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CAFOs, or Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations, need a lot of water — and so do we! CAFOs have expanded in Wisconsin — from under 50 CAFOs 30 years ago to more than 300 today. How does the more concentrated and industrialized dairy industry affect our surface and groundwater, and what is and is not being done throughout our state to regulate and enforce nutrient runoff and manure spills into our waterways?

Questions, discussion, and networking time to follow the presentation.

This presentation will be a preview for similar water related topics presented at our 2nd annual Educational Symposium on September 14, 2023, 3:30PM – 5:30PM

Location: Mitchell Park Domes Lobby

Cost: Includes Domes admission: Enjoy access to the Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory at sunset. $12 Friends of the Domes members; $15 general admission. Pre-registration is required. Become a member.

Tea and cookies will be provided.

This workshop is a part of the Friends of the Domes adult workshop series. Youth 12-15 are welcome with an adult supervisor.

Presentation by Tom Mortensen, PLA, ASLA – Site Planner / Landscape Architect, raSmith

Tom Mortensen has over 35 years of experience in site design, landscape architecture and related design and construction professions.

Tom has given presentations throughout the region at various conferences and events on topics pertaining to site design, master planning, rainfall integration / green infrastructure, water quality and site development. Since 2011, he has been teaching a class at the UWM School of Continuing Education in the Water Technology Certification program on the topic of green infrastructure and using native landscape and site design for more resilient management of rainfall on sites. Tom also serves on the Friends of the Domes Board and Education Committee.

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