Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at 7:00 PM CDT
Thursday, June 6, 2019 at 4:00 PM CDT

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Tuesday Keynote:
Door Community Auditorium
3926 WI-42
Fish Creek, WI 54212

Wednesday Keynote & Concurrent Sessions,
& Thursday Keynote:
Landmark Resort 
4929 Landmark Drive
Egg Harbor, WI   



Door County Community Foundation 


Celebrate Water: Water Summit


Celebrate Water Door County is proud to present our 2019 Water Summit.  A year of celebration and education will culminate with a three day summit June 4-6, 2019.  The Summit's Presenting Sponsors are Healthy Water Door County, a fund of the Door County Community Foundation, and the Enroth Fund of The Greater Milwaukee Foundation.

Our 2019 Water Summit will present a line-up of local, regional, and national speakers, all well-versed in various topics surrounding water. Our goal is to provide topics of interest and concern that enhance a new understanding of water and its necessity in our community.

Summit Agenda


Keynote: Jill Heinerth
Contemporary Issues, 7:00 pm

Heinerth is a Canadian cave diver, underwater explorer, writer, photographer, and film-maker. She serves as the inaugural Explorer in Residence for the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. Other awards and accolades include induction into the Explorer’s Club and the inaugural class of the Women Diver’s Hall of Fame, the Wyland ICON Award, named a “Living Legend” by Sport Diver Magazine, was selected as “Sea Hero of the Year 2012” by the Scuba Diving Magazine, and was awarded the inaugural Sir Christopher Ondaatje Medal of Exploration.

In 1998 she was part of the team that made the first 3D map of an underwater cave. Heinerth was the first person to dive the ice caves of Antarctica and has dived deeper into caves than any other woman in history. She is an advocate for clean water and understanding fragility of this resource. Her interests are varied, and she has had her hands on projects of all kinds. One such project is “We Are Water,” which explores the fragile relationship between our planet’s endangered freshwater resources and the ever-increasing needs of our expanding population.



Keynote: Dan Egan
The Death and Life of the Great Lakes, 12:00 pm

Egan is a reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel who has covered the Great Lakes since 2003, and a senior water policy fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s School of Freshwater Sciences. He was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize twice and has won the Alfred I. duPont–Columbia University Award, John B. Oakes Award, AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Award. The idea for The Death and Life of the Great Lakes came about during a book-writing seminar at Columbia University’s journalism school. It is a New York Times Bestseller, Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award. It was also the April 2018 pick for the NewsHour-New York Times book club, Now Read This. Egan’s book also just recently won the 2018 Communication Award for the ‘Book’ category from The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

Egan’s book will be one of two choices for the Door County Reads (2019) and the UW-Madison choice for their Go Big Read (2018). In addition, it is required reading for the incoming freshman and the law school students as well (2018).


Concurrent Session 1A: Joel Brammier
State of the Waters, 8:30 am

Brammier is President and CEO of Alliance for the Great Lakes, a non-profit working to protect the Great Lakes through advocacy, volunteering, education, and research. He oversees all aspects of the organization, leads a team of professionals across five locations, along with a base of more than 15,000 volunteers. Brammier has become a voice for invasive species and has testified before Congress on invasive species solutions. He is also active as an advisor for U.S. governors and Canadian premiers on the Great Lakes Compact.

Concurrent Session 1B: David Groenfeldt
Water Ethics, 8:30 am

Groenfeldt is founder and director of the Water-Culture Institutea non-profit whose mission is dealing with water usage, management, protections and governance. The institute is cooperating with UNESCO and other international organizations to create a water ethics charter. Groenfeldt has a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Arizona.

His career has focused on water issues, including five years with the International Water Management Institute in Sri Lanka, and 13 years in Washington, D.C. working with consulting firms, and the World Bank, on water and natural resources policies in developing countries. 

Concurrent Session 2A: Val Klump
State of the Waters, 9:15 am

Klump is Dean and Professor for the School of Freshwater Sciences at UW- Milwaukee, which is the nation’s only graduate school dedicated solely to the study of freshwater. He has his PhD in Marine Sciences from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, his JD from Georgetown University Law Center, and his BS in Zoology from Duke University.

