friendly farming practices.  In 2005, Brian started working with Jeff Strock from the University of Minnesota Southwest Research and Outreach Center on controlled drainage. The Hicks family has five controlled drainage research sites where they monitor water quality and quantity in their drainage systems. Brian is always looking for ways to improve the environment with innovative farming practices.

    • Matt Kucharski
      Event date: April 11th

      Matt is a seasoned counselor in multiple industry sectors, crisis and critical issues, branding and corporate communications. Matt has planned and implemented strategic communications, brand building and reputation management programs and projects for a wide range of Padilla clients. He has extensive expertise in corporate positioning and message development, thought leadership, spokesperson training, and communications around new products and services and major company transformations. He also is a national board member of Pheasants Forever, one of the nation’s most respected conservation organizations, and performs ad hoc consulting for a variety of not-for-profit and community groups.

       

    • Dave Peters
      Event date: April 11th

      Dave Peters is the editorial director of special projects, overseeing Ground Level, MPR News' project covering topics that involve people taking action to improve the quality of life in their communities. He began work for MPR in 2009. Before that he spent more than 30 years as a newspaper reporter and editor, including stints as the senior editor for local news at the St. Paul Pioneer Press and as the nation-world editor for the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

       

       

    • John Linc Stine
      Event date: April 11th

      John Linc Stine is the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's (MPCA's) Commissioner, appointed to the position by Governor Mark Dayton in May 2012. Prior to joining the MPCA, John served as Assistant Commissioner at the Minnesota Department of Health where he was responsible for overseeing the department’s public health emergency preparedness, environmental health, infectious disease prevention/control and the public health laboratory functions. John also worked for 25 years with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources as a hydrologist and administrator specializing in shoreland, flood plain, and wild and scenic river programs, water resource management and regulation. John also served as Assistant Director of the Trails and Waterways division.

    • Deborah Swackhamer
      Event date: April 11th

      Dr. Deborah L. Swackhamer is a Professor of Science, Technology, and Public Policy in the Hubert H, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and Co-Director of the University’s Water Resources Center. She also is a Professor of Environmental Health Sciences in the School of Public Health. She received a BA in Chemistry from Grinnell College, IA and a MS and PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Water Chemistry and Limnology & Oceanography, respectively. After two years post-doctoral research in Chemistry and Public & Environmental Affairs at Indiana University, she joined the Minnesota faculty in 1987. She studies the processes affecting the behavior of, and exposures to, toxic chemicals in the environment and works on policies to address these potential risks.

    • Matthew Tucker
      Event date: April 11th

      Native to the Loess Hills bioregion of western Iowa, Matthew has a sustained interest in the diverse landscape patterns and processes of place. He is a designer with a strong background in ecologically and culturally sensitive site design and planning. With nearly two decades of experience on complex projects, his work focuses upon damaged, post-industrial urban sites, manufactured urban ecology and hydrology, and the professional practice and application of sustainable design and construction principles. His work has been noted for its symbiosis between theory and practice. He was the former Director of Design and Principal at Conservation Design Forum and was a Senior Associate at the Cambridge, MA office of Hargreaves Associates. He has taught and lectured at numerous Universities and he his work has received local and national recognition in ASLA and AIA.

    • Bill Wenk
      Event date: April 11th

      Bill Wenk is the founder and President of Wenk Associates. For over 30 years, he has been influential in the restoration and redevelopment of urban river and stream corridors, the transformation of derelict urban land, and the design of public parks and open spaces. He is recognized nationally for utilizing stormwater as a resource. Bill holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Oregon and a Bachelor of Science, Landscape Architecture from Michigan State University.