Learn About Wisconsin’s Water Wealth at Sauk Prairie Library

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Whether it’s urban waterways or quiet rural spots dotted with ponds, water surrounds Wisconsinites.
Credit: Kevin Miyazaki

Nov. 21, 2016

The Sauk City Public Library will host a traveling photo display on Wisconsin water, created by the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant College Program and University of Wisconsin Water Resources Institute. The exhibit will be on display throughout December at 515 Water St., Sauk City.

The photo display explores water in Wisconsin and its deep connection to the economy, the environment and residents’ health. Wisconsin’s boasts more than 15,000 lakes, more than 5 million acres of wetlands and 1.2 quadrillion gallons of groundwater. In addition, Wisconsin adjoins the Great Lakes, which contains 20 percent of the world’s surface fresh water.

Library Director Emily Judd welcomes the partnership with the Wisconsin Sea Grant program and Water Resources Institute in order to share an exhibit in which visitors can learn about research, education and outreach projects aimed at studying and promoting the sustainable use of Wisconsin’s water. “We are pleased to be hosting this exhibit. Considering how passionate our community is about using and conserving the beautiful Sauk Prairie Riverway, I think our patrons will enjoy this opportunity to learn more about water preservation.”

James Hurley, director of Wisconsin Sea Grant and the Water Resources Institute, is excited for area residents to explore Wisconsin’s water: “As a water researcher, I have studied the impact of mercury on Wisconsin’s northern lakes and the Great Lakes, and I am proud of the diverse projects around Wisconsin improving the health and sustainability of our water. This display is a great opportunity for residents to learn about the role of water in their lives and to think about how they can be good stewards of an important shared resource.”

In addition to the exhibit, STEM curriculum kits and educational aquatic invasive species “Attack Packs” are available for parents and educators to borrow through the library.