His research focuses on how nutrients and carbon are cycled in lakes. This work has taken him from the deepest soundings in Lakes Superior and Michigan aboard a research submersible, to the largest and oldest lake in the world – Lake Baikal in eastern Siberia. His recent research highlights the presence and dynamics of “dead zones” in Green Bay including the impact climate change has on their extent and duration.

Concurrent Session 2B: Mike Gilbertson
Changes to NR151 - Silurian Bedrock Performance Standards, 9:15 am

Gilbertson started working for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in 2001 coordinating surface water monitoring projects and collecting water quality data to be used in TMDL development.

He has worked for the DNR as a Regional CAFO Specialist and as a Regional Nonpoint Source Coordinator responsible for monitoring compliance with NR 243 and NR 151 in southwest Wisconsin. Currently he is the Agricultural Nonpoint Source Implementation Coordinator for the DNR where he is responsible for consistent implementation of agricultural performance standards in NR 151 statewide and policy development for the agricultural nonpoint source program. He is located in the State Natural Resources Building in downtown Madison.


Concurrent Session 3A: Jamie Patton
Healthy Soild, Healthy Waters: The Land-Water Connection, 10:15 am

Patton is a Senior Outreach Specialist with the Nutrient and Pest Management Program at UW-Madison/UW-Extension.

Based out of northeast Wisconsin, Patton actively cooperates with government agencies, NGOs, academics, farmers, and communities to employ research and outreach efforts to support farm system approaches to improving soil health, farm resiliency, and ground and surface water quality. She earned her soils degrees from Iowa State University and Oklahoma State University and previously worked as the UW-Extension Agriculture Educator in Shawano County.

Concurrent Session 3B: Krista Lutzke
Aquatic Invasive Species in Door County, 10:15 am

As the Program Manager for the county, Lutzke obtains funding from various grantors on behalf of the Door County Invasive Species Team (DCIST) for education and outreach, as well as invasive species treatment programs. Her efforts include a partnership with the County’s Highway Department for right-of-way management of priority invasive species, assisting local Municipalities with the adoption and implementation of a noxious weed ordinance, an invasive species county cost-share program for municipalities, and more.

Concurrent Session 4A: Dennis Hickey
Fishing Industry in Door County, 11:00am

Hickey co-founded Hickey Bros Fisheries, LLC with his brother Jeffery Hickey in 1967. Over the next 50+ years, Dennis has set on a path to not only provide fish to the community and beyond, but to assist in the study of the commercial fishery in Lake Michigan. Working with UW-Stevens Point, US Fish & Wildlife, and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, his contributions to study and influence change in practice has been the motivator for the current projects Hickey Bros Research LLC engage in. Hickey has served the State of Wisconsin as the Commercial Fishery Representative to the Great Lake Fish Commission since 1986.


Concurrent Session 4B: Greg Kleinheinz
Water 101, 11:00 am

Dr. Kleinheinz has a B.S. from Northern Michigan University, and a Ph.D. from Michigan Tech University. He serves as the Viessmann Chair for Sustainable Technology, Director of the Environmental Research and Innovation Center, and is professor of Environmental Engineering Technology at UW-Oshkosh. He is a Registered Sanitarian and has over 18 years of experience working on water and wastewater issues.

He, and his beach group, currently conduct beach monitoring and/or research in 10 Wisconsin counties and 3 in Michigan, with a summer research group of over 20 students working at over 100 beaches. They have been involved in beach issues in Door County since 2001 and operate a lab at Crossroads at Big Creek in Door County. 


Concurrent Session 5A: Don Niles
Water Quality on Our Peninsula: The Farmer's Role, 1:30 pm 

Dairy Dreams Dairy is owned by two partners, the family of John Pagel and Don Niles. These two long-time friends decided to build a modern new dairy in northern Kewaunee County. Over the years the dairy has grown from 1,400 to 3,000 cows, along with all young stock, at the same site. We have always stressed superb cow care as the cornerstone of our farm.

Attention to detail to “all things cow” is a central core commitment. Along with caring for our animals comes a commitment to farm the shallow soils of northern Kewaunee with a similar degree of care. The Pagel family and Don are very focused on leaving the next generation with a successful farm that is a welcome neighbor.


Concurrent Session 5B: Matt Winden
Water Economics, 1:30 pm

Dr. Winden is an Associate Professor of Economics and Assistant Director of the Fiscal and Economic Research Center at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He specializes in environmental and natural resource economics issues and focuses on valuing environmental amenities and economic impact assessment. His prior research includes valuation of biofuels’ crops environmental impacts, assessment of the benefits of disaster mitigation spending on coastal communities, analysis of water quality trading programs, valuation of water quality, and valuation and classification of ecosystem services.

