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The University of Wisconsin Water Resources Institute (WRI) is a multidisciplinary university system-wide program focusing on solutions to Wisconsin’s present and emerging water resources issues. This page is the place to connect with WRI in greater depth through news releases, stories, and video and audio podcasts about water research and researchers.


This is Your Soil on Acid
Could increased nitrates in soil be leading to an increase in uranium in groundwater? A pair of UW Stevens-Point researchers are digging into the question.  Read more...

New Project Attacks Urban Water Contamination Through Science and Policy

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee researcher Sandra McLellan is heading one of five research proposals that received funding in a national annual competition by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Her three-year proposal, “Detection of Sewage Contamination in Urban Areas of the Great Lakes,” has just begun and is using a combination of science and policy to improve water quality in urban areas. Steve Corsi, a research hydrologist with the USGS, is co-investigator on the project.


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Media Contacts

Assistant Director for Communications
Moira Harrington
(608) 263-5371

Social Media Coordinator and
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Aaron Conklin
(608) 262-6393

Science Writer and Videographer
John Karl
(608) 263-8621

Science Communicator
Marie Zhuikov

(715) 919-2154

Mercury Podcasts

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Though caring for our nation's waters continues to be an important public priority, the level of geoscience involved in this effort has become increasingly complex. This series features experts who explain in plain words the foundational ideas underlying the science of hydrology, while also taking the listener into the field to meet the researchers working on key water resource-related projects across Wisconsin. Read more...

Download Mercury Podcasts
Mercury is part of the natural world, present in sedimentary rock virtually all over the globe and all organisms are adapted to it. The difficulties arise when mercury’s concentration is increased. Our sister organization, Sea Grant, presents the entire series on a single handy page. Read more...

Aquatic Sciences Chronicle

Volume 2, 2017
The second issue of the Aquatic Sciences Chronicle for 2017 is now available. In it, read about a project that is examining urban wastewater. Also, check out the Wisconsin Water Library's reading list with suggested titles related to tribal rights and water.  Read more...

Volume 4, 2016
Strong science underlies two projects outlined in the final issue of the Aquatic Sciences Chronicle for 2016. The first is applying the study of genetics to assess bacterial communities in three Waukesha, Wis., municipals wells.The second project outlines the latest study by the nation's foremost expert on freshwater actinobacteria.  Read more...

Volume 3, 2016
This issue of the quarterly newsletter providing water research news features a story about elevated levels of radium in southeast Wisconsin municipal water supplies. Also covered are descriptions of new 2016-17 WRI-funded research.  Read more...

Volume 2, 2016
The Aquatic Sciences Chronicle continues to be the source for news about Wisconsin water research. In this issue, there are research, staff and outreach project updates.  Read more...

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