Jan. 28, 2016
The New Berlin 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 February at 15105 Library Lane.
The photo display explores water in Wisconsin and its deep connection to the economy, the environment and residents’ health. Wisconsin boasts 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.
Barbara Draeger, director of the New Berlin Library, 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. Among other things, these innovative projects are partnering with Growing Power of Milwaukee and promoting safe recreation for Apostle Islands kayakers.
James Hurley, director of Wisconsin Sea Grant and the Water Resources Institute, is excited for New Berlin 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.