Concurrent Session 6A: Jill Heinerth
Swiming Inside the Veins of Mother Earth, 2:15 pm

In addition to the Tuesday keynote speech, Heinerth will present at a concurrent session on contemporary water issues. 






Concurrent Session 6B: Amber Marie Beard
Sustainability for Hospitality and Tourism, 2:15 pm

Beard is a Door County native of Ellison Bay and has spent the last 14 years in global destinations leading in sustainability across a variety of industries. Since 2013 she has been Vice President of Sustainability for Six Senses Hotels Resort & Spas, which is a global leader in both sustainability and wellness, as well as the recipient of World’s Best Hotel Group by Conde Nast for the last two years.




Keynote: Bret Bicoy
Working Together to Protect Our Water, 8:30 am

Bicoy is President and CEO of the Door County Community Foundation. Bret Bicoy joined the Community Foundation in 2008. During his tenure, the Community Foundation has become the premiere vehicle for bringing people together to address issues facing Door County. In recent years, numerous projects have been launched under the Community Foundation including the Door County Scholarship Network, the Door County COIN Business Mentoring and Micro-Loan programs, the Women’s FundHealthy Water Door CountyDiscuss Door County, the Door County Sheriff’s Office Crime Prevention Foundation, the Non-Profit Peer Advisors program, the Sturgeon Bay Skatepark, the Little Lake Restoration project, Write On Door County, the GO BO Foundation, and the Door County Civility Project. He also writes a regular column in the Peninsula Pulse.

Optional Field Trips 

Dunes Lake Kayak Tour, 10:00 am

Kayak Dunes Lake while enjoying an oral presentation on the lake, a unique shallow water marl substrate coastal wetland system. Learn about the restoration project, which addresses the Dunes Lake changing from an alkaline fen-type lake to eutrophic marsh lake.

$20 cost includes transportation to and from Dunes Lake. Kayak and life vest provided.


Hatch Distilling Co. Tour, 10:00 am

Enjoy a tour of Hatch Distilling Co. located in Egg Harbor. Hatch specializes in spirits from local honey and organic grains, including apple brandy, a custom blend of Door County Honeycrisp and Heirloom Apple varieties mixed with local honey. Fermented - Distilled - Barrel Aged. Learn how Healthy Water plays a role in the creation of spirits.

The tour group will meet at the Landmark. $20 cost includes transportation to and from the distillery.


Shoreline Cruise Tour, 10:00 am

Enjoy a shoreline cruise along the Northern Tip of the Peninsula headed by Captain Jim Robinson. View the karst from the water. This cruise includes towering cliffs, caves, the site of Indian Pictographs, beautiful waterfront homes and see a shipwreck from 1888 if conditions allow.

The tour group will meet at the Landmark. $20 cost includes transportation to and from the dock.

Waseda Farms, 10:00 am

Tour Waseda Farms, Door County's Certified Organic farm, via tractor and wagon with the guidance of Matt Lutsey. Discuss unique water use and it's relation to northern Door County farming and gardening. Experience some of Waseda Farm's 500 acres of perennial grass pastures and see their animals roaming in their natural pasture habitat.

The tour group will meet at the Landmark. $20 cost includes transportation to and from Waseda Farms.


Those who register for the optional field trips will receive a follow up email closer to the Summit. This email will share meeting information, dress suggestions, and any other important information regarding the field trip you have selected. 

Closing Reception
Door County Brewing Co. & Music Hall, 1:00 pm 

Networking and a tour of the Door County Brewing Co. UW-Oshkosh Environmental Research and Innovation Center (ERIC) staff will be on site for questions. Transportation to and from the Landmark will be available free of charge or you may drive yourself.  


Hotel Accommodations 
The Landmark Resort

While many of our registrants will likely live in Door County, we anticipate half may come from beyond the peninsula. Thus, a block of rooms has been set aside at the Landmark. You can reserve a room at the Landmark during the Summit by calling 1 (800) 273-7877. Request a room in the Celebrate Water block. Reservations are needed by April 20, 2019. Please note that the Landmark requires a 50% non-refundable deposit at the time of booking.