Wisconsin Sea Grant/Water Resources Institute

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Wisconsin Sea Grant/Water Resources Institute - How gifts make a difference

MATCHING GIFT MET! Thanks to all donors that helped meet the $500 match. Let's keep going as every gift makes a difference during Day of the Badger.

Wisconsin’s Great Lakes and other water resources are precious and integral to our way of life. Through the Wisconsin Sea Grant and Water Resources Institute Fund, you play a direct role in safeguarding and fostering the sustainable use of these aquatic treasures. Your gift supports multidisciplinary research, education and outreach that touches people throughout the state, from K–12 students to adults.

Among the areas your gift will impact are: research on water quality, including emerging contaminants such as PFAS; helping coastal communities cope with fluctuating Great Lakes water levels and resulting challenges, like flooding and beach erosion; protecting beachgoers from life-threatening hazards like rip currents; and exposing Wisconsin students to career opportunities in the growing field of sustainable aquaculture.

Your gift of any size will help us continue our ambitious, impactful research, outreach and educational efforts that — in keeping with the Wisconsin Idea — benefit the state as a whole.

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Why we need your support

Wisconsin has a wealth of water: 6.4 million acres of Lakes Michigan and Superior, 15,000 inland lakes, 32,000 miles of streams, more than 5 million acres of wetlands and 1.2 million billion gallons of groundwater.

While we are fortunate to live in a state that is so rich in water, there are many challenges facing these priceless resources, as well as challenges to human health and the economy. We need your support to solve these challenges through our wide-ranging portfolio of research, education, and outreach.

We also play an integral part in educating the next generation of water leaders, from K–12 students attending outreach events, to college undergraduates in our summer internship program, to postdoctoral fellows whose research and professional development we support as they work on questions of urgent concern to Wisconsinites.

We support Wisconsin educators with curriculum materials that foster Great Lakes literacy, such as “Attack Packs” available for checkout — rucksacks filled with everything an educator needs to teach students about aquatic invasive species. Distance learning resources for educators are also critical, especially during the ongoing pandemic.